Blair Wheaton's Hammerin 27 Apr 2014
Hammer-in at Blair's newly setup forge in St. Croix. Demo by Scott Hamlin making a Split Cross. Demo by Graham Tourneur and Liam Bray making an axe head.
Peter Allen made a custom Belt Grinder
Belt Grinder idler arm has the adjustment for the tracking. Most parts were plasma cut and the holes tapped to bolt the pieces together.
Liam showing an example of what Scott Hamlin was to demonstrate. Some call it the Francis Whitaker cross, others the Christoph Friedrich cross. Or the Split cross.
Scott welded a handle onto the stock he would be forging. He layed out the cuts in soapstone.
One of Scott's hot cut chisels. It's a curved shape for cutting through what will be the top of the cross when it's folded out.
Punch marks in preparation to heating and cutting the stock.
Marking the stock.
Part of the crowd.
Setting up to start cutting. Liam Bray working as the Striker for Scott.
Straight hot cut chisel. Scott will cut and split through slightly over half the length of the square stock.
Checking the cut.
Liam had to keep clear of the overhead beam when swinging.
Half way through.
End starting to split open.
Continuing the split. A piece of aluminum plate underneath so the anvil face or tool wouldn't be damaged.
Time to reheat.
After splitting open the end it's time to straighten out the piece and close the split. It will be easier to handle when making the next cut.
Square stock turned 90 degrees and the second cut is started. The 2 cuts will intersect in the middle and create the diamond shape hole in the middle of the cross when its opened up.
Continuing the cut.
Scott has switched to the curved hot cut in order to cut out the "top" of the cross. He'll cut only half way through the stock turning over 180 degrees to continue the cuts.
Making the straight cut.
Continue with the straight cut.
Curved hot cut again.
Curved hot cut.
Curved hot cut.
Time to reheat.
Checking his work before continuing.
Plate is back on the anvil so they're cutting through.
Cutting free the top of the cross from the body of the stock.
Closeup of Scott's piece he made at his shop.
Deepening the cut.
Top split opened up to become the arms (Patibulum in Latin) and the bottom split becomes the upright (Stipes in Latin).
Flattening the cross.
Close up of the opened cross.
Ready to lead the flock.
An example of a trade axe with wrought iron head and carbon steel bit.
The material for the axe head is from a wrought iron anchor chain link found on the bottom of Louisbourg Harbour.
Flattening out the iron.
Straightening the edges of the iron.
Starting to double it over to make the axe eye and the sides of the axe head.
Evening the ends.
Opening it up again.
Tapering the ends where the bit will be forge welded into.
Drawing and taperin the piece that will be the high carbon bit.
Cutting off the bit from the leaf spring.
Spreading out the sides to fit the bit in.
Fitting the bit. The buried end of the bit had spurs chiseled into it to help hold it in place.
Tapping it into place.
Applying flux for the forge welding. Graham will put it back into the fire and bring it to forge welding heat.
Forge welding the bit between the sides of the head.
Refining the shape of the Axe blade.
Fluxing and heating again.
Drifting the eye.
Shaping the eye with the drift in.
Forging the head and bit.
Another heat and more flux applied.
Drawing out the bit.
Smoothing it out.
Refining the shape of the eye.
Another closeup of Peter Allen's grinder.
Peter giving a talk about his grinder.
No that's not beer, it's Iron-In-the-Hat.
Blair's chimney is a an example of what you can find on Kijij. All stainless steel I believe.