Jake Powning

Jake is a professional swordsmith, artist, and writer who explores the strange place where traditional culture and the land meet.

Snow-Mist and Forging Strands

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Late November brings snowstorms. The field behind my forge turns white and grey, obscured by pencil lines of snow. Ground freezes and propane is sluggish and recalcitrant in the mornings. Then as the month turns, it becomes warmer, snow turns to mist, the ground thaws. Creatures come out of their …

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Autumnal musings

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It is no coincidence that Tolkien starts his great Trilogy in the Autumn. There is a poignancy to this time of year that is very close to the feeling of reading a good story, full of tragedy and adventure. It’s a time of endings. The apple ripe on the tree …

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Vidirhrafn – Willowraven

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In the spring of 2009 I documented several swords at the British Museum and the Wallace Collection In London UK. While there, I photographed many of the artifacts on display in the prehistory and Europe section of the British Museum. This kind of expedition is like a cattle raid of …

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Lost Wax Casting Tutorial, Part One – Sprewing, Investing & Burnout

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Lost wax or investment casting is an ancient method of making a metal object from an original form made of wax. It’s particularly useful for making complicated metal parts. Casting is a very time consuming process so if there is a way to make a metal fitting by fabricating it, …

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