Alec originally studied Nature Conservation at University, where he was interested in using ancient and heritage skills for ecological regeneration, such as coppicing, horse logging and meadow management. His love of archaeology meant that he spent most of his free time in the library reading about the Anglo-Saxons. Combining his two passions for nature and archaeology, he began to teach himself timber framing and green woodworking with axes and traditional tools. Alec first met up with the Ship’s Company in 2019 during a visit to Roskilde Viking Ship Museum and was instantly inspired!
After volunteering during the summers while he finished his degree, he joined the project full-time in December 2020 as the Treewright (Old English: treowwyrhta); shaping the timber needed for the ship by finding the best way to follow the grain of the living tree and hewing the round timber into curved stems and smooth planks. This role has given him great respect for our Anglo-Saxon ancestors who so expertly worked with the living shape of the tree to create beauty and strength in the timber. Alec is also experimenting with Anglo-Saxon art styles as carved decoration fitting for such a noble ship.
He is eagerly looking forward to launching the ship and setting off along the coast in search of the waterways navigated by the Anglo-Saxons as they expanded their territories deep into Britain and has been seen recently rowing in Sæ Wylfing in preparation for the trials.