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About owen bush

  • Birthday 06/25/1971

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    Profesional smith ,More and more I am interested in the history of out craft ,It just drags me back .

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  1. Ive got my login for posting piccies from Flickr back so will update my progress..lots of picciees and vids taken so lots of stuff to post.....but not for a week or so!!!
  2. I have a hydraulic reduction gear I run off of the same pump as one of my presses. It is the elevation gearing for a naval gun run with a seperate valve block.! I have seen lots of other similar hydralic parts , capstan winch , some hydraulic drives for crane parts or diggers .or you could link a standard hydraulic motor to a reduction box.
  3. I really like the Ken Kitzur power hammers and will build a kit from his parts some time soon, they have a very unique action.
  4. nope, its made from straight low layer laminate.
  5. I have been playing with patterns...I took an iron jewelry class with Janos Gabor Varga earlier this year ( a great class) and it got me thinking about some patterns...a bit of experimentation and a few cockups later this came along! Helter skelter pattern... what do you recon?
  6. This is the latest collaboration sword from myself Petr Florianek . We wanted to make another fantasy sword yet at the same time keeping a firm grip on reality. This a very much a “real” sword but also a dragon slaying hero’s sword! The sword blade takes inspiration from early Saxon blades, marrying that history into Tolkien’s middle earth and the world of the Rohirrim horse lords. The blade was made by myself and the handle and scabbard are Petr’s work. The blade takes inspiration from early Saxon patternwelded blades and has a lenticular section giving it the heft and strength needed when fighting dragons! It is important for me that anything I make has a functional reality to it. A reality based upon the imagined purpose of the object . This is the sword of a mighty horselord hero with the pride and fate of his people behind him. A sword for battling a dragon. Bryneleoma has a patternwelded blade 3 core bars twisted anticlockwise, clockwise and anticlockwise, the core bars are wrapped in a high layer damascus edge . The bold core pattern contrasting the fine layers of the edge. In Petr’s words… I wanted to make a truly heroic sword and when given Owen’s mighty blade, I had enough inspiration to get the feel of it. The blade is hefty and long so I immediately started to picture a mounted warrior; a hero on a horse, a proto knight if you will. The inspiration for this sword is firmly set in Tolkien’s Middle Earth, in the world of the Rohirrim horse lord. The motives for ornamentation are simple – he dragon on the pommel as the most powerful enemy but also a symbol to ward off evil. On the handle a series of knots representing fate being spun by higher beings. The knot on the guard symbolises oath, the oath of the horse lord bound to his people as their protector. An oath from sword to swordsman, the guard of the sword being there to protect its heroic master. I love doing these pieces with Petr, and always look forward to getting the finished piece. He has a way of bringing a blade to life.....
  7. no powder in it its much simpler than that .......
  8. I have been using an 8mm radius as the edge. A parallel cutter works better than a wedge, it’s only the cutting edge doing the work. Material thickness and heat when you cut will have a great deal of influence on the final pattern. I’ve only done it 5 times though! So I’m still at the learning stage!
  9. Thanks Alan. pretty is the idea (and part of the function!). thats the cool part of this , lots of ways of coming out with a different take on stuff...I have a few other ideas brewing at the mo that I hope will be more gobsmacking! things taken from other places applied to standard stuff...we shall see! I also have hit a few dead ends with very promising but ultimately impossible patterns!
  10. I have been playing with feather patterns recently, started up looking at illerup idal blade fern patterns and later evolved to a feather pattern , trying to get a stand alone feather...Its been fun. and has lots of spin offs running in my mind. firy , flamy frondy stuff!
  11. On the single edged swords a lot are one piece....and somthing to remember about the way the pommel and tang are aligned is that the tand does not go into the center of the pummel it is often misaligned so this needs to ke taken itto account this also means the tang is not central to the handle....
  12. Nice, I have a few British and german anvils with gates. I found that hot forging worked well for making tooling fit the slot and for making wedges that fit perfectly. basically heat the bottom of the tooling and sledge it down into the slot . the heat the wedge and upset it to fit the gap. You will have fun with that anvil.
  13. I use between 3 and 10lb of propane a hour for one gas forge depending on the forge . I hget a huge amount of work done with my gig welding forge (that gets through a 47KG bottle a day. when I used coke I used to use a lot more 100kg+ for a heavy days foerge welding. but its half the price so the over all cost is the same. A gas forge can be very eficient if it is made for a single purpose and has doors matche dtoy your work. the more versatile it is the less eficient it is ..
  14. owen bush

    Hack silver

    I would guess its knife or axe and hammer and then a whole lot of haggling!
  15. I make and sell dogs head hammers so I am probably biased and I like to use them. my 3 favorite hammers are all dogs head hammers 2 old saw doctors ones and one of mine. However hammers do not "do" anything for the user....from a completly practicle POV hammers are jsut a lump of metal used to transfer energy into the steel. 2lb is 2lb whether its a dogs head or rounding hammer. The actual diferences are subtle. some hammer shapes such as croos pein or diagonal pein ball pein have obvious diferences between how the hammer head shapes the metal. but when it comes to a flat faced hammer or slightly crowned flat faced hammer then the diferences between a round , squarw or octagonal mflat face are subtle. and its the same with a dogs head. I prefer to use them for blade work, and I am used to them now they can be a little odd to start with. They are not a general use hammer and do not do some of the directional forging that can be done with the corners of a short faced rounding hammer because they become less stable when tilted on their side. however for flattening steel they would be my go to. There is also definatly a little "badging" that goes on with a dogs head hammer being a bladesmiths hammer not a blacksmith hammer...and I am guilty of this as well. I love hand made hammers and use some made by my friends and I love car boot sale hammer heads for 50 Pence as well. some people love only one hammer ...I am not a Hammernogamous guy!
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