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  2. Emiliano Carrillo

    Moonlight Seax

    Hey everyone! I finished this piece a few days ago, so I took some photos and thought I would share! This began as a small billet for a demo at NESM for their annual hammer in, and upon finishing the blade a client signed onto the project, so I designed the hilt and we went from there! I still have to make the sheath, and when it's done I'll update this thread. The blade is seven bars of pattern weld, wrought iron on the spine, four twisted bars, more wrought iron, and then an edge of ~400 layers. The handle is moose antler, bog oak, silver, wrought iron, and rubies. I guess I'll do the usual and post a few finished photos and then a WIP! WIP time! So this piece started off as a billet about 8 inches long. I twisted everything extremely tight and laid up the wrought iron and edge bar. I tacked the billet on one end and brought it to Maine with me. I was invited to demonstrate on both days, and first gave a lecture on the historical seax and then did a practical demo the next day, forging a long seax. I then brought the blade to Zack Jonas' workshop a while after it was finished and began to work out what the design should be. Drawing from a few different artifacts I designed something that intrigued me. I used a few drill bits and a set of needle rasps to get the bolster fit properly. Here you can see the fit bolster next to the sawn bog oak and the drawing I made for the client. I used the needle rasps to file and clean up the slot for the tang to seat in the wood properly which is a new trick, I promptly went and bought my own set after! That's as far as I got at Zack's, and upon returning home I began to shape the handle. I always do my rough shaping on the belt grinder to establish the lines I am after and then use files or sandpaper to refine the shape. In this case I am going for a slight hourglass shape and need to do some careful firework to establish my lines. After about an hour the work is done and I can polish to about 400 grit in preparation for the rest of the detailing. At this point I figured I would set the half moon shape on the bolster as per my design. I did this freehand on the grinder and then polished with some paper on a flat surface. Here you can see there is a slight inletting in the edge side of the bolster to allow the blade to sit better. I used a jewelers saw to begin the cuts for the silver wire and then a series of files and rasps to make the recess for the wire. After some epoxy and a few wracked nerves the silver is in place. I couldn't remember what size bezel wire I had used in the past on the amber seax, but I did some experimenting and figured it out. Here's the piece next to the scaled up drawing I made to keep with me as I was working. I think I'll start doing this more in the future. I cut out the piece of fine silver and annealed it, then bent it to shape on the back end of the bog oak grip, and because it was so soft it readily accepted its new shape. I took some nice wrought iron I had and cut a small coupon off and drilled and filed a hole to fit it to the tang. My original thought was to make the pommel just a cap and not be held on by the tang, but Peter convinced me I should weld an extension to the tang and peen the pommel on. Here I am using sharpie to get a vague idea of where I should grind to. I never really do this sort of work with a caliper and exact measurements, instead using my eye to get things close. I may change this some day and do more exact work, but for the style of work I do I feel that this gives my work a more 'organic' nature. I roughed in the shape on the grinder and then drilled my holes. I probably would change the order of operations next time. Once the pommel was roughly fit I began to tune the shape with files. Eventually I ended up with this. I began to peen the bezels in place from the inside to hold them properly. I did all of the setting work before attaching to the handle so I could burnish all the way around easily. Once the rubies were set I peened the whole thing together after administering some epoxy. Here you can see the peen isn't cleaned up yet. After some careful belt grinding and 2000 grit paper to clean the peen up, I went out back behind the shop to take some photos! I hope that's helpful or at least informative, thanks for looking guys!
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  4. Brian Dougherty

    Finally a place I can call my own!!!

    Color me jelous
  5. MikeDT

    Lady in Black - XVIII single hander

    She is a beauty, well done!
  6. Joshua States

    Finally a place I can call my own!!!

    3 acres is a nice chunk of land. You could build all sorts of stuff there and still have enough room for a good sized food plot. Nice having the wooded area right on the line too. As we used to say back east...….Mazel Tov!
  7. Yesterday
  8. Jeremy Blohm

    Finally a place I can call my own!!!

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ The above picture is showing north- south This picture is showing east-west. The original property was 20 acres with 2 barns. The owners split it into 3 acres with the house but they had to take a barn down because it was right on the property line. The cement pad is still there so the kids have a good sized basketball court. The owners of the other 17 acres kept the barn and property but they are going to sell it later on down the road so I might have an opportunity to purchase it depending on how my finances look at the time.
  9. Looks like all were having a good time. You have touched the lives of some young ones and whether they stay the course or not it will make an impression in their lives!! You should be proud of the students!!
  10. Jeremy Blohm

    Finally a place I can call my own!!!

    I wish i could be more active. I'm still to get around using a walker. It's not easy manoeuvring this thing around. I got tennis balls on the bottoms today and it made a world of difference. I still haven't tried to drive yet. And I know for a fact I couldn't manage to get up in my truck. My wifes truck is just the right height for me to scoot into. Here is a Google earth view of the house and property.
  11. Joshua States

    Finally a place I can call my own!!!

