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Hey, we have the same blower! B)

 

I find I get a better flare to the edge if I do them before the wrap, but you can certainly do it that way as well. Just be sure you don't accidentally weld the edge shut before you get the steel in there or it'll be a bugger to fix later.

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I love this thing! Infinite air control! B) Yeah, I thought about that this morning before I started. I did finally get the edge piece in though. I'll post more progress pics from today later on.

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More progress today. The main objective for today was to get the blade edge in. In the last pic you see the cleanup work has begun. I still have a ways to go, but so far, I think its coming along well.

 

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So, here's the latest. I did the blade work near the eye today. I must say, it was rather interesting. I apologize for only one picture today. My friend came over to see the progress and we hashed out a plan for the bowl and the handle. While he was here, we got the haft roughly shaped and drilled, then hung the head for testing. So far, this is going to be one quick and sharp tomahawk.

 

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Okay, so here's the progress from today. I started work on the bowl. The stock material I used was 3/4" diameter round bar of low to medium carbon steel. I cut about 4" off and upset one end to flare it out some. Now, on to the grinding, filing, and drilling. I also roughly shaped the haft to get a better idea on the whole project. Yes, the hole is drilled all the way through, and yes, it was rather interesting. In the last picture, you see everything mocked up. I have to finish shaping the bowl (which will be shorter) then fine tune the fit between the bowl and the eye. Also, the head has not been heat treated yet. Now, I have question to anyone that has made a functioning pipe hawk... The hole that was drilled down the center of the haft, what else needs to be done to the hole as far as any dressing or whatnot?

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As long as the hole down the haft is 3/16" to 1/4" diameter all you need is a leather gasket in the head, a plug on the end, and a connecting hole from bowl the haft hole. Much of this is detailed here: http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=9559

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Thanks Alan, I wasn't sure as this tomahawk will be used as it was first intended.

 

Now, for today's progress. Again, the head isn't heat treated yet, so this picture is still in mock-up phase. I still have some cleanup work before heat treating.

 

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The finished product. I cannot emphasize enough the gratitude and appreciation I have for the advice and suggestions I've had during this build, and I think it all paid off. Again, thank you all, especially Alan.

 

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