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Michael Bergstrom

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  1. Smith videos will be rolling out. Burnt myself in the forge so keeping it clean by editing. J arthur Loose is uploaded. Watch the list in the coming week for more.
  2. That's the video i just uploaded to him. Its the same as the one on the Arctic Fire playlist. His video is Chapter 2, the other chapters are on the Arctic Fire playlist above. Thanks for watching! Lots more coming!
  3. Chapters 1-3 have been posted online with the demos, over the next week all the videos will be online as well as several profile/in depth videos and a doc about the giants sword construction. A couple hours of new videos have gone up. Next couple weeks will be never before seen content Available for streaming: Chapter 1: Panel Discussion (Group) Chapter 2: The Mother's Dagger (Peter Johnsson) Chapter 3: The Material Culture of the Spear Danes (Petr Florianek) Chapter 4: Hilting a Giant's Sword (Jake Powning) Chapter 5: Undertow, the Giant's Sword (Owen Bush) Chapter 6: Hrunting, The Sword That Failed (Dave Stephens) Chapter 7: The Lyre of Lejre (J.Arthur Loose) Chapter 8: Closing Discussion Owen Bush: Forging the Pattern of Undertow Dave Stephens: Multi-Bar Pattern Welding Tips and Tricks Jake Powning: Carving Waxes for Lost Wax Casting Petr Florianek: Pressblech Techniques Peter Johnsson: Antler Forming with Heat and Steam Petr Florianek: Carving Antler with Rotary Tools J. Arthur Loose: Gilding Techniques NEW Artist Profile: J. Arthur Loose NEW Artist Profile: Petr Florianek Upcoming Releases: Artist Profile: Peter Johnsson Artist Profile: J. Arthur Loose Artist Profile: Owen Bush Artisr Profile: Jake Powning Creating "Undertow: Bloody Ripper of Tides" Documentary (TBD) Enjoy on YouTube on Wild Dog Creative channel where there is a custom playlist for the series https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjf2PEJI0BSqzXzKts9gkeG3YjOyJ8d5F
  4. Chapter 1-3 have been posted online with the demos, over the next week all the videos will be online as well as several profile/in depth videos and a doc about the giants sword construction. A couple hours of new videos have gone up. Next week will be never before seen content though. Available for streaming: Chapter 1: Panel Discussion (Group) Chapter 2: The Mother's Dagger (Peter Johnsson) Chapter 3: The Material Culture of the Spear Danes (Pete Florianek) Owen Bush: Forging the Pattern of Undertow Dave Stephens: Multi-Bar Pattern Welding Tips and Tricks Jake Powning: Carving Waxes for Lost Wax Casting Petr Florianek: Pressblech Techniques Peter Johnsson: Antler Forming with Heat and Steam Petr Florianek: Carving Antler with Rotary Tools J. Arthur Loose: Gilding Techniques Chapter 4: Hilting a Giant's Sword (Jake Powning) Chapter 5: Undertow, the Giant's Sword (Owen Bush) Chapter 6: Hrunting, The Sword That Failed (Dave Stephens) Chapter 7: The Lyre of Lejre (J.Arthur Loose) Chapter 8: Closing Discussion NEW Artist Profile: J. Arthur Loose NEW Artist Profile: Petr Florianek TBD: Artist Profile: Peter Johnsson Artist Profile: Owen Bush Artisr Profile: Jake Powning Creating "Undertow: Bloody Ripper of Tides" Documentary (TBD) Enjoy on YouTube on Wild Dog Creative channel where there is a custom playlist for Arctic Fire.
  5. Also first time using vinegaroon and I'm a convert! Put two steel wool pieces in white vinegar in a pint size mason jar with a hole in the lid. Let it sit for a few days (I think it was a week), strained it out. Applied with sheep fur, neutralized with hot water and baking soda, then rinsed under running water. I'm shocked about the rich even color, seemed much easier to achieve an even color. That, and my whole goal with this project was no power tools, completely by hand and with historical methods....so it only made sense to color with vinegaroon
  6. Dirk needed clothes. Modeled the sheathe after some survivors. Wet formed the leather and sewed up the single seam on the back. Belt loop is wet woven in with the loop stitched as a saltire. Light tooling, and then colored with vinegaroon, buffed and sealed with beeswax. She's ready to head to her new home!
  7. This thing is fantastic. Light and agile in the hand and absolutely gorgeous. These pictures are a pale representation of what it is.
  8. Thanks Alan! I considered a deep etch and played around with it but it was a little jarring visually, I like the subtleness of polishing it back.
  9. Nearing completion now. Need to clean up the secondary fuller, sharpen and make a leather sheathe for it. OAL: 18.25" Blade: 14" Weight: 15 ounces. Full Length Some fun color in the ivory. Wrought iron pommel cap.
  10. Peen block. Testing fitting, you can see the more subtle pattern of the pommel cap now after polishing back a little. I just want the idea of the pattern there at the end, not heavily etched. Ivory tends to pick up a lot of gunk when it's not polished. Final shape is getting there.
  11. So, haven't been able to work on this in a while, had to finish up a couple swords and do some heat treating. Finally started working this week a little on it. after reviewing the photos, I noticed that the guard is actually bent. I didn't want to fire up my large forge, so took a crucible and my torch to heat up the guard piece. I creased ahead of time to get a good line, then hot fitted it to shape it over the blade shoulders (which I rounded down with a file). The potato acted as a simple heat sink for the fast fit so I didn't lose my tempering, it worked out great. I started cleaning up the pommel cap and starting to shape it, It's only at about 60 grit right now, but wanted a quick dip in acid to see if this batch of wrought had any pattern to it, I was not disappointed. Stopping point last night. I haven't really worked on the handle at all lately, though I'm starting to fit it to the guard now. I also started filing the guard to shape. Blade is now at a flat grind at 320 grit, and I'll be starting on the fuller today or tomorrow. It's going to be a hard fuller, it marries up to the spine, almost creating a T shape than has a skinny accent line down the along the fuller. Should be fun...
  12. He cleaned the blade, than used birchwood casey perma blue, he then soaked the blade in vinegar until rust formed, than put the blade in boiling water (in rust bluing it's best to use distilled water), then brushed it back.
  13. Super slow going. Starting to refine and thin up the handle, and started filing in the "thistle" pommel cap. Decided to go for wrought iron guard plate and pommel cap, so took some old wagon wheel and forged it down flat. This is the pommel cap design on the original. The cap appears to have a slight dome as well. The cap also seems to overhang the handle by a hair, but I think that's ivory shrinkage with age, and not intentional, so I think I'll go for flush. Drill baby drill, drilled my pilot hole a little smaller than the tang, then filed to fit. Where I stopped last night. (axe of perun pendant in the pic as well, it's my distraction piece right now, haha)
  14. I dont, I can try to find out. But I had to guess at dimensions based off of hands in other photos and averages for dirks.
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