    Congratulations on becoming a landowner. When you get ready to stand up a workshop, we are here to help.
  12. Tim Jackson

    Tim Jackson

    took some photos while forging today, from about 80% completed made two chef knives started from 1" x 7" round 01 tool steel 2.54cm x 17.78cm Full integral, Brute de Forge update this when they get completely finished. any thoughts?
  13. Brian Dougherty

    Finally a place I can call my own!!!

    BTW, you are the most active back surgery patient ever. Be careful with yourself!
  14. Good stuff Theo!!! You must have a helper to catch scale before it hits the floor, that shop is too clean! Seriously, it is inspirational to see all those smiling faces. That is the unmistakable look of acquired knowledge and pride of ownership.
  15. Joshua States

    The Birth of a Workshop

    I sincerely hope that I have helped in some way. If you have any questions, or come up with a design idea that you want feedback on, just let me know and I'll take a look.
  16. Tim Jackson

    Finally a place I can call my own!!!

    Or there just might be a 500 lb oops you have to carry it up.. er I mean 200 lb anvil !! (can see it now.. put on sled & pull up with truck) hey honey watch this
  17. larsjacobsen

    Stainless San mai

    If you clean your steel and keep them flat almost any steel will forge weld in a canister or with a seem welded around the billet ( san mai ) I have used O1, 52100, OFS ( old file steel ) , O2, White paper and stainless 316, 304, Aebl, 420...... I heat the billet at forge welding temperature for 15 - 20 min before the first weld and also for at least 10 minutes when welded or between welds. Steels have to be the right thickness in san mai .....if not the core will be either to thick or too thin or there will be way too much grinding on the outer layers. I still get this wrong although I try to keep a record of my works. I have never used a tube - so looking forward to seeing the result
  18. Been a while since I posted - been busy starting a business and upgrading the shop! First, fun pictures of smiling students and their work: I've been teaching full time about a year now and thought it was time to step things up a level. Expanded my area and finally have it's confines clearly defined so I can settle in. Still tweaking things, but I am very happy so far, the flow is much better. Now I feel comfortable offering teaching opportunities for my fellow bladesmiths interested in vising us in The Big Apple. If this sounds like fun to you please reach out to me for more information on how this would work. Local Brooklynite bladesmiths Jim Merola, Jan Muchnikov, and Justin Kirck have already started their classes Lastly, the front hallway/entrance to the forge has been turned into a small gallery of student, teacher, and local bladesmiths to show off their wares. I want to include work from anyone interested in displaying their blades - we get lots of eyes on them via walk-ins and students. I do not plan on selling blades for other smiths, but send lots of cards for people to take so I can help arrange sales. Currently it's just the 3 cases (bolted to the table), but I am picking up some sword sized as well. And here are a couple fun personal and commissioned blades: Always looking for input on everything, Theo
  19. Clifford Brewer

    Finally a place I can call my own!!!

    Congrats Jeremy !! I would be checkin that root cellar out ASAP ! There might be somethin in there that'le pay off the mortgage...........................
  20. SteveShimanek

    What did you do in your shop today?

    I bought a Dayton dual arbor grinder mounted on a piece of C channel with a pipe welded to a spare tire a couple of years ago; the assembly was wobbly. I cut the pipe off the spare tire and remounted it to a track brake drum, and remounted the grinder. I had a drill sharpening fixture from Craftsman that i bought used 12 years ago but have never used, mounted it to the new setup, and sharpened a bunch of dull drill bits that have been lurking in the shop for far too long. Excellent!.
  21. Brian Dougherty

    Finally a place I can call my own!!!

    Congrats!
  22. Jeremy Blohm

    Finally a place I can call my own!!!

    I found a root cellar buried under all this that nobody has opened in who knows how long.
  23. Alex Middleton

    Finally a place I can call my own!!!

    Congrats Jeremy!
  24. AndyB

    Finally a place I can call my own!!!

    congrats, I may wind up getting rid of this little car I've got and get myself a truck. just wish I never got rid of my truck I had to begin with lol oh well live and learn.
  25. Jeremy Blohm

    Finally a place I can call my own!!!

    The other house we were looking at was in town but it was straight across from the local fire department so if anything happened....this place is out in the country with 3 acres. Now I need a pole building!!! One good thing is where this house is it's only 4 miles to my shop so I'm going to save a ton in gas especially since my truck has a 454ci engine with big mud tires.
  26. Jeremy Blohm

    Tong obsession.

    My first pair looked like crap but they held hot steel tite. My second were better and my third were slightly better than my second but they are getting better. As soon as my back is healed up these are getting put together.
  27. Tim Jackson

    Finally a place I can call my own!!!

    Congrats!! now all the fire (controlled) you can handle..
  28. Jeremy Blohm

    Finally a place I can call my own!!!

    After living in an apartment for 4 years and renting various houses over the years we have finally signed on a house.
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