Blacksmithing from a woodworkers perspective

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Blog series by mafe updated 04-20-2019 09:20 PM 7 parts 24866 reads 107 comments total

Part 1: Anvil stand

04-18-2016 10:07 PM by mafe | 27 comments »

Anvil standworkspace for blacksmithing After taking a blacksmithing class I realized there were no way back for me, I needed to have this possibility in my workshop, the ability to make, repurpose, restore tools for woodworking on my own, to forge the blade, then give it a handle or a body and finally make shaves with it, is for me the feeling of a full circle. Ohhh yes and then it is just another chance to learn new, to open new paths and get a wider perspective, so yes the child in me ar...

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Part 2: Forging a iron age knife - first wood working tool made

04-24-2016 11:44 AM by mafe | 19 comments »

Forging a iron age knifefirst wood working tool made Will jump right in to my first blacksmith tool making project in the work shop, I decided it should be the most basic tool for a Woodworker, Lumberjack or Lumberjock – a knife. As a Dane I felt it made sense to start here, this type of knife are often mentioned as Viking knifes, but they are dated back to the iron age.(The truth is that even I thought it was a Viking knife type). The type has ben found here in Danmark, in a plac...

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Part 3: Crooked and hook knifes - from steel to tool I

05-05-2016 12:27 AM by mafe | 11 comments »

Crooked and hook knifesfrom steel to tool (Part one). To get a forge was a wish of being able to make tools when I needed them, tools I would love to try and use or that I could not get.So first project was to make me a crooked knife and a medium sized hook knife, that is what this is about.The hook knife just for the joy and to have a medium size after making the small version on the blacksmith class I took. This knife will join me on the Turkey travels in the future.The crooked knife ...

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Part 4: Crooked and hook knifes - from steel to tool II

05-05-2016 11:09 AM by mafe | 10 comments »

Crooked and hook knifesfrom steel to tool II (part two). Last blog ended with the crooked blade in the forge, so we better start here by getting it out. But first I heated the oil that will be used for quenching the blades, just up to a little over room temperature. Simply by dipping a red hot piece of iron into it a couple of times. Taking of happy, this was a happy way to start the day.Filiz brought croissants and just baked sour dough bread and put fresh strawberries on top....

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Part 5: Anvil stand from a solid block of wood.

05-07-2017 03:35 PM by mafe | 13 comments »

Anvil stand from a solid block of wood.and a gift from a LJ friend. A new anvil stand from solid wood, friendship, a router sled and fine moments with smell of wood. So here I am back in the shop, with some wonderful wood.Lately things goes slow there, life keeps going different paths and I follow with a silent smile.My friend Thomas was kind to offer me a beautiful hunk of wood and I had the chance to visit him in his shop. When Thomas visited my shop, I had the old anvil stand and ...

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Part 6: Froe for splitting wood - Swedish sled runner steel

02-10-2019 01:36 PM by mafe | 10 comments »

Froe for splitting woodForged from Swedish sled runner steel Back at the forge again and once again to make some tools for woodworking, since this is the reason I started forging.Have to say it again; ‘there are no greater joy in woodworking, than using a tool made by your own hands’. Lets burn some gas in the little forge!Heating up some Swedish sled runner steel, found in an old barn up there. Trying to bend a curve, to make an eye.(I wrote trying). This was acually ...

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Part 7: Pocket drawknife - One for the road

04-20-2019 09:20 PM by mafe | 17 comments »

Pocket drawknifeOne for the road Once again a tool made by your own hands, to be used by your own hands, this time a pocket size drawknife, that will be my tour buddy, when I’m out there with my hammock, playing in nature, as a part of my tool set. So let’s start making some noise. A piece of Swedish sled runner steel again, roughed out, with an angle grinder.(The Swedish did make amazing steel back in the days). Some heat in the forge. And banging that baby into sh...

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