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Posted: 11/14/2013 11:42:13 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/12/2013 6:39:11 PM EST by hughjafj]
Just got a weeping heart forged tomahawk head today and a curly maple handle and am going to do some inlays and I will post finish pics.
Should be within a few days, since I'm well along and have a beautiful piece of maple that I've already finished.
Link Posted: 11/14/2013 11:45:57 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/14/2013 11:49:23 PM EST by SlopShot]
In for pic's! any thoughts on leather tooled sheath? i can help with that!
Link Posted: 11/14/2013 11:55:24 PM EST
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Originally Posted By SlopShot:
In for pic's! any thoughts on leather tooled sheath? i can help with that!
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No, I'm just gonna do the tomahawk for now. Not real good with leather.
Link Posted: 11/14/2013 11:59:11 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/15/2013 12:01:07 AM EST by SlopShot]
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Originally Posted By hughjafj:

No, I'm just gonna do the tomahawk for now. Not real good with leather.
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Originally Posted By hughjafj:
Originally Posted By SlopShot:
In for pic's! any thoughts on leather tooled sheath? i can help with that!

No, I'm just gonna do the tomahawk for now. Not real good with leather.

if you want i can hook you up! just hit me up when you need one .....BTW it would be no charge! all i would ask is to give me credit when asked
Link Posted: 11/15/2013 12:21:53 AM EST
Wow! Thanks!

Let me get to work on it in the next few days and let me know what you need for that.

Thanks again!

Tim
Link Posted: 11/15/2013 12:26:41 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/15/2013 12:27:03 AM EST by Sixtigers]
Can you post pictures of your inlay process?

I've been messing around with Cold Steel tommies lately.
Link Posted: 11/15/2013 12:30:37 AM EST
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Originally Posted By hughjafj:
Wow! Thanks!

Let me get to work on it in the next few days and let me know what you need for that.

Thanks again!

Tim
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No problem at all i love DIY stuff like this, and it is also helping out a fellow Michigander/Arfcomer all i would need is to be able to take some measurements and any ideas what you want tooled on it!
Link Posted: 11/15/2013 12:35:42 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Sixtigers:
Can you post pictures of your inlay process?

I've been messing around with Cold Steel tommies lately.
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Yeah, I can. It might not be pretty though.
Link Posted: 11/15/2013 12:37:08 AM EST
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Originally Posted By SlopShot:

No problem at all i love DIY stuff like this, and it is also helping out a fellow Michigander/Arfcomer all i would need is to be able to take some measurements and any ideas what you want tooled on it!
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Originally Posted By SlopShot:
Originally Posted By hughjafj:
Wow! Thanks!

Let me get to work on it in the next few days and let me know what you need for that.

Thanks again!

Tim

No problem at all i love DIY stuff like this, and it is also helping out a fellow Michigander/Arfcomer all i would need is to be able to take some measurements and any ideas what you want tooled on it!

Where in Michigan are you?
I'm northeast of Capac by about 4 miles.
Link Posted: 11/15/2013 1:02:15 AM EST
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Originally Posted By hughjafj:

Where in Michigan are you?
I'm northeast of Capac by about 4 miles.
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Originally Posted By hughjafj:
Originally Posted By SlopShot:
Originally Posted By hughjafj:
Wow! Thanks!

Let me get to work on it in the next few days and let me know what you need for that.

Thanks again!

Tim

No problem at all i love DIY stuff like this, and it is also helping out a fellow Michigander/Arfcomer all i would need is to be able to take some measurements and any ideas what you want tooled on it!

Where in Michigan are you?
I'm northeast of Capac by about 4 miles.

Gowen, looks like it's about 160 miles from Capac! if you want, just trace the outline of the finished tomahawk on paper and mail it, that should be enough to work with! i'll IM my address
Link Posted: 11/15/2013 7:23:23 PM EST
Here's a picture of where I am so far, this is just with stain applied.

Link Posted: 12/2/2013 6:25:12 PM EST




Just need to add some brass tacks and will post better piccs when finished.
Link Posted: 12/2/2013 6:36:28 PM EST
Nice! Beautiful wood grain.
Link Posted: 12/2/2013 6:45:14 PM EST
That's pretty f'in amazing!
Link Posted: 12/2/2013 6:47:47 PM EST
Very nice! I'd test it for you, if you want, just for that authentic indian feel.
Link Posted: 12/2/2013 6:59:01 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/2/2013 7:08:41 PM EST by hughjafj]
Thanks! Here's three more pics that are a little more clear and include my Dragoon.





