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Serpent in the Sax


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I had shown a teaser of this in another thread, but for those who haven't seen it, I've been chasing a serpent pattern in bloomery materials. The first couple tries were failures of one kind or another, so those attempts were recycled in a charcoal hearth, remelted and refined into some steel. Actually it was some of the best steel I've made in a hearth, I worked the puck right into a good bar of steel and folded it a few times to distribute the carbon more evenly. A couple pics during the process.

 

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A silver bolster was forged and fit to the Sax, and I used Oak that has sat at the bottom of Lake Superior for 150 years for the handle.

 

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Comments and critique are both welcome, Thanks for looking

 

Zeb

 

 

 

 

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Neat! It's got a special kind of look to it, can't explain why it appeals to me so much...

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Man that is some beautiful steel! Lovely, just lovely...

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Way cool, Zeb! My box of things to refine is growing to a dangerous size. Seeing this makes me want to jump out into the cold and light a little fire :rolleyes:

 

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Thanks everyone! The secret of the serpent is in a thread on this board (probably one of the best ones) Jeff Pringle describes how to do it with no material removal, just forging ;) it's a lot simpler than you think......

 

 

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I wish you lived closer so I could pay you to help me get this hearth-thing right. I have a lot of bloom to melt.

 

that is just about the coolest thing I have seen in months.

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Very cool piece! I have a good sized bit of hearth steel that would be fun to try this with.

 

Thanks everyone! The secret of the serpent is in a thread on this board (probably one of the best ones) Jeff Pringle describes how to do it with no material removal, just forging ;) it's a lot simpler than you think......

 

I'm not aware of that thread and am not having any luck searching for it, do you have the link by chance?

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