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richard sexstone

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  1. Matt , Nice Don Fogg and Dan OConner commented in a thread about photographing hamons some where back in the archives... taking them at night is one of the tips that I remember from it.... Dick
  2. This is fun to watch Josh, thanks for taking the time to photo the steps.... Dick
  3. Dan , that is really nice.... where is the pic with the big smile it put on your face? I got into blacksmithing to begin with cause as a wood worker I also was sick of sanding .... Blacksmithing you just wire brush it off and your done.... then I got sucked into Damascus..... Dick
  4. I run into Captain Hook in a bar.... Hey Mate , I raise my mug. Argggggg says he Don't mean to pry but what happen to your leg? Argggg says the captain I fell over board and a shark come up and bit me leg clean off... Jezze that's terrible ,I notice your hook ... How'd that happen? Argggg says he , was bordin a ship and a guy come down with an axe and chopped me hand clean off ... Wow you have had some bad luck , how bout the patch on you eye? Argggg says the Captian... a seagull s**t in my eye.. S**T in you eye? I don't understand . How'd you lose your eye from
  5. George, I think you could grind a curve from the tang to the plunge cut . and then round out the "choil" so it is a curve verses a stepped line.... I think the whole thing has some nice flow other than the stepped lines... Dick
  6. Jiri Nice work, I especially like the sculpture... that is some nice texturing...great hammer work... thanks for showing Dick
  7. Gerhard, It is always such a treat to click on your posts Dick
  8. Andrew, Was nice to meet you .. I'm sorry our chat was ended by lunch.... Good to see you here... welcome Dick
  9. Matt , I guess the good karma is to make up for you missing Ashokan this year.... and now you don't have much time before the snow bring you to a halt again ... Hope you can beat the weather this year... Dick
  10. I don't have words, and I was so overwhelmed I didn't get any photos... and there were too many conversations I missed caused of the few I was able to participate in... a summer long event would still have not been enough.... But non of us could have survived that much sleep depravation So too short but oh so sweet was just the best. I am very much looking forward to Peter " completing his lecture" in march... for those of us that attended we were treated to part of an elegant theory put forth by Peter.. Us attendees are sworn to secrecy for what Peter exposed us to... wh
  11. Michael, resist those prompts to experience selling something.... until YOU make something you think worthy of putting your name to... the first time you sell your work is a big rush... There is nothing like having somebody like you work enough to put money down on it... there comes a time when you complete a knife and think you did pretty good... maybe you could do better the next time.... and that is something even the best makers feel... but you know the "mistakes " are acceptable to you... this is a fine line between what you can over look and that which is too ob
  12. Owen, I also got a good chuckle out of your sense of humor... and you hide it well in this pic I like the axe too.... Dick
  13. Dieter, Really nice clean work.. and thanks for the quick photo tutorial ...Well done!! Dick
  14. Scott, I like the sheaths the most... all of them I think they are nice matches to the blades Dick
  15. Michael, I think the best way is to try it out ... Mistakes are the best teachers of all... sometimes mistakes also turn into something worth pursuing... and any amount of practice just adds to your experience.. finish it and test it to destruction.. you will learn more than you may think Dick
  16. Kip, Welcome to the forum... That is nice work .... even if it is your first one... thanks for showing... would you read the threads for posting a photo before your next post... this photo is too large.. Thanks looking forward to your power hammer build... there have been a few posts on here about such .. It's always fun to see how people come up with different solutions.. Dick
  17. Ric, Do Not dye it... the patina has real quality Dick
  18. Profesor Jim Thanks for such great tutorials... the time you put in to these is over the top.... Thank you... every post is a treasure Dick
  19. Julia, Welcome to the forum, I'm not a smelter ,( yet) so I know next to nothing of my own on this subject.... I'm sure you will get lots of advise in this thread but Yes you would be better off putting your next smelting question in the blooms section.... and read all of the posts in that section... you may find your answer and then have a few more to ask when you are done reading them...Showing pictures with your questions , when you get to that point , is very helpful too... I realize your question doesn't need a picture for what you are asking now but when and if
  20. Joe , Welcome to the forum... being that most saw blades are thin to begin with they make excellent kitchen knives... you won't need to forge them . just profile them without heating them past the temper colors and then put a handle on them... If and when you forge a kitchen knife in the future you want to make it as thin as your saw blades... Thin is in when it comes to kitchen knives.. Dick
  21. Tom, I bet your father enjoys this as much as we... in some ways much more I'm sure... Nice tutorial... thanks and for all you guys that think that "knapping" a steel blade may be quicker than welding up some damascus and then making a blade, be warned.. it takes much more time than you think it will... and sharpening one of these takes lots of patience. on the other hand as you can see it is worth it when you get finished... Dick
  22. Scott, That is cool... Making from scratch was one of my original ideas when I started out smithing as well.. I don't think I'll ever get that far. If any of you ever gets to Vermont make sure you get to Windsor .... more precise to the Precision Museum in Windsor, Vermont... It is one of the birth places of the industrial revolution here in the states.. They have the machines of the past lined up in order .. the first one even has a wooden lathe bed.. with hand forged pulley wheels you can see the hammer marks that is only 1/32 " out of round.... next to it is the next generatio
  23. I wrote to Tim as well and heard nothing back... I think he is way too busy ... If they had damage enough to cancel it they have our e mail addresses and would have let us know.... the last time and I believe the only time it was canceled was 2001 cause no planes were flying after 911 that was before they had email registration and they still let us know by phone.. So no news is good news.... The building where we eat and have lectures was taken out by a flood a few years ago and has been rebuilt... I think it was a beaver dam that let loose that time... Dick
  24. the US customs crowd has been getting picky about any living materials ( ivory, exotic wood, coral. ect) coming into or even being owned in this country unless you have rock solid paper trail to prove it is legal... Dressed in swat gear they recently have raided Gibson Guitars (who say they do have the paper work ) and confiscated many vintage guitars cause of the woods they are made from.. There are stories of musicians losing their vintage guitars while coming into or leaving the US while they are on tour... As long as you don't have ebony or rosewood or ivory ect. in your blade yo
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