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Owen Bush
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PostPosted: Mon 12 Dec, 2011 12:55 am    Post subject: Last weekend"s Axe making class         Reply with quote

Hello all , I have just finished teaching an axe making class .....
it went well.
we made a total of 10.5 axe heads (nine finished axes I managed 1 and a half heads only.), most students going away with a forge welded bow tie construction axe and a punched and drifted axe , one student only came for 2 days and made a big forge welded axe.

I pre drilled 1lb blocks of en9 (1050) let the bashing commence......
punching:-


Knocking the punch out.



using a set hammer to refine the eye and blade .


and the bashing commenses


an axe taking shape...


At this point I got a little stuck in and forgot to take more piccies , here is me lamping a folded mild steel over steel bow tie construction axe.


and refining anoyther with a little more finess


and the finished axes it was a good 3 days work


some close ups


and the others


and finaly the group shot , thanks guys for a great weekend.

forging soul into steel .

www.owenbush.co.uk the home of bushfire forge school of smithing .
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David Clark





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PostPosted: Mon 12 Dec, 2011 4:53 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is too cool! And look at the smiles in the final pic. Those are some happy dudes! ^u^ Who wouldn't be after that though?
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Bernard Delor




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PostPosted: Mon 12 Dec, 2011 2:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Fine ! You did not say anything about heat treatments, but I suppose you had them done...
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Owen Bush
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PostPosted: Mon 12 Dec, 2011 2:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

All the axes were triple normalised, then differentially hardened and tempered .
I cycled them through the ovens and the students hardened them.

forging soul into steel .

www.owenbush.co.uk the home of bushfire forge school of smithing .
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