Runestones throughout northern Europe were erected and carved as memorials and testaments to important people and loved ones. Now, replicas of these age-old monuments can have a functional and decorative role in our modern homes. Handcrafted from quality hardwood to resemble an ancient memorial runestone from the Scandinavian regions including Uppsala of Sweden, circa 9th-10th century, these clocks are well suited for the casual admirer of ancient art or avid collector of Viking-Age history. This is a series of artistically-embellished replica clocks representing some of the many runestones found throughout Scandinavia and northern Europe; each clock created will stand alone as a unique, heirloom quality piece of functional art.
Clocks are MADE TO ORDER from the available artwork and wood selections; further customization in the form of a personalized inscription is also available. Clocks require 1-2 weeks for production. Pictures provided are of past works and are offered as examples only.
- A clock crafted from a 1 ½-inch thick block of solid quality hardwood, either ash or poplar. Total approximate size of the clock will vary according to design selected, from 12-inches long by 7-inches wide, to 20-inches long by 7-inches wide. In all cases, the scaling of the artwork will be constrained so that the proportions remain intact and warping does not occur.
- All artwork is done by hand utilizing pyrography, the art of wood-burning. The clock is cut, shaped, and carved by hand as well, to closely replicate the shape of the actual existing stone. Each clock produced will feature a unique expansion and embellishment of the original artwork, the details burned into the surface of the wood.
- Stain choices are available to complete the look of the final piece – classic gray, driftwood, natural, and weathered oak are all selections available. Artwork and finishes are protected by a satin lacquer, which will not yellow with age or allow the burned detail to fade with time.
- The clock hands and hour pips will be in complement to the finished piece. The clock movement is an 'AA' battery powered quartz type, very reliable and accurate. The clock mechanism is inserted into a hole bored into the back of the clock, flush with the wood, and also acts as the hanger for the piece.
- Additionally, the original inscriptions may be substituted and customized with a personalized quote or dedication (maximum 100 characters). The substituted text will be translated into anglicized runic (using the runes for their English equivalents, as well as syntax and grammar). This is an optional customization.
- A runestone is typically a raised stone with a runic inscription, but the term can also be applied to inscriptions on boulders and on bedrock. The tradition began in the 4th century and lasted into the 12th century, but most of the runestones date from the late Viking Age. Most runestones are located in Scandinavia, but there are also scattered runestones in locations that were visited by Norsemen during their expeditions throughout Europe. Runestones were usually brightly colored when erected, though today, this is no longer evident as the color has worn off. A great many intact runestones are found in present-day Sweden.
- The tradition of raising stones that had runic inscriptions first appeared in the 4th and 5th century, in Norway and Sweden, and these early runestones were usually placed next to graves. The earliest Danish runestones appeared in the 8th and 9th centuries, and there are about 50 runestones from the Migration Period in Scandinavia. Most runestones were erected during the period 950-1100 CE, and during this period they were mostly raised in Sweden; to a lesser degree in Denmark and Norway.
- The tradition is mentioned in both Ynglinga Saga and Hávamál:
“For men of consequence a mound should be raised to their memory, and for all other warriors who had been distinguished for manhood a standing stone, a custom that remained long after Odin's time”.
—The Ynglinga Saga
“A son is better,
though late he be born,
And his father to death have fared;
seldom stand by the road
Save when kinsman honors his kin".
- Perhaps what greatly increased the spread of runestones was an event in Denmark in the 960s - King Harald Bluetooth had just been baptized, and in order to mark the arrival of a new order and a new age, he commanded the construction of a runestone. This runestone was a memorial not only to his mother and father, but also a testament to his accomplishments, becoming king of Denmark and Norway and converting the Danes to Christianity. This runestone had three sides, two of which were decorated with images. Shortly thereafter, Norse chieftains and powerful men sought to imitate Harald, igniting a blaze of runestone production for more than a generation. Afterwards, only the Swedish provinces of Uppland and Södermanland produced runestones, until the fashion finally died out in the 12th century.
Runestone Clock - a useful & artistic representation of history
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