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  1. Hey guys, I don't know whether this exists already but I figured I'd just go ahead and start one. Anyways, I have a couple questions. Around 6ish years ago (I'm 18 now) when I first tried blacksmithing, my dad was running a "Build Camp" for kids. We have a large shop and almost all the tools you could ever need including many machines. For this camp, we decided to try blacksmithing, building a forge and trying to make something. My dad had done a little bit when he was a teen, but still, he didn't really know what he was doing, he just had a basic knowledge of it. It was still fun, everyone enjoyed it and we all learned something anyways which is the important part. So, in regards to this topic, when we hosted that build camp we tried making some small "Tomahawks" out of leaf spring. First off we never really got the stell that hot, maybe just barely an almost bright cherry. And we weren't making quality tomahawks, just a little thing the kids could take home. Needless to say they were all trash. Ugly, pine dowel handles, not flat at all and just... Bad. But for kids it was still freaking awesome. I remember some of them cracking. and breaking and such because we weren't heat treating the steel right I don't think. So I think my question is, do I need to handle leaf spring steel delicately? I have never really worked with high carbon steel, just mild steels so far. I might just need some overall tips on how to handle high carbon steel without cracking it, breaking it, making a situation that seems fit for a string of profanities, etc. I plan to try making a wrapped tomahawk head, a real one, from a leaf spring. After I read all the threads on here about forge welding first. And all the heat treating forums too. I believe that is what I want to ask, I just need some advice on handling high carbon steels. (Also, a thought, if I ever have to leave a high carbon piece to finish later, it would be best to leave it in the coals wouldn't it? So it doesn't cool down so fast?... This is the kind of stuff I'm asking about. Thanks!)
  2. I've decided I want to build my own power hammer. I have settled on the design very much like Stormcrow's Gunnhilda--really nice hammer. Mine will be much smaller, closer to 25#. My first real question is about the leaf springs. I see many build referencing "straightening the springs" or "straightening the spring package". What does this mean? How is it done? Sounds like a job for a suspension shop? What is the difference between straightened springs and curved springs? Thanks much folks.
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