Freitag, 6. November 2015

Gokstad-Style Basket Backpack

Hey there, my dear readers! It's not that I'm lazy and nothing is happening here, quite the contrary, lots of work and no time for modern media ;)
But at last here's something new for you. I was not very content with the wicker backpack I own. It's heavy, has a sqare form that gets smaller towards the bottom and tends to bend me backwards when loaded heavily with all the things a lady needs to carry around ;)
There's a find from viking times from the Gokstad boat grave. Not a complete backpack, in fact, just two wooden boards, one of them with holes around the edge: 

Source: http://www.vikingsofbjornstad.com/MuseumVikingShipOslo2.htm
Source: http://europa.org.au/index.php/articles/21-bags



The find itself leaves room for speculation and interpretation. I did not want to recreate it, rather than have a useful, light, good looking container to carry my things.
So I decided to use very light materials, not authentic. For the board I used a wood called Paulownia, which is sometimes used for surfboards, due to its properties. For the basket part I used thin beech wood rods as stakes and rattan.


As the basket grew, I found it more and more useful to use a cardboard template to achieve the right form.


I ended the weaving with an other (flat) type of rattan and secured the edge with a decorative wrapping.


As the basket part was finished I had to think about how to carry that thing ;)  Of course I wanted to make the straps myself and didn't want something boring. So I made a long tablet woven band with a Birka pattern.



I attached the straps with wooden rods inside the basket and put some metal strap buckles on, so I can adjust the straps when I wear my thick woollen coat.


I have used this backpack now on several occasions and I must say that I'm really happy with it. I can carry it all day without complaining about the weight or uncomfortable fit, and a lot of things fit inside. If Mary Poppins were viking, this would be the thing to have ;)

Kommentare:

  1. Was für ein schöner Tragekorb! Er steht Dir ausgezeichnet ;)) und komplementiert Dein Outfit auf wunderschöne Weise!! Liebe Grüße, Nicole

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    1. Danke dir! :) Was da alles reinpasst ist echt der Hammer. Der kleine Bortenwebrahmen, ein Satz Geschirr, Nachschubgarn und meine komplette Naalbinding-Umhängetasche samt Inhalt *g*

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  2. Good to know the decoration is included...*ggg*... :-*

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  3. Your basket is fantastic! Did you attach the straps at the bottom to the base?

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    1. Thank you Sarah! :) I tucked the ends through the basket work, made loops at the ends of the straps and put a dowel through these loops. This should be a more sturdy construction than just attaching the straps at two points. And the straps can easily be replaced if they should wear out at some point.

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