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Bryan Bondurant

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    Hammers, Fire, Steel, Silver, Leather, Cow Horses, Stock Dogs,

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  1. SPELLING CORECCCTORT ....... LOL ,,,,,,, ACUALLITY, BCACKHAWK DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. WE LOST BROTHERS THIS DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STAND UP FOR THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. My dogs rarely complain about drops,,,,, and they are good at keeping secrets too,,,,,, Would tend to say it didn't happen. Last year my kid knocked over my habachi after I spent hours salivating, marinating, grilling, Jamaican jerked chicken,,,,, after I finished cursing, i quietly took the meat in the house, washed the sand and most of the flavor off, ate quietly. and went to bed. Im still pissed off about it,,,,,,,, lol.
  4. Leather splitters are a good thing if your making belts and horse bridles, dog collars, stuff like that. I can get by without one but have been using a friends when I cut stuff up. I have a place Im setting up now so looking for a old osbourne, but may settle on the sale one, thinking about it anyway. I got a line on a 450 pound anvil yesterday,,,,, and got a few older horse bits so had good day. Springfield Leather has some nice stuff on sale,,,,,, https://www.springfieldleather.com/black-friday-2019
  5. I lived on the border of Thailand and Laos in the last days of wild west wood transfers from the forrest of Laos. Like Allen said, Knife makers are almost zero impact just like knife makers are almost zero impact on elephant tusks. Its the people that use huge pieces in furniture and maybe guitars to a certain point. Mostly what you would use in a knife handle is considered a cut off or scrap piece. With elephant tusks, its the people making sculptures and demanding large pieces and quantity. Chinese culture does not give a damm about environment, go check out what they are doing to the Mekong River. On the same topic,,,,,,, I am in the market for a chainsaw. 20 something years ago I bought a new Stihl, had it flown into my camp in Alaska,,,,,, it worked like mule at twenty below and all summer,,,, almost daily use, it was a beast, two stroke perfection. Now because of environmentally sensitive laws on two stroke engines, Stihl has been forced to try and reinvent the wheel with highly regulated designs. Where one old chainsaw was practically indestructible, the new ones do not last long, get hot, burn up, are a big pain in the back side. The same jack wagons flying around on jet airplanes to have their fancy meetings are accusing me of hating mother earth for liking the simple pleasure of a good honest chainsaw that will start every time and work. They are happy to fly around, heat up mansions, own multiple houses, dozens of cars, and fart away 500 dollar plates of food,,,, , but its us guys out here with a little forge, a old chainsaw,,,,,,,, a wood stove with a good dog in front of it nice and warm that ate Thanksgiving left overs and if were lucky had a crafted beer this Saturday night that are the evil that is destroying the earth. Note: If you use any environmentally sensitive material to make art that will stand the test of time, will be desired to own in a thousand years,,,,,, that is good thing!
  6. Tandy,,,,,, They have a leather splitter on sale for a couple hundred,,,,,
  7. Anyone know any good deals for Black Friday? I always try to make it Home Depot and pick up something Milwaukee and a new 18 volt battery. http://www.blacksmithsupply.com/Black-Friday-Week-Sale_c_84.html 10 percent off at https://www.centaurforge.com Coolest name,,,,,,, Blacksmith Friday Sale! https://www.blacksmithsdepot.com
  8. Its always something,,,,,, just keep your head clear and think when you work. As far as I know the worst accident in forum history was Daniel hooking up power to a manual hammer, using it a good bit, till it grenaded and almost killed him,,,,,,, Just keep thinking, if i do this, whats gonna happen?
