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axe progress continues [Apr. 12th, 2004|12:48 pm]
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I was kinda tired last night, so I only spent half an hour or so in the shop. Continued with the forming of the bit end, and finished forging the first of what will be two drifts for the eye.

A drift is a piece of metal used as an anvil or punch to form a shaped hole. Since the shape of the eye for an axe is both a bit large and complexly shaped, I'm making two drifts, a pointy one to open the eye back up (it's gotten a bit scrunched with all the forging) and a second one shaped like the handle head will be, so that I can precisely match that shape in the axe head.

For a prototype, this isn't looking too bad. I need a set of axe drifts anyway, since I'm hoping to expand in that direction at some point. And, hey, its more exercise than I get at work (if you don't think blacksmithing is exercise, try it some day. 200 reps with a 6 pound weight, while holding 4 lbs of metal rock-steady while you're hitting it with said 6 lb weight 200 times. )

picture-wise, I have a cheap digital camera I'm going to start using. Fixed-focus, not a great picture, but it should serve for documenting purposes. Now, how can I rig up an IR filter for this cheap POS. . .


[User Picture]From: madbodger
2004-04-12 08:18 pm (UTC)


Amusingly, someone asked me what a drift was the other day.

Does your POS camera have a threaded ring for accessories? If so, I can get you a hot mirror or equivalent to keep the IR from clobbering the exposure and colour balance. If not, I'll round up a scrap ring somewhere, and we can glue it on the camera with black epoxy like these guys.

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[User Picture]From: blackanvil
2004-04-16 02:23 am (UTC)

POS camera

Nope, no ring. Not even sure it's worth rigging up a ring-like thing, this is one of those PC-only $20 digital cameras you can get at office Depot. Someday, I'll blow some bucks and get a decent digital camera for this sort of thing, but I'm currently a bit underemployed and hence short on cash.

Once I finish and sell some knives, maybe . . .
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