I d like to reveal something ambitiously made

Here are pictures of the build shes made from 5160 truck spring steel.

 

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First stage is to draw out my shape onto the metal.

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With an angle grinder I cut out my rough shape.As you can see I have some hammering  to do in the axe head.

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Into the forge to heat her up to a workable temperature

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The shape is coming but I still have a few more heats to do to get the blade length and shape I am after. At this point the work has cooled down to much for big shaping hits, lighter taps are used to take out some of the hammer marks.

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Axe blade and hammer hammered in time to work on the knife and saw blade.

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This hump is where I cut in the saw blade I wanted a little extra material to play with.

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Knife blade shaped and saw blade angle ground in its rough but she looks like she ll work.img_20170212_1732581178376101.jpg

It ain’t no Bacho but she doesn’t cut bad at all.

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Rough and mean looking shes finished figured I would try a leather wrap handle.

Nick

 

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Natural cordage Dog bane

Come with me as is show you one of the best natural materials for making natural cordage. At the end I will do a strength test on the cordage I have just made.

Here are some pictures of some Dog bane in winter note the redish brown colour.

You can really see the redish brown colour in this picture

Note how the alot of the branches grow at 90 degrees from each other

Note the drooping leaves in the top left of the picture

The centre of the shaft is hollow apart from a little bit of a pith on the out side. This one doesn’t look it because I had put it into the snow while I was looking for more and it’s filled with ice.