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Rautasulka - Iron Feather (image intensive)

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by JVoutilainen, Nov 2, 2010.

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  1. JVoutilainen

    JVoutilainen Member

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    Some images from Rautasulka Blacksmith festival in Sulkava Finland 2009 and 2010. Images (obviously) courtesy of my good friend photographer Vesa Nopanen. Hope you enjoy them.

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    Yes, Marlon Brando was there
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  2. messerist

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    Looks like a great time! Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. Vonderek

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    Awesome photos...thanks for sharing!
     
  4. JShirley

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    Terrific pictures!

    John
     
  5. Rail Driver

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    Those pics are great. It really makes me excited about the forge I'm building!
     
  6. BRad704

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    THAT looks like an awesome place to go!
     
  7. Rotsend

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    Kiitos kuvista!
    Thank you so much for those fantastic pics!
    Ystävällisin terveisin
    Bernard
     
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    The Nordmannen ...

    scary looking as ever :)

    nice pics!
     
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    Awesome pictures!
    Though, admitedly I'd have a hard time sleeping with that face thing on my wall :p
     
  10. JVoutilainen

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    Not really. We are pretty much domesticated these days, but I am showing you the mean looking ones to uphold an image.

    Here are the main organizers of the event. Left, chief organizer Master Smith Jarkko Väisänen and right Blacksmith Sami "the fly" Kärkkäinen... in funny hats... mr. Kärkkäinen looking a bit like Miyamoto Musashi :)

    Rautasulka is a relatively small event, but so much fun to visit, especially if you know some of the blacksmiths who are, to put it mildly, an eccentric bunch.



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    Bernard,

    Eipä kestä kiittää! Tulehan käväisemään ensi kesänä Sulkavalla, niin näytän vähän maisemia.
     
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    The face mask is pretty cool, and the steel roses . . . and I notice somebody brought a jackhammer to the party. Interesting; I never would have thought of that.

    Some rough-looking characters there, and they have some interesting gear.
     
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    Soo... second picture, post #10... What are those? Because my first thought was some primitave and scary body-jewelery...

    On second thought, they look like they could be used as a broach to hold on some sort of cape or shawl...
     
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  13. JVoutilainen

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    heron,

    I once knew a guy who used explosives to make frying pans... believe it or not. He had discovered that you could get "the perfect shape" for a griddlecake pan with certain amount of TNT.
     
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    BRad,



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    Ahhh... thank you for clearing that up for me. That is similar to my second idea...
     
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    Buckles
     
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    Frying pans from TNT. I wanna play! We used to do all sorts of things with explosives in the Army but making frying pans Ain't been there, ain't done that!
     
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    I love how many relatively young people are involved. I studied blacksmithing a bit in Western North Carolina as an independent study project when I was in high school, and it seemed largely older guys involved.

    All of the metalwork shown in these pics is beautiful.

    Josh
     
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    Those are called Norse Blanket Pins. They are used to hold on as you said, a coat or shawl, or as the name implies, blankets. Buddy and I made some.
     
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    Heh... I thought all Finns were eccentric. :p

    Thanks for sharing the pictures.
     
  21. JVoutilainen

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    Messerist,

    Don't forget to post results here if you decide to try it :)

    If memory serves he used a shallow hole in the ground to direct the blast and a circular 6mm steel plate. If you get it right the only thing you have to do is attach handles. Have fun!

    joshk-k,

    It used to be a thing for older guys, but not anymore. When I was studying to become a carpenter the majority of students were already young women, and in the metal crafts department next door it was about fifty-fifty. There have been many younger women participants at Rautasulka and the vast majority of male participants are in their late twenties or early thirties.

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    Here are more pictures. It would be nice to see material from other blacksmithing events.



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    Brilliant!

    Safety glasses would be a good idea since those talented skilled folks aren't legion. I'd like to see them stay working as long as possible.
     
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    Kiitos! Hyvä loma idea.
    Splendid pics, really!
    Bernard
     
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    Long live the puukko knife!
     
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