Just for the fun of it. How long will it take for me to forge a skull (before alignment) for the closed helmed called “armet Griffon” in our portfolio? This is the incorrect name, we will have to change it later. I think that the forging will take around 1.5 – 2 hours. To make two halves match, you need to take turns working on the right and the left parts. And to check after every step if they look alike. This way you will have to identical halves at the end which will require minimal adjustment. This was one hour of work. You know, I started working in the armory workshop by accident. Andrey Yakovenko once suggested it to me. He said, “Do you want to work in the workshop? We make armor.” And I’m like, “yeah, but I don’t know how to do it.” And he said, “You don’t need to know anything, you will be taught.” Well, ok. I came there. And the main thing he taught me was Don’t hit like this. You need to hit in a way, that you see the result. A good delay, turn, lay. So it is real work and not some… You see sometimes on YouTube that the guys are forging something with this small hits, and they work for two days. Strong, precise, accentuated hits. Only then you will learn how to work faster and faster. Of course, it won’t happen at once. But it is important to learn how to make a precise hit. Precise and strong. If you miss, the hit won’t be as strong. Also, the left hand is important. If you don’t hold the detail correctly with your left hand, you won’t be able to hit the correct spot with your right hand. So, here is the result of the two hours work. There is a rough shape. The main part of the work is finished. We have the correct size, the two parts are directed at each other and are not out of place. I will have to make some adjustments, but it will be easy. All that left are small adjustments, alignment, welding, polishing of the weld. A piece of advice to beginner craftsmen. You shouldn’t take such sledge-hammer at first. Your joints are not used to it, and muscles are also not used to this aggressive work. Which is why there is nothing wrong if you will start to work with such a small hammer. This one is around 2 kg. Such hard work is required only in the first hour for this helmet. Even then you can replace it with heating and when you heat it up, the material becomes softer. And then it is more important to hit precise, rather than strong. And maybe the hardest part for you is the adjustment of the shape. If you remember the shapes incorrectly, you will be spending your time on the search, not on the making. The search of the precise geometrical form. If you don’t study the museum exhibits, the piece you have to make, in the process, you will spend a lot of time on this scenario: You make a shape, see that it doesn’t match the original, you start to change it. And it is like you are making it by touch, this is wrong. You need to learn the shape, draw it, develop your visual thinking. Then you will be able to make what you want quicker. Thank you for watching! I really appreciate your support. It is also helpful when you leave some comments under the video. It helps me understand whether this format is interesting or not. Till the next video, bye!