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David D.

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  • Birthday 11/18/1988

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    Muncie Indiana USA

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  1. Awesome setup man! Truth be told: my shop is actually too uncomfortably large. I'd honestly prefer a place more your size. But I suppose the grass always seems greener on the other side... My wife and I are planning to buy a farmhouse within the next few years, so we'll see what shop changes come with that. Keep up the great work man!
  2. Its great to see this all come together! The production team originally came to me earlier this year, and asked if I wanted to be the new host of the show? (which I was appreciative of, but bewildered by) I quickly told them that the only team alive on the planet capable of pulling this off skillfully are the fine folks at BKS. And lo' and behold this is the outcome! haha Tom Ward and I were in talks with the producer to join for a couple episodes. But in the end it made the most sence for it to focus on Kerry and Matt's team, which I'm glad they did. I seriously cant wait to see the episodes! I feel very honored to have played a sneaky behind-the-scenes roll in helping this come to life...
  3. I can attest for not only this pieaces beauty, but also its functional power and presance in hand, from being in my own hand last week. Its a beautiful piece! And the shape of that antler is beyond awesome and perfect Thanks for sharing Nate!
  4. Absolutely gorgeous work man! Work to truly be proud of indeed. You can see the elements where you took respectful inspiration from some hirstorical and modern soruces. But then filtered all of it through your own original style and easthetic, and brought forth a stunning piece that is all your own. Now go make more!!!
  5. Thanks for all the more thoughts and insights guys! VaughnT, those are some very clever ideas. Unfortunately I do think the wine bottle method would result in long sword blades warping under their own weight at that heat. Though it would work perfectly for smaller pieces!? Man you are officially now tempting me to go down that path... haha You may be revieving a message then in the next few days. I really appreciate it!
  6. Thanks guys! Really great insights here. I appreciate it. Hey John! Yep its 220 Andy was home visiting family and kindly helped me wire it all up. Thanks Dave! This is awesome I appreciatre the link for the kiln-blade stands. Though I will admit; I'm a bit confused by those? How many would I need? Especially for a long blade? I tried making my own up out of some mig welded steel rods, and it sorta worked, however with two holding the blade up on either end, if its barely leaning to one side then the blade seems to lean under its own weight even then. Even when it was on edge, it still warped to one side in a test with a scrap blade. However I could have maybe just placed the stands too far apart? or m stee not normalized nicely, or too close to one of the walls, making it hotter on one side. As for the kiln brick-heat advice: Thank you! I do rememeber you mentioning that too me. I will definitely keep that in consideration. i certainly think this thing will pay off the most when it comes to tempering, even more than hardening. My propane forge never did a bad job of getting it evenly heated for hardening, it was whe it came to tempering that I always struggled. Thanks guys! if anyone else has any other ideas about how to most-wisely place m sword blades instide to avoid warping then I'd really appreciate it!
  7. Thanks for the advice Brian! Good insight and thoughts to chew on there. I appreciate it. It looks like the type of Anti-Scale you guys have all refered too is out of stock on that website??: http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/metal-prep-coloring/heat-treating-accessories/anti-scale-coating-prod23076.aspx this stuff however is listed as an alternative: http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/metal-prep-coloring/heat-treating-accessories/non-scaling-compound-sku083015100-1122-4011.aspx Would this stuff do the trick?? Or is it not what I should go with??
  8. Thanks so much Kevin and Alan! I really appreciate the insight and advice I will definitely be buying some anti-scale from one of those sources for sure. I'm going to need to do some experimenting with my placement of blades inside of this thing for sure... I'm doing mostly doubly edged sword, not single, so I need to take that into consideration. I hadnt thought about a long tube of metal Kevin? Great idea. Thanks!
  9. Hey everyone, I just wanted to share my new acquisition in my workshop... A tool that I'm now the proud and thankful owner of. A beautifully built, custom made, electric heat treating kiln for my sword blades. Checkout some photos: I am really really pleased with it. Its undoubtedly going to make my life a LOT easier and less stressful when it comes to heat treating. I need to give a BIG thank you to Michael Lenaghan, who kindly gave me all of the details of how he custom ordered his own identical kiln! Which mine is based off of. Seen here: http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=23692&hl (Michael and I are technically the only two guys in the world who own such a strange Frankensteined sword-in-mind made kiln) Michael kindly pointed me to the local ceramics company who he bought it from, the Sounding Stone, in Canada: http://soundingstone.com/splash.do I contacted them, and they then had a kiln making company called "Olympic Kilns" custom build it for me. Their site: http://www.greatkilns.com/ It was much more affordable than some of the other kilns on the market, and I like this design much better because its a top loader instead of a side loader. Yes the heat escapes dangerously when you open it up at critical heat, but its a danger worth risking right!?... Ironically, I also fixed my old propane sword heat-treating forge, which I asked for advice about on here, and you guys kindly chimed in. here is what it looks like currently: I have no regrets about buying my kiln, even though my propane is working great too. I plan on using them both in tandem, for different purposes and in different ways. A couple questions for those of you with experience or knowledge with putting pointy pieces of steel into a kiln like this..... 1: What would be my wisest option of placing a blade in the kiln? Obviously I think laying a double edged sword flat on the floor would make the top side hotter than the bottom, so that's a no no. But what if I laid a sword blade on a few little chunks of broken fire brick, evenly spaced and all the same height, so that they raised the blade enough off the floor that both sides might evenly heat?? Or should I lay it in on one of the two edges? the blade being perpendicular to the floor? If so, how?? 2: I've forever heard/read here on the forum about some of you guys using "Anti-Scale" stuff on your blades prior to heat treating. I feel that with a setup like this I should now consider it?? With that in mind; what the hell even is "Anti-Scale" for steel??? And where can I find it? Or can I make it??? I'm sure google could answer this question for me. But I trust you guys more.. Please let me know your thoughts, ideas, distractions, or your opinions on the Geo-political nature of lama's in the comments below!... Thanks guys
  10. These are fantastic designs man! Thanks so much for sharing. hope to see them made physically soon!
  11. So incredibly executed. Love it Thanks for sharing!
  12. Thank you so much Dave! Was not expecting to see this, and am really truly greateful for it. Thanks so much!
  13. Guys, this is absolutely incredible information shared. Thank you SO much! I really appreciate it I agree Scott. I think your right that messing with two kilns would be more work then its worth. And I see your point about saltpots. I'm begining to realize they are simpler and more do-able than I thought. But now with all of the info shared below I may be able to get this forge working reasonably well but I definitely am totally intrigued about simply commisioning one of those beautiful electric kilns to be made for me! Looks like an investment well worth it possibly? And Tim, that makes complete sense! I think you are indeed right, and I'm going to apply all of this to the forge here in a little bit when I head out to the shop to work on it. Now THIS is incredible! Thank you so much for sharing man! Definitly an investment to consider in my shop... James that is a wealth of knowledge that I am so thankful for you sharing! Seriously, thank you so much. Will go through your list of things to try today while I work on it. Thanks so much again everyone! I think I definitely have enough info to work with in order to get this thing figured out now. So hopefully next update I'll have a smoothly-working HT forge.
  14. These are absolutely gorgeous! Very very inspirational Thank you so much for sharing.
  15. And another thought.... If anyone has any thoughts on the do-ablity of this weird home-made electric kiln sword-heat treating method: http://sbgswordforum.proboards.com/thread/5863 then please chime in! I'm really intrigued by it, and want to know more, because kilns are dirt cheap on craigslist and its tempting...
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