Two small-ish axe heads made during a weekend tomahawk making class at the Brookfield Craft Center with Joe Szilaski. Dude is amazing at what he does, and is a very capable instructor. The head on top started out as a railroad spike, and judging by the sparks made while grinding, it is maybe a medium carbon steel.
The small bearded axe head started as a piece of W1 steel 1"x1"x4" and took quite a bit of time to make. I had never made an axe head with such a dramatic downward swoop of material before this class and learning how to do that was great fun. Lots learned about how to move the metal where you want it to go.
Both have yet to be brought down to a sharpened edge and heat-treated.
Probably the teeniest thing I've ever forged, this little guy started life as an alan wrench (a little tool that has a hexagonal cross-section) that I found in the road. The total length is almost exactly 4 inches (just over 10cm) with a blade width of 1/4 inch (just over 5mm). All the hardening and tempering is done, all that's left is to sharpen.
Which is what it is, pretty much. If you didn't know I wasn't happy with the way my filigree came out. I was under a time crunch and had more screw ups than I could live with.
The work in progress of this knife being made starts here:
I still have to make a silver sheath for it. Since I have so much more work to do on the knife, I have taken this handle off. Destroyed all of the filigree work that you guys seen me do and what is on this picture.
This picture was taken before I had a long time to think about what I wanted to do and talked with the owner of this knife, before I went and took it apart. I think the knife is awesome and beautiful. Don't get me wrong.
I think it even more so now that this doesn't exist. I wanted this knife to be the pentacle of my current works. At the time, I didn't feel like it was.
So~ Once I have the knife re-finished and the sheath made, I will show you how I made the sheath which has 4x as much filigree as this handle.
In the end, when I show you my completed Maleficent knife, it will be something that you have never seen before. A step above the knife pictured here, even though they will have the same skeleton.
That being said, it was a long month+ of progress that you guys saw. In reality that was about 15% of the actual work put into the knife. lol. I hope you guys enjoyed it and things around here will go back to the way it was, where I'm not spamming you with photos on the daily.
Armor piece commission from a deviant watcher Made with anodized aluminum in mirrored and blue scales Accented with black and silver stainless steel adorned with a small byzantine tricage and one swavorski accent
Name: I know its not a trident but if you ever Played God of War, Posiden beat the crap outta ya with wave fists.
Gauntlet Series Gemslots: Fist of Nikida Commission: Posiden's Fist of Sapphires Commission: Healing Fist of Mother Gaia Commission: Healing Fists of Mother Gaia part Duex Scalemail: Gauntlet
Damaskoitu "viikinkimiekka". Tämä ei ole millintarkka jäljennös mistään tietystä kappaleesta, mutta malliltaan se jäljittelee eräitä merovingiajan lopun/viikinkiajan taitteen miekkoja.
Pattern welded "viking sword". As model for this one I used some finnish swords from late vendel era / very beginning of viking age. These swords still have some similarities to vendel swords, like handle parts casted from bronze and shape of the pommel. In these swords guards are one piece, unlike those of vendel swords, but in some cases they are shaped so that they remind those three part guards of vendel swords. One good example of these swords can be seen here [link]
Blade is pattern welded and it is forged to the shape. Fuller is also forged. Handle parts are casted from bronze, and they are hollow like the original ones. Hollow is filled with gybsum and adhesive. Grip and strap bridge are made from salix caprea wood. Sheath is wooden, covered with leather. Inside there is woolen lining.
Lenght of the sword is 93 cm, blade lenght is 76 cm. Weight is 1320g .
The Tree Of Life is derived from old Celtic customs, forests of the old world were vast covering whole countries. When a tribe would clear land for a settlement they would always leave one tree in the center, to them this was called in irish "crann bethadh" Tree Of Life. Trees touch all three realms of existence, the heavens with branches, the underworld or spirit world with roots and the mortal world with their trunks.
The metal is Shibuichi 75% copper 25% silver, I won't be casting in this metal again though, the silver absorbed O2 and the copper turns that into oxides. Plus it looks almost the same as tin bronze. I used a clear specialty lacquer for preserving the patina on bronzes and other metals it is exterior grade so it should wear well. You can visit my Etsy shop @ www.bronzesmithdesigns.etsy.com I have the same item but in a different better wearing metal here this item is currently listed on my shop for sale! (not in Shibuichi)
The piece weighs 120 grams, 11cm wide by 6cm tall.