Drinking Horn 28 oz. Odin Sleipnir Viking Mead Horn
The artwork carved into this beautiful drinking horn is inspired by the Tjängvide image stone dating to the Viking Age found in Gotland, Sweden.
The upper part of this picture stone is believed to depict Odin and his eight-legged horse Sleipnir about to enter the gate of Valhalla. The female figure in front of the eight-legged horse may be a Valkyrie holding the drinking horns offering to Odin, but this is only a guess. Picking a section of the picture stone, I chose to carve the figures of Odin, Sleipnir, and the Valkyrie into the horn. I hope you you'll love the finished design!
The horn itself is approximately 20” long and holds 28 oz. I begin with genuine steer longhorns that have been roughly cleaned, but not polished. I scrub and clean the horn inside and out, filing, sanding and polishing it, then carve the unique design. I then finish the exterior of the horn with a woodblock conditioning oil, and seal up the inside with wood bowl sealer. Once this is done, the drinking horn is ready to use with your favorite cold beverage, such as mead, or ale!
Subtle “imperfections” in the surface that complement the ancient artwork were retained, adding additional visual and tactile element.
Drinking Horn Comes With a Handmade Wood Stand.
Care and Cleaning Tips
When cleaning your drinking horn, it is necessary to keep in mind the things that render them useless. Below are a few tips you should pay attention to in order to ensure the preservation of your drinking horn for many years to come.
Things You NEED To Do
Hand-wash your drinking horn after every use
Your drinking horn is coated and sealed, so you need to simply use warm water (not hot) and a soft cloth to clean it. Then, rinse and dry it with a towel to get rid of the moisture immediately.
Your drinking horn may need to be coated with wood bowl sealer after a year or two, depending upon wear and tear. There are many videos on YouTube detailing how this is done. Lastly, polish the exterior of your drinking horn once in a while with vegetable oil, or a beeswax wood furniture oil to prevent it from drying out, since it is a natural material.
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