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Matt Gregory

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  1. Great event! I failed miserably with my camera this year... The only salvageable shot just happened to be of my bud Justin, who NAILED both of his presentations:
  2. ...next thing you'll tell me is your appendix is trying to kill you, you or something... wish you were going to be there, bud.
  3. Wow, Justin - I'm honored that you'd select THAT photo, and even more wish I'd nailed that shot better! Alan, or whoever is going to do the editing for the addition of the flames, if you'd prefer a full size render of that, or even a different format, I've got the original in RAW, so it can be anything and any size you wish, of it will make it easier. Great meeting all of you, gang - and great catching up with some old friends, too. Sorry I was so out of sorts, but life has a way...
  4. Despite my desire to capture great photos of everyone, I fear my head wasn't in the game this weekend, as I got some bad news just before heading to the event. Regardless, here's a few quick shots which weren't horrible: Tom Walter and Mike Pulack Ric Furrer with his Ulfberht Tristan Zukowski and Mike Edelson AWESOME Tom Ward photobomb Mace and Deker. Knuckle sandwich.
  5. I haven't swung a hammer to make a knife in many, many moons, but I can't stay away from Ashokan any longer. There are just too many folks I've missed for far too long, and recent events have pointed out just how important making time - especially for things like this - is. I'm going to do my best to capture the spirit of the event through photographs of the presenters and attendees. It will be great to see old friends, and with any luck, make some new ones. See all of you in a few days.
  6. There's been a handful of these kits that have made their way to folks, at this point, and a couple tidbits that were beyond my ability to observe have been pointed out. Although I mentioned it in the original announcement post in this thread, it seems to have been overlooked, and this is critical : THE KIT REQUIRES THAT YOU HAVE A 56C FACE MOUNT motor. The motor bolts to the adapter, and without the face mount, it ain't gonna work. Also, guys have said that they had to cut the length of some of their tool arms down, as the adapter bracket won't allow a tool arm to stick past it. I di
  7. Nice, Justin. Sounds like you're running that in 1x mode. Does your VFD offer a frequency doubler? For my money, I'd choose speed over torque for hogging, as it seems like the better ceramic belts prefer motion a bit, over pressure. Which motor and VFD are you using?
  8. Joshua, I just saw that Frogfish hadn't replied. Pretty sure what he's got there is a MAP arm from Michael Kanter. Don't think they're available anymore, but just in case I'm wrong, here's his website: http://www.adammichaelknives.com/purchase.php
  9. ...wonder if you'll think you needed to upgrade to 3hp after you convert to direct drive. Of course, if you can, why not, right? More power never hurts, and I'd bet there's greater torque available at lower rpm, and that's usually where I would need it, anyway.
  10. Josh, most of my mod ideas stemmed from a thread on Bladeforums which David Sharp began on his mods. Not sure if cross-forum posting is allowed, but here's how I guess I'll find out! http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/949335-How-to-make-a-KMG-better-(GIB-content-also) He used a 20 pound strut, I think. Mine is 40. I may, in the future, try a stiffer one, but so far this works great!
  11. One word of note - this kit only bolts to the upright holes where the pulleys were mounted. If you're planning on making your grinder vertical/horizontal, you will likely need to drill and tap another couple holes in this as well as the baseplate for your grinder. I have no intention of doing that mod, so we didn't engineer it into the equation. Shouldn't be a big deal for you to do it, though...
  12. Haven't had it long enough to have one fail, Joshua, but considering how well it works and how cheap they are, I'll gladly replace it before I go back to the spring.
  13. Hi Wayne, This bracket is intended for those of us with motors that DON'T have mounting brackets. The only mounting option I've got to mount my motor is C face. Otherwise, I certainly would have just done it the way you're describing. I'm not certain I understand where you feel this mounting system would have any more vibration than using a motor with a foot mount, but I assure you it doesn't.
  14. My KMG has been a source of angst for me since I got it. The pulley system is noisy, causes a shitload of vibration, and tons of power loss. My skinny ass could stall it, and that just shouldn't happen. It tracked poorly, and I spent WAY too much time dialing things in, checking for runout, lining things up... Some things made differences, but it was never right. So, I called in a friend and we looked into what it would take to make it direct drive. The idea was to make this an EASY conversion, should anyone else want to do this. It assumes you have a 56C face mount motor. Mine is 1725RPM, 2hp
  15. I know this isn't exactly what you were asking, but I thought perhaps it might be interesting to you. This is a test of 46 different rust preventatives that an individual put through their paces, and the results were eye-opening, to me. I thought perhaps it might be of help - hope so! http://www.dayattherange.com/?page_id=3667
  16. ...are you guys using water in the drop canisters to stop sparks?
  17. Not sure if this is a faux pas, resurrecting a thread this old or not, but my questions pertain directly to this modification... Through a series of truly unique circumstances, I find myself in possession on an almost unused KMG, and I can't tell you how jazzed I am to be able to finally free myself of the infernal Wilton Square Wheel which I've had hanging about my neck like that proverbial sailor's albatross. I need to make a heap of alterations to get it how I want it, including adding a C-face mount to the base plate to use my current motor and vfd setup. Seeing the add-on socket here,
  18. Agreed. What Jackson did was heinous, and defiles what may be arguably one of the most important works of fiction of the twentieth century. This lil' video is horrible, but it WAS 1966, after all, and LSD was probably more readily accessible then... ; )
  19. Sammy, I watched this a couple days ago. Can't tell you how awesome it is to see you getting the recognition you deserve.
  20. Fascinating!!! Thank you very much for sharing - what an incredible tool!
  21. We hit Denver, Colorado Springs, Vail, Aspen, Eagle, Avon, Rifle, Mesa, Estes Park, Grand Junction, and a handful of others along the way... ; ) Up here around Buffalo, we have temperature variation from below zero to one hundred on the hottest of days, and intensely humid summers - however, once it gets near a temperature, it tends to stay there for a while. One of the best parts of my area of the world is the wonderfully different seasons. Colorado, however, was a beautiful place to visit. I couldn't handle living in your haunts, though - the heat is the bane of my existence. I could
  22. Thanks, guys. Nikon D7000, Nikon 70-200 VR1 f2.8 and Nikon 14-24 f2.8. I was also stupid enough to lug around my Gitzo tripod and a Manfrotto monopod, both of which I attribute the quality of the shots with.
  23. For this year's vacation, my wife and I went to Colorado. Tried to cover the entire state, or as much as we could in seven days. Over one thousand three hundred miles on the rental truck, thirty-five or so miles of hiking at elevation, witnessed a wildfire at night, sleep deprivation, awesome food, got sunburned and frostnipped within twenty-four hours of one another... Good times! Anyhow, here's some of my favorite shots from the trip: Hope you enjoy looking at them, and the shots bring you to a good place,
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