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  2. Hello!~!~! UPDATE...thanks to you all I have just about gotten to the 25% level on what I need to finish...THANK YOU all...and THANK YOU for continuing the effort..It is appreciated... On the construction..I solved the power problem..the additional ground rod did the trick..no energizing the common on the 110/120 circuits...that was a real easy fix..It's raining here at the present so tomorrow I will see about getting the fill I need to finish the back fill and compression... as well as bringing the apron and walk around pad up to gr fade and then I can form them out, dig the isolation pad and then pour the whole magilla .. After that it is finish the lights..put in the shelves and benches and the whatever else's and then back to Nevada and get my equipment!!~ Other news..I found three more PW pieces rummaging about unpacking the last of my boxes and they will be posted tomorrow to my web site as well as the two pattern welded "Dark Age" style sword blades...one in a Ladder Pattern and the other in a Maiden's Hair pattern.. GORGEOUS blades..these will be posted tomorrow as well..I will also post on the for sale pages here as well.. All in all I can see some end to this and I have all of you to thank.,...Now if we can keep the momentum and maybe get a few things sold off my site and I will be set! THANK YOU so much for everything so far! JPH
  3. I'd rather use the word apprentice (though I got no master) or hobbyist
  4. Yesterday
  5. But did you not know Joël? That you have smithed like 3 blades? Good looking functional ones? That in turn must make you a bladesmith That was an entertaining video! Reminded me of my old weightlifting partner in highschool. You shoulda seen (and heard) him stretch... "Huuuuuh! Huuuuuh!"...Spastic little dude
  6. Joshua States

    Latest Construction Photos and a Request for Aid

    Thanks for the pics Jim. I've been bumping the FB post daily. Hopefully, we can get you back to work soon. You are of no use to anyone staring at an empty shell building!
  7. Joshua States

    W-2 Rounds

    That really depends. All money really is, at it's most basic level, is a standard measurement of value for products and services. So if you have item A that you say is worth $X and I have Item B that I say is also worth $X, and I want A and you want B, then we can meet an agreement in trade.
  8. Zeb Camper

    Power hammer build questions

    So, It runs, but not good. It pulled the bolts right out of the floor, so I'll have to find a better way to secure it. I took a video. I think what's happening is my spring doesn't have enough tension to make the hammer beat past the speed of gravity (60 mph at the hammer). In the beginning of the video, you can see how it cycles very fast "Chch-thunk-chch". It's skipping beats. Later in the video as I slow down it starts to run smoother. I think my only problem is it needs a longer springs or a way to compress the existing spring more. That should shoot the spring up and down much faster. What do you guys think? Edit: sorry video wont load
  9. Vern Wimmer

    Keeping etched blades "black"

    Double "WOW!"
  10. Lukas MG

    Messer 2.0

    Very true... it has something of a sleeping lion, harmlessly sitting there but there is a feeling of danger nonetheless. Very few other sword design have left a similar impression on me. Or with the words of Hans Talhoffer, who wrote a fencing manual about these things in the 15th century: "Here they fight with Messer - May God remember them."
  11. Alan Longmire

    Shear Steel; The Experiment Begins

    Looking good! As for the layers, if you were to etch a piece of the original stock it would look like that too. Remember wrought iron is a composite material made of thousands of strands of iron and slag. The Byers manual states that well-refined wrought contains around 250,000 strands of iron per square inch in cross section.
  12. Svyatoslav Pushkarenko

    Some of my vikings

    Carpathian Bartka axe, bloom iron plus hi-carbon on a edge.
  13. Will W.

