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    Bushfire Forge in this coming weekend!

    I will be off grid for the next few days, or rather in Kent at Owens Forge in.
    Always an epic time and so much to learn. This year its a full 3 days of demos, lectures and open forge. Im doing a little forging demo and a talk on my work in Composites, a little nervous

    Big thanks to Owen

    Here is the line up.....

    Welcome to the BushFire Forge Forge – In 2016

    May 6th, 7th & 8th 2016 to be held at :

    BushFire Forge on the Kent /London Border UK

    3 Days of demonstrations, lectures and forging etc.



    Demonstrations and Lectures by:

    Lee Sauder – USA

    Talk “Bloomery smelting in Sudan”

    Demo: Forging the sword fuller (without a fuller!)



    Jesus Hernandez- USA

    Talk “Reverse engineering the Vehmaa sword pattern welding dilemma”

    Demo: Clay coating and differential hardening of a blade.



    Jeremy Hodgkinson – UK

    Talk “The iron industry in the Weald from the Iron Age to the Middle Ages”



    Rod Hughes – UK

    Talk “Making Wax patterns for blade components and how to convert them into historic and modern lost wax moulds”

    Demo : Bronze casting



    Paul Mortimer – UK

    Talk “Aspects of swords in England during the 5th to 7th centuries”



    Dr Fabrice Cognot – France

    Talk “The Evolution of the Axe as a weapon in medieval times”



    Josh Burrell – UK

    Demo: Forging the traditional Socketed Axe



    Will Catchaside – UK

    Talk “Composite Damascus in Kitchen knives”.

    Demo: Forged Kitchen Knife Geometry


    There will be a big smelt as always to keep us all warm into the wee hours.

    If anyone is in the area, I'm not sure if there are 3 day tickets left but its worth asking Owen if you can stop by and say hello and have a mooch around and maybe try some forging.

    http://owenbush.co.uk/forge-in-may-6th-7th-8th-2016/

    Will try and take in as much as I can and get lots of pictures for you all

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    Can't wait to see the pictures. An interesting group of people it seems.
    Don't drink out of ornamental ponds in Tiergarten. You will get sick.

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    I see on instagram that the Blenheim Forge crew and Blok knives were there too.
    Seems like I missed out on a kitchen knife love-in!

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    Hey Dan, it was an amazing one, Yes the boys were there! Very nice lot indeed, they supported all my talks/demos and they asked lots of questions. Ive a feeling I've much to learn from there youthful marketing approach! It seems they are "Killing it" on social media, (I picked up some of the lingo).
    Some incredible demos, probably most relevant and interesting to me were Jesus Hernandez ones on hamon and recreating an amazing damascus sword pattern. Got to hand out allot with Jesus and Lee which was a real pleasure, would be nice to catch up on the other side of the pond. I got loads of pics to share but will have to wait as I left my power adapter in Kent!

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    Sorry for the delay on pics, here we go as promised

    Jesus Hernandez- USA

    Talk “Reverse engineering the Vehmaa sword pattern welding dilemma”















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    Jesus Hernandez- USA

    Demo: Clay coating and differential hardening of a blade.











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    Lee Sauder – USA


    Demo: Forging the sword fuller (without a fuller!)









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    Josh Burrell – UK

    Demo: Forging the traditional Socketed Axe












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    Some of birthing zee bloom......its a boy!

    And about 9 kilo.
















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    And a few from my humble forged geometry and sharpening demo.

























    Huge Thanks to Owen and Family for making us so welcome and all the hard work, All the amazing demonstrators and everyone who attended, great to see you all, Cant wait till the next in a few years time

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