Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeship Program

The Viking Connection Apprenticeship Program (VCAP) provides an opportunity for selected students of Viking Age crafts to study under a skilled master artist in Scandinavia. The application round for the 2019 is now available by clinking on the link below.  Submit your application by July 15, 2018. Applicants must have a current passport and be a resident of any of the following states: ND, MN, IA, SD, WI or MI. Following each apprenticeship, the apprentice will spend up to a year traveling to various events, festivals and workshops in the Midwest to demonstrate the recently-acquired skills. Dates will be posted as they are confirmed with each host site.

Download the application to your computer, complete and email to Tim Jorgenson

VC2019 – Apprentice Application

Congratulations to our 2018 apprenticeship recipient, Kyle Jameson! Kyle Jameson is a leatherworker from Moorhead, Minnesota. His commitment to the craft, interest and skill with historically-accurate replicas, and record of demonstrating Viking Age leatherwork in public venues make him an ideal apprentice. Kyle will travel to Scandinavia in 2018 to study with a specialist in Viking Age leatherwork and focus on the broader aspects of historical methods of hide processing as well as manufacture of items such as turn-shoes, bags, and rawhide.

Kyle Jameson of Jameson Leatherworks, Moorhead, MN

Our 2017 apprentice was Doug Swenson of Hawley, Minnesota. Doug has been a blacksmith since he was a child, and is currently the president of the Northern MN Metalsmiths. Eight years ago Doug began expanding his skill set by digging deeper into Viking Age blacksmithing, building a double-bellow forge, and participating in demonstrations in Iowa, North Dakota, and the Midwest Viking Festival in Moorhead, Minnesota. In October, 2017, Doug returned from near Kopparberg in rural Sweden after a 10-day apprenticeship under renowned Viking blacksmith, Götz Breitenbücher (

Doug Swenson at the Midwest Viking Festival in Moorhead, MN

Here are some of the dates where you can see Doug demonstrating the double-bellow forge in 2018:

  • May 12th from 10am-4pm at the Pioneer Park in Thief River Falls as part of the River Ravens Viking camp demonstrations
  • June 22-23rd at the Midwest Viking Festival in Moorhead, MN
  • September 26-29th at Norsk Hostfest in Minot, ND

To read a follow-up report from Doug’s apprenticeship, click the PDF link below:



Master and apprentice discuss the proper workings of the double-bellow forge


Raw bloom iron


Doug practicing the use of a heavier hammer and sitting while forging