    Shear Steel; The Experiment Begins

    So my poor planning meant that i only had enough charcoal to weld up one of those billets. I took and arc welded one side just to hold everything together. Meant to get a picture of it. Forge welding went great! Ive never welded wrought iron before, but ive read that you need to get it much hotter than the high carbon steels most of us are accustomed to using. Equipped with that knowledge, i got the billet to white heat, gave it some light blows to set the weld and went to town. This was it after about 5 heats. I took and kept forging at high temps (stopping when it reached orange, about what the picture shows) and kept it fluxed constantly, to help with welding and try to mitigate loss to scale. Forging ceased when i ran out of fuel. This is it compared to the other billet, about what the forged billet started as. Just out of curiousity, i did a very quick, down and dirty grind to 320 grit, and etched in hydrochloric. Much to my suprise, there was a good deal of patterning for just 5 layers of iron. The iron also acted very different from steel in the acid, there was a stream of bubbles running off of it at a very constant rate. Only etched for maybe 30 seconds. Interesting. The plan is to weld up the second billet the same as the first, then cut them both apart and re weld into thin strips rather than squares. I think im also going to make up a third billet with the wrought i have left over that i have not done any forging on. After that comes the carburizing! Edit: i also spark tested to see if the iron carburized at all during the welding. It appears it did not, looks very low carbon still.
  14. Vern Wimmer

    Bowie/hunting

    The thickness and width is going to pivot on what type of guard you intend and how it mates up to the handle material. I think you are doing great and that guard material yo made is fantastic. As someone else said "that is going to be a fast blade". With that guard material it could end up balanced right at the guard which would be great. I'd try to maximize that feature with a ergonomic, physically unobtrusive single eared guard, mated well to the handle. Don't let that gorgeous guard material "take over" the overall great design. It will flow together nicely if everything is in proper proportion.
  15. SteveShimanek

    W-2 Rounds

    I would believe you, but it seems a bit pricey.
  16. Mike Ward

    Bowie/hunting

    So I've gotten it heat treated finally and tempered it at 400F for two, 1 hour cycles. Seemed to come out fine, but I haven't done the brass test because I ran out of time again. I also have the guard all welded together with 3 layers of 1084 and double layers of 15n20 in between. This was then folded once with a piece of file in the middle for a final total of 11 layers. Then twisted and smashed down to this size of 2.5"x3/8"x3/4". Personally, I think it needs to be wider and maybe a little thinner. I'm going to have to do it anyway so that I can get rid of the remaining twist marks. What size do you guys think I should go to, thickness and width?
  17. Wes Detrick

    Messer 2.0

    What a beast! I love it!!
  18. SteveShimanek

    Keeping etched blades "black"

    ^^^Wow!
  19. Alan Longmire

    Staffordshire Hoard inspired earrings

    Thanks! Wait until you see what I just finished. Maybe tomorrow I can post pics. Anyway, the bronze is 24 gauge, 0.020". I use 0.025" sterling for inlays and such, and that seemed too thick for the cells. Are you still rolling down round wire for yours? I have cracked a few "stones," yes. More often I just chip the edges. You see that on some of the originals, so I try not to get too annoyed. And finally, where are you sourcing your garnets? I can never seem to find any the right color large enough to cut.
  20. Brian Dougherty

    multi bar mosaic Damascus Dirk

    Jeepers! Over the top once again Matt!
  21. eldana

    Staffordshire Hoard inspired earrings

    looks good mate! your not too far away from leveling up to the frustration of the real thing get some garnet and start cutting! only thing you lose is time money and sanity! how thick is the bronze you are using for your cell walls? have you had any plexiglass 'stones' crack while setting? while i havent done clossone in gold yet ive set a fair few stones at work (in the real world im a jeweller) and 18ct yellow gold dosnet feel too different to setting with the brass ive been using . 20-22ct would be a differnt story of course
  22. Charles du Preez

    W-2 Rounds

    Sold out since 2014 apparently. Joshua, pardon the complete ignorance but what makes Don’s W2 different from others? Thanks.
  23. Doug Lester

    Auto hamon/temper line in HSS?

    I guess that it could be that you only got the edge of the blade hot enough to quench harden which would give you a martensite edge and a pearlite spine' Doug
  24. Patrick D

    Don Hanson's W-2

    To the top.
  25. Gene Kimmi

    Keeping etched blades "black"

    Something else you can do after etching in ferric, is soak the blade in really strong instant coffee. Here is one I that I soaked for about an hour.
  26. Will W.

    Auto hamon/temper line in HSS?

    Im with Doug on this one. But honestly, only you can see it, the pictures are not very helpful. Take it up a few more grits and if you think you have a hamon, try to bring it out. Worst case scenario, theres no hamon and you just end up poliahing as planned.
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