Gonzo, those are AWESOME!!! I've started doing some hobby blacksmithing myself, but I haven't done any forge welding or damascus work yet. . .what steels did you use? I especially like the draw knife. . .I have one, but the blade is not nearly as pretty as that. . .gets me to thinking about making a damascus froe blad since I've been wanting a froe anyway.This thread has given me a lot of entetainment, I have a huge amount of respect for those of you who can demonstrate a true mastery of the skill. So its time I start to contribute... Now I can lay down a respectable bead with TIG and MIG but you guys have seen plenty of that here.
I'm suprised no one has mentioned the oldest and arguably prettiest form of welding, I guess its not practiced widely enough.
Here are some of my recent projects in progress: (wood working tools) These are hand forged, shaped, and etched by me, much more to come as time becomes available (probably a few hundred hours in just these 3)... I need a power hammer haha. Enjoy!
The process is very labor intensive and can be a steep learning curve, but the results are very rewarding!