Link Posted: 12/2/2013 7:14:01 PM EST
That is a beautiful finish to the wood. What did you use to make the silver star inlay?
Link Posted: 12/2/2013 7:18:19 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/3/2013 1:23:44 AM EST by hughjafj]
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Originally Posted By wild_Texas:
That is a beautiful finish to the wood. What did you use to make the silver star inlay?
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I got the inlays from Track of the Wolf and chiseled into the wood using a dremel carving head and then chiseled them out flat with a small wood chisel.

For the finish I used alcohol based walnut stain with a hint of red and applied several times then sanding to get the get the grain and figure to stand out. Then I french polished with shellac followed by 5 coats of wax (so far). The pics really don't show it well but it looks like it has a coat of glass on it and feels as smoth as ceramic.

*ETA* I forgot to mention that I browned the head after stripping the awful phosphate finish it had on it.
Link Posted: 12/3/2013 1:05:54 AM EST
Bump for the early birds who might have missed it.
Link Posted: 12/3/2013 1:07:17 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/3/2013 2:25:13 AM EST by pgh_mill_hunkey]
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Very Nice
Link Posted: 12/3/2013 1:11:38 AM EST
I thought this thread was about homemade missiles.


Just kidding OP, awesome work.
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Originally Posted By bigred3516:
I thought this thread was about homemade missiles.


Just kidding OP, awesome work.
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I wish!
Link Posted: 12/3/2013 2:21:32 AM EST
Very nice work!
Link Posted: 12/3/2013 2:30:06 AM EST
Nice. What did you do to brown the head?
Link Posted: 12/3/2013 2:32:11 AM EST
Tag for boarding party AAR.

Curly maple is beautiful!
Link Posted: 12/3/2013 2:33:59 AM EST
Very nice!!
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Originally Posted By LawyerUp:
Nice. What did you do to brown the head?
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Traditional "browning solution"?
Link Posted: 12/3/2013 2:53:40 AM EST
Kudos to you............that is very nice work

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Originally Posted By hughjafj:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v95/hughjafj/P1010001_zps14027b20.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v95/hughjafj/P1010002_zps86c9416d.jpg

Just need to add some brass tacks and will post better piccs when finished.
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Link Posted: 12/3/2013 2:59:05 AM EST
Nice.
Link Posted: 12/3/2013 4:25:39 AM EST
Very nice. I'm currently working on sprucing up a Cold Steel Trail Hawk.
Link Posted: 12/3/2013 5:16:04 AM EST
very cool i have a cold steel trail hawk that i refinished great little hawk!

Link Posted: 12/3/2013 12:23:49 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/3/2013 12:25:33 PM EST by bloodsport2885]
I'm not sure if you use leather in your hawks, but if you were going to put a tooling leather grip high on the handle, would you use an adhesive like boiled glue or would you pop a couple of brass tacks into the leather after its laced up? I'm working on a hawk and I'm no stranger to leather working but combining the two is a little more than I'm used to. I figured any glue probably wouldn't adhere well to the oil finish.

I'm leaning toward tacks in case I ever have to remove the head but I wasn't sure if there was a traditional way to do what I'm planning.
Link Posted: 12/3/2013 12:30:09 PM EST
that looks pretty good
Link Posted: 12/3/2013 12:32:54 PM EST
Very nice
Link Posted: 12/3/2013 1:33:13 PM EST
Good Job, that looks great.
Link Posted: 12/3/2013 6:46:59 PM EST
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Originally Posted By bloodsport2885:
I'm not sure if you use leather in your hawks, but if you were going to put a tooling leather grip high on the handle, would you use an adhesive like boiled glue or would you pop a couple of brass tacks into the leather after its laced up? I'm working on a hawk and I'm no stranger to leather working but combining the two is a little more than I'm used to. I figured any glue probably wouldn't adhere well to the oil finish.

