Trollhiem LLC is a new company dedicated to teaching traditional crafts, experimental archeology and having a place to hold living history events for all time frames and cultures. To this end the plan is for Trollhiem LLC to use a site in EarlyCountyGeorgia as a school for traditional crafts and a living history campground. This is our first step to developing the school and campground.
The company was founded by Jim Revells, who has been actively involved in living history for almost thirty years, and his daughter Sonja Revells, a professional photographer.
Jim is known in the Society for Creative Anachronism as Baron Olaf of Trollhiemsfjord. Within the SCA he has received awards for serving of authentic, but tasty, period meals and for his work in metalsmithing (the Maunche). One of the events he started, "A Market Day at Birka" has been run for over twenty years (See: http://birka.org/) another event he started, "Metalsmiths Symposium" has been run over nine times. (See: http://ekmg.eastkingdom.org/mss/). He has also participated in many Fur Trade era events and Renaissance Faires around the eastern US. Jim is also a modern jeweler and metalsmith.
Sonja is an award winning news and fine art photographer who has traveled extensively. During a four month backpacking trek she visited China, Tibet, (where she visited Mount Everest) Nepal, Thailand, Japan and Israel. She has also visited England, France, Italy, Spain, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico on other trips. You can find out more about us on our Facebook pages: Trollhiem LLC or Sonja Revells Photography or Olaf Trollhiemsfjord
We are seeking funds to get our business “on the road” quite literally. We will buy a used school bus and convert it into a camper for traveling all through the United States and Canada. Along with the bus we need some tents, to hold classes in; funds to travel with; tools and camp equipment; a lap top computer; funds to help Jim relocate from New Hampshire to Georgia and finally to install electricity and data communications at our workshops in Georgia. The bus will be a means of generating interest in our school and campground, as well as generating income by sales of items made in our workshops. The travel will also allow Sonja to take all sorts of interesting photos. We will be on the road from one to three weeks each month.
This is not a project that banks or venture capitalists are interested in funding, so we are seeking our funding from people who like our idea. Jim will attend living history events demonstrating and teaching Viking Age metalsmithing. We will also be looking for schools that want to have classes on low tech metal casting. More detailed schedule information is available on the Trollhiem LLC Facebook page.
If we don’t manage to get full funding for this attempt we will put whatever we receive into getting the bus and equipment then try another campaign to raise additional funds. All the funds will be used to move our plans forward.
Many of the premiums will feature the images that Sonja captures along the road as we go from historic sites to activities at living history events. The tee shirts, mouse pad and bumper stickers will feature designs by Jim. The monthly news letter will include photos from the road, commentary by both Jim and Sonja about out trips and what is going on at the workshops as well as commentary by guest and interviews with people along the way. My granddaughters (seven year old Dalayna and eleven year old Daryan) may even give their opinion on events from time to time.
Most of our premiums are fairly standard, but since Jim is an old Submariner, how does being a "Plank Owner" sound? It is an old Navy tradition, if you are a member of the first crew aboard a Boat/Ship you are a "Plank Owner”. Since anyone that supports us this early in the game is truly helping us get the "Boat" underway. There is a limit of 500 "Plank Owners" who will have their name carved into the wood paneling of the bus and receive a certificate that they are a "Plank Owner" with a photo map of where it is placed.
Metalsmith, Manager, Bus Driver, Founder, Writer