Forging a Viking-Age Broad Axe DVDAustin, James
In Forging a Viking-Age Broad Axe, James Austin shows in detail the staditional skills and tools used to forge a Viking-era axe with the same general techniques that were used by Viking blacksmiths over a thousand years ago. The method covered in this DVD is known as the 'Asymmetric Wrap", and which is prevalent among acual axe-finds from that time. These beautiful artifacts are displayed in museums all over the world and show the extraordinary skill of Viking blacksmiths.
Format: DVD Run Time: 62 min.
James Austin is a professional blacksmith and educator in Oakland, California. From 1982 to 1988 he served a traditional appreticeship and three journeyman's years in Bavaria after which he returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to found his own blacksmithing studio. His approach to smithing is rooted in the historical techniques which he learned in Germany along with the traditional tools he has acquired and forged for his studio. His focus is ont the creation of top-quality, historical and artistic metalwork measured by traditional standards.