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A Hatchet in the Viking Style
A symmetrically forge-welded steel-edged kindling-chopper

We'll be making a light wrap-around hatchet with a Viking-ish feel to it (We will be drawing out cusps on the cheeks of the eye). The body of the tool will be mild steel bent around the eye and forge welded together. A spring steel edge will be welded in so that the tool's edge can be hardened and tempered.
The finished head will be around 8oz.
This same recipe and collection of techniques, once the student has a handle on them, can be used to make ax or hatchet heads of any size the forge will get hot enough.

Drawing-out, shouldering, spreading, measuring, bending, *welding*, heat-treating, sharpening.

It's not expected that we will get all the way to hanging (putting the handle in) the hatchet, but there will certainly be discussion of the process.

Gift Certificates for A Hatchet in the Viking Style are available.

9 hours in three 3 hour meetings    dates&times

Instructor: Carl West
Tuition: $375
Maximum 4 students, one per forge


Full Covid vaccination required. Bring your card.

This is Not a Beginner's Class.

The student will be 18 or older and will have finished at *least* Rudiments III,
have good fire-management skills, and be at least slightly comfortable with forge welding.
Having taken our Nothing but Knives and/or DIY Off-the-Grid Guerilla Patternwelded Billet classes would be a good thing too.

Please wear proper clothing for visiting or working in the forge:
closed toe shoes (preferably leather, preferably high-topped. Sneakers are sufficient, sandals, crocs, pumps, mules... are not), natural fiber clothing, long pants that cover the tops of the shoes.
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Dates and Times:
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