Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sunday: Day of much needed rest.

Saturday: Worked on the Bollock knife, Polishing the blade and rough shaping the handle.

Friday, November 27, 2009

I forged the blade, rough ground, and heat treated the blade for a ballock knife. I am making a video of the process that I will be posting when it is finished.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving.

No work today.
On Bladesmithing that is.

Count your blessings!

Vertical Heat Treating Forge

I finished the vertical heat treating forge yesterday.
Here is a video:

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

How goes it

Yesterday I worked on the body of the heat treat forge today I need to weld the body put in the insulation, and attach the burners. I'll post pictures and a video when it is finished. After this forge I still have a welding forge, vacuum caster, and a 2"x72" grinder to build before I'm finished with my shop upgrade, after that I hope to begin pattern-welding.

At the moment I have 4 projects that I'm hoping to finish by the end of the year.
1. Ballock knife, a commission.
2. Falchion (the one in the drawing), also a commission.
3. early 1700's Cutlass.
4. German Grosse Messer.

Pray I get it all done.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Dual burner

Yesterday I built a dual burner for the heat treating set up I'm building. My currant setup is a horizontal drum forge. The new one will be a vertical configuration to help with keeping blades straight. Here is a video of the test.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Falchion sketch

Here is one of the sketches I was working on Saturday, it is of a falchion. And a historical example of a similar blade type from a painting.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Spent the day catching up on some sketches for a couple of commissions I have.

First post

My name is Ben Potter,
I am a Bladesmith working in the Celto-Norse tradition,
this blog is the story of my day to day adventure.