The Birth Of A Tool. Part I. Axe Making (by John Neeman Tools)

This is a short documentary movie that shows the whole process of how John Neeman Tools are being hand crafted. “It is a tragedy of the first magnitude that millions of people have ceased to use their hands as hands. Nature has bestowed upon us this great gift which is our hands. If the craze for machinery methods continues, it is highly likely that a time will come when we shall be so incapacitated and weak that we shall begin to curse ourselves for having forgotten the use of the living machines given to us by God.” Mahathma Ghandi Music by Foreign Fields – “Names and Races”. Special thanks to the band Foreign Fields from Nashvile (especially for Clayton Fike) for allowing to use their music as a soundtrack for our movie. Please visit us: Contact us:
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25 Responses to “The Birth Of A Tool. Part I. Axe Making (by John Neeman Tools)”

  1. DregorousTheCrow

    Thank you.

  2. countrylifedreams

    That is powdered flux for the forge welding.

  3. DregorousTheCrow

    Probably @chromebeats thought about powder used in eg. 2:14 not wax used after heating. So what is that powder in 2:14?

  4. williamoa2

    What happened to the other song?

  5. SIMMO9523

    Bon Iver’s loss, I’d never heard of them until i first saw this video!

  6. Paradoxzon

    This looks like a skill worth learning and that is very rewarding

  7. blessedcajun

    This is priceless. I’m so glad I found your channel. Wranglerstar sent me.

  8. MaptorGaming

    How ironic how I asked for coal for Christmas.

  9. 7Nampan

    Very nice, thank you!

  10. Itay Vaissman

    Wow Nice work !

  11. andythepanhead

    Bee’s wax. it’s used to keep the metal clean so it won’t oxidize and cause the flakes you saw. This allows for a good forge weld.

  12. c0r4z0n35

    I just grew a beard watching this video,It’s that manly

  13. pianomatteo

    Maybe I’m alone in this, but I actually find that most of the beauty of this film lies within the artisan craft itself. I’m unabashedly fascinated by their work. I’m definitely alone on this one, but I also feel that the Foreign Fields track is more fitting than the Bon Iver track. I love how the first 4 minutes are quieter and more contemplative, allowing for the sounds of the work to take over. The build happens at an ideal time when the tool comes together. I don’t know, I sure liked it.

  14. Brettisgg

    Luckily I’ve seen this video enough times that I can just sync up Bon Iver’s music video with this video!

  15. chromebeats

    What is that powder you put on the metal and what does it do to the metal?

  16. Grant Pomeroy

    Now I want to abandon my career and make tools for a living.

  17. Gerard Van der Leun

    Love these videos. Great technique and great mood and great skills.

  18. AndrewCGorman

    Enjoyed this with Bon Iver, enjoy it now. Lovely video of amazing smithing. Hope Neeman Tools has lots of success and makes more of these videos!

  19. totalyruben

    Dear Neemantools just saw my comment on your facebook page thank you so very kind for others to read my short story of my life thankyou im going to be making a small blade or something when i receive my pieces of my tool kit i shall place a video up and i would love for you to see my final product!

  20. totalyruben

    Dear Neeman tools i wanted to thank you and your whole team for inspiring me and unleashing a new wave of life into my own life whilst returning from two tours of afghanistan i battled through being wounded in armed conflict and also battling with depression i so badly needed something to keep my mind occupied although my years before the military i was an engineering i never knew of the delights of doing it as a hobby you have not only helped me but others around me thank you god bless jon

  21. Jesse Foust

    Another amazing piece of functional art. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  22. Chase Saxton

    I am so glad you changed the music to this video. That Bon iver song had some foul language in it. Is that why you edited your video with different music?

  23. DrPockets

    I’m glad this is back. My facial hair stopped growing in the video’s absence.

  24. teddclark

    Fantastic video. Like a day at a fine art museum. Bravo!

  25. WoodcutterNetwork

    A fine tool and a great vid.

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