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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
  15. That's beautiful. Not sure exactly what it is,but something ridiculously APPEALING about this!!! What great forging...Incredible.
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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:
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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...
  23. 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...:)
  24. 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.
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