Bad Axes

I recently had the pleasure again of collaborating with yet another talented artist. My old friend Teresa Magana of Vida Y Alma recently called me up with an interesting project.

Teresa is a skilled painter with a striking style, drawing much of her inspiration from the Mexican Dia de los Muertos celebration. I’ve admired her work for some time, so when she contacted me for this project, I enthusiastically accepted.

Teresa had been approached by a gentleman with a unique job. He had two blank canvasses he needed painted and required mounts fabricated from metal. A simple task, you say. Well…not exactly, as the canvasses were a full length axe and an accompanying hatchet. And the mounts, well they were more like devil’s horns sculpted from steel.

The mounts are comprised of hand hammered steel bar and plate, torch heated to a scalded orange, then forged with a few hundred choice blows of my ball peen hammer. The pieces turned out positively evil good, and this collaboration was a blast. See for yourself in the pics below.

And if you’re ever in need of a skilled artist with a deft hand and mad skills with a brush, look no further than Teresa.  You can find her work at


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Austin Bader

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