  9. If you haven't chopped it yet, you might as well finish it. Sometimes you have to literally grind through your road blocks and get things done. After living in Asia, I became a big fan of Chinese Clevers. I used them allot, although we always had one, I went to real butchers as a kid where they were used, I rarely picked one up and used it, always used a chefs knife, preferably a 12 inch blade made in France or Germany. All that said, a clever camp knife is a heck of a handy tool to have in the woods. You can take any nice piece of meat and stump or chopped piece of wood and chop away to mince meat, make hamburger, chunky pieces for chilli or stew, and even use the flat back, spine of the knife to hammer on a tough piece of meat and make a chicken fired steak. They an also be pretty handy of whacking off limbs and or notching, in a pinch you can use them as a draw knife or spokeshave,,,,,, Personally I like to cut small wood with a bow saw,,,,,, Recently I didn't have one so my new neighbors caught me using a battery powered Milwaukee sawsall to fire up the wood stove till I could get back to town and pick up some tools and supplies, stayed plenty warm. I guess thats the good thing about spending a couple years in Alaska, everything seems easy, likes its no big deal when your not worried about actually freezing to death. Good luck either way,,,,,,, b.
  10. Thanks Joshua,,,,,, I guess its true that everything changes if you live long enough.
  11. Happy Turkey Day for all who read the forum,,,,,,,,, Unlike the White House, nobody around here gets a pardon when it comes to meat. Started the day with cranberry pancakes and fresh coffee. We got a good little dust up of snow, enough to cover the ground, so everything looked nice and clean till my pack of dogs made it into mud. Had some good thoughts about the time I was all alone at my old duck hunting club in Arkansas, the good people there never stopped knocking on the door dropping off food that day, country people are the best when it comes to good neighbors and good food. Even the game warden,,,,, Thomas dropped off a couple huge plates of food that day. Hope everyone is stuffed full of turkey, fat, healthy, and happy this day,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
  12. Rather than buying big tools, I would recommend finding a few blade smiths to hang out with or spend money going to classes in Texarkana which is real close to you. Evidently they have split the school down there into 2 outfits but not sure on any of that. I used to go down there for weekends when I could and learned a bunch that I was missing just working by myself trying to figure things out from memory as a kid and hanging out here on the forum. I think starting out, making knives can be a fun social thing. Not sure what is happening in Oklahoma but lots of good blacksmiths making bits and spurs on the side so there should be something to get into. As far as it goes, lots of people started with next to nothing, gluing abrasive paper to sticks, hogging with a angle grinder mounted in a vise, and any steel one could get their hands on. As far as making one own tools,,,,,,,,, please remember the lesson everyone learned when Daniel exploded his electrified hammer thing and could have died,,,,,, safety safety safety, you might not get a second chance if anything goes wrong and it does.
  13. Just read that the ABS is moving out of Washington Arkansas and to Texarkana at the college, That University Of Arkansas is taking over at Washington as James Black School of Bladesmithing. That the Bill Moran School is now at the college on Texas side in Bowie County? Im sure there is some serious politics but dang, I have some good memories of hanging out in Washington with all the people that you would expect to be there. So far i didn't find any lists of instructors at either place or specific classes,,,,,, anyone have any insight?
  14. There was a famous duck call maker in Arkansas, he cut the end of his thumb off with a bandsaw,,,,,,,, turns out he cut it perfect to measure the inside diameter for world championship duck calls,,,,,,,,,, His name was Harry “Butch” Richenback,,,,,,,,,,,
  15. WELL,,,,,,,, Women are special creatures with their own ideas about what is right and wrong with the world, what looks good, what has character, and what needs its nuts cut off first,,,,,,, lol. More seriously, Women have a tendency to encourage each other in good ways that men simply do not understand. My baby girl is now a teenager, she was at many Arkansas Knife Makers meetings, at 4 years old, was the only female, and sat through classes with Jerry Fisk, Dr. Batson, and was there at Arkansas Historical Museum when Don Fogg was inducted into the Bladesmiths Hall of Fame, she was five then. Not a single female hit anything with a hammer, some nice ladies showed up to parties but I would have liked to seen some ladies getting after some steel, the same way I like to see women getting on horses and getting something done. Blacksmithing has very few people in the bleachers,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, HAMMER TIME! PS, If my daughter had seen a women making something, not just a bunch of bearded hillbillies in overalls at the forge and anvil, she would understand she should be hammering, not watching.
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