First steps to forging a chopping blade towards ABS JS testing

Here are some stills of one of my Master Smith teachers, Brion Tomberlin during his American Bladesmith Society (ABS) Intro to Bladesmithing Class demonstrating initial forging steps to make a chopper to be used in a Journeyman performance test.

These are just a microscopically small part the ABS intro class I took August 2017 at the New England School of Metalwork (NESM) in Auburn, Maine. Thanks also to Nick Rossi JS who was assisting Brion and taught me as well.

Both Brion’s and Nick’s websites are in my Links of Interest.

I will add some slow motion videos in the near future.

(Brion … I hope I caught your good side as you requested.)