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  1. 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
  2. That's beautiful. Not sure exactly what it is,but something ridiculously APPEALING about this!!! What great forging...Incredible.
  3. Thanks,Jennifer,neat stuff,right on! I lack the ability to up and just watch all the videos,but i get the idea,and liker your final product!
  4. Thanks,Niels.It's inspiring seeing Jim's tools and methods,very clean and controlled forging. If i may ask,why was this particular form/style/et c. of a axe chosen? Did you discuss any specifics of the kind of tool that you're going for,or was it more in a format of a general exercise? In any case,great to see these photos,thanks.
  5. Doug,it's ironic that i'm so free with links to videos,with my satellite-based internet here it's rare that i can watch one myself..:( So i don't mean to be flip about it,but darn it,there's just So much good info in that format... I want to do it just one more time,with apologies to all of us with poor/limited reception.It's a good video from Sweden that shows the Range of tools,from felling,to hewing. The reason i think it's important here is that one may notice how None of the tools used in production,and all the way up to finishing of a timber leave a strictly
  6. P.S. NOTHING is set in stone as far as Any exes go,it's all very fluid and mutable... Here's LRS actually using a Laftebila for rough-hewing a log...I think that long ago they had better,more effective tools for that,and that Laftebila was a dedicated tool for, well,Lafting:) But,here we have it:
  7. So,a more typical "broad axe" would be swung,using it's great mass to help accelerate it,to accomplish the job in more efficient manner(much like we use a forging hammer). Whereas Chad's classy old Laftebila(one of the technical names for it) is more of a really big Paring chisel:It's mass is also considerable,but it's kinda secondary to it's great Area,that helps to guide the builder's cut in a Very precise manner. (not that when called for those guys would scuple to swing it and administer a fairly smart Whack with it!:). But this type tool has a unique blade pro
  8. Doug,these were not "normally" single-bevel tools(the grind was strictly individualized,often varying bevels,somewhere in between the strictly single-,or symmetrical bevels,just as a builder found suited their own needs). So i doubt this one is. This is definitely a Hewing tool in that it's used for work WITH,vs across the grain(chopping). It's not really related to tools entirely dedicated to squaring/flattening timbers,those were usually indeed Single-bevel,but also quite heavy in cross-section,and with Lots of extra mass. This tool here is indeed for
  9. Thanks all you guys,good stuff(i ought to file it someplace for future reference,the old pea-brain ain't holding on to good info no mo'..). Apologies for power cup-brush suggestion,i actually spaced out the word "brass",but still,no need for power nuffink...
  10. I'm not in the Least surprised!:)....It seems to be Compulsive,in the Internet Culture,to dunk an old axe into vinegar(or stronger acid)....It's not really a nice thing to do...(and Very rarely strictly necessary). Alan may appear here soon and maybe give us an Archaeologist's perspective on dunking iron artefacts into acid...:)
  11. Chad,it's entirely up to you of course,but cleaning old metal with acid usually works very poorly,obliterating much of the original surface/shape of tool. Gentle mechanical cleaning like a cup brush at very low RPM prevents these losses,and often suffices. The tool appears to not be worm much at all,and it can easily be both-a working tool,in good shape, displayed as such.
  12. Chad,i don't think it's a felling axe at all,and it's probably not missing any parts. I think this is a carpenter's/hewing axe,from Noway:https://www.miljolare.no/data/ut/album/?al_id=2085 (nice tool,i'd clean it Very carefully,preserving it's (venerable)age,and it's nature ofa tool most probably made in some small rural forge...)
  13. Yes,please,as many as you can. It's Really cool that you made the time and the effort to do this,Niels,good for you and thanks in advance.
  14. Sorry,Dave,it's very sad that it had to be that way...
  15. OK,it's time to finish this off. I ended up keeping that sway.Most of what i use myself(and always have)would qualify as a "slick",vs firmer,or other kinds of chisel that needs to be dead-flat on the sole. Still,that was a good lesson in working with such material/this type of construction,and if a perfect flat is desired one would have to do Something(pre-bend,or set up for straightening at quench or other means). The tool is serviceable,some valuable lessons learned,that specific WI just Lovely to work with... The handle wood is a complete mystery to
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