David W. Osmundsen leads axe-making workshop at arapaho ranch field station

Over the summer, we were thrilled to host a three-day axe-making workshop with blacksmith David W. Osmundsen (Arrowhead Forge School of Blacksmithing).

Guided by David, workshop participants learned how to build two basic blacksmithing tools, as well as form, shape, and sharpen an ax head, then put it on a hickory handle.

“Today, we see a lot of people that are so involved with technology, and technology moving so fast that they want to step back and do something that’s real—something hands-on. Something to change how their mind thinks.”

David W. Osmundsen

You can see the art of blacksmithing in action—and hear about its impact on those who choose to explore it—in the video below:

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