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Here is a recently completed collaboration between myself and a good friend David of Cedarlore Forge. He rough forged the pattern welded blade, and I finished it out with a copper, moose antler, and walnut handle.

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The bladesmithing community is one of the best, most sharing, and humble groups of people found anywhere on the planet. I’ve just returned from a weekend of information sharing, and steel making at the house and workshop of Scott Roush. I’ll just give you a small picture tour of the event.

We started by mixing local clay, local sand, and peat moss into something called “cob” .This will be used to make a smelter, and a hearth melter.

 

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The cob is formed into balls and allowed to set over night.

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Here is the ore to be smelted. It’s U.P. tiger ore from the beach of lake Superior.

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The Smelter is constructed…

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…as is the hearth melter.

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The ore is weighed.

 

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Here they are in progress. The slag tap.

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Bloom extraction.

 

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Melting iron to make steel.

 

 

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A few refining pictures.

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Inspecting the product.

 

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The semi-finished steel. There is still a lot of refining work to be done.

 

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It’s so important for craftsmen to learn from one another, stuff like this is a great encouragement.

 

 

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