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Adomas Sviklas

First sun (not a blade)

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This is not a blade, but I want to share it anyway. This is my first forged sun. I guess, some of you may wonder why it is called sun. In Lithuanian mythology we have God called Teliavelis, he is a blacksmith. There is a myth, that the earth was dark and everywhere was evil spirits, but God Teliavelis forged a Sun and thrown into the sky. So we have folk art that could be called sunsmithing. It is similar to cross, but it is more ornamented and have different meanings


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That puts a big grin on my face. I love it.

 

Smiths bring the sunshine. I'm moving to Lithuania!

 

Grins,

 

Dave

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Love it, the forged sun and the mythology.

 

I'm with Dave, Lithuania here I come.

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Beautiful, both physically and symbolically.

 

John

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Too cool! I can understand it, though. Anyone who sees a chunk of white-hot iron coming out of the fire on a dark day does think it's brighter than the real sun. Thanks for sharing that! B)

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Thank you for so much good words! I'm really glad, that you like lithuanian mythology. If anyone will be interested to know more about folk art, mythology, all kinds of blades, weapons - feel free to ask (however we were the last country in europe to became christians :) ).

 

Adomas

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I think I'll plan on having one of these hanging above my forge sometime in the near future! What a great concept! Thanks for sharing this!! Beautifully executed as well!!

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My Mothers side of the family all came from Riga, Latvia, not too far from you, I think. I may have to make one of these to hang in my forge.

 

It's very beautiful work, How big is it?

 

Thank you for sharing this.

 

Geoff

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This is for better size imagining

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If someone will try to forge this - write to pm, I will send you more examples.

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Would you mind posting more examples here? I also was thinking this would be a good addition to the smithy.

 

~Bruce~

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Sure I can. I just hope the makers wont get mad for posting here :)

These are just examples I've found on the internet. Notice, that most of them has new moon under the sun/cross.

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These are from book written by Č. Kontrimas.

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There is one more unique cultural heritage. In Lithuania it called 'stogastulpis' (stogas - roof; stulpas - pillar). Almost always there is a sun/cross on their roofs.

They were built near the crossroads, homes.

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Oh, I've got just the place for one. As a weather vane on top of my barn, sort of an American folk/Lithuainian cross over. Now I just need some time to build one.

 

Geoff

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Good luck and inspiration! I look forward to see the results :)

 

Adomas

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Truly beautiful work, and the mythology is wonderful. The world would be an ugly place if it wasn't for the blacksmiths!

 

I'll look forward to seeing more of your pieces, Adomas.

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That is beautiful thanks for sharing with us.

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