Swords, Blades and Horseshoes Blog Posts

  • Impulsive inspiration
    on Aug 20, 2012
     Practice Run through 1st prototype of Creed 3 belt axe...Because I can....
  • Trade Axes~Post to Park 2012This last winter I was asked by NPR Mike Twist to produce 4 Fur Trade Axes, these were to be for future ceremonial events, gifts to present to dignitaries. Of course it was a privilege to accept this task. I have been concentrating on reproducing art...
  • Summer Shoes I just smacked out a pair of American Saddlebred country pleasure shoes-These shoes are compared here to a #1 keg shoe, twixt the pair. The shoes are made from 3/8" x 2" bar stock. The dimensions are specific to an individual horse that require...
  • Twas the Night before Christmas
    on Dec 24, 2010 in Blacksmith shop Farrier Horseshoes
    Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the Blacksmiths Shop All the horses were stirring, and just wouldn’t stop.The shoes were hung around the forge’s dim glow,In hopes that the Blacksmith would soon make a show.The horses soon settled...
  • Come join our "Like" us list on Facebook
    on Dec 23, 2010 in Drawing Trade axe necklace Damascus
    Mini Damascus Trade Axe necklace Drawing on Facebook**You will be required to respond to a message from us if you win within 3 days for a shipping address or we will redraw another random number, No exceptions! So go to the link and click "Like"...
  • Northwest Farrier IconThis was a behind the scenes event at the 2010 NWSA Fall Classic Horse Show. There is a display board at the Salem, Oregon Fairgrounds for Farriers to put their shoes on display to show their craftsmanship and Blacksmithing techniques. The boards pur...
  • A Throwing TomahawkThrowing AxeJust out of the forge, a throwing Tomahawk ready to be hardened and tempered. This one will weigh 1 lb after I'm finished with sanding. Then heat blued is the plan. HBC Fort Vancouver style with a rounded poll. Made out of 1060 steel. Aut...
  • "Spada de Lato is Finito!"
    on Sep 3, 2010 in hand forged side sword Damascus
    FinitoThe Spada de Lato-Side Sword is now constructed. Completely hand forged, hot brushed steel. Black Ray skin beneath a braided wire wrap on the handle...Mounted on a Lucifer's Lace patterned blade.
  • Additions update
    on Aug 28, 2010 in Swordsmithing Hilt side sword
    Stage5 ...just an update on the addition of the small port or side ring and I choose the covering for the grip also. In my next post I will name the element parts that make up a whole sword and hilt, each is composed of several distinct com...
  • The components of a Hilt
    on Aug 16, 2010 in Swordsmithing Hilt side sword
    stage 3This is the main anatomy of a Hilt and how some are constructed, minus the Ray skin (stingray) or wire wrap. I'm still undecided at this point what will eventually cover the Walnut wood handle.
  • Assembly with Bladestage 4My interpretation of the Spada De Lato (Side Sword) is taking shape. All of the main parts of the Hilt are rough fitted with the hand forged and welded cross guard heat seized on the tang of the "Lucifer's lace" patterned blade. ...
  • A RehiltI've decided to rehilt one of my blades to transform it into a "Side Sword". So here it begins...Pieces are forged and then forge welded. I will use only my hammer to stick the welds, keeping the authentic seam look like it was done in the past...tri...
  • Rehilt continued...So far, so good! A roughed out hilt & pommel ready for fitting on the blade. I still need to add a lateral ring. The house's-(triangular pieces in the center of the hilt) remind me of jump welding Saddlebred horse shoe toe clips.stage 2...
  • Fur Trade Axes
    on May 29, 2010 in Belt Axe Fur trade axe HBC
    I've been making 1st half (1820-1850's) 19th century fur trade axes, and also 18th century (1700's) trade axes, also referred to as the Belt Axe, Tomahawk, and or Hatchet etc. I stay true to the period in their construction, hand forging & hand w...
  • 35th annual OKCA Show (Oregon Knife Collectors Association)
    on Apr 17, 2010
    Union Hall Forge/ Wade Seiders will be attending the Oregon Knife Collectors Association’s annual show in Eugene, Oregon. The show will be held this year on Friday, April 17 thru Sunday April 19. It is located at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Euge...
  • Bulletin(Click here to go there)or go to side bar and look for "Blades Available for Purchase" While your there you can check out my gallery also. Thanks Wade...
  • The FortFort Vancouver in Washington State is a very interesting place, without getting into the academics of interpretation too heavily. Circa 1820's, Fort Vancouver was built and occupied for the next 4 decades by the British/Hudson Bay Trading Company. Of...
  • Fiddling with Folders Part 3
    on Jun 19, 2009 in Gordian Knot Elk horn Folders Damascus
    This folder is not influenced by the Sword. The blade is highly laminated, Contorted complex steel. I have three folders made with this Gordian knot patterned steel. This particular knife is framed with Brass and Rocky Mt. Elk horn furniture.The matc...
  • Fiddling with Folders Part 2
    on Jun 17, 2009 in Damascus Cable Prototype Folders
    Again with the sword influence with folders. I used logging cable Damascus on all parts, Blade, Spring and lockback lever were all made with cable Damascus.I used a double fuller, which is a characteristic of European blades. Brass framework is slabb...
  • Fiddling with Folders Part 1
    on Jun 16, 2009
    As with my fixed blade knives, they are also influenced by Swords. I thought; "you know, I should extend this concept to folding knives." A Viking sword tip constructed in a folding knife. Copper and Green stablized Boxwood was my frame work, Complex...
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