A Registered Charity 1175475 reconstructing the Sutton Hoo Ship
From ‘Tree to Sea’ workshop – April 2019
This two day skills workshop looked at the tools and techniques used by Saxon woodworkers as well as how to identify which wood would be best for each part of the ship.
This video shows the hard work required to change an length of oak into a usable plank. This one piece of wood was worked on by several men over the two days but was only partly finished at the end of it.
The selection of photographs below show the different aspects of the two days. One lesson learned is that turning a tree into a plank is a slow and back breaking process but interesetly no one wanted to down tools so it is clearly a dormant skill that we are happy to bring back to life.