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Steffen Dahlberg

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  • Birthday 08/01/1983

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    Østfold and Helgeland, Norway

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  1. I absolutely agree with this, Owen. Even though I'm into a lot of old-fashioned, self-sufficient stuff, that doesn't mean I can daddle about savouring every stroke of a tool. The oldtimers were alot more efficient than many museums etc. give them credit for, even with simple hand tools. When I worked as a woodworker this was absolutely essential to bring the product into a price range that customers would accept. Later I got into a kind of cultural clash when my woodworking school typically allotted 9 weeks for a project that should take no more than one. Since smithing is my hobby I can al
  2. I had this thread firmly in mind when they were about to turn on the claustrophobic humming chamber, thinking "any second now there will be sparks and screaming".. The doctor that ordered the MRI was told about all the various ferrous shrapnel my eyes had taken, but he just shrugged and said if it was still there there would be inflammation, so no x-ray necessary. This time at least I had my arms free so I felt I could pull myself out if I freaked out, but if I ever have to go deeper into that darned tube or for more than 30min I'll be having the sedatives.
  3. I'm liking Dan Kaschners thinking. Usually I don't get involved in sword killing philosophy, but since this instance is "closer to home" so to speak, I'll add that I personally don't think killing the sword pleases the gods in any way. Not these gods. And there is no right answer here, if it means something to you to put in alot of effort and then sacrificing it, then that is why you do it. However, after defeating a foe it was also common to kill his sword, possibly so it wouldn't come back and stab you for what you did. Whatever the reason, because these were people that really lived by the
  4. Oh, I have plenty of those. I'm drowning in farriers rasps, but beside each end most of it is full of pesky teeth. So I did a test of sorts where I spent more time than I should on folding, welding and drawing the rasp to get a U-welded billet where the bottom of the U should make the edge. Then I sandwiched a piece of it in mild steel, forged out a blade, and quenched it in water "because it's usually OK and the oil wasn't warm".. Then I tried my hand at some Shears, which aren't a complete failure but they'll need some tweeking and it's a pain to do when they're hardened. I think this
  5. I have to say I don't really find WI to be noticeably softer than mild under the hammer when comparing at the same heats, but then again I've only tried a couple of sources. I've been using the outer part of the cone on a wagon axle for knives lately, since the rest is more work to draw out, and it's behaving completely different on each end. (there's a weld in the middle) One end is of fine grain with few flaws and can be worked into middle red. The other end is rougher and with two dark lines that will open at anything lower than high orange.
  6. Looks like it could have been leaf spring? It should be reasonably good for a felling axe, and superb for a froe. Can I ask where you had it analyzed? And if you bought the analysis, how much did it cost?
  7. Conductivity isn't everything. For water, brine and oil Heat capacity and Heat of vaporization is usually more important. Liquid ammonia would be interesting in that regard.
  8. Oh my Jake, I'll have to get back to you on this, and find some examples. For now I'll just answer quickly from the top of my head. The smoothness. One thing that is often disregarded is the very nature of the wood that is selected for axe work opposed to the sometimes indiscriminate use of wood for sawed work. Season. Farmers can be expected to do alot of building work in winter, but the further north you get, the more time is freed up in the summer season. In Helgeland there is only two rather late grass crops, and only one if any grain crops. Lofoten fishing is from January to April, an
  9. No good ones, "Thoughts on axes, and the troubles of welding the folded ones with certain kinds of mild steel" ??
  10. Alan I agree, but I sort of wish I would have made a new thread on axes when the topic was brought up, to ease future reading. It seems the mild on mild part of the discussion is very close to a dead end, unless Jerrod can dig up some reference.
  11. Hi Jerrod, just the man I was hoping to see. Yes I found that when I was googling copper. Do you think the copper could melt as in point (2) , thus coating and inhibiting the weld even when protected with flux? I didn't think it to be of importance as I imagined it could just be hammered out with the flux. But this could be a simplified view perhaps since the copper phase can continue melting and degrading the weld after initial bonding?
  12. Jake, that Japanese video reminded me of a VHS I saw a couple of years back from a Norwegian Axe seminar in the late '90s. In that video were shown at least a dozen different ways of hewing a log. With and without notches, forwards and backwards, standing behind, in front of or on top of the log, plus at least a dozen different axes of regional patterns. There are several ways of reaching the same goal, and even though it is interesting to read and understand tool marks I think those who restore and maintain our protected buildings today actually overvalue their importance. The reason for choo
  13. Daniel, here's one from '79. As it happens, the Norwegian National Library just now released a bunch of videos of craftsmanship on their Youtubechannel! I do not think they are restricted geographically, please tell me if they are. It's impressive how this sinewy smith weilds what looks to be a 6 pound sledge onehanded
  14. Hi Jim, yes there is a low temp salt pot for tempering where you can see him squeegeeing off the salt. Before that there is a molten Lead pot for hardening, but we don't get a very good look at it.
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