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  1. I'd love to but i So rarely get a chance!:) You're very knowledgeable,Alan,and articulate,And level-headed with your info,i've learned much from you over the years... Thank you in particular for those dates above,it's nice to have something a bit finer than a century(which is as fine as my pea-brain stretches). But about those seams i'm pretty sure(and thanks,Joshua,for taking good close-up photos). It was probably the most common welding scheme of the period,3-layer stack.The steel poll-plate,not Strictly necessary on a little side-axe,may well
  2. Lovely old axe,Joshua,good for you,it's a fine old tool. A bench-,or a carpenter's axe,it is a Kent pattern,but most probably forged in the US. That symmetrical outline in plan view,typical of this pattern,indicates(ironically) an asymmetric(chisel)grind,as that symmetry made it suitable for either right-,or the left-handed use by imply swapping the handle top to bottom. I'm afraid this head ha fallen into some careless hand,possibly before it came into your family(it could've been a find,or a trade-in,or someone's future refurbishing project);it looks like
  3. ' I hear you,Joshua,but it's such a cool trick,a privilege,really,to be able to just shoot a book someone's way...Any book,too! Thinking about all that i just thought of one of my favorite Richard Brautigan poems: All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace I like to think (and the sooner the better!) of a cybernetic meadow where mammals and computers live together in mutually programming harmony like pure water touching clear sky. I like to think (right now please!) of a cybernetic forest filled with pines and elec
  4. At times like these i feel most inadequate-for not having a capacity to Amazon-magic a copy of "The Compleat Blacksmith" right to Joshua's door:( For better or worse i've made my choices long ago,and not only have no capacity to shop electronically/remotely,but actually never even having had a bank account ...And this particular instance,and similar,is the absolutely Only instances of regret that i ever experience...:(
  5. P.S. That's some Gorgeous scale/texture/surface,absolutely lovely...
  6. Great job on that,Joshua,looks like it'll be a neat and handy tool. Looks like you turned those corners in a Weygeresque manner,i likes that!:)
  7. Excellent work,Aiden. I think your intuition is taking you in a great direction,exploration into those non-machined forms/finishes will reward you richly,i believe.
  8. Thanks,Alan! Yes,the rail is generally said to be in the 1070-ish range(one of the cuts that i finished by breaking exposed a super enlarged grain structure,i haven't played with trying to reduce it by normalizing yet,hope it'll be amenable to that). LG is a darling,for that very thing.Of course Joshua has absolutely saved me with that set of drawing dies... But the space in between the dies is of course minimal,and allows only for the simplest stock-reduction and not much more... So again,this felt almost like cheating,i feel kinda diminished in my own
  9. Joshua,thanks! Forging out that RR flange was surprisingly easy,i expected much worse.I worked it first under my spiffy new dies,and then by hand-both were much less punishing then expected. Maybe i haven't worked a biggish size 10xx lately...and it's the difference in stiffness vs all the Cr-ish spring steel... It felt so doable that i thought that RR rail may be a nifty stock for axes of all kinds,the massy rail-part can be smashed down into a decent slitted&drifted monosteel head(axes or hammers or eyed top-tools?),and of course that sizable flange makes for
  10. It's a beaut,Joshua,look at dem clean harmonious lines of that blade...
  11. This is hands down the Coolest set-up i've ever seen!:) Good for you,you're onto maybe the best source for creativity and learning-Playing!:) Right on,man,roll with it,it'll get you wherever you'll wish to go!
  12. William,hello,good to see anyone getting into the craft. I didn't look at actual photos of your set-up,but by your description it sounds cool,right on. In a very general sense,as someone who works with charcoal(exclusively,anymore),i'd like to say a few things that you may find helpful: Simultaneous conversion wood to charcoal can be done(there was a biggish machinist operation some ways from where i live 100+years ago that stacked birch blocks behind the forge-fire kinda using the waste-heat of the forge to prep the fuel used consequitively,apparently they
  13. Well,the title is more of a click-bait...In actuality what i'm shooting for here is an approximation of the work by an elusive and somewhat mysterious Swedish maker,Stefan Ronnquist. He produced a few heads for the wood-carvers' market some years ago,just enough to get them poor carvers all stirred up and aroused,and then kinda vanished,in spite of all the interest in his product. Unfortunately i don't know anything about the man himself,only that he reignited my own lust for that general shape. From photos of his work i want to say that he worked them up from a solid mon
  14. Worthwhile project!:) I like Moby Dick,and am struggling through it for the 3rd(maybe 4th) time. The possible trouble as far as balancing the historic link and the visually-appealing/striking pattern-weld is that the nature of those older harpoons lay in the great Malleability of the shank... Couple of old examples: https://www.scran.ac.uk/packs/exhibitions/learning_materials/webs/40/the_ https://nha.org/the-winter-show/whaling/ Separately from all of the above,was surprised to hear the "to
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