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Dave Armour

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Dave Armour last won the day on June 16 2016

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    Thayer, IL
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    I'm the owner/ lead teacher of a home daycare. Combine that with having 3 children of my own, and it makes for a full day. Aside from that and reading, my interests are music and playing on the computer.

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  1. I can see that. This one I let the figure of the wood dictate the shape since I wanted the snake-like appearance of the lighter section.
  2. I wondered about the durability especially of the cam wheel. Never really thought about a treadle hammer. The only ones I've ever seen were pretty large. I could scale one down to a smaller size. Thanks
  3. Has anyone seen the Davinci cam/ helve hammer videos on YouTube? There's a couple out there: one with a wood frame and a multi part video on one with a steel frame. I'm kind of at that point where I don't need a power hammer but it would be handy to have a small one. Our local welding shop has a 25 lb LG, and it's really overkill for me. Has anyone ever used or seen one? The ones online are kind of thrown together, but I was thinking one made with changeable dies would be faster without taking up a huge amount of space. Thanks Dave
  4. This is a simple 4" hunter I made for Blade- this knife I'm surprised made it home. It was one of the most handled piece on the table. 1084 steel with a really cool piece of stablized spalted maple and a 1084/15n20 guard. Really light for its size. The short secondary temper line/ point is a lot brighter than the main temper line right above it. Never could get a good shot that showed it. Thanks for looking
  5. Thanks. Figures- I post a blade with the "controversial" S/M label then read about that whole mess.
  6. I haven't been on forums much lately but have decided to rejoin the world of the living. Here's one I made a little while ago. I don't know if it really counts as "San Mai" because it's 5 layers (3 of 1084 & 2 of 15N20) or just a really low layer count pattern weld. 4 1/2" blade, 9 1/2" overall. Copper guard and buttcap. The handle is Oosik and polished stag. Thanks for looking. Dave
  7. Do regulators just go bad? I've had 2 LP regulators this year suddenly not be able to adjust psi. Considering I haven't been in the shop much at all during the summer this last one probably had barely 40 working hours on it. Are there places that check/ repair regulators or should I just grab a new one? For that matter where do you get your regulators? Thanks Dave
  8. If that's hideous I'm in big trouble. I really like how the symmetrical pattern of the steel seems to point to the contrast of the burl. Nice
  9. I use a large pistol case inside my suitcase. After TSA "lost" 2 of my knives I took a hint from someone (can't remember who) and went to a gun store and found the cheapest POS they had. I throw that in the case with the knives. Then when I check in I declare I'm traveling with a firearm, they send me over to TSA. TSA inspects the bag in front of me and I lock the case with a real lock (not the TSA luggage junk) and they mark it inspected, put it back in the suitcase, and send it on down the line.
  10. I'm in the middle of cleaning up/ reorganizing my shop and I've decided to add a horizontal propane forge for heat treating and forge welding and mainly use my vertical one for general forging. They're both going to be on the same table about 3' apart and both will use blown burners. Is there any reason I can't use the same blower for both forges? I was thinking I could run a straight piece of pipe between the forges, T it off, and run a length of flex pipe to each burner with its own valve for airflow. When I doubt I would be using both forges at the same time, but even if I did I have to
  11. That's nice- I think the sweep really makes it a better working design.
  12. Thanks guys. Hadn't thought about the paint, but it makes sense. I'll post pics when I'm done.
  13. Hey Everyone In laws are having a party next weekend and we got a couple of those party store helium tanks for balloons. I was wondering if they would be safe to use as a gas forge body after we're done with them. They look like a slightly smaller and lighter version of a 25lb propane tank. Seems silly to scrap them when I know I'm going to be building a new gas forge in the next month or so. Thanks Dave Armour
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