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Dienstag, 12. Juli 2011

Fun day working at the Industriemuseum again

 That first weekend of the month we met at the smithy at the Industriemuseum again, Willi, Mr. Rothenberg, Daniel, myself and several others, to do some tribal bashing and having a coffee or two. Willi tempered the viking knife he made last time.
 Daniel made himself a screwdriver. It gets the job done excellently, made from spring steel and all.
 That´s Willi´s EDC survival kit and his entire leather working tool kit! He knows how to do this inteloligently. That tampon he uses as tinder!
 That´s a kid´s knife I made that day. I daresay sonny will not see much of it, for  daddy had that twinkle in the eyes when I handed it ti them (I always hand out knives for underaged persons to the parents first, by the way). It´s made from spring steel.
 That´s an excellent and ancient Jemenitic Jambiya Frank brought in, a guy working as a hospital consultant. he dropped by for me to estimate if it was crap or not. Damn me, should have said it was crap and talk him into leaving it to me;-), for its an excellent blade. Could not be too sure, but I etched it and it seemed to be Wootz "damascus". The handle is fitted with resin and made from giraffe or buffalo horn. We will restore it, very carefully, and I am honoured by that!
 That´s the sheath and belt ensemble, made from brocate and leather with a high degree of craftsmanship. They do not make them like this anymore...
 Mr. Rothenberg enjoying himself making a garage for his knife. Willi did the tutorial this time. Unfortunately I was not able to take too many pics, I was being so busy foirging with kids and other visitors.
 The evil monster  in the sheath.
 Did I say evil monster? Started this one, which will be a "Langes Messer" (German hunting sword) after Johannes Liechtenauer, Thalhoffer or Albrecht Dürer (Tecak, Dussack). It will be my first sword. Made from leaf spring steel... how come they always look like seaxes when I got them under my hammer?;-)
That´s Frank´s pretty side. Unfortunately for me I forgot her name, which she certainly does not deserve. She did quite well forging a keyhanger that day and was a bit amazed she could. It´s often the girls are reluctant to forge for fear of not doing well. Come on now, pleeeaaassse, give me a break, most girls actually do a better job than most males, for males tend to use brute force where women often are way better in the delicate part of the work. Doing small artisan work often requires a lot more dedication and concentration. I find women often are more focused when this is concerned, too. Anyway, it was a busy day, and I got no coffee, but no harm done. It was constant pounding and no break whatsoever, just one brief pausing eating a nitty bit and drinking some water, but it was a day to behold!


  1. I keep reading these posts of yours, and I want to come over there for a visit! Hopefully dad lets the kid play around with the knife. As much as it means to an adult, I think it means so much more to a young person. That jambiya is fascinating. Lucky to get to work with it. Can't wait to see your first sword progress. I've toyed with the idea myself recently, but I need to get back into the groove of more mundane smithing first. Good points on female forging.

  2. If ever you want to come for a visit, notify me beforehand, you would be always welcome! I only have to know some time beforehand, to organize.

    It goes without saying that that applies to all of you!

    There´s a smith´s fair in September at the ancient factory of Wilfried. Craftsmen from all over Germany will attend to this fair, not just blacksmiths, and there will be anvils and forges to spare...and yet it will small and cozy. I daresay I could organize a place for a campout there. I have to check that out... Mail me at Fimbulmyrk[tötötörötötö]gmx[trärä]de so that I get your contact to get you informed when that will be!

  3. Thank you, Markus. Maybe some day I will get to take you up on that. I couldn't think of a better vacation!

  4. You would be very welcome! You got my adress... I have always dreamt of putting some kind of hammer-In somewhere with real people from over the world.


Now go on, discuss and rant and push my ego;-). As long as it´s a respectful message, every comment is welcome!

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