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"Lucet" a Viking Era tool for making cord.

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Project by luv2learn posted 08-30-2012 09:37 PM 3403 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a niece that is extremely talented especially in the area of knitting and crocheting. I, on the other hand know nothing about either of these crafts. Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with her and let her tell me a little about her interest in these two hobbies. During the course of our conversation she mentioned an ancient Viking era craft that has been reborn. She told me of a tool called a Lucet that the Vikings used to make cording for their belts, clothes, etc. She showed me a picture of a Lucet and asked me if I could make her one.

Researching online I found that there are many variations of this simple tool so I made her a sample of each variation I saw. They basically all do the same thing, make cord. Now, I understand the Vikings might have made theirs from antler bone or some other forked material. I made these from 1/4” thick walnut and cherry. Oh, I made the yarn cord too. Hey, I am not just another pretty face :).

Enjoy!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green





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JamWhi

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#1 posted 08-30-2012 09:51 PM

Very nice, I’m seeing a Christmas present coming, thanks for the idea.

James

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#2 posted 08-30-2012 10:13 PM

I knew that! I knew you were not just a pretty face! Your one fantastic woodworker and a great Guy! Your Niece is fortunate to have you around!
And so are we. I just hope I can be as active a woodworker as you when I reach your age and that’s not so far off.
Great job making the Luset’s and making your Niece a happy camper!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 10-03-2013 12:36 PM

Great Job!! These are COOL!.
I’m making a bunch of them on my Laser..
I’ve made some out of 1/4” Maple Plywood and Mahogany.
I’m a little reluctant to make them out of solid wood in fear the prongs would break???
Is that an issue?

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luv2learn

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#4 posted 10-03-2013 02:48 PM

No David, that isn’t an issue just make sure the grain is running parallel with the long direction of the Lucet.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 10-03-2013 02:58 PM

These are really cool! Somehow I missed these the first time around, so glad they came around again!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 10-03-2013 03:05 PM

These are very nice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 10-03-2013 03:12 PM

Thanks Wayne. Thanks John.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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