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08-01-2018 03:02 AM

This is my first post here, so if I have posted in the wrong forum please correct me. How would you make damascus steel patterns in wood?


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#1 posted 08-01-2018 03:05 AM

Laminating or twisting and folding alder.

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#2 posted 08-01-2018 12:04 PM

It’s called “grain” and it’s already built into the wood.

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#3 posted 08-01-2018 12:27 PM

May be TS is asking about spalting wood?

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#4 posted 08-01-2018 04:38 PM

Maybe some dangerous pyro etching?

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#5 posted 08-01-2018 08:27 PM

I think Damascus steel is layers of steel folded and welded together, so laminating sheets of wood together, similar to plywood wood give a similar effect if it was cut or machined in a way to expose the layers.

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#6 posted 08-01-2018 08:35 PM

Thinking of the process of making damascus steel, you take layers of different metals and forge weld them together into on billet. this could be done with wood gluing them together the problem comes with the next step. the metal billet is then drawn out by hammering, not sure how you would accomplish this with wood…

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#7 posted 08-01-2018 08:57 PM

David Knopp may provide some inspiration. Check this out.

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#8 posted 08-01-2018 09:06 PM

Or..contrasting layers of veneer, folded over many times, then cut on a bias to reveal the layers?

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#9 posted 08-02-2018 12:48 AM

Interesting about Damascus Steel. What people call Damascus steel being layers of different steels welded together and then rolled or forged is not really Damascus steel. It is kind of a fake Damascus steel.

Real Damascus steel was made from Wootz Steel Ingots. These had high levels of segregation giving rise to the patterns in the steel and areas of iron carbide which are quite hard. There have been many attempts to make Damascus steel and only a couple have been successful. One Person, is Dr. Verhoeven who analyzed many Damascus Steel blades and then worked with a bladesmith to make it. One of the articles abou the blades is found here.

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#10 posted 08-02-2018 02:47 PM



I think Damascus steel is layers of steel folded and welded together, so laminating sheets of wood together, similar to plywood wood give a similar effect if it was cut or machined in a way to expose the layers.

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HaHa yes but Trees are already in layers(growth rings) and almost any way you cut the tree(flat sawn, 1/4 sawn, etc.) will “expose the layers”.

so…........


It s called “grain” and it s already built into the wood.

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#11 posted 08-02-2018 04:15 PM

these are ambrosia maple end grain cutting boards. that’s about as close to “damascus” wood as you’re gonna get

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#12 posted 08-02-2018 04:47 PM

I watched the “Damascus plastic mallet” video and thought you could do something like that with wood as well.

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#13 posted 08-09-2018 08:57 PM

What awesome ideas! I saw how both zhu hope and john heisz on youtube made some wooden damasus, but neither look quite what I was looking to do. I think that twisting then flattening planer shavings may produce a nice pattern. I’ll have to give that a try when the rain in my area ends.

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