Hrafn Olafsson - Photo by Amata Amati d'Arezzo
|Order of Precedence
Per pale sable and argent, two ravens respectant counterchanged.
His Grace, Sir Hrafn Olafsson, KSCA, CSS, OL
Proprietor of The Raven's Table
a.k.a. - Olaf the Well-Travelled
- Local Offices Held
- Knight Marshal, Barony of the Steppes
- Regional Offices Held
- Central Regional Knight Marshal
- Kingdom Offices Held
- Deputy Earl Marshal, Kingdom of Ansteorra (2013-2017)
- Earl Marshal, Kingdom of Ansteorra (2017-2019)
- 61st Crown of Ansteorra
- 67th Crown of Ansteorra
- Other Positions
- Gulf Wars 2013: Deputy Marshal-in-charge
Early period (900 BCE) Norwegian
- Chivalric combat
- Rapier combat
- Cut and Thrust combat
- Period gaming
- Middle-eastern drumming
- Scandinavian history
- Armor making
- Selected Examples of Work
Pyrography and woodworking - 2nd Hnefatafl board. Presented to HRM Ullr of the Midrealm at Gulf Wars XX
Pyrography and woodworking - 1st Hnefatafl board I made. Presented to the winner of the Steppes 12th Night Hnefatafl tournament - 2011
Pyrography with wire inlay - Prize board for the Hnefatafl tournament at the Bjornsborg Tavern event.
Pyrography and woodworking - Board made as a prize for the Viking Deed of Arms at Gulf Wars 2015. Knocked it out in about 6 hours.
Leatherworking & Pyrography - A new type of art for me. Stepping down Court Barony coronets for Gerhart and Elspeth.
Pyrography - Birthday present commission, delivered at BAM 2015.
Pyrography and woodworking - My entry into the 2015 Sable Swap project. Pictish art inspired Nine Men's Morris board.
Leatherworking - Leather Rapier buckler I crafted in 2009. Dual layer tooled leather with an aluminum disk in the middle for stiffness.
Silk banner - "Ansteorra Chili Night" banner I created in 2010 with help from Jhan Knebel
Pyrography and woodworking - Nine Men's Morris boards created for Steppes 12th Night - 2016.
Pyrography - For Asoph - Centurion Eagle on the original cudgel
Pyrography and woodworking - Game boards created for Ysabeau of Prague's vigil at Gulf Wars 2016. Clockwise from the top row: Shove Ha'penny (2),Glückhaus (4), Nine Men's Morris (4)
Pyrography and woodworking - Hnefatafl board created as a prize for the Viking Deed of Arms at Gulf Wars 2016
Woodworking, Pyrography - Epic sized Dice Tower, pyrographied 4" dice, and matching Gluckhaus board. Created for the Gulf Wars 2013 Known World Party that the Centurions of Ansteorra ran. The tower was inspired by the Vettweiss-Froitzheim Dice Tower, I just changed the wording up a little.
Quick project to craft nalbinding needles for Emma Haldan. Made from repurposed bamboo chopsticks (the bottom one is the bone original used for proper scaling).
Pennsic 2016 hard cider. Honey apple on the left (5.7% ABV) and cranberry apple (6.2% ABV) on the right.
Viking 6-panel chest made for Mistress Kyna Terricsdottir elevation to the Order of the Pelican. Scroll text w/ Royal signatures on the inside of the lid. Poplar wood with pyrographic art. Total construction time, 3 weeks.
Commission for Nicaize Maupetit as a surprise to Liam Gordon upon his safe return from deployment. Axe head was purchased elsewhere, I did the handle work - pyrography and wire wrapping.
Woodworking and Pyrography - Table that I originally created for Corvin's (Kevin Wilson) Hobbit-themed MOD vigil in September 2016. Got it back to tweak a couple things (managed to miss one of the MOD virtues and to needed to correct alignment of the legs).
Helm crest made for Bjornsborg's 2010 "Legacy of Lions" event. Took home the Best Crest award. Sculpted to match a period Viking design. The photo does not show it, but the Raven detaches from the crenelated base. When knocked off, the hidden plug detatches and confetti would fly out.
Beware of Viking" sign, made for Gulf War 2019. Gifted to a fellow Norseman after the event.
Norse 6-board chest. Poplar wood, pyrographic art, iron nails/handles/hinges, lined with homespun style remnant fabric found at the fabric store. Total build + artwork time was ~100 hours.
Tak board. Wood construction with pyrographic and painted artwork.
Timeline of Activity:
2004: First Event -- Steppes 12th Night.
Populace Provided Information:
Blood starling of Steppes, the
Stormborn of Hrist’s blizzard,
Plumed often in pitch and
Powder inspires many.
Steel talons have torn the
Triskel-sons that dared to
Stalk the fields and strike the
Star of jet he keeps well.
Drums he beats and drinks for
Dreamers brewed most strongly,
Rouse voices to revel
Reaching late to night’s end
Seek the battle-swan and
Set your brow orbs skyward
High over the oaks his
Ebon wings are soaring.
Notable Contributions or Accomplishments:
- 2016: Steppes Brewing Champion
- 2013: Protector of Namron
- 2012: 67th Crown of Ansteorra
- 2011: Steppes Warlord
- 2010: King's Champion to Jean Paul de Sens I
- 2010: Glaslyn Rapier Champion
- 2009: 61st Crown of Ansteorra
- 2008: Bryn Gwlad Chivalric Champion
- 2007: Emerald Keep Chivalric Champion