Here's a quick vid of me getting some damascus together today. I'm forging it in this way with tongs so I can forge on all all sides to keep it in a big block for the time being. The tall billet is a W's pattern on the final stack. The big square one will be butterflies pattern, its a sort of basket weave of W's. Need to get some squaring dies sorted for the press, would make the basket weave type patterns easier.
Just gentle persuasion at welding heat so I have solid welded blocks.
Drawing out happens later in the hammer.
If you drop it...... better pick it up quick