Steve_Kubien wrote:I have had an old pick-axe for a few years and my intention has always been to make a bowl adze. Lack of a forge has kind of slowed me down.
Imaru-san, for some reason I cannot view your pictures. Is it just me?
If you cannot view a picture, it is probably because they are in a format your web browser cannot understand. There are so many graphic formats that it rivals the patterns of hook tools! GIFs, TIFFs, PNGs, JPGs, RGBs, BMPs, ... ad nauseam. From the symptoms I can't tell what's going on, and you probably have Windows, which I despise. However, it's all the same thing in the end: update your system. You may need a DLL (Windows-ese) for the format in question. I have no trouble viewing Imaru-san's images, and my system is six years old. But then, it ain't Windows. Ain't Mac either, but Macs are a lot more cooperative on graphic formats.
As for forges, do search this forum for alternative forges. Buying one costs a bundle, I agree. To do a pickaxe you need a lot of Joules (or BTUs if you prefer) but a charcoal grill and a hair-dryer tuyere is well within reason. Need lots of coals to do a pick-axe. The classic Alaska forge is a brake drum, preferably off a big truck, and some steel plumbing pipe 2" for a tuyere; a welded/bolted/wired frame for the thing. Can't use duct (gaffer) tape on a forge, I'm afraid. A saying from my own Karate experience(some time ago!): warrior, use weapon at hand.