My first rune stone

Runic inscription:

Nya runor kraft åt gammal tro

New runes power to old belief

In 1993, my knowledge of Norse ornamentation was limited and the result was a bit clumsy and naive.

The dragon head with his white nose is a little above the the middle, to the right.

The dragon's paw is outside the ornamentation and the claws off the stone's edge to the right.

When the stone was ready I would choose the colors. I had experimented a bit in advance and knew what I wanted.

Black carvings that gives better sense of depth and red body painted with paint so thin that it became transparent. The choice of color blends naturally into the stone.

I still use this type of colors.

My big mistake

I had found the stone in an area of of blasted rock after a road construction. The stone surface was smooth and the shape was good but I had no idea that blasted granite have tiny amounts of invisible cracks crisscrossing the entire stone.

Just one year later overturned the stone at a transport and invisible to the eye cracks got the stone to go into several pieces ...

Billy Stenlim.
Pieces of a stones that cracks fit immediately to 100%.
After consultation, I got the tip to get Billy Stenlim (Billy's stone glue) and in 1995 I put all the pieces together with the glue. The glue is still holding the pieces together (2017), though I lifted and moved rune stone several times.

Runes of bone and wood, not stone

Straight bi-stave at 45 degree angles is intended for inscription in wood.

An experienced rune carvers strive for meetings with other stab tracks are at a 90 degree angle for better durability and to facilitate the work.

The runes are the same but look different, like different fonts.

When I study ancient rune stones today and sees straight bi-stave and meetings at a 45 degree angle, I know that the rune stone is carved by an inexperienced rune carvers who probably was more familiar with other materials like wood and bone.

just carved h-rune

Sharp runes and
cracked stone.

Rounded runes with a 90 degree angle in meetings facilitates the work considerably as there will not be any sensitive wedges that can crack. 90 degrees meetings provide stronger results.

But 90 degrees is not always possible to get. The H-rune is the most difficult rune to carve with 6 wedges, left picture above.

1993 - This rune stone 1997 - Pegasus 1998 - Private stone

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