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Bryan Bondurant

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  1. 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?
  2. 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,,,,,,,,,,,
  3. 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.
  4. Seriously,,,,,,,, we need more women blacksmiths and knife makers. How about a women's forum where only ladies can start topics?
  5. There is 3 types of people you do not want to fight,,,,,,,,, the first being a blacksmith, they can knock you out on the fist punch,,,,,,, lol.,,, second is a drummer, they can throw a thousand punches,,,,,,, third is a circle gold miner in Alaska that has a running excavator. Please show the finished work and if she has any sisters that are single,,,,, you could probably sell the phone number for real cash,,,,,,,,,,, Congrats on the country girl blacksmith trophy wife,,,,,,, LOTS OF JEALOUS READERS WILL NOT COMMENT ON SUBJECT,,,,,,,, LOL
  6. I talked to a great young roper today, he has never heard of Doc Bar,,,,,,, I guess my kids are right, Im a old man now remembering and talking about stuff young people do not know exists,,,,,,,, very strange. The same moron that is worried out my knife thinks nothing of the gas in my truck exploding,,,, lol. Maybe we should concentrate on a law that makes people keep[ a fire extinguisher in their truck????? Update on cowboy knives after the weekend.....
  7. Thanks, Im back in Texas and spent the last couple days rebuilding my old saddle. Still interested in what everyone is doing with kydex and have a coulple projects.
  8. Anyone working with bone should be wearing a respirator. Do not get that dust around the house and especially around where your kids breath, bad stuff.
  9. Happy to announce Im back in West Texas. We went to a great rodeo this weekend. As expected most of the kids had a knife plainly visible in a pocket or on a belt. A knife is an essential tool when you deal with horses and especially ropes. Thirty years ago, the Rodeo Coach up in Cheyenne Wyoming got himself between a horse and a 700 to 800 pound steer at full speed, he was about a half a second from getting turned into a ginsu waygu chinese slice and diced infomercial when our College Rodeo Clown flipped open a knife faster than New York City switchblade and saved his life. It was a horrible s
  10. JHP, Thanks, a knife in the pocket or on the belt is a must have on any farm. There is just an endless about of things one can do, including cutting off the rest of a ripped fingernail without having to go to the house and find a cutter.
  11. My nogo on that is based on the simple idea (not deep scientific research and testing) that when you stabilize, you simply removing the air from an already hard object. Micarta, the concept is taking a soft material and hardening it. The question one would need to ask is, what would make it better? I experimented with using silk, I had access to it, and it was a cool project, but in the end, cotton is better because it is more porous, so the hardening, the glue, one could say, can penetrate and bond to more surface area, therefore making it stronger. In the end, cool is cool, everybody n
  12. No need to get into events in El Paso and Midland, that said any LEO man or woman that stands up to terrorist attempting to hurt Americans with any weapon or any reason deserves respect and a Thank You. Anyone making a good knife that wants to do something, I suggest getting it to one the men and women who stood up for Texas and America today, defending Americas most important asset, The American Family!, Thank You, God Bless Texas, God Bless America, If you believe in anything, say an extra word for those effected by todays events.
  13. Its just a panic for city folk right now, hard core Floridians are not even sweating yet,,,,,
  14. I don't think that will work. Stabilizing wood is one thing, (removing oxygen) hardening is another. Im sure there is some weird stuff you can do with cactus and if you want some, the real stuff, we are always trying to get rid of it, lol. You need to contact boat supply places to get the boat stuff to make micarta type stuff, I was using silk I got in Cambodia and boat stuff with awesome results. Then started experimenting with making bullet proof lavers of silk and stuff, now what I was messing around with is the standard in the bullet proof industry, lots of people saw the possibilities aro
  15. At the end of a tuff day,,,,,, you better have a reason to get up early the next morning,,,,, get it right, stay right, live right,,,,,,,,,,, thats all I got to say about that,,, Bubba aka BB.
  16. How many cowboys, guys that can start a colt, have started a colt, can cut a cow out of a heard, pull a calf, doctor up moma, get er done on a ranch, real cowboys do we have on the forum? If that is you, tell us about your working cowboy ranch knifes? Just came in from working cow dogs till late we are on a heat wave in Death Valley and Vegas for a few days so its up late, till a shower and midnight bunk then back up for coffee at 4 Am, hot weather sucks but its just weather. Horses and Cows do not regulate heat off hot, but they have to drink lots of water like a swamp cooler to keep a
  17. Im sure everybody trusts Alans wife, and the only thing I would not trust Alan with is an anvil, he tends to get a little to enthusiastic about them,,,,, :),,,, However, if she doesn't want to do it and nobody steps up to draw names, I could write them on rocks and have my kid pick them blind out of a five gallon bucket, I have plenty of rocks, lol. Anyway,,,,, knives are looking awesome this year,,,, just curious but how many forum members are actually making and selling folders now days?
  18. I started hating on computers some time ago, so went old school and started buying actual books again. The best place I found and guessing many already know if it, https://www.abebooks.com It is database of thousands of small bookstores,,, you can search by title for a known book, subject, number, and the best part, if there are 20 copies or whatever, you can buy the cheapest. Goodwill and other charities list a million books or so for under five bucks. Some manuals that are still selling new for 50 bucks I got for 5 including shipping. I like old books, old manuals, even when I know
  19. Depending on where you are, you can sometimes find hammers at flea markets, then use an angle grinder to clean them up, then put a new handle on it. The best steel to start with is a know steel, something that you for sure know what it is so you can get the specifics, numbers, science, no guess work. If you have access to a welder, you can just weld a piece of steel to the end of a piece of rebar, some people like to work like that. You can get about anything from Uncle Al's aka Riverside Machine, Arkansas,,,, Great People! https://www.riversidemachine.net/ecommerce/
  20. You must be a farrier or something,,,,,,, fit and finish is so nice and clean.,,,, You are way ahead of the game.
  21. Ritual, this is more of Kriss Ritual, I will argue anyone Malay, Thai, whoever that this knife is a weapon of death, a badge of status, but video is fun. Sadly, FMA Philipino Martial Arts, Dan Inosanto, others, never bothered to study how wootz steel migrated from India by land and sea. They chose to believe that steel was invented, produced, and historical blades were designed in the Northern Islands of PI, not crossed from Maylay to Ache, then distributed from island to island to the Sulu Sultanate, modern day Mindanao, then north to Cebu, then on. No weapon in Dans book was known or made ou
  22. Examples with nice map,,,,,,,
  23. I first found this knife in the Islamic History Museum in Kuala Lumpur while I was digging into the history of the Kriss, Wootz, and the Headhunters of Maylay, life an death in Sulu Sultanate, WARNING, All my threads are a bit political as lead and steel are weapons created to rule the world, not objects of fantasy for gamers and larping, beyond the internet, there is life, their is death, steel gives both. I will dig out my sketches, I recently came across them in some of my baggage. For now here is the best example I could find on youtube, As far as I know, this is the very first menti
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