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  1. I'm afraid any compliments would be an understatement Jim, I send them regardless I'm going to make myself a cup of silver needle white tea now to celebrate this lovely chasaji.
  2. Seems everyone who has a name associated with the Roman general/emperor (me included), detest it. I'm Julio myself, and like Jól, I detest the given name. Might change it to the basque form seeing as my surname is basque. Question, is the name going to be in an ancient language, or can we guess in English?
  3. Epic, all of it and at every level. Congrats gents. I'm sad it didn't get its antenna hilt tho, I was looking forward to it. And as an aside... why are people calling Jøl, Yul? That's how you originally intended it right Jøl/Yul?
  4. Dave, the panty hose trick I got taught doing dental models. The finish you get is still coarse, so if you put a little bit of vaseline on the panty hose and rub in circular motions (gently) (that description sounds so wrong, lol), it makes the wax smooth and shiny (Naphta may achieve a similar finish but Vaseline actually makes it glossy and is less harmful). Aesthetically speaking, I would suggest you avoid leaving the big steps you are leaving where you carve an undercut. What you want is to blend all these lines into a natural radius to create a sense of depth and uniformity, that eliminates the need to carve the background all the way back to the bottom. It adds some time to finishing your carving but it pays off immensely.
  5. That's a pretty cool seax Luke, makes me want one! Congrats
  6. Looks like a jolly good meeting. Smelting envy is being felt over here.
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    Exactly the sort of topic I would have never expected around here. No disrespect intended to the very technically proficient mosaic makers, and like mokume gane it definitely has a place in everything, it's just a matter of judicious use. Having said that I have been wanting to see Mick Maxen's pattern (can't recall the specific name), as a dagger or oval sword guard, deeply etched to give it a nice topographic effect. I do think it is a technique that leaves very few avenues for successful expression but that should make it even more challenging to folks out there to reap the rewards of getting it just right.
  8. Sam, I don't think it's just about a Japanese thing. Say, for example, with Norse and migration era carvings (and I say this fully aware that some feathers might get ruffled), it's not just what you think you can do but how sincere your carving and interpretation is in its intent, and beyond a handful of people here who put in the time to wrap their heads around the whole thing and try to assume as best as they can what the Ethos of a craftsman of that time was, you cannot deliver convincing pathos to those who have spent any reasonable amount of time studying it. In fact most of it ends up being poorly thought out, laid out and contrived... And in the spirit of those times that is a wasteful attitude incompatible with the challenges of being able to secure the materials at the time (a recurring thing across all traditions) What I said was simply that no, this does not qualify as kata-kiri but that does not disqualify it from being an honest attempt at carving a stylised rabbit, whatever your inspiration for it might happen to be. Japanese inspired maybe, but in my opinion it's always best to make the distinctions to avoid creating a reputation one does not want. Needless to say, you should keep carving because you can only get better, and it doesn't look like you hesitated much in your strokes or required cleaning up, which funnily enough are desirable things in kata-kiri style carving. So are you going to add another 999 rabbits, to make it a version of the 1,000 monkey theme?
  9. Not really, as it would have to conform to a whole lot of oriental painting conventions ( when it comes to strokes) which is why I was told to study a lot of it (much like in any aesthetical/artistic tradition), otherwise it doesn't do a convincing job to the trained eye. Engraved layout table sounds cool tho.
  10. I would suggest you do not pickle it. If you put the silver last and did not overcook it you should have a nice nashiji structure. If you did overcook it and placed the silver too early then it doesn't matter if you pickle it. But by depletion gilding which is what you would be doing you risk removing that surface structure.
  11. Damn fine machining work as usual Daniel. I enjoyed my burner very much but my brother needed it more for his foundry at present. I have been coveting one of those hydraulic presses for a while now and although I can't afford one right at this very moment I'm sure I will at some point later next year. Now I know who to check with.
  12. John, can't see any pictures. Have to get myself to an Ashokan one of these days.
  13. Lighter fluid brings up the sheen but the way we were taught when carving wax teeth in Uni was to use ladies panty hose/stockings material with vaseline, it does the best job out of all the solutions I have come across. Also, the stocking material is more versatile if you want to get into those nooks and crannies.
  14. As Alan pointed out that's incorrect Al Massey. Aside from the likely propaganda put forth by Polybius on the Gallic sword (for which actually Radomir Pleiner shows plenty of evidence of little to non-existant heat treatment) I can't see why Rome would laud one enemy's sword (The Gladius Hispaniensis in question) and diss the other's (The Gallic sword). With all due respect, you may believe what you like but evidence points to the contrary (the link leads to the world's scholastic authority on the matter of Iberian swords and Roman weaponry in the Iberian context). Also, description of the way Gauls went into battle does not match the notion that their swords would have been used in the same way as the Romans would have... a predilection for glorious one-on-one duels being preferred and a known lack of formation and discipline... which funnily enough isn't the case with the Iberians and the Dacians, which might be why of all the provinces these took the longest to conquer in terms of manpower and logistic expenditure (quite the opposite to what happened in Gaul). Ta Alan. I did much of the reading for my wife's dissertation (Classics) but she's the linguist, I focused on aspects of military history and weapon production through the network of fabricae.
  15. Al, not so (redundant that is). Jesus Hernandez is both an owner of Quesada Sanz' seminal work on the Iberian panoply and a Spanish speaker as well so I reckon he should chip in on that. However from what I have read there's plenty to indicate that the purported Gladius Hispaniensis is not related to Gallic blades. Where both cultures overlapped the La Tène blades available are simply mounted in the Iberian style but are distinctly different from the native morphologies, the few instances where there's influence from across the Pyrenees don't seem to represent a significant shift in style, so it does not seem to have succeeded. http://www.uam.es/proyectosinv/equus/warmas/index.htm You may go to the sub-section that reads 'Tipos de Armas' and then click on 'De tipo La Tène'. Gladius is simply a general term for sword, so the use of Hispaniensis in this context is thoroughly justified and appropriate (as much as saying that Russian rifle, or that English longbow [or Welsh for accuracy's sake] may be be justified). Cheers Cool topic Peter and nice pictures. I have the book for the I Daci exhibition that was put up in Italy (in cooperation with the relevant Romanian museum) but there's not much in the way of weapons in the catalogue, plenty of tools and other ornamental stuff tho. Which sometimes leads me to think that as the Romans paid dearly for their conquest of Dacia and seeing how much they dreaded the falx, they might have well made a point of destroying as many as they could, certainly there's no evidence of what happened to the tonnes of arms and armour portrayed in Trajan's column. The Dacian and Iberians, quite possibly my favourite peoples of the period, maybe there's a niche in there for me in the future
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