I'm leaning toward tacks in case I ever have to remove the head but I wasn't sure if there was a traditional way to do what I'm planning.
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Use this:

http://www.ropeworks.biz/reader/whipping.pdf
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Link Posted: 12/12/2013 6:43:44 PM EST
Awesome!
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 6:44:20 PM EST
Gorgeous
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 6:44:35 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/12/2013 6:59:25 PM EST by Tim_the_enchanter]
I wouldn't have put the tacks so high up the handle. One of the advantages of a hawk is the removable head. A sharp hawk head can be used for fleshing hides. It's easier without the handle.

Edit;

I like the dipper design.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 6:59:38 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Tim_the_enchanter:
I wouldn't have put the tacks so high up the handle. One of the advantages of a hawk is the removable head. A sharp hawk head can be used for fleshing hides. It's easier without the handle.
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Um, tomahawks in the early days of the colonies were used mostly as war weapons. They used knives for skinning.
My goal was something that would have been used by a militiaman during the 7 years war on the frontier. I've seen numerous examples, some by gunsmiths of the time, where the head would have been nigh impossible to remove.

Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:24:26 PM EST
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Originally Posted By hughjafj:


Um, tomahawks in the early days of the colonies were used mostly as war weapons. They used knives for skinning.
My goal was something that would have been used by a militiaman during the 7 years war on the frontier. I've seen numerous examples, some by gunsmiths of the time, where the head would have been nigh impossible to remove.

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Originally Posted By hughjafj:
Originally Posted By Tim_the_enchanter:
I wouldn't have put the tacks so high up the handle. One of the advantages of a hawk is the removable head. A sharp hawk head can be used for fleshing hides. It's easier without the handle.


Um, tomahawks in the early days of the colonies were used mostly as war weapons. They used knives for skinning.
My goal was something that would have been used by a militiaman during the 7 years war on the frontier. I've seen numerous examples, some by gunsmiths of the time, where the head would have been nigh impossible to remove.


A hawk is as much a utility edged tool as it is a weapon. A hawk head is supposed to be able to slip off the handle. Not fall off, but removed with moderate force. It's not a wedge tightened fit like an axe. The advantage being that if you break the handle, you can slip the head off, and make a new handle in the field.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 11:07:31 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Tim_the_enchanter:

A hawk is as much a utility edged tool as it is a weapon. A hawk head is supposed to be able to slip off the handle. Not fall off, but removed with moderate force. It's not a wedge tightened fit like an axe. The advantage being that if you break the handle, you can slip the head off, and make a new handle in the field.
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Originally Posted By Tim_the_enchanter:
Originally Posted By hughjafj:
Originally Posted By Tim_the_enchanter:
I wouldn't have put the tacks so high up the handle. One of the advantages of a hawk is the removable head. A sharp hawk head can be used for fleshing hides. It's easier without the handle.


Um, tomahawks in the early days of the colonies were used mostly as war weapons. They used knives for skinning.
My goal was something that would have been used by a militiaman during the 7 years war on the frontier. I've seen numerous examples, some by gunsmiths of the time, where the head would have been nigh impossible to remove.


A hawk is as much a utility edged tool as it is a weapon. A hawk head is supposed to be able to slip off the handle. Not fall off, but removed with moderate force. It's not a wedge tightened fit like an axe. The advantage being that if you break the handle, you can slip the head off, and make a new handle in the field.

Sorry, not during early colonial times.
I'm not trying to be a dick but you need to read about the early colonies after the first contact and early trading. Tomahawks were not used for much besides making war.
They were not used as useful tools. They actually had axes and knives for work. In fact tomahawks even developed into pipes and purely as ornamnetation as well.

This is not meant to be some cold steel mass produced item or modern thing.
Okay?
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 11:12:45 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/12/2013 11:19:15 PM EST by hughjafj]
Most tomahawk heads are too small to be useful for much besides as a weapon of war and were not all that sharp.

Here is an original:



Note that this head was not made to come off.

Here is another:


And another:



And another:



I can go on and on and on. Do I need to?
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 11:48:15 PM EST
Nice looking tomahawk. The second set of pics look really nice.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 11:49:15 PM EST
Awesome stuff.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 11:50:23 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/12/2013 11:50:50 PM EST by The_Emu]
Where did you get your hawk head?
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Originally Posted By hughjafj:
Here's a picture of where I am so far, this is just with stain applied.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v95/hughjafj/Mussey-20131116-00098_zpsbb8ac62b.jpg
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looks good!
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 11:54:52 PM EST
Looks great...
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 12:20:38 AM EST
Very nice.
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