Raw ore and irony bits go through a process to become a bloom of workable steely-iron.
Starting the burn on a hearth smelter to recycle junk bits of wrought iron/bloom into higher carbon steel.
The irony bloom is cut up for folding,
The result of of a hearth smelt to make higher carbon steels. Also my original #2 Underhill Edge Axe
The bloom is folded to process the slag out of it. With a little grind and polish we can see the natural pattern.
These smaller bars are folded, twisted then forge welded together.
The bars are forged together sometimes with multiple strikers.
Forging different patterned bars of iron and steel creates a historical way to conserve steel and make beautiful patterns.
Draw filing the blade to make it flat and ready to polish.
After being quenched in oil the pattern is seen in the blade.
finished and polished composite pattern-welded sword.
I use gravers and chisels to carve grooves to inlay my mark.
I like to inlay my touch mark in different metals so it stands out, a moon and star.