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Lucet Braiding

     The lucet is believed to date back to the Viking Era due to findings of manmade bone objects.  Antlers were also used to make this tool.  It was commonly used throughout the 1600's until the 1800's,  when the manufacture of cording made it cheaper to buy.

    In medieval and earlier times, it was used to make cording that laced clothing together, and to tie on armor.  Aglets added to ends of the cording assisted in threading through ready made holes in armor and clothing, and kept ends from fraying.

    The aglets of the wealthy were made from silver or gold and were sometimes decorated with precious jewels.
Bronze and brass were more affordable  for commoners while imitating the decorations of the rich by substituting natural stones.  Other uses for lucet cord included decorative trim and cords for jewelry.


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Brass Aglets - Fl Museum of Nat. Hist.

Columbus documented brass aglets were being traded to Cuba for gold.

     Lucet braiding is an ancient form of cord-making that is enjoyable, fast and fun for all.  Make unique and useful products by sewing the cord into rugs, throws, chair pads, hats, bags, belts, drawstring or jewelry using yarn, string, thread and natural fibers.

    The kit comes with the wooden hand lucet pre-started with yarn and instructions with digital images.


Lucetor Tvinningsben of  Viking Times

Sandy Sempel-Frojel Gotlandica

     Most of the Anglo-Scandinavian lucets found at York appear to have been crafted from a cow nasal bone, which naturally has the general shape seen here. The Swedish example appears to be made from a long bone, perhaps a leg bone, and utilizes the natural hollow in the middle." 

     In 1968 Kerstin Pettersson wrote an article in TOR (vol XII) on a find of a Womans burial from Barshalder, Gr"tlingbo parish, Gotland.  Among the rich textile finds from the grave are two braided cords. They are both square in section and roughly 3-4 mm and 1,5-2 mm across.  The latter was found corroded to the needles in two of the four animal-head brooches in the grave. (Pettersson K. "En gotl"ndsk boneskvinnas dr"kt. Kring ett textilfynd fr+n vikingatiden" p. 174 - 200, TOR XII, 197-68. B. Almgren & I. H"gg (ed) Stockholm 1968) Eketorp-III  
        Experiments show that a tool with two points, called a Tvinningsben (meaning string twisting), gave a result close to the original cord (more than 250 artifact tools have been found, some if which are pointed needles).  Pages 153-154, the Tvinningsben (ten of which have been found) on pages 156-157.  
        They are described as twining bones used for making coarse yarns and cords.
They have also been found at Lund, Sigtuna, L"ddek"pinge, Gotland and Falsterbohus
as well.  Very few have any real decoration, they are mostly made from Sheep metatarsus and metacarpus and are a disposable tool.
        These tools are known by several Scandinavian names, Tvinningsben being one.  The lucette,  (a name from latet French ),  is a smooth multi-pronged implement; more commonly having two prongs, sometiomes four or more.  Most archaeological finds from the Viking age have been bone or horn but any suitable material can be used.

Jorvik site - York, England

Lucet or twining bone thought to be made from  cow nasal bone.

Hossmo Church - Kalmar County, Sweden .     Bronze lucet 3" L.

Skane, Sweden

Sheep leg bone lucet inscribed with runes.