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Jesus Hernandez

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  1. Not quite. The ash wood I split and hollowed was at some point part of a tree and so was the bark that I used to wrap the ash. The challenge was how to put it all back together so that it look like I had never taken it apart to begin with.
  2. Thank you very much, guys. I forgot to share a picture of how it fits in the hand.
  3. I forgot, the stick is made from ash wood and the surface texture that you see is tree bark.
  4. Those were particularly interesting. How thin could I go and not make them so thin that they will break. Now that I think about it, the frog toes were a bigger challenge.
  5. Take a break. Then again, no, don't rest, keep it going you are making beautiful things.
  6. Additional close-ups of the grip. The cane has a latching mechanism to keep it together.
  7. The blade is a sanmai construction using 1050 for the core and folded cable for the jacket steel. Thanks, Alan. You should remember how the tempering of this one went. If not, this might help.
  8. Here is the business end of the blade and the stick. This blade profile was based on the original shape of Japanese sword canes. For most of the blade length is the typical profile of a Japanese katana in its hira-zukuri configuration and with a rood-peak mune. Except that it is skinnier and very straight. Zero sori. When I finished grinding the blade to shape and held it in my hand so used to holding full-length katana, I was shocked at how light it was. 400 grams. The point ends in a double edge both sides sharp although it seems to me that rather than cutting this profile is meant
  9. It's a bacon wrap. Well, not really but I couldn't help myself. Here is a picture of the mid-section of walking stick that may add some additional information.
  10. And a better view of my poor imitation sitting atop a stick.
  11. To give a little bit of an explanation for the skull and frog detail. I went to school at the University of Salamanca in Spain. The original building founded in 1094 is the second oldest university still functioning in the world and its fa├žade is a complex stone carving in a unique style called plateresque. The name of the style comes from the fact that it imitates the look of the work of a silversmith. In Spanish silver is plata. Here is a picture of the entrance wall to illustrate this: It is said that a freshman student would have to endeavor locating the carving of a skull in th
  12. Apologies in advance for this tease.
  13. Thanks, Kevin. I learn a new word. The picture spans about 2 feet.
  14. It was raining this AM and pine pollen floated away on a little water run. A dried up leaf cut the flow of the pollen. I have no idea how the flow turned into waves. May be the wind?
  15. The practical study of these spears that you have been carrying on is producing fantastic results.
  16. Time, temperature and the proper micro-structure of meat and metal products. That's what F&B is all about.
  17. Looking forward to seeing how this goes. What are your impressions on the ash/mud/wet paper wrap?
  18. Beautiful aesthetic approach. SOBU as a maker's name?
  19. Very good discussion here and thank you for the links, Jeroen. I would personally be interested in seeing a study tracing back the hardening process as to where and when was it introduced historically. To be done correctly many blades would have to be examined from many eras and locations and the study would need to include micro-structure as well as hardness testing from edge (when not corroded) to spine. I know, I am being an idealist and that type of study would be almost impossible to carry out. On the matter of alloying elements, both Mn and Ni can be found in ores where iron ore
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