Starting to Assemble a Dwarven Toolkit

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Re: Starting to Assemble a Dwarven Toolkit

Postby Greg » Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:49 pm

I'm loving this, Iodo. Great detail-working.
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Re: Starting to Assemble a Dwarven Toolkit

Postby Iodo » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:55 am

Udwin wrote:The idea of a dwarf tool roll is very exciting! While I understand the appeal of being a jack-of-all-trades, I kindof want you to pick one trade just to see how nitty-gritty your toolkit could get. (I agree that toymaker would be fascinating)

Even knowing the crafting skill of dwarves, looking at that hammer handle, I have a hard time seeing it as anything but modern. Maybe its the lack of patina, but the fine polish and lack of any turning imperfections could do with 'improving' to my eye ; )
A natural wooden handle, split along growth rings and spokeshaved to shape (instead of turned) would look incredible. Or maybe you could find a local turner with a springpole lathe who could turn you a new handle to decorate?
Your kit is so great already, it deserves a handmade hammer!


I know what you mean, to be honest, I think it's might be the blue powder coat that does it :mrgreen: , I guess I'll go for the continuous improvements method here, and probably change it for something else in the future

Greg wrote:I'm loving this, Iodo. Great detail-working.

Thank you :P
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Re: Starting to Assemble a Dwarven Toolkit

Postby Elleth » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:14 am

The level of technology in a toolkit is an interesting question - I recall once seeing an archaeological picture of I think a Roman hammer and it looked staggeringly like a modern tool.

Given the Dwarven reputation for fine worksmanship, I'd think lots of handtools from the late 18th-early 19th centuries would work fantastically for a Dwarven persona - basically the last really refined stuff before the industrial era.

Are you familiar with Diderot's Encyclopedie?

Basically, an 18th c. Frenchman went and documented tons of mechanical trades, and detailed engravings of the tools of his day have come down to us. If you haven't seen them yet, I *really* think you'd get a kick out of them. Once upon a time I found a book of illustrations from the encyclopedia set on the discount rack, and it is awesome.

http://www.gandmtools.co.uk/shop/a-dide ... gillispie/

I also see that and some other editions on amazon.co.uk, and you can also find images from the encyclopedia with a simple google image search like diderot encyclopedia tools or diderot encyclopedia hammer.

I suspect you'll find lots of inspiration there. :mrgreen:


Finally - here in New England we have tons of 18th and 19th c. hand tools still moldering in antique shops, some with nice ornamental hand filing and such on them.

There's not so many relics you trip over them, but they're common enough a bit of calling around turns them up fairly easily. Is it the situation the same there? (We lost a lot of our old treasures to WWII metal drives, so I could imagine over there you guys got even more stripped clean?)
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Re: Starting to Assemble a Dwarven Toolkit

Postby Iodo » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:15 pm

That book looks good, there seems to be a lot of it on google images, thanks for that

Elleth wrote:There's not so many relics you trip over them, but they're common enough a bit of calling around turns them up fairly easily. Is it the situation the same there? (We lost a lot of our old treasures to WWII metal drives, so I could imagine over there you guys got even more stripped clean?)

There's plenty of this over here to, problem is, to my eye anyway, it looks too old to be Iodo's stuff, I can imagine that she would have a few old tools past down through her family but most of that would still be with her parents in the Iron Hills, still, I'm still thinking this through - ongoing project :mrgreen:
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Re: Starting to Assemble a Dwarven Toolkit

Postby BrianGrubbs » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:55 pm

I love this! Not sure if anyone has brought it up before, but one thing you could consider adding is a stump anvil (like this https://www.oldworldanvils.com/stump-anvil-set) for metal working. Since you drive the spike into a tree before working, it is actually a rather solid work surface. I have one somewhere that I reground from a wood splitting wedge...but I can't seem to put my hands on a picture of it! Either way, I've done some decent forging on it, and since splitting wedges are common, you shouldn't have any trouble getting your hands on one to modify! Just some thoughts from a one time/some times smith, lol.

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Re: Starting to Assemble a Dwarven Toolkit

Postby Iodo » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:13 pm

BrianGrubbs wrote:I love this! Not sure if anyone has brought it up before, but one thing you could consider adding is a stump anvil (like this https://www.oldworldanvils.com/stump-anvil-set) for metal working. Since you drive the spike into a tree before working, it is actually a rather solid work surface. I have one somewhere that I reground from a wood splitting wedge...but I can't seem to put my hands on a picture of it! Either way, I've done some decent forging on it, and since splitting wedges are common, you shouldn't have any trouble getting your hands on one to modify! Just some thoughts from a one time/some times smith, lol.

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Sound's like a good idea, added to the list, thanks :P
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Re: Starting to Assemble a Dwarven Toolkit

Postby Iodo » Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:07 pm

One of the files now has a handle:

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I turned it from sapele then shaved it to an octagonal profile (using the little spokeshave in the first pic on the thread) and wax polished it
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