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Hi Guys, sorry for the long silence. I'm working on a few projects and I thought I would share some of the process of this seax. I haven't made a seax in a while, and I've been very inspired by the work many of you have done in this area in the last few years, especially Petr Florienec.

This piece is a bit of a departure from history.

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When I look at some of the Germanic ornamentation I see a kind of grimness to it, this design extrapolates on that a bit. I'm working with the idea of a more atavistic heart of some of the myths from before they were written down.

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I have a blade done, it just needs to be sharpened and I have the design.

I've just finished carving the hilt. today I'm planing on experimenting with doing an amonia finish on the oak and I will start making the fittings. here are some pictures—

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you can see an Owen Bush blade in the backround there :)

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and this one gives you a sense of scale

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Very nice, as usual, your ability to bend metal and wood to your will never ceases to amaze me!

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You know what I think of this... :P

 

Incredible work

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That is awesome Jake! Do you find that Oak is chippy (for lack of a better word) as you carve or could that just be

my lack of skill Lol.

 

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That is awesome Jake! Do you find that Oak is chippy (for lack of a better word) as you carve or could that just be

my lack of skill Lol.

 

Geoff

I have tried to carve oak before too, and I agree, I've found a bit of a chippy-ness to it as well.

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Thats nice work, I didnt realize how big it was, kinda like a short sword! I always pictured a seax as a GP knife. Sheath design is cool too!

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Heeeeyyy what is that blade hiding out beside the seax in that one pic

the blade with the wolfs tooth?????

 

Is that a sneak preview.

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Breathtaking Jake. :)
Very sexy indeed. ;)

Thanks for sharing!
Love the deepness of those grip carvings! really powerful. That's something I really need to push myself with and improve upon in my carvings.

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nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend"

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Thanks everyone!

 

Oak is challenging to carve. I find it much easier to work with if I keep my tools very sharp. I keep a stone with me and sharpen the chisel as soon as it starts to complain and get draggy. Oak is also very resistant to carving against the grain, that's when it gets chippy, always being aware of the grain direction makes a big difference. and I regulate the blade pressure, gliding over the open grain and baring down on the denser sections.

 

Heeeeyyy what is that blade hiding out beside the seax in that one pic
the blade with the wolfs tooth?????

Is that a sneak preview.

 

That's an Owen Bush blade that I'm going to make a hilt and scabbard for :) well spotted.

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That is beautifull already Jake and is going to be absolutely amazing when it is finished.

Where on earth do you get the patience from to do that carving, it would drive me insane, not to speak of the sore neck and arms.

 

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Beautiful work Jake, I have lurked these forums for quite some time now, and I still seem to have a hard time finding (or affording for that matter) the necessary things to begin working on my own blades. Your work, among others on the forum keep that drive to get going alive. Thank you!

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Thanks everyone!

 

Oak is challenging to carve. I find it much easier to work with if I keep my tools very sharp. I keep a stone with me and sharpen the chisel as soon as it starts to complain and get draggy. Oak is also very resistant to carving against the grain, that's when it gets chippy, always being aware of the grain direction makes a big difference. and I regulate the blade pressure, gliding over the open grain and baring down on the denser sections.

 

 

That's an Owen Bush blade that I'm going to make a hilt and scabbard for :) well spotted

That is etremely helpful Jake thanks for being so gracious with your knowledge!!

I look really forward to seeing the complete piece.

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They forge their creativity,closer to the heart.

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It does have a grim, ominous vibe going, and that makes me smile for some reason....

Evil is easy, grim and ominous, not so much. B)

This piece will be epic.

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The twist in the carving of the grip is just freaking sexy, I love it. Great work Jake!

don't you meen seaxy? .... had to do it sorry..

Jake this is totaly amazing.

MP

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very cool ensemble. It seems that the carving on the grip is deeper or has more relief than some of the things I have seen (pictures) of from you. Maybe it is just may imagination. But, it is great work on the blade and the handle and sheath.

 

nice.

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That´s wonderful, really impressive work and I love that carving on the scabbard.

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