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Forging a Colonial Axe

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This is my take on forging a colonial axe using bowtie construction.  One of the benefits of this is shape is when you want to use wrought iron for the body of the axe.  The high carbon bit is 1075.  Many thanks to Peter Ross for the starting dimensions.  Anyhow, here is my video:  

 

 

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That's a great axe and interesting video especially the fact you are using a small gas forge .

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That turned out really nice. For those like myself who don't know the dimensions, would you mind sharing them? I'm tryin to find them but haven't found anythin just yet. 

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Here are the dimensions:  1/2"x2"x11" flat bar.  The divisions are 3" on each side for the blade, 2" for the cheeks, leaving 1" for the poll.  I use a small round file to set my marks on each side.  You can use the edge of the anvil to make your starting depressions.  On my website I show one being forged using just the anvil and similar progression photos.  Hope this helps.

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might try making one tomorrow.

                                                                                              littleblacksmith

that is after I make all of the tooling

 

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I just realized that you'll be at the steephollow February open forge next Saturday forging this axe! look foreword to seeing you.

                                                                                                      Littleblacksmith

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Thanks everybody.  Yep, if you are in the Houston area this Saturday, I will be forging this axe at the mini conference at Steephollow forgeworks in Bryan, Tx.  See the HABA website for details.

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see yall there today!

                                                                                         Littleblacksmith

 

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That thing is so precise it almost looks like it was cnc 

very nice finished product an video

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