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Will Leavitt

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  1. That's about as official as it gets! Yep, I plan on being there with bells on. Now... they have a list of demos out yet? Thanks.
  2. Thanks Dale, the Tannehill state park calendar has it on April 9-11, 2010. Looking forward to being able to spend the whole time there this year.
  3. The Bama forge council site says Batson's is April 1-4 this year. That's Easter weekend and i can't imagine that they're holding it then. Does anyone know if this is correct? Will
  4. I was informed today at work that my department is working Friday and Saturday so we can have a long weekend for Easter Sorry guys.
  5. Doctor Jim, I would suggest squinting, that's always worked to engage the Japanese half of my genetic mixture.
  6. Lovely pictures..... I'm just thinking of all that meat on legs.... yummmmmm
  7. WOW!!!! Do I need to say anything else? WOW!!!
  8. Looks great to me... I argue with the reenactors about the whole antiquing thing. The knives WEREN"T antiques then!!!! arrrrrggghhhhhh I do love your knive though, looks great!
  9. Charlie I would hope a maintenance guy would know SOMETHING about electricity
  10. Charlie does good work but he has a very good background, he used to be a pool cue maker
  11. Charlie, that looks great! If you've got your stencils in, you're more than welcome to come by and use my etcher. I can't wait to handle this one.
  12. Really cool stuff... what'd you make the puppy out of?
  13. I'll bet it gets the wrinkles out of those clothes behind it pretty fast too
  14. But you moved away.... perhaps the cold weather affects the region of the brain that appreciates big clouds of black smoke and flame
  15. Like many things that are misunderstood it can be summed up with, "It's a Southern Thang, y'all wouldn't understand" I like exciting, explosive events as long as they're planned. I have a buddy with an 8# black powder mortar he built, he shoots it during the Spring and Fall. It's really fun except trying to recover the concrete projectiles (we usually just make a half hearted attempt). Explosive welding (according to the some show I saw) is used to join very dissimilar materials together. I think they use it to make up a lot of the armor plating in current use. Really neat to watch... and an interesting combination of skill sets. metallurgists, machinists, demolition experts. They were doing the "welding" in an old mine shaft. Supposedly the process was discovered when someone noticed that shrapnel would weld to armor.
  16. Wow! that's hurting my eyes even on the monitor. Are you wearing diodyneum (or however it's spelled) glasses when forge welding?
  17. I'm not sure what happened in that thread but if I contributed in any way please accept my humblest apologies..... I'm truly saddened that my actions may place you in an uncomfortable role as a censor/mediator.
  18. Very cool and you made it seem a lot simpler than I think it really is :thumbup:
  19. I refer to my grinder as "my variable speed, variable grit, electric file." I can and have filed blades out, I can and will do that again if the need is there. There are so many paths and branches in the craft, no path (IMHO) is a better path than another. I strive to make the best blade I can with the materials and techniques I have available. How sad if there was one and only approved way in the journey.
  20. There's going to be a time when you have a job and other responsibilities that a 1/2 hour at the forge would really be a blessing.
  21. Art, that's one of my favorite saying I preached to my troops when I was in the Army... I said it a bit simpler Integrity is what you do when noone's looking. According to my troopies I was a hard but fair NCO. There's so many reasons why they don't want you to forge without them around. Most of it boils down to their concerns for your safety and the perceived risk of burning the house down. Prove that you're trustworthy by honoring their wishes and like others said, there's other knife related things you can do while waiting for them. I would sit down with them and ask their concerns and explain your countermeasures and controls for those risks (safety briefing ). That will show them you've thought through the risks and have a plan. Failing that, suck it up for a few more years and get your own place where you can forge whenever you wish.
  22. I've got a project coming up involving a full tang 1084 chopper style blade and iron from a wagon wheel. Doesn't appear to be wrought iron, just old iron. He wants a blued iron guard on the knife, he's approved of a "u" shaped guard to fit over the tang. I don't want to pin the blade because I'm afraid of a hole at that stressed out area. I don't think silver solder will hold and dont' feel silver brazing is applicable in this situation. Is it possible to weld the iron to the blade using a wire welder? I'd weld it on the handle side. Thanks in advance.
  23. My forge? The "oil line injector" is just a black pipe that enters the burner tube at a 45 degree angle, the bottom of the tube is cut at a 45 degree so it's parallel to the bottom of the burner tube and is welded so the bottom of the oil tube is in the middle of the burner tube. It's a small version of "the monster" or whatever he calls that burner off of backyardcasting.com. Basically looks like a hooded front sight for a rifle. I get best results after the oil tube gets hot, usually about 10-15 minutes. I'm guessing it acts as a pre-warmer for the oil.
  24. Here's my waste oil forge coming up to temp for a heat treat session about 430 a.m. today. My neighbors have gotten used to me heat treating when I get home on night shift
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