American Master blacksmith James Austin’s bio is impressive, and so is his work as an artist blacksmithing and historical education. The two videos in this set are "must have" sources of excellent information for those blacksmiths and bladesmiths interested in the historical forging of Viking weapons and tools.
THIS SET CONTAINS: 1) Forging a Bearded Viking Axe with Jim Austin (DVD): "Forging a Bearded Viking Axe" will teach you how to use traditional blacksmithing skills and hand tools to forge an axe with the strength, keen edge and beauty of pieces produced by the Vikings over a thousand years ago.
Axes were among the most useful tools and weapons wielded by craftsmen and warriors of those times, and were crafted with great care and pride by the Viking blacksmith.
In this DVD the process of forging a bearded axe will be explained in great detail and some special tools will be introduced which will make the process easier.
The DVD was professionally edited to be concise enough for general interest, but explains the whole axe-making process with enough detail to enable a smith of intermediate skill to forge such an axe.
51 minutes. Copyright 2011.
2) Forging a Viking-Age Broad Axe by Jim Austin (DVD): This professionally produced, 62 minute DVD covers in great detail the process of forging a broad axe by the asymmetric wrap technique which was the standard method of the Viking age. The forge work is carried out completely by hand with standard blacksmithing tools (plus a few special-purpose tools I developed) and the help of a striker.
The quality of the video recording is excellent and it provides many amazing close-up views of the hot work which make the complex forging and welding process clear and easy to understand.
This DVD is a "must have" source of information for those people interested in the historical forging of Viking weapons and tools.
62 minutes, copyright 2014.