I was watching Old West High Tech the other night. They were describing how
certain hand axes were made about 1850.
A butterfly looking piece was made. Then it was folded over around a shaft
or shaped rod to make the pocket that would take the wooden handle. Then
the two "wings" were "welded" together.
I am sure this is a blacksmithing term, as there were no welding processes
available at that time. Can someone describe how this is done?
They made some incredibly beautiful stuff with the tools they had to work
with at the time.
- posted 16 years ago