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Jesus Hernandez

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  1. That was wonderful. The most relaxing had and hour I have had in a while. Cinematography was beautiful and how they mix the sound in was really well done. Congrats, Owen and the crew that put it together.
  2. Those are great pictures, John. Thanks.
  3. Yes. This is how the Catalan process is described from historical accounts. There is an interesting question and answer on this issue that we can develop further as to whether this was a good or bad idea. They did it because it worked for them in this type of furnace and they had figured that out empirically. We did it because we were imitating them and trying to learn something while doing it. The initial thoughts from publications refer to recharging rich slag to extract as much iron as possible from it. That's one theory. Our slag was not very attracted to a magnet though. What we saw durin
  4. It was a nice day in very good company and a very successful smelt in many ways. To me mostly in what I learned from it. Mark, that was surprisingly the total amount of charcoal that went in! We actually used 12.5 kg for the pre-heat and loading of the furnace and the other 31.5 kg is what we used for the smelt itself. We used very little charcoal and I think like you said that this is because of the added water to keep it wet on top. In retrospect, I feel like we were shy on the water and could have pour more to keep the flame more tamed on the tuyere side. The other thought looking
  5. I am sorry to hear this. It certainly does not sound good but hoping that it will end in a positive turn.
  6. That is quite nice. I like how the forms flow but you already knew that would happen.
  7. You are who you are. Embrace it.
  8. The first one is gone. The second one belongs to my wall of shame now.
  9. Wow. I just noticed what you have been up to. Very cool, Alan.
  10. Hi Dan. I did. I suspect that your inlaid method was closer to the one followed in the original. Nice work.
  11. Thank you, guys. I appreciate the comments. I wish I could had made a hilt like Jeff or Petr, this one is rather simple but hopefully suits the blade. The texture of the hilt components was a delicate and slow work made with a small textured punch. Hard to keep the punch perpendicular to the curving surface. The scabbard is alder wood lined with lambskin and wrapped in leather. I found a thin piece of leather from Europe that was very clean and easy to mold to the wooden core. The rest of what you see is tooling of the leather and staining then rubbing off the high spots.
  12. For those interested in trying to figure out the pattern-welding, the following two images are composite images made in Photoshop by combining many sectional pictures. The proportions of the handle and blade were a bit deformed by the program but the pattern is more easily discerned. My respect for the smith who made the original sword is enormous. I don't think that I actually followed the process that he used to make his sword in making mine. He knew what he wanted to do and how to do it. Thanks to all my friends that help me in one way or another through questions and answers
  13. Here you can see how subtle the edge pattern is.
  14. Too bad as the pattern was for the most part there. The serpent section was not as tight as I wanted but everything else was right on. The next week instead of feeling pity on myself I went back to the shop to make a new set of billets for a third attempt. Although for a day or two I did walk with my head down. Third time’s a charm. I had the sword I wanted with the correct amount of tightness for the serpent and although one of the chevron sections did not have the correct spacing, it was close enough. I was not planning on hilting the blade or making a scabbard but I needed some sort of
  15. This is the story of a sword. The blade began as a little seed in my mind after reading the book “Swords of the Viking Age” by Ian Pierce. As I turned pages 148 and 149, very much at the end of the book and having already seen many photographs of wonderful pattern-welding, I was stunned by two photographs depicting a sword found in Vehmaa and dating to the 8th century. My first impression looking at the photographs on both pages is that I was looking at two different swords but reading the brief notes I was further shocked in realizing that it was only one. Ever since I saw that blade I wanted
  16. Just got back home. Thanks Kerry, Matt, Sam and Ilya and everyone else that made this gathering possible this year. Great to see you all guys specially the smelting crew (Mark, Denis, Zeb with the newest addition of Daniel Cauble) and the best cook this side of the Appalachian mountains, Doug. Great to see everyone that was able to make it there this year, you all have come to be great friends and it puts a smile on my face to see you year after year. Also to those who couldn't be there physically but were there in "spirits" (thanks, Owen).
  17. This is the hollow grinding jig that Jantz used to sell. I got it from someone who bought it new and never used it. I never used it either so it is as good as new. It used to be about $600. I would like to sell it for $250 plus actual shipping. I include a platen support for free. The jig is very nice and allows for adjustments in and out and up and down. Please forward this to anyone if you think they could be interested. It could be used to grind fullers.
  18. I do like it. The entire piece looks so veritable.
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