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    It does take some time and effort. It took me longer to resize the photos and make the post than it did to do the carving though!. Don't discount those border tools. There's lots of good decoration you can do with just a border tool and a background or seeder tool. Thank you Alan, and as I was doing this piece, I kept saying to myself "Don't rush, Alan will pin this thing. Do it right." I didn't really listen, but there you have it. My pleasure Rob. If you are thinking of doing more of that Urnes or Broa style knotwork or intertwined beasts, you really only need a knife, one or two bevels, and a background tool. Maybe a pointed spoon or similar tool for the little spots.
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    Hi all, So, I'm about 2 and half years down the rabbit hole with a fair amount of knives made. So it's about time to embark in my first sword. Not being the type to walk before running, I thought about what sword I would really like to make, not about what sword I could actually make. Walking is over rated anyways. So here's the plan. I'm bang on six feet tall, and according to research, a rapier wants to come up to your belly button. On me, that's 110cm overall length. I'm starting with 12mm round 1070 steel. After the first round of forging I have a preform that's up to length, and consistently about 20mm wide and 4-5mm thick across its length. I've yet to forge in some distal taper. So here is my first question to you guys: rapier width. Is 20mm across wide enough? Picture time 12mm round 1070 in the forge After about 50% of preform done About 90% done Complete preform This last pic is my idea of how the swept hilt will look. Long ways from this yet, but always good to have a plan, right? So, thoughts? I will keep this thread updated as I go, but always nice to have input from those who have walked the path before... well, run the path
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    Oh yeah, and for those of you who do the FaceBook thing, Chiara Meucci (Pisa Italy) does some absolutely stunning leather work. Frankly she makes my work look like the scribblings of a 3rd grader.
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    Wow, thanks heaps Josh, great tutorial, sure has given me something to think about and will definitely help me out.
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    .... and a beer to go along with the popcorn... looking forward to the next installment of this build
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    It does and I have all thse tools as I bought the whole lot from a very old family friend but have only ever used one or two of them for border stamping. Havent ventured into carving but then time is a factor for me.
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    I've been teaching history for 25 years and my first years were filled with the thought that I didn't know enough and "Am I doing this right?" After 25 years, I still ask myself and colleagues... "is this the best way to do X". In my opinion, to be a good teacher you need knowledge of the subject, passion for the subject, and a desire to share that with others. If you have all three, you are ready to teach. As for charging for your teaching, the cost should be commensurate with your knowledge of the subject and your skill in conveying that knowledge. John, from what you've said (and the work you've shared here) I say you are more than ready to teach whenever you decide to work it into your life.
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    Definitely watching this one. I was just about to grab the popcorn for ya, looks like you got it first!
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    Hello: Here's my "Studio Security Officer"..on the job...doing what he does best.... JPH
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