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Eric McHugh
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PostPosted: Tue 28 Mar, 2006 5:17 pm    Post subject: Bearded Axe (In Process)         Reply with quote

Hi All,

I'm making a bearded axe for Andy Bain, and I thought I'd share an "in process" photo. This is the first Bearded Axe I've made and so far it is coming along great.

The mild steel eye is forge welded to the high carbon blade section. I've also, included a picture of the original I'm using as inspiration. Unfortunately, my only good picture from the National Museum in Copenhagen is rather blurry. I opted to go with more pointed langets (for lack of a better term) rather than the round ones on the original. These axes do come in many flavors. The body is quite wedged shaped which makes the thing a monster. The blade from tip to tip is 6.5", but it handles like a much more substantial axe. The next step is some final grinding and polishing, then on to hafting it.

I have parts forged out for a second bearded axe of similar dimensions (why make one when you can make two) that will be ready in a few weeks also. So if anyone is interested, send me a PM.




Find me on Facebook, or check out my blog. Contact me at eric@crownforge.net or ericmycue374@comcast.net if you want to talk about a commission or discuss an available piece.
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PostPosted: Tue 28 Mar, 2006 9:34 pm    Post subject: Sweet!!!         Reply with quote

Wow!!! Eric that is awesome!!! I love the shape of that axe !!.

Great work man , i can't wait to see that hafted.
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PostPosted: Tue 28 Mar, 2006 10:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Sweet!!!         Reply with quote

John Gage wrote:
Wow!!! Eric that is awesome!!! I love the shape of that axe !!.

Great work man , i can't wait to see that hafted.


Me too!!! Wink
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PostPosted: Tue 28 Mar, 2006 11:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nice!
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PostPosted: Wed 29 Mar, 2006 9:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yes, that is very attractive-
Though personally I would have liked to see the roundness of the "langettes" perserved as on the original. I can see though how the pointed finish really complement the piece.
Jeremy
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PostPosted: Wed 29 Mar, 2006 9:14 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Eric McHugh wrote:
The mild steel eye is forge welded to the high carbon blade section.


I'm impressed! Forge welding can be tricky enough (though not too bad once you have some practice) without trying to use two different materials. Using both mild and high carbon steel definately makes that a piece to brag about.

-Grey

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