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Kirk B.





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PostPosted: Tue 15 Jan, 2019 4:07 pm    Post subject: DIY Bearded Axe...         Reply with quote

Cut & ground this old $5 flea market Hatchet head that had been found buried in a late 1800's farm yard. It was pretty tough steel and took several hours to shape, i even simplified the design a bit. And it lost over half it's original weight in the process...

I welded a plug into it to give it a better period correct D shaped hole. Ball peen induced pitting and applied a salt water paste for a few days to add patina the freshly cut surfaces. Finally sprayed a light coat of rust retardant primer to darken the new work.

Shaped and distressed a hickory haft and have had it hanging from a 2nd story gutter for over a year now to give it a little more "authentic" weathering. I just checked and i don't think it's ready yet, perhaps this spring...?

LOL!



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Kirk B.





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PostPosted: Tue 15 Jan, 2019 4:16 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Picture from the gutter...


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Victor R.




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PostPosted: Tue 15 Jan, 2019 5:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm not seeing how you incorporated the dwarf bread. Of course, they usually just used the bread for flails and polearms.

Banner day - second time I've been able to use a Pratchett reference. Wink



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Kirk B.





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PostPosted: Tue 15 Jan, 2019 5:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well, that's pretty embarrassing. I'll see if I can change it...

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Kirk B.





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PostPosted: Tue 15 Jan, 2019 5:33 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

But that is a perfect cartoon for this! Laughing Out Loud
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Victor R.




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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jan, 2019 9:09 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Kirk B. wrote:
But that is a perfect cartoon for this! Laughing Out Loud


I suppose I could have sent a PM, but the set-up was just too perfect and I enjoy a good reason to share the wonderful (Disc)world of Pratchett. Actually, I don't really need a "good" reason...

Nice work. If you were to sell it, apparently the haft alone is worth about $150. Wink
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Kirk B.





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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jan, 2019 9:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It is good stuff!, you SHOULD find "reasons" to share more of this work!

Wow, that much for haft? It's just a simple wall hanger to me...
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