Saturday, March 27, 2010
This beautiful little camp ax was made with my guidance by my neighbor, who rents space next to my work space. It was his first time forging. It's made from a car axle, forged with a hydraulic forging press for the heavy work and by hand for the rest, quenched in vegetable oil, tempered by eye with tempering tongs, cleaned up and made purty with an angle grinder and my KMG belt grinder. He made the hickory handle on his own, and unfortunately split it as he was putting the edges in. He'll cut it down and re-use it on an adze head he made from the same piece of axle.
It works excellently. I've never had a Granfors Bruks ax in hand to be able to make a comparison, but it'd be hard to imagine it cutting much better. That's a big hunk of mesquite there, and the ax made big ol' chips fly off of it. Mesqite's not the hardest wood, but it sure isn't soft. Absolutely no affect to the cutting edge.
Sure beats the pants off of anything he could get from Home Despot or any of the other big box "hardware" stores.
Monday, March 22, 2010
This little knife is one of my Neo-Tribal Metalsmith knives.
It is forged from leaf spring, the cutting edge is filed by hand, and the steel hardened in vegetable oil. I used vinegar to eat the scale off, leaving the forge finish. The handle is wrapped in 20 ga. jeweler's copper wire with cotton cord Turk's head knots and all the wrap sealed up with amber shellac. The sheath is a simple fold-over Kydex job. The blade is approximately 4" long. It will shave hair.
I'm asking $130, plus shipping.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
See? I make things other than blades!
This sculpture just came out of an art show here in San Antonio, the On and Off Fred show hosted by the Bihl Haus.
Medium: Forged and fabricated steel.
Approximate dimensions: 14" x 12" x 24"
Description: Behind an expressionless face lies a tangled, chaotic mass of sharply pointed tendrils. The motion is frozen at the moment that several begin to break through.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
This second knife is one I made for my girlfriend recently. It, too, is forged from automobile coil spring. I used my little home made coffee can gas forge to do the heating and quenched in vegetable oil. Temper was drawn with an oven. The blade is around four inches long and has a false edge on the top. The handle is ebony and a kind of naturally pink wood from Africa called pink ivory. The guard is a piece of railroad spike. The sheath is Kydex.
Check back often. I'll be posting pictures of my work and shop here pretty quickly.