Jim Heimbach is a talented woodworker in Sonoma County, California. His work is as much sculptural as it is fully functional as furniture. A case in point is the cradle he made inspired by Viking longships, which he describes in detail at his Etsy online store.
When he set out to make the cradle, he took inspiration from a variety of sources, not the least of which was the Oseberg longship, a real Viking burial ship preserved in Norway. “I loved the Oseberg for its graceful, prancing bow and stern shapes where the curve actually begins to reverse like the neck of a prancing horse,” Heimbach says on his website.
The lapstrake design of the cradle adds authenticity, and the elegant spiral crests set off the bow and stern of the cradle with just the right curving balance. To find the shape he wanted, he said he looked to a picture of a coiled chameleon’s tail.
You can read more about the cradle project and see lots of other examples of Heimbach’s work at his website workerinwood.com.