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Jeff Pringle

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  1. Hey! I forgot to log in for a few years, but I thought y'all might get a kick out of a tech/news site doing a sword-related bit - check it out:
  2. https://www.beervanablog.com/beervana/2017/4/9/which-came-first-bread-or-beer not only better forging, but apparently everything else as well :-D
  3. We used graphite crucibles, the cheap ones ;-) The pattern came out alright, this is the best image I got so far - uneven lighting! Then I managed to snap the blade while trying to take out a slight warp on the first tempering heat - D'oh! Now I have a nice Viking box cutter ...or koftgari knife.
  4. Beautiful, Petr! The last ingot of the weekend was this Which I forged into this Any of those other ingots get forged yet?
  5. There's a book called "Das Werkzeug des Zimmermanns" (ISBN 3-88746-070-7) which has lots of images of axes from the 15th-20th centuries, no typology as such but good examples.
  6. Many thanks to the attendees, the crew, and especially the demonstrators for making this such a wonderful event! We got such an intense look at so many aspects of historically informed smithing, the inspiration should easily last until the next one ;-)
  7. Friday AM (8:30-1:30) Owen Bush Presentation: A Personal and Practical Look at Forging the Broken Back Seax (2 hrs.) Petr Florianek Presentation: Using Germanic Styles in Original Art (2 hrs.) Lunch Break (1:30-3:00) Friday PM (3:00-5:30) Jake Powning Presentation: Finding The Way Back — looking for the world the axe and sax came from (2 hrs.) Dinner Break ( 5:30-7:30) Jake Powning & Petr Florianek Presentation: Decoding Germanic Onamentation (2 hrs.) Saturday AM: Petr Florianek Demo: Carving an Antler Sax Handle (2
  8. You guys staying at the Hilton on the embarcadero are lucky, there's a cool German restaurant next door. Caleb- We're working our way through the wait list, and will let you know...
  9. From Jim, who is in the hinterlands momentarily: The OASI draws near! I'm starting to prepare the shop for our mini-horde - It's going to take some moving to get enough floor space for the attendees and there will be a lot of details to take care of. We've been working on a couple of T-shirt designs to offer to you all. The OASI T-shirt design comes courtesy of Petr Florianek and will be printed on a black cotton T. The Team Dane Axe shirt will be printed on a charcoal grey T. We're asking $20 each for these shirts - all proceeds to benefit the event and the traveling demonstrators.
  10. The author most secondary & tertiary sources are referring to is al-Kindi, he is the most coherent and least derivative of the Arab writers on this subject. There was a recent translation of al-Kindi's "On swords and their kinds" by Hoyland and Gilmour, "Medieval Islamic Swords and Swordmaking" 2006 ISBN 0906094526 Written in the mid 800s AD, he compared the various swords of that time (including Frankish) and judged their quality in part by the patterns they showed.
  11. We'll be kicking off around 3-4 on Thursday, though there are no demos scheduled then, so if you arrive later you'll just be missing some socializing ;-) The official end will be at 1PM Sunday. We'll post a list of demonstrations and schedule soonish :-D
  12. Epic! really well done, Owen!
  13. Inlay was used to decorate hilts up until about the type S style, when overlay became the main technique.
  14. It just looks bad, I have not seen an artifact with inlay like that, or a blade corroded like that, for starters. Plus, that vendor specializes in dubious looking stuff.
  15. In steels that I have had analyzed, reduction runs have ~0.03% S, remelts have about 0.06% S, so I've assumed that it is coming from the propane or crucible, since I don't add charcoal to the remelts. But that is not too high for sulfur. The 0.12 P does seem a bit high by modern 'clean steel' standards, but historic wootz had as much as two tenths of a percent phosphorus, so that should be cool too.
  16. Glass at the top of the crucible has plenty of time to melt and coat everything long before the steel gets warm enough to even think about melting. It takes many hours at high temperatures to homogenize steel, it will not happen from thermal cycling. Verhoeven and Pendray were casing some of their ingots in mild steel, I don't think you could use copper for that. The main gasseous impurity one needs to be concerned about is oxygen, since liquid steel holds much more than solid. if there is no shrinkage at top center it means the oxygen is more uniformly distributed throughout the metal, a
  17. I like Barta's work so much I went all the way to Brno last year just to shake his hand. He knows how to look at an artifact and get the salient points right in his work, a rare skill!
  18. Thanks again, everyone! I occasionally do carved handle/sheath combinations using one piece of wood, this is the first time I tried a stylized naturalistic design - it was fun to do! ;-)
  19. The event has sold out! Since a couple people might have to cancel, and since we're going to see about re-arranging the shop to accommodate a few more individuals, email me at jlp3@earthlink.net to get on the wait list. We are going to have one heck of a weekend ;-)
  20. In the Baltic/Russia region, there were 2-sided axes in the late Viking to pre-Mongol period Top row, chronological going across
  21. Already 2/3rds full, so email me to make sure there is space before sending any money! A couple people paypalled w/o emailing, if you haven't heard back that is why. Everyone who sent money so far is in.
  22. Since we got all three of our demonstrators from other countries, we're going to have to add Thursday night to the schedule, and have full days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Cost to attend the event will be $120, and attendance will be limited to 25 people - this will be an intense weekend of serious art! And serious fun! Jim will teach a koftgari class- free to watch, $75 to participate. Email me: jlp3@earthlink.net to make sure there is room BEFORE using paypal to the same address to reserve your place. If you don't like paypal email me for other options ;-)
  23. Thanks guys! It is crucible steel, and to do carving I use everything - wood chisels, gravers, files, scrapers, even EDM stones on occasion ;-) This photo shows the texture of the steel
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