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.
The cob is formed into balls and allowed to set over night.
Here is the ore to be smelted. It’s U.P. tiger ore from the beach of lake Superior.
The Smelter is constructed…
…as is the hearth melter.
The ore is weighed.
Here they are in progress. The slag tap.
Melting iron to make steel.
A few refining pictures.
Inspecting the product.
The semi-finished steel. There is still a lot of refining work to be done.
It’s so important for craftsmen to learn from one another, stuff like this is a great encouragement.