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About Lukasz

  • Birthday 02/25/1984

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  1. Basicly it is the same. Deep bowl shaped hearth with air hole about 5 cm above bottom. I even tried it in regular smithing hearth buy using four flat soap stones to create shaft and it worked just fine. You are going to have lots of fun with P Iron Alan
  2. I have to say that I stopped drinking while forging after (confession) cutting edge became soft back and soft back became cutting edge
  3. That's a beauty! Fabulous leather work Matthew!
  4. Hey Darrell, great that you ask. Gladly we had in Poland one man Jerzy Piaskowski, who had done fantastic research on many findings by cutting of examples from swords, knives, iron blooms, bars etc. Some were saying that what he did was wrong. Truth is that it was the best that could be done. Because of all this research I could study some very important aspects of working bloomery iron. About iron blooms From what I know there is almost no evidence of steel blooms with significant carbon content in Poland and if there are it would not be enough to produce good cutting edge after h
  5. Looks fantastic! Different from findings but really inspiring
  6. Beautiful knife you came up with! Looks perfectly balanced I was laughing while reading about forging it the wrong way. I have done several times as well Wrought iron can be very tricky when you combine it with high carbon steel. cheers!
  7. Thank you so much for your reply gentleman I would like to share photo of one more crazy blade. My intention was to do some triple twist with different steel variations. That's what I came up with. Dion, I combine even up to six different kinds of iron and steel to create patterns.
  8. Hi everyone! I would like to share with you few photos of my latest pattern welded knifes. I had been playing with different steel combinations to get some new, interesting patterns. Hope you like it
  9. Took me long time to get back here lots of work to do lately. Id love to shear some other photos. Different examples of fire strikers Battle ready inlaid an axe head Eastern style axe head with pattern welded cutting edge Iron age spearhead based on Danish findings Przeworsk culture belt buckle and belt end. 10th century folding sickle If it comes to stamps, I am using them since some time on everything I forge. I think that you have to be very good in what you do before you mark your work. I also didn't pay attention to it before interest in
  10. Xray eyes are cose What is fascinating about ancient items? Everything! every tiny aspect. It feels like going back in time and experiencing process of creating individual artifact. I can't agree that I make only copies or straight replicas. Sometimes you have to do what people want you to do for them. Also during creaction of individual item you add yourself intoI am working with multiple thing at the moment, trying out some new patterns. I just finished two blades for Edvin. He makes replicas of sheaths from places like Birka. Really nice work! One of blades for Edvins project
  11. I just purchased my Xray eyes on E-bay, quite useful item To be serious, I love to look at artifact closely. Once I spent two hours drooling over pattern welded sword on an exhibition in Copenhagen's national museum. Someone dumped it under pile of other artifacts, leaving only five centimeters sticking out. What is fascinating about ancient items? Everything! every tiny aspect. It feels like going back in time and experiencing process of creating individual artifact. I can't agree that I make only copies or straight replicas. Sometimes you have to do what people want you to do for
  12. Great topic! Here you have few examples from Poland. I bet none of you gentleman have ever seen them before. Bronze alloy fittings represent hunting scene, two dogs and a hunter. Two knives showing similar scene were found in different places. Looks like it was quite common expression.
  13. This is all truth Jens! After getting some basic knowledge I started o search for materials that could allow me to smelt on my own. Didn't really have to look for long time, bog iron ore was lying on my neighbors field, hundred fifty meters from my parents house. Clay was never a problem, had it all over the place. Sounds like it was meant to be this way. I even dug up picture of one of my first blooms. Not so big but, very dense. How did it feel when i held first bloom? It felt like being a wizard, like one of your ancestors ages before you, plus goose-flash and tear in my eye, pure magic!
  14. Before I answer your question Id like to share one more thing, more spiritual. It was at Wolin market 2008 in Poland. One of my friends asked me about being a part of a night show called Slavic Myth- Creation Of The World. I was supposed to forge a world out of glowing iron. It seemed to boring just to go out there and hit the red hot iron, nothing special. We thought that It should be something more spectacular than just that. I had this brilliant idea, to fold huge billet out of several plates and forge weld it during the show. I started. Public sat down, may by ten meters from me. Only tho
  15. I strarted like many others, with old vacuum cleaner, BBQ set and crapy industrial anvil from scrapyard. I spent weeks trying to forge arrowheads, surfing for materials, reading books and watching LOTR movies. Then in 2003 I joined a viking re-enactment group. I also found out that there are people interested in buing my some of my works, so I decided to build a real workshop, collect more tools and start forging more difficoult things. I had to invest in a new anvil. I found it on an internet auction for around 150 dollars. It has fascinating story. Man who dug it up said that he found it in
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