I came across this movie the other day produced by Ken Koons entitled Ore to Axe. I rented it at Amazon, but was so impressed with it I’m buying a copy.
The film goes through the process of making an axe literally from the ground up. It details collecting and preparing the iron ore, to making the necessary amount of charcoal. From there, a smelter is constructed and the ore is turned into iron. The smiths then take the bloom and forge it into an axe. Along the way they transform part of the bloom into steel for the axes cutting edge.
The movie is not a detailed step by step process, but it's well done and extremely interesting. I highly recommend it.