Drunken Marmot Farm and Forge

Bend, Oregon | 113 Sales


Drunken Marmot Farm and Forge

Bend, Oregon 113 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Pattern-welded (Damascus) steel tools, hand-forged in Bend, OR.

I make functional art - that is pattern-welded steel tools intended to be used for generations. I forge my own pattern-welded steel from a variety of high-carbon steels suitable for forging (primarily 1080, 1095, 15N20, and CruForgeV), all of which are an excellent balance between edge retention and toughness. These high carbon steels are also a breeze to re-sharpen even with modest equipment (wetstones).

The typical starting point in my process is roughly 4-foot lengths of steel which are cleaned, cut to 4-6" lengths and stacked into billets that I forge weld creating the basic building blocks of pattern-welded steel. Forge welding is different from fusion welding (TIG/MIG/Stick etc) in that the steel isn't melted so the different materials are bonded together but remain distinct. Then these building blocks can be twisted, partially ground, re-oriented, and stretched out (I use a hydraulic press for this part of the process - I did it by hand for 2 years and that was plenty), and then re-stacked and forge welded to create more complex patterns in the steel - the more manipulation, the more complex that pattern (and potentially higher layer count). Once all the manipulation is done, then I forge the resulting billet into the final shape by hand, with hammer and fire. I use both propane and coke forges that I built. The tool is normalized and put through a few grain-refinement thermal cycles. Next scale is removed and the tool is ground to rough shape prior to quenching. I use Parks 50 for quenching tools. After quenching, I promptly snap temper the tools, followed by 2 2-hour tempering cycles in my heat treat oven (375-425F depending on the intended use of the tool). Finally, the tool is finish ground, etched in either ferric chloride or instant coffee, and then coated in wax or oil to prevent corrosion. Everything is done 'in house' by me so that I can ensure every step from forging to heat treatment to final sharpening is done to my satisfaction.

I've been blacksmithing/bladesmithing since early 2012 when I purchased my first anvil and used a cutting torch to heat steel. Soon after that I got the Damascus steel bug and spent a good fraction of evenings and weekends forging. As of early 2018, after 11.5 years of designing CT and Nuclear Medicine scanners, I'm now full time forging and tending to the farm, where we raise grass-fed/finished beef cattle. My educational background is a PhD in Physics from Stanford University - I'm always striving to learn new things and do my research and experimentation on steel, process and tool design.

Follow me on IG or FB for works in progress and pics of my assistants, Thor and Barley (both yellow labs).

About the forge name:
Just google 'marmot' and 'radiator hose' or 'radiator fluid'/'antifreeze' and you'll get the picture. We also have marmots at the forge.

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