In­ter­view with Liam Hoff­man

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Liam Hoff­man of Hoff­man Black­smithing is one of the most in-de­mand black­smiths in the coun­try. Hoff­man, 22, was the youngest cham­pion of His­tory Chan­nel’s Forged in Fire when he was only 19. We asked him some ques­tions read­ers surely would want an­swers to.

What are the top three tips you can give ax own­ers in re­gards to their use?

Al­ways study the area in which you are about to use the ax. Clear it of trip­ping haz­ards or ob­jects in the ax’s path. Ex­am­ine what you are about to cut, and pre­dict where the tree or log may fall af­ter it is cut. Log­ging is a very dan­ger­ous pro­fes­sion! Don’t be afraid to get it dirty.

What are the top three tips you can give ax own­ers in re­gards to main­te­nance?

Car­ry­ing a small sharp­en­ing puck in the field with your ax is a con­ve­nient way to make a quick touch up on the edge. Reg­u­lar and con­sis­tent main­te­nance is best. Oil the han­dle at least once a year, es­pe­cially if it goes through a dra­matic cli­mate change. Wood is a nat­u­ral ma­te­rial and can be sub­ject to ex­pand­ing and con­tract­ing. The best way to pre­vent rust and de­te­ri­o­ra­tion is us­ing the tool reg­u­larly!

Photo Credit: Hoff­man Black­smithing

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