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About forginhill

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    high school English teacher
  1. Been working more on those horse heads. Here's number seven.... Last night I tried some thinner, smaller steel. And then tried to make a key ring. That didn't go so well. Had to do some cleaning with the file. I need some practice with punching and drifting.
  2. Thanks for the tips, Brian, I'll work on that next time I forge. That section is a little tough for me.
  3. Thank you, Brian, for sharing your knowledge and experience. As a beginner I recently discovered your work and youtube videos. Thanks for those! I've watched them over and over. Please post more! As a craftsman and artisan, you make every hammer blow count (I haven't seen any other youtube vids that can compare, though you've taught your student Alec Steele well and I enjoy his vids too). This week I tried my first horse heads as per your instructions. Definitely room for improvement, but I'm having loads of fun. First attempt at Brazeal style and Hugh MacDonald style heads. And first two hooks....
  4. Stunning work as always, Stefano. Your knives are captivating from their overall shape to their smallest details. Cool shot of your work area too. Todd
  5. Very nice work, Mike. Looks like a fighter to me. I love what you do with handles and sheaths. Todd
  6. That's a cute little guy. You did a fine job on it. I like the ergonomics and angles you played with. Todd
  7. You can get a hamon to show up on 5160, but it's not easy. I finally got one to show from a clay quenched blade and it wasn't striking at all. I'd say try it if you already have the blade forged and ready, but be prepared for disappointment. On the habaki, Jesus Hernandez has a great tutorial on his website. Do a google search on his name and you'll find it.
  8. Thanks for the dimensions on that drift. Look forward to seeing more of your work.
  9. Very nice work. I love the shape of that axe. What are the dimensions of the drift you used for the eye? Would it be possible to post a pic of the drift? Thanks. Todd
  10. forginhill


    The file work is excellent, but I really like the shape of that blade. I like the curve and the lines. Todd
  11. I've tried my own mixtures with clay and ash and/or charcoal. Didn't have much luck with that. I tried the high temp mortar in a tube from Home Depot and didn't have any luck with that. I also tried Rutland fire cement. No luck there either. I have had success with Satanite though. That gets my vote. I have some refractory called Heat Stop II that I'd like to try one of these days. Todd
  12. I appreciate what JPH is saying about this. I have a friend who got me into blacksmithing/bladesmithing. He was a professional himself and still makes a fair amount of $$ doing it even though he's well into his seventies. He has done it all, including getting into Japaneses swords. Like JPH, he has made many, many hawks and axes. He always makes them wrap around, mild steel bodies forge welded together and high carbon bit forge welded in. He believes very strongly that any smith worth his salt must learn to forge weld well. Like JPH said he has put in his dues and his welds don't fail, despite hard use. I've read old smithing books (M.T. Richardson) and they used to forge weld axles and all sorts of things and they were as good as new. That was way before electric welding. It's just a matter of learning to do it. Todd
  13. Well said, Rich. I am a novice, but have done much research into blacksmithing and bladesmithing. I have numerous books on both topics. Recently, as I watched a master smith forge a blade, I was amazed to see how much of it was blacksmithing skills and techniques. I fully agree with your points on this. The two crafts should go hand in hand. Todd
  14. I've bought a number of smithing books, but nothing compared to spending a day with a master smith. I paid for a day of lessons and it did more for my bladesmithing than many, many hours of reading and studying. As far as books go, I really like Wayne Goddard's books. He has two of them out on knifemaking. Todd
  15. Thanks for the links, Lawrence. I have seen a few pics of Japanese adzes and they look well made. I just don't know how they make them but I now have some ideas to try. I will look up the pages you posted. Thanks too, Quenchcrack. Those are some good ideas. The Indians tend to be pretty traditional and inflexibe. I'm not sure they would like the alternative styles. Not to mention it seems like those other styles wouldn't have as much weight in the head. These guys want heavy adzes. The ones my dad has been taking down are the largest ones Woodcraft sells. They're made in Germany. The Indians say the steel holds up on them better than any of the others they've tried. These adzes have a small poll(?) on the other side that increases the head weight and maybe was meant to serve as a hammer head. I was just talking to my dad and he couldn't put into words how much these people want adzes. The guy who got the one he took down came three times to visit and thank him. Then made a bow and arrow set for my dad as a thank you. They're desperate for them. Todd