21 Dec

15th November 2019

In the Norse Myths of the poetic Edda, Huginn and Muninn are the Ravens who accompany Odin, the All Father .


This is Muninn,. I carved her into a Hawthorne walking stick for an upcoming art exhibition with the mosaic artist Diana Storey. I couldn’t help it, this winter Raven just came out of the stick.


Huginn is supposed to represent thought and Muninn to represent memory. The birds fly around the World collecting intelligence for Odin, before breakfast.

It is not surprising that he is always worried about them not returning, without them he would have lost his marbles.

Archetypes represented in allegory are not easy to penetrate at first reading. They are not meant to be ‘easy’ to understand.

I believe hard experience is necessary to polish learning – to combine the qualities of the two birds in balance to yield the wisdom of the Father.

I in early December 2017 I was making a pair of dining chairs for a respected client. I was a bit under the cosh as my father had taken to his bed and was waiting quietly for his own passing with dignity.

My dear wife, Clare, has also been very unwell at the time.

My Dad is by  my (in) side now, he passed on Christmas Day 2017.

He used to say to me:

“If a jobs worth doing lad, it is worth doing well”.

So I must get on with the jobs in hand with the tools he gave me.


For many years I put all my faith in the power of reason – as a researcher (zoology), and then a teacher (biology and rugby) I had to think a lot. You could say I favoured reason over emotion and feeling (Huggin).

In the old stories Odin’s favourite was Muninn for she gave meaning to his thoughts and a powerful memory for people, places and sources of power.

Muninn is my favourite too, for she gives me the best memories.


God Jul x



2 Responses to “Meaning”

  1. Wes Hedge December 22, 2017 at 5:31 pm #

    Hang in there Henk. Being torn between the love of craft, and the loves in your life, I know, is hard. Cherish both, in there own good time. Peace be with you all, this good season. Wes.

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