I had the pleasure of introducing Eske Storm and his work for Trollbeads in a previous post and today I take a look at a couple pieces from his own brand, Eske Storm Goldsmith Design. What really attracted me to this brand is the strong dynamic lines and their storytelling ability. Eske draws inspiration from his Scandinavian heritage with many of the designs being inspired by Norse and Viking history.
The Vikings were the seafaring explorers, conquerors, and raiders from northern Germania which consists of Northwestern Europe today. The Viking expansion lasted for approximately 300 hundred years from the 8th century through the 11th. The large ships or commonly known as the Viking ships, were their source of power and reach so became one of the main symbols for the culture. Much of what we know about these ships come from the discovery of buried vessels in Scandinavia; there are generally two types, the longships for war and the knarr for trading. The longships were designed for speed and agility, boasting a long and narrow hull made for landing troops in shallow waters. The knarr were used as a merchant ships for carrying cargo so had a broader hull and wider girth.
These Viking ships were the muse behind Eske’s ship charms, of which there are three. Unarguably all three of these designs are longships with the narrow hulls and drafts to cut quickly through the water to deliver the raiders. The first one I became acquainted with is the Trollbeads World Tour Denmark Viking Ship and one of my first World Tour purchases. The clean lines and power of the ship grabbed my attention and it still fascinates me today.
So when I saw these next two charms at Eske’s store, I knew I had to feature them here*. The Viking Ship Magic Rune has the basic body style as the Trollbeads Viking Ship except that it features a single mast and sail rising through the middle of the boat. I’m surprised that the World Tour version lacks a sail, but its simple elegance works well too. The sail is front facing and adds quite a bit of depth to the ship, the cloth also sports stylized runes.
I imagine that Eske patterned his Viking Ship Sea Stallion after the reconstructed 11th century Viking Ship, the Skuldelev 2, which was excavated and rebuilt using old Viking techniques. It was renamed the Sea Stallion by Queen Margrethe 2nd of Denmark and set sail in 2007 to Dublin, Ireland where the original was made. Eske’s version has a majestic sail; quilted by the look of it and facing sideways. It, like the other two, also features a dragon figurehead which reminds me of the Game of Thrones books. Very fearsome!
These three are definitely part of a set and I’m so happy to have the whole collection. I created a bright blue bracelet to represent the waters that these longships cut through on their journey to conquer distant lands. I absolutely adore these beads, what do you think of these viking ships?
Bead index (starting from left): big fish lock, LE blue unique ornament, unique blue dillo, unique blue swirls, seaman & mermaid, unique blue braid, WT Hong Kong skyline, Eske Storm sea stallion, throat chakra, unique blue new moons, treasures, unique blue dillo, milky way, WT Denmark viking ship, blue diamond, unique blue ornament, bead of fortune, unique blue flies, unique blue swirl and bubbles, Eske Storm magic runes, unique blue bubbles, unique blue spinner flowers, jellyfish (retired).
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