NRBA Spring Conference 2018 --- Dave & Debbie Osmundsen's Arrowhead Forge, Buffalo, WY
This was a hands-on weekend continuing our educational program by teaching how to forge a leafing hammer which is a tool needed for the level 3 of the NRBA Curriculum. Everyone interested in participating in the workshop part of the conference was encouraged to bring his own hand tools, forge anvil, etc. NRBA had some extra forges and anvils set up for folks who couldn't bring one. Tongs that can handle 1” square and 3/4” round were helpful.
This was a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of making the tooling and forging a hammer head.
The projects: A leafing hammer, as well as the punch and drift for the hammer's eye
Dave explaining the processes
Dave filing his punch
Jem heating his steel
Jem punching his hammer eye
The hammer eye punched
Dave filing his hammer's working end --- very closely to the hot steel with bare hands.
Dave shaping his hammer head
The hammer eye, drifted.
And members forging their own leafing hammers
Thanks to Joel for the photos.
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