Blacksmithing usually happens in a dark shop with very hot metal. A dark shop helps the blacksmith see the color of the steel better and thus know when it's ready to work or when it is too cold. Unfortunately, the dynamic range between dark and light makes it difficult to create videos that show both the shop as well as the hot metal. The dynamic range is too high to show up appropriately in videos. Fortunately, this has changed with Youtube's support for HDR. It still requires a new TV to support it though. This video is my first experiment at producing an HDR video. I filmed it on a Sony PXW‑FS7 in 4K raw and then color graded it in DaVinci Resolve on a Sony BVM-X300.
The Mysterybox folks have put together good information on how to produce HDR
What does creating a bookshelf have to do with blacksmithing? Watch the video to find out. This was a weekend project and it started by creating a scrolling jig that we used to forge many many identical scrolls.
After this project is done, it's back to crucible steel and knife making.
I mentioned the spear head from Rovaniemi, Marikkovaara
before. It combines twists and tooth-like patterns and the pattern welding is superbly executed. I continue to experiment with recreating it and just completed another experiment. Here are some in-progress photos.
The two pictures on the right show the assembled core of wrought iron and the twisted bar bend to match its shape. The first step in welding the two pieces together is to create a solid weld at the tip. The other photos show the next step in assembling the spear as well as the pattern right after heat-treating by quenching in oil. The final result can be seen at the top left. This includes forge-welding a socket and attaching it, too.
We are forging the hardware for a second Mästermyr-like chest. This video includes making nails, hinges, locks straps and a hasp:
The next Forge Diaries episode will be on making a small book shelf. Here is a teasier where we start aligning the scrolls:
Here is a comparison of my heat-treated experimental dagger/spear to the famous pattern-welded spear in the Helsinki museum. As I mentioned before the experiment was solely on creating teeth on both sides and in no way meant to be a re-creation. Nonetheless, it seems that at least the spacing of the teeth is pretty comparable. I need to do a few more experiments but I am slowly getting closer to an attempt of recreating this spear. That project will be video documented, so stay tuned.
Not much progress at the forge today but I started refining more wrought iron for future experiments. Instead of the high-phosphorous Globe Elevator wrought iron, I am using lower phosphorous wagon tire.
The idea with the refining is to remove impurities by forge welding at high temperatures. I also rotate the pieces against each other so that the grain does not always get forged in the same direction. See Forge Diaries: Episode 5
for more information.