I make forging hammers from 1045 steel and have been giving some of them faces for a few years now. The carving starts out with the hammerhead hot so that I can get nice deep chisel marks and then I finish up by chasing in the final details cold. Here’s a video of a heat where I’m using punches and chisels to make an eye and the nostrils:
Here’s the hammerhead in the video a bit further along –
These hammers have been finish forged and heat treated, they’re ready for final finish and handles – bigger hammers are up next.
This 19th century style boarding axe was a bit larger than a trade spike axe and forge welding the languets on, then keeping them matched and even while the two halves of the axe are being forge welded together is almost a three handed job.
Continue reading From the bench, boarding axe
The pattern is a Mamen style dragon adapted to fit this broad axe head.
Continue reading Work In Progress May 2012 – Chased Viking Broad Axe