J W Bennett

Bowl Adz Rough Forging

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Been in a tool making mood the last few days. Started on a bowl adz today. I have made them from claw hammers and brick hammers but I wanted to forge one from scratch. This started out as 7" of 1-1/8" square disk axle. I am still undecided as to whether I should use a wooden handle or a metal one with wood grips riveted on so I can curve it to my liking. Any way it has a ways to go but I thought I'd throw it out here for comments/suggestions.

I do have a couple of woodworkers/bowl choppers coming on Friday to critique it and help me refine it.

 

John

 

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Hmmm, since you already drew the neck down, it seems an eye is out. If you forge out the bottom and put scales on it might be an interesting piece.

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Looking at that parent stock, I wonder if you couldn't work it like an axe and do an asymmetric eye weld?  

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