This week we are featuring Josh of VonBoeckmanns! Josh makes chainmaille and viking knit jewelry that is sure to make you feel fierce! Check out his story:
I come from a long line of craftsmen, whether it be in the crafts of wood, metal, mechanics, or what have you. So I seem to have a natural talent for creating things from nearly anything.
In high school and college, I studied art and history, specifically the history of western civilization. I love reading about ancient civilizations of all kinds.
After dropping out of college I wandered around a bit, then joined the Air Force and became a linguist. I served for 12 years doing multiple deployments to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. My AF career was cut short, when shortly after retuning from my last deployment, I developed a severe health condition and was then medically discharged.
Upon leaving the USAF, I decided to go back to school and learn some new skills. I became a certified Harley-Davidson technician and I took classes in welding, machining, and fabrication.
I then moved back to Ohio with my lovely wife, and really got back into my art, which led to jewelry-making. I immediately fell in love with it, and my little hobby turned into a full time obsession.
With my love of history, I was drawn to the old styles of jewelry prevalent throughout Europe and began making the styles described below. These styles are centuries old, and I hope you enjoy these beautiful pieces of history as much as I enjoy making them.
What I make:
Viking knit is also known as Trichinopoly chain. It originated sometime in 9th century Scandinavia and was highly prized by the Nordic kings. It was used to make bracelets, trim for clothing and other decorative items. A scourge has also been found. This type of chain has been found in archaeological sites in Scandinavia and the British Isles. Viking knit is made by knitting a single wire around a wood dowel and then stretching it through a drawing block to the desired length and thickness.