Christopher Price Posted July 26, 2009 Share Posted July 26, 2009 So at Jeff's unconscious prompting (really, I was just jealous of his collection) I got myself a couple 10th century artifacts from Wendland, an ax and a spear. The spear intrigued me, because using handmade hammer, anvil, files and stones, the smith of old made something more graceful and symmetrical than I can do with the advantages of modern tooling and technology. But, what really interested me, was how the socket for the spear was made. So I got ahold of some dental impression material, and proceeded to take a cast of the socket interior. Shining a light down the hole revealed a weld seam invisible on the outside (corrosions salts, etc.) but I wanted to see if I could capture the shape of the tooling used to form the socket around, as well... and I think I just might have. The spear in question: And the mold, from a couple different angles: I think it's pretty cool to 'see' something that's been hidden for a millenium, and get inside the head of the smith who made this object. Now I have to make a bick anvil that will work for this shape, and get busy trying to reproduce the grace and symmetry of this piece. With my own iron, of course. The Tidewater Forge Christopher Price, Bladesmith Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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