Pipe of Leif Ericson
This was designed for a Norwegian living in Quebec, Canada.
This is my interpretation of what the personal pipe of Leif Ericson, the viking explorer who discovered Canada, would have been like.
The carving is of a goat, which was sourced from a decorated viking axe head crafted in Leif Ericsons’ time.
In my interpretation, the carving relates to the Norse myth of the goat Heiðrún.
Here is a translated excerpt from Prose Edda,
A goat called Heiðrún stands up in Valhalla biting the buds off the branches of that very famous tree which is called Læraðr. From her teats runs the mead with which every day she fills a cauldron, which is so big that all the Einherjar can drink their fill from it.
Under the goats mouth, the spiral can be read as a stylized interpretation of smoke.
For Leif Ericson, this pipe would have been a source of courage and inspiration during long ocean and land voyages. The imagery would have reminded him of the everlasting bounties of Valhalla, “The Hall of the Slain”, if he were to perish in combat.
The rugged design and size is perfect for hiking and travel, and the woods used hold up well to getting wet, perfect for when your face is beat by the surf curling up over the bow of your longboat.
Price: $350 SOLD