The ability to create everyday objects was a valuable ability back in those ancient times. Therefore we set focus on the task of creating different tools and crafts in a historical accurate manner at events.
For a good reason leatherworking is the most common craft in our group. Many everyday items back then were made of leather. Things like shoes, bags, knifesheats and scabbards, belts, canteens, pieces of armament and much more was made of leather. Many of us do leathercrafting only aside other crafts and the ability to handle the material (at least on a rudimentary level) was probably very common among a very large proportion of the population.
In our group there are multiple members that work iron into different tools and weapons. Iron was a precious material back then and that is apparent in well thought out ironwork: Many tools were weapons at the same time. A good example of this are the many different axeheads but seaxes were also tools for both everyday use and warfare. In our forge we also manufacture helmets but they were not as common in the viking age as modern day battle displays may suggest. But in this case the need for safety outweighs the desire of a historically correct battle-reenactment.
Many pieces of jewellery are created from goldsmithing members of our group, forged from various precious metals. Numerous finds from the viking age verify the creativity and craftsmanship that the norse invested into this handicraft.
The clothing we use in our historical dispay is mostly handmade by ourselves, often even dyed with vegetable dye of plants that were available in viking age scandinavia. Sturdy clothing was very important in a harsh climate like scandinavia, and contrary to what hollywood films suggest, viking clothing was often very colourful. Especially hues like yellow, blue, shades of brown and even black was common.
The so called naalbinding is a technique for creating interlooped pieces of fabric, very similar to modern knitting or crochet. The oldest evidence of this technique dates back to Neolithic period. Naalbinding was widespread used in many cultures throughout history but was replaced by knitting in the end. We mostly produce socks, mittens, scarfs and hats with this technique.
You could write entire novels on woodworking and the vikings. Their abilty to build boats is admired even today. In our group we narrowed down our focus on furniture like chests, bences, tables and stools. Decorative woodcarving is also done for a pastime.
Many useful and aesthetic items can be worked from bone and antlers. Knife handles, dices and spice boxes are only a few examples. The tools used to work on this material are very similar to that for woodcrafting but more difficult to work with in comparison to wood. We also manufacture boneflutes out of the longbones of sheep and red deer. Even in modern times flutes are often referred to as "Tibia" (Shinbone), because mankinds first flutes literally were made of exactly that.