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Project by bobasaurus posted 06-13-2019 04:27 AM 532 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a pair of bowl adzes I made, one for the Richard Arnold Charity Auction, the other to keep. I hand forged the heads from mild steel and forge-welded on high-carbon cutting edges. The charity adze has a 1080 and 15n20 pattern-welded “damascus” edge (with temper coloring left on) and a moradillo handle. The other has a piece of an old file as the edge and an apple wood handle. Finished both of them with tried & true varnish oil. The charity one sold last weekend for £150.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)





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#1 posted 06-13-2019 04:29 AM

Never worked with those, but look cool

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 06-13-2019 07:24 AM

Congratulations on the sale. You made a nice looking pair of adzes.

To my eye, the blades look a little flat. My adze is angled more back toward the handle. Do you find they work well? I’ve been trying to decide what the right working angle is.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#3 posted 06-13-2019 12:15 PM

WOW.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 06-13-2019 12:24 PM

Nice Job!

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#5 posted 06-13-2019 12:34 PM

Nice!

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 06-13-2019 01:01 PM

These are beautiful Allen. I like how you left the tempering color on the one too. That’s unique :-)

When did you move to Great Britain though?

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 06-13-2019 01:48 PM

Nice work, Allen. Your forging skill is progressing well.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#8 posted 06-13-2019 01:56 PM

always wanted to try forging but thats a whole other shop full of tools.those are very professional and beautifully made.congrats on the sale.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#9 posted 06-13-2019 07:40 PM



Congratulations on the sale. You made a nice looking pair of adzes.

To my eye, the blades look a little flat. My adze is angled more back toward the handle. Do you find they work well? I’ve been trying to decide what the right working angle is.

- Dave Polaschek

They maybe could have used some more curvature, though I’ve seen examples of straighter adzes. Depends on the radius you want to cut I guess, though I have yet to even try using one of these beyond a few test chops in a 2×4. Need to get some green lumber and try making a bowl.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#10 posted 06-13-2019 07:42 PM



always wanted to try forging but thats a whole other shop full of tools.those are very professional and beautifully made.congrats on the sale.

- pottz

It’s less equipment than you might think, just an anvil, forge, and hammer to start. Maybe add a post vise and a grinder later. You can make almost all your own tooling. I drag everything out into my driveway for my work.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#11 posted 06-13-2019 07:48 PM


It s less equipment than you might think, just an anvil, forge, and hammer to start. Maybe add a post vise and a grinder later. You can make almost all your own tooling. I drag everything out into my driveway for my work.

- bobasaurus

Stinkin’ anvil is the hard part for hobbyists. I’ve had feelers out for nearly 2 years for a servicable one that’s affordable with no luck whatsoever. I do have a nice length of RR track though that I intend to give it a go with whenever I decide to actually give it a go. I find that the older I get, the more there is that I want to learn and the less time there is to learn it. So, some things just have to keep slipping to the bottom of the list…

Seeing these bowl adzes after just recently looking at some online does rekindle some interest though :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#12 posted 06-13-2019 07:55 PM


It s less equipment than you might think, just an anvil, forge, and hammer to start. Maybe add a post vise and a grinder later. You can make almost all your own tooling. I drag everything out into my driveway for my work.

- bobasaurus

Stinkin anvil is the hard part for hobbyists. I ve had feelers out for nearly 2 years for a servicable one that s affordable with no luck whatsoever. I do have a nice length of RR track though that I intend to give it a go with whenever I decide to actually give it a go. I find that the older I get, the more there is that I want to learn and the less time there is to learn it. So, some things just have to keep slipping to the bottom of the list…

Seeing these bowl adzes after just recently looking at some online does rekindle some interest though :-)

- HokieKen

Anvils are expensive now thanks to renewed interest in the hobby (you can thank Forged in Fire). Used anvils are nearly as expensive as new these days, if I were starting again I’d purchase a new ~100 lb anvil. Railroad track anvils will get you started, but they’re a pretty poor substitute… the lack of rebound will completely kill your efficiency. If you do set one up, try to stand the track section on end to get more mass under the work surface.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#13 posted 06-13-2019 09:52 PM

They are beautiful, really fine work on those.
Impressed here, by your skills at the forge.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 06-13-2019 10:55 PM

very beautiful and talented GREAT JOB :<)))) gratz top 3
A DUDE in next town over burned down his house playing forged in fire
https://www.wgal.com/article/fire-in-terre-hill-borough-sends-two-people-to-the-hospital/19666407

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#15 posted 06-14-2019 01:27 AM

Very nice workmanship bobasauraus.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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