Viking era axe design

A stylized eagle on a bearded axe

Viking era axe design

This is the beginning stages of chasing a Viking stylized eagle onto both sides of a bearded axe.  I have several hours of work remaining.  The copper sheet under the piece is to protect the work on the other side while I work on this one.

The axe is one of the Viking bearded styles and is folded, forge-welded together, the high carbon bit forge-welded on and forged into shape. The eagle is of the Mammen style.  There is also some file embelishment.  This axe will be going to Blade with me.

In the background you can see my chasing hammer and how I hold the work steady while the ornamentation is happening.  There is a second bolt under my hand (which always looks like that when i’m in the shop).