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  1. This has been a very long two years moving back to France from the USA, where I had lived for over 10 years. This was quite an adventure, as I had a shop to move, a cat, a dog, and a fiancee who had never left the bay area before and spoke no French. This took a while and we lived out of my parents' house while looking for our own. We found an old "landaise" farmhouse built around 1825 which ticked nearly all our boxes, but it needed quite a bit of renovation to make it work, so I had to focus on that for a while. The barn (large doors on the left) was going to be my new shop. The place had been used to house donkeys for years, so there was a lot of shit to clean up, literally. After the initial cleanup, I decided I needed additional access, a door to the inside of the house so I wouldn't need to go into the rain to get to shop, and a backdoor and window to improve ventilation. Once that was done, we got married, yay! Then we poured a reinforced concrete floor ... and then we realized that the roof tiles were porous, so we had to redo the roof, ouch. The thing about those old landaise houses is that the outer walls are made of dirt, literally. Not fired bricks, just dry dirt mixed with hay. Although most of the walls were in really good shape, the barn wall was not, as the previous owners had neglected to do the repairs that would have prevent it from being exposed to the rain. I would have loved to keep all the walls as they originally were but unfortunately we had to rebuild part of one with cinderblocks. With this done, it was time to coat the walls, so they wouldn't slowly crumble with the vibrations of the power hammer. Next, I installed some better lights This side of the roof of the house is oriented due south, and is pretty large. We decide to invest in solar panels, but I was concerned about the old framing taking the weight, so I decided to add 4 pillars for safety. I went with oak so that they wouldn't look out of place. Oh and we redid all the electrical, so I got a LOT of outlets installed. Finally I gave it 3 coats of paint to seal the concrete. At last I started unpacking the rest of the shop, whih had been in storage for all this time. Some of the tools were a bit rusty, but everything cleaned up nice. First heat! A few weeks later, we moved the power hammer in and the rest of the big toys. I'm not gonna lie, there's quite a bit of work left to do in the house itself (I'll spare you the story of all the work that happened there!), so things will still be slow for some time. Still, this realy feels like a milestone! Cheers!
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  2. I was at the OKCA in Eugene Oregon show this last weekend, and I bought a 20lb ingot of silicon bronze. I was thinking that I could cast it into some bars to make it easier to handle. Another smith suggested that melting and recasting might alter the alloy, but that it could be hammer forged. Any thoughts on how to proceed? I can saw it up, and I could make a cutter to use on the press. Could I cold forge it? Without knowing the alloy, where should I start in temperature to hot forge it? I have avoided getting into casting because I really don't need ANOTHER rabbit hole to fall into. Geoff
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  3. Almost complete! I have sanded the grips, epoxied them to the blade and drilled the hole for the brass pin and tube on one of the handles. The final weight of just the blade is 2.37 pounds (from a starting 4.6 pounds) and from what I've read, is within historic parameters. I am very happy with this Kilij and Mameluke influenced Kozak saber. I have learned a lot about the process and hope that my next saber will have fewer mistakes. Just need to finish sanding the grips to match the blade edge and stain them. I am grateful for all of the advice and comments from the membership of this board.
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  4. It does indeed! Excellent use of the disappearing rivet trick.
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  5. I have hot forged silicon bronze at very low temperatures (dull red in a dim shop at most). Get it up to an orange and you are asking for trouble, but on the plus side it is pretty soft at the right temperature. Like copper and brass it can be cold forged, but you have to anneal it often. These were all hot forged from a silicon bronze survey marker I got from the transportation group at work (including hot punched and drifted holes):
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  6. Big moves! Congratulations on all fronts.
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  7. The big news is the shop building is now onsite! Now to insulate and drywall it.
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  8. We spent the last week out there doing the flooring. Liz starting The finished product
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  9. Update 2024...... I went out the last weekend of March to finish hooking up the well pump and water supply. The house now has all utilities and gas for the stove, heat, and water heater. This happened March 30 and I woke up to 3 inches of fresh snow.
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  10. My first post, not my first knife. Just finished this today. 80crv2, jade micarta, brass guard, bolsters, and liners. Now I need to do a sheath. Or maybe a scabbard with throat and chape..I have some copper brazing wire I've been itching to try.
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  11. Some more of my Things Made This Month...a stacked leather/brass/micarta single-edge dagger a la scian-dubh and sheath, French-style sabatier in 80crv2 and patnered meat cleaver in 1084 with cocobolo, brass corby's and dovetailed bolsters with (respectively) cherry and walnut scabbards, and an ebony and copper hunter from 80crv2 with the best hamon I've accomplished yet. Etching is a voodoo I have not mastered yet..regardless of steel type, I try ferric chloride, then vinegar, and always finish in coffee. Invariably, I hate the first or second etch, polish it out completely, and start over. I keep hearing to clean with alcohol or acetone but for me these always end up leaving streaks and I get a crappy etch. I start with these to get the bulk of polishing compounds off, then wash the blade in simple green and hot water and that seems to be the best.
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  12. I got two more finished, plus a piece of jewelry. I should have pics of that tomorrow, but here are the last two blades for OKCA,
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