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Niels Provos

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  1. This has now turned into a charity drive for the second harvest food bank. You can see some of my postings and progress pictures on Twitter :-)
  2. A short video on making a power hammer tool. Let me know what you think.
  3. Unfortunately, it's a two person operation and takes a reasonable amount of time. It's been a couple of years since I last tried. I wouldn't say I got to a place where it was completely reproducible. On the other hand as a weekend hobby, it means there is a never ending list of potential projects for me.
  4. I wanted to mix it up a little bit during my holiday break and made some "Mandalorian Beskar". Be amused or be not amused.
  5. Glad you got it finally finished! I would also be interested in more historical references of serpent patterns. When I looked at them a few years ago, I did not really find much of interest.
  6. From my perspective, it was a general exercise. Jim ended up visiting a bunch of smithies in Norway and Sweden a few years ago. I believe this is one of the simple axes he observed there. I mostly wanted to get a sense for the process and an excuse to actually spend two days blacksmithing. My usually shop time is unfortunately only a couple of hours each week at the moment :-(
  7. Here are a few more pictures. The axe head right after forge welding: Here Jim is forming the eye on the mandrel: And the axe heads after the eye shape has been refined:
  8. The starting bar was 6 1/2" x 2"x 1/2" - mild steel.
  9. In preparation for welding the eye, the transition to the blade is upset to give it some more material: Then the surfaces are cleaned and prepared for welding with some borax: Afterwards, the piece is bent so that the blade parts meet perfectly and are ready for forge welding:
  10. I did not take any video as that would have easily doubled the amount of time but here are some photos. Using a center punch to show the lines where material for the eye is going to be separated: Fullering on the line - the goal was to split the punched dots in half: With the material separated, the rest of the eye is fullered to increase the width to about 3 1/2 in: I'll post more pictures when I have some time. That said, watching Jim demonstrate all this makes you appreciate the skill and experience to do this efficiently.
  11. I took a couple of days off work to spend time with Jim Austin in Oakland and take his axe forging class. The objective was to transform the bar of steel into that axe head: This is basically all forging work without really much grinding and or filing afterwards. We made two axes and here is the one I made (under Jim's excellent tutelage): If you are interested, I can also post some photos from all the forging stages.
  12. Here is one more photo from Lars: Someone had asked about the vegetation in the background of the video, it is a Japanese maple. Niels.
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