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Stuart Samuel

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  1. Firefox issues?

    Not that I've noticed?
  2. Secets of the Shining Knight NOVA

    Yes, looks like US only. I'll hope to see it sometime in the blissful postnational future.
  3. Humpback Seaxblade for sale

    Message sent! Pure coincidence, but I'm home, rather than at work, because I managed to stab myself on a piece of stainless with almost the exact same tip angle. (Image hidden for the squeamish) Lesson here is: Don't dig around in the offcut bins while hurrying.
  4. Help with a "new" old tool

    I relayed that cautionary tale just a few weeks ago, when I found a coworker setting up to repeat the feat. Happily avoided.
  5. Welding Brass

    Also, on the soldering front, I've never had much luck getting solder (soft, such as tin/led or tin/silver alloy, or 'hard', silver/copper/zinc alloys) to flow over cracks like that. Maybe something about the surface texture? Sandblasted surfaces are much the same. Exposed surface at the break looks yellow, so likely it is brass, but the others are right about zinc and 'white metal' castings being deceptive. TIGing cast brass can be dicey. Especially small castings like that, which often came out of little foundries melting whatever dross came to hand. Also, most brasses produce a fair bit of zinc fume. Not knowing what resources you've got, I'd probably recommend Gerald's solution. Even better, if you can cram in two pins (even little tiny ones), you don't have to worry so much about twisting the top off while screwing it back in.
  6. First time with wrought.

    Really nice work. I'd wondered about drawing wrought out to fairly thin cross sections, did it give you any trouble?
  7. Kelso bucket-list (not kicking yet)

    That 50/50 shibuichi looks fantastic! Maybe it's just the photos, but it looks, for lack of a better word, 'harder' than, say, sterling. Something about the sheen of it. Did you form the blank cold? Much as I like the 'front', the restrain of the reverse is really striking.
  8. Anglo-Saxon inspiration = too much close work

    Chris, don't get me wrong, I have no interest in mass producing beaded wire, or any other period material. The comment was made at the end of a long day spent figuring out how to set up a production run on a press, with a head full of tooling. I started out as a goldsmith, and given the choice, I'd still rather be paid for fine hand work than machine work, whether it's beaded wire, chasing, or hollow ware. I'm much more interested in the process used then, than running a press to make the stuff.
  9. Anglo-Saxon inspiration = too much close work

    It's cheating, but I'm now thinking about beaded wire tooling for the 40 ton break press at work.
  10. European Armor

    It's come up at least once before, but if you like this, dig up a copy of... Hey, it's available digitally! Heroic Armor of the Italian Renaissance: Filippo Negroli and His Contemporaries: http://books.google.ca/books?id=PteVlrlhy9YC&printsec=frontcover&hl=en#v=onepage&q&f=false Still glad I own this, but very well worth a look. I wish they went into a little more technical detail, but, well, you can't have everything.
  11. Headed to London 2: the real object.

    I've always really liked the style of engraving you've developed, Alan. It feels right, and natural, for this sort of piece, in the same way that Petr's style looks completely at home on Viking pieces.
  12. Box Store Treadle Hammer

    Go Galactus, go!
  13. ukibori

    I've always really liked that technique, and was actually describing it to a co-worker last week. Thanks for drawing attention to it.
  14. warning! graphic! use clamps whe operating a drill press

    I get a lot of use out of vise grip style table clamps, sometimes with a pin to keep things from spinning. Still quick, and flexible, so I'm less tempted to skip it, but secure, and if anything gets wrecked, it's more likely to be the piece, rather than me. Also a safety note... We have a circle cutter at the shop I work in, with a foot pedal to control the motor. It has a feature I haven't seen on any other machines, but I think it's fantastic. Step on the foot pedal, cutting wheel turns. Step harder? It trips, and you have to reset a switch on the pedal before it'll run again. I like it, because it helps with the 'panic' factor. Wish our 100 ton press had one... Anyone else seen this?
  15. A new Hammer

    Nice! I looked at the photos before the description, and though cuttlefish. Neat similarity.