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Niels Provos

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  1. Here is another tool making video you might enjoy:
  2. You are all very funny :-) The wrought from the grain elevator is very high in phosphorous. Makes for great contrast but not so great for forging.
  3. Awesome work. Glad I stumbled across it today!
  4. 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 :-)
  5. A short video on making a power hammer tool. Let me know what you think.
  6. 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.
  7. I wanted to mix it up a little bit during my holiday break and made some "Mandalorian Beskar". Be amused or be not amused.
  8. 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 I would also be interested in more historical references of serpent patterns.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.
  9. 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 :-(
  10. 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:
  11. The starting bar was 6 1/2" x 2"x 1/2" - mild steel.
  12. 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:
  13. 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.
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