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Old tools, Anchor, Heart and Cross Axehead

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Old tools, Anchor, Heart and Cross Axehead:
On the way to Konstanz I passed by a barnsale/fleamarket and for a couple of bucks I bought this bag of old tools. Needless to say I stored it away and picked it up on the way back. Today when I started to clean the axeheads I discovered this great hallmark of a cross, a heart and an anchor.

The meaning I found is:
The cross and anchor together were first used in Christian catacombs to represent hope based on the belief in Jesus Christ. The heart was added later to represent charity. The three symbols together represent the Christian tenants of faith, hope, and charity.

I really like this special axehead and now I have to find a well fitting piece of wood for it.

Learn to forge with mastersmith Tom Carstens

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Saturday we attended with some friends a workshop by blacksmith Tom Carstens in Bavaria – Degerndorf. The forge shows Tom´s passion for his profession in every detail. The old hammers, anvils, the restored and still used pressure hammers (Golem II) or the dragon in the forge. He uses the old tools but also new technology to be efficient.

With a small group of only 4 he had time for everyone of us through all the course. The basics of blacksmithing envolved through the day. We made a fireplace poker and shovel and the last object was a archaic knife.

On the way back to lake constance the workshop didn´t let us go and this morning plans to create a place to continue to forge/blacksmith are in progress.

Thanks Tom for your time and sharing your knowledge. We really can recommend Tom to everyone who want´s to have an intro into forging but also want to improve his skills.
He does workshops for kids as well.

A short movie found on Youtube showing Tom Carstens.