A photo my good friend Warren shot of me the other day while on Mt. Pilchuck. Im not one with heights so I wasn’t as comfy as I look here given I was inches away from a 1000’ drop. 

Little snippet of squaring some 4140 round bar for tiny hammer stock #forging #blacksmithing

Goldsmith hammer #3 #forged #blacksmith #jewelry #tools
Goldsmith hammer ready for heat treat #forged #blacksmith #jewelry
The random things that gather on the bench… #tools
An idea of how I forge an axe pendant… #blacksmith #jewelry #forging
Soldering together a bronze Valkyrie pendant. #viking #jewelry

The tool holders.

mutinousmind asked: Hi! I love your work! What sort of finishing process do you use for your hammer heads and tools? I noticed on some of your earlier hammers that the heads were quite darkly coloured even on the sections which had been ground and the same with some of your punches and drifts of late. Ive not done any forging myself, so i dont really know how blacksmiths tend to finish their steel or how they care for them afterwords. Do you just oil them regularly or does forging require special upkeep?

Well the difference in color on my tools has a lot to do with the type of steel I use. When I use an oil hardening steel after quenching in oil to harden the tool it blackens things. For hammers these days I use 1045 which is water hardening and so the dark color doesn’t appear the same. The only good upkeep to prevent forging tools from rusting is using them regularly. 

Forging parts #blacksmithing
Acquiring some hammers for myself. Hard to hang on to things when I sell practically everything I make. The two closest are Brent Bailey and Brian Brazeal the rest are mine. I have more but they go on the less used hammer rack. #blacksmithing #forging #tools
Forged this Thors hammer today from wrought iron and steel.
Jewelry Viking hammer and 3.7 lb cross peen.I forged these from 1045

quixoticalfire asked: All the little hammers you have been making look awesome! How do you do your handles? Off-center turning on a lathe, or are they just carved free hand?

Thank you very much!

The handles I use 5/4 hickory and I trace out the eye on the end grain and rip close. Then I trace out the profile of the handle on the side and cut on the bandsaw. After this I trace the other side and cut just the same. The I go over to the belt sander using 35 grit and size the eye to a tight fit first and check as I go. I size the eye so tight it needs driven in and driven out while checking. The inside of the hammer eye will leave black marks where you need to reduce material  and keep reducing until you can bottom the hammer head out but maintaining an perfect fit. Then I finish the shape of the handle by going from a rectangular shape to an octagonal shape. Sometime I cut on the band saw, but usually I just buzz through it in the belt sander. Then from octagonal to oval and I go for 100 grit on a palm sander  and then mount. When mounting I use Devcon 5 minute 2 part epoxy on the eye section of the handle. This seals the wood on the eye, works as a lube and the hammerhead wont EVER come off or loose. I use that same stuff for the wood wedge and the steel wedge. (Note if you ever do that, you will need to heat up the eye of the hammer to free the epoxy upon replacement )
After that I scorch in the forge, rub smooth a scotchbrite pad and then pine tar for a finish. 

Finally getting to finish these up. This one is 3.2 lb and still needs heat treatment. #forging #tools #blacksmithing