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  1. This summer, I set aside the belt grinder, and picked up the air ratchet. I had taken a long look at my 1988 Toyota 4Runner, and realized I had been neglecting my baby. I've kept it up mechanically 100%, but I let the body and paint deteriorate. As the 1st gen 4Runners are becoming more and more collectable, and mine being the best vehicle I've ever owned, I decided to begin restoring her. I went from peeling paint on all body panels, the black shell-top weathered down to bare white fiberglass, banged up front & rear bumpers, and rusted wiper arms and wheels, to what you see below. So
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  2. Hello!! Well I went and done did it...here are the first one of this batch..the first blades I have made here in our new studio down in Florida.. Boy I am ever feeling it..not swinging a hammer for 7 months..I had to drop down from my usual 8# hammer to a wimpy 4# hammer...I am back up to a 6# and I should be back with my "Lil' Nubbin" 8#'r here in another week or so... All are pattern welded 5 with my infamous Bovine Ivory and one with Red Deer antler.. Turned out ok for someone who is a bit out of practice as they say.. These are for sale on my website...I am posting them presently
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  3. Here is the result of about a year and a half of practice. I will not claim to be Sami, or even that this is a Sami knife. But a couple years ago I saw some of the beautiful work done by Sami Craftsman and decided I wanted to learn how to do it. This proved to not be an easy task. First, there is very little information out there on the process. Second, there seems to be a lot of misinformation out there. Third, most people I showed pictures of the knives to couldn't figure out why I liked them as much as I did. But... for some reason I am obsessed. I started following the few maker
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  4. Not sure if I've ever posted any of my work. Figured I'd post this one. Still got a little sanding/polishing left but it's pretty much done. Just a simple using knife. Forged out of CruForge V
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  5. I have no doubt you will design and fabricate some beautiful puukkos. Every blade seems to dictate how to carve and shape the handle. Puukkos are not simple designs. There is no one size fits all approach. I learned the T.L.A.F..A.R. (That looks and feels about right) many years ago and use that principle on every project. Your carving and tool design nail it solid. I for one look forward to seeing more of your work.
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  6. Well thanks for the grand welcome guys. There is a web site for Cyclekarts, it''s call the Cyclekartclub.com and at times over the past couple of years, I'll post a comment over there, but they keep taking shots at me over there because I'm to long winded, can ya tell? And......sometimes I post my personal opinion......which...... sometimes differs from the old experts over there, who don't take kindly to anyone who color's outside the lines that they've drawn. With all the work around here and the different directions that I seem to get pulled off in, the Cyclekart lo
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  8. Today I spent a couple of hours practicing Vine Filework. I Have a set of fittings that I am going to put this on and haven't done this one in a while. So I decided to practice it before I totally screw up a perfectly good knife. I thought I'd share this with folks in case anyone is interested. Most filework patterns have about 4-6 steps (other than layout), and can be reduced down to 4, when you consider that some steps are identical to one another, just on opposite sides of the work piece. I use a method Duane Dushane has in his video with a 2" square piece of 1/8" thick brass bar and
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  9. And what it looks like on a tapered full-tang. I think this is roughed-in well enough to HT.
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  10. It made it easier for the coyote to load it into the weather balloon in such a way that he could pull a rope and have it fall. (Missing the roadrunner, and landing square on the coyote of course) Regarding filing the bar of: I'd spend $20 on a HF angle grinder. That is a lot of weld on there. You aren't going to hurt the anvil unless you start grinding into the face. You can clean up the last 1/16" with a file.
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  11. Holy cow, dude! I am seriously impressed! And I really like that handle-vise thingy you made for the stacked construction glue-up. On the leather, it seems that subject comes up here every few years. I know it's called half-tan, and I know you can only get it from Sweden or Finland. Somebody posted a link a few years ago, but I'm glad you managed to find it on your own.
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