Matthew Paul

First try at a bearded axe

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This was my first go at both an asymmetrically wrapped and a bearded axe head. I started with way too small of stock as I did not want to wait for my steel shipment to arrive. So, I made a hatchet sized head. I started with a length of 1"x1/2" stock. I have been studying James Austin's work and wanted to give it a try.

Here is the starting stock:
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The end upset and rough shaped.
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Eye formed.
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And wrapped
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Forge welded and shaped
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Split and bit shaped
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Forge welding.
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welded and ready to be hardened and tempered.
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All finished. Im not too happy with the look of the handle but I'm happy overall for a first try at this style.
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Thanks for looking!
-Matt P.

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It looks like quite a challenging piece of work to me!  I think you did a great job!  All those processes are much more difficult than they appear!

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That is good work .

I particularly like the "forge welding smile".

 satisfying work is satisfying.

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So are there actually 2 forge welds, one at the roll for the eye and one for the blade insert?

 

What did you use for the blade insert?

 

Amazing work -thanks for sharing

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Thanks!

Here is Number 3 - Some improvement. This one was forged from 3/4" x 2"  4" A36 with a 1095 bit.


From this:
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To this:
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Guest Johnnie

Loving them all,  hoping to book a course with Basher this year. Thanks for sharing.

 

John

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Thank you All!

Ive been very busy, and went a bit over the top with the axes. Ive got a bunch of progress photo but I'll pot some of the pictures that stand out. I think I'm on #10 or 11 of the heads.

 

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Thank you for looking!
Matt P

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That is gnarly man. You've just inspired me to try one this weekend.

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