I got watching and thinking how about forge welding rings or similar into the side of your stock, one layer at a time. lay on a ring hook whatever, heat forge weld "wash rinse repeat" over and over a couple hundred times to lay into the side of the metal the designs you would like. forge very close to shape then the final grinding would leave the patterns very apparant if quite mishappen from the original design.
so many things I want to try i've got to get a forge up and running.
besides the obvious time involved what would vbe the downs to this process?