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My gosh, I'm very jealous. I would love to get into one of Jim Austin's classes! He does such beautiful work. Nice looking stuff, sir! 

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Thank you, I couldn't be happier and I can't speak highly enough of Mr. Austin. He was a really good teacher.  We usually get a guest teacher up every summer and we are trying to get him to come up so our whole group can see the process first hand.  

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"The big thing about working in a traditional manner is that your shop should have at least 5 trained strikers in it.  Any show with just 1 smith in it is working in the MODERN way."

Couldn't agree more.

Very nice axe, I've been wanting to try one like that for a while.

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I have one of his viking ax DVD's and it's a fabulous quality. Clear, perfectly audible, and you can see what he's doing, too! Worth every penny! 

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What size stock did you start with? that's really cool. I have taken a tomahawk class at John C Campbell Folk School. Wrapped & welded bit. Great class. I would like to try that. I like the extra meat in the back.

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5 minutes ago, buckbrown said:

What size stock did you start with? that's really cool. I have taken a tomahawk class at John C Campbell Folk School. Wrapped & welded bit. Great class. I would like to try that. I like the extra meat in the back.

forgive me it was a year ago. I think it was about 5/8" thick 2x3.5 inches or so.  I have done wrap and weld before the class but Jim does this cool asymmetric wrap around the eye that works great and was apparently common for the age.  the bit being welded in entirely separate. His video is on it is the single clearest smithing video ever. you can see everything perfect. the only thing better was taking the class and having the help to do it. 

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