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Reader tmib_seattle and his scout troop have been hard at work, and they have the pictures to prove it. These tomahawks are an awesome example of the things you can crank out when you learn to play with fire. I must say, tmib is a lot more humble about his handiwork than I’d be:

Throwing tomahawks I made for the mountain man expedition. Handles from Crazy Crow Trading post. For the heads, I wrapped A36 steel around a carbon-steel bit and forge welded them.

I’d spin it much like something from Lord of the Rings: “After summoning the fires of Mt. Trogdor the troop and their fire master did forge three axes to arm the mountain expedition.”  Then I’d find a way to work that into every conversation I had. I might also fashion a small shield and Viking helm to go with them and start conversations with a whooping war chant.

It’s probably best I don’t have a forge.

Toolmonger Photo Pool [Flickr]


2 Responses to Flickr Pool: Home-Built Tomahawks

  1. TMIB_Seattle says:

    Heh, I like your version better. 🙂

    That’s one of the dangers of do-it-yourself though- being a bit too critical on one’s own work. I see every flaw and mistake on these and view them primarily as a rough project; something I did as a first attempt. They are functional, but mostly a learning step at this point. Future versions will hopefully have a bit better shaping and consistency.

    Oh, and I should give a shoutout of thanks to Jerry Culberson, the master smith at Old Cedar Forge for taking the time at the beginning of this month to show me how to build one of these. (needless to say, his was a lot nicer than mine, and built in a fraction of the time. 🙂 )

    While at Jerry’s, I was joking around with another novice smith about forge welding. We were both having trouble forge welding in our own forges, but had no problems doing so at Jerry’s forge. I joked that “there’s this idiot that works at my forge that must be the problem.” He laughed and said “hey! I think that guy works at my forge too!”

    Forge welding at Jerry’s made it pretty clear that I’m simply not getting my forge at home hot enough to forge weld consistently (my forge welds were only sticking about half the time). I’m making a few changes to my forge that will hopefully alleviate this problem, and hopefully reduce my fuel costs as a side effect. I’ll post details when/if my ideas pan out.

    Thanks for the continued encouragement!


    • John says:

      These Tomahawks look awesome! I am trying to make my own tomahawk and I was wondering what you did to make sure the blade will stay on the handle?!

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