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Ernest Dubois

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  1. Hjärtum smid W. Persson has passed on

    Effen external picture hoster anyway! Johan Skogg nearest camera his brother Axel, also smid at the Hjärtum forge but choose not to pursue and had some other career, unfortunately for him.
  2. Bros. Dahlgren out of the Wira Forge

    This is some info off the web from out of Sweden itself, " Carl Fredrik Dahlgren. Son John continued until his death in 1948."
  3. Mystery axe

    Could be a sod or turf cutter.
  4. Bros. Dahlgren out of the Wira Forge

    Any information concerning these smids of Sweden?
  5. Hjärtum smid W. Persson has passed on

    By way of the latest update here is a photo of Skog in his later days
  6. Axe from Gransfor Bruk's museum collection.

    On more of these axes, the old ones, I see that the key at the closure of the socket is only partially welded which I first thought was a fluke, or a weld let loose from use but now I see it recurring it makes me wonder if it's the intension that the under section is left weld-free there. My new-made one from Lars Enander is welded over the whole length of the key by the way.
  7. Axe from Gransfor Bruk's museum collection.

    I just know of him through the axe works web site but understand he's showing up at the blacksmith/traditional carpentry demonstration in Montmarillon, Fr. this month. On his social media web sites he shows of course a lot of his work including forging up such an axe as the so-called 1700 model you've shown here. https://www.facebook.com/609826759129934/photos/pcb.849339015178706/849336095178998/?type=3&theater
  8. Axe from Gransfor Bruk's museum collection.

    Gerald, did you see the one Martin Claudel made recently? I hope he brings it along to Montmarillon in April
  9. The Price of Knowledge

    Hello, A similar investigation using a slightly different technique you will find direction to in this article. http://www.maihaugen.no/no/Norsk-handverksutvikling/Stipendiater-i-handverk/Stipendiater-i-handverk-perioden-2008---2011/Stipendiat-i-smedfaget-Terje-Granas/Avsluttende-oppgave-stipendiat-i-smedfaget/ Greetings, E.DB.
  10. carving a handle for a Finnish Axe

    So, as you have found, it is not only in this instance that the principle of a socketed mounting is missuderstood. The misconception goes even beyond Finnish axes. 6461093993_c7dfa37bdb_b.jpg E.DB.
  11. carving a handle for a Finnish Axe

    Could the unseasoned wood being formed in the video be another indication that this character is not fully clued in? I don't want to judge, maybe he was just in a hurry . Well, it makes more sense to have a rotation of handle wood all in various stages of relative dryness on hand because it's a process that is better carried out patiently. Here is an indication of how far in advance of use some Swedish axe users were preparing, scoring the tree when young and waiting to use the scar material for a strong resilient axe handle of pine. Of course you would be hard pressed to find axes handled in the traditional way many places outside of Bavaria, the inexpensive imported American hickory, (heartwood included for God's sake), dominating now, though I can believe enough Russians still do it their own way. Greetings, E.DB.
  12. carving a handle for a Finnish Axe

    The wood will be either birch or rowen typically, and green to boot. The stopped shoulder he carves is incorrect and a good example of how old sources are not necessarily the best or always correct sources of information. The reason it is incorrect is the following. He is making a handle for a new Billnås axe head, it looks like a 12,4 model and these axes are all made with what we can generally describe as a tapered socket with the intention that when the (green)wood of the handle seasons, shrinkage will occur and loosen the connection, no problem as long as the head can be reseated further down. Instead of a hard shoulder at the end of the taper there should be a gradual facetted transition out to the outer dimension of the socket. A further search will bring the interested reader to a Finnish Army measured diagram of one way to form the handle. Or maybe Jake P. will post it up. By the way, My wife was thoughtful enough to post me one fine axe out of Finland while visiting there last week. The 12,4 with the handle for comparison. Greetings, E.DB.
  13. That no one has suggested re-laying the bit here. E.DB.
  14. Thanks for piping in Jake, I'll be toting it around in my pocket the next few days mulling the whole thing over though I can say this, at most I will try and bring the cutting edge into a usable order, as you write there, and maybe even get a handle on out of curiosity. Doubtful I will be holding onto it though because I am a lefty - all politics aside for the moment - and I don't fancy having tools around me that don't get used at least now and then. E.DB.
  15. Hello, Well after having a look I think that Goldenberg can be ruled out for two reasons. One is the figure of the eye differs from the Goldenberg stamps which give a representation of a rather sleepy eye, and the eye on this axe is definitely wide awake even a bit reptilian. The other reason is I don't think it is even a trademark but decorative as the eye is only an element of a bigger scene, the eye is looking out on three unidentifiable objects. My idea is that it is a masonic symbol which is not to say that the axe itself is not a functional tool. Greetings, E.DB.