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David D.

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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...
  16. That is really great advice! Thank you! I definitely do need to play around with the distance of the orifice and the air mixture. I may re-hookup the blowers just to see what they do? Thank you Bruce! This is great knowledge and makes a lot of sense. I agree that my burner placement is weird.. :/ Its due to the fact that Andy and I made it years ago when we didnt know what we were doing. But it seems to work fine? (when the forge is running fine) And its a much taller forge then it appears in the photo, so most sword tips are not near the floor. I am going to apply all of these points and thoughts on the forge tomorrow when I work on it. Thanks so much again gentlemen!
  17. He Guys! Thank you all sooo stinkin much for your awesome advice and wisdom. All of it is really helpful and has made me think of things that have not crossed my mind, so thank you!! This is a clever ida, and its actually one that Andy and I tried ages back with this forge, with not much success however.. :/ Though maybe I need to give it another try? It did indeed take a crazy long time to heat up, and even then I think the blade was not getting hot enough. I totally feel you hear Scott. Though I dont think salt pots are ever a forseeable option for me. Out of do-ability, cost, and personal choice. I find them too dangerous and troublesome. I didnt know you've tried electric before? That has been another one of my thoughts honestly... Because I've talked to a few other swordmakers who swear by them!? this interesting build thread comes to mind: http://sbgswordforum.proboards.com/thread/5863 Simply taking two electric kilns and stacking them on top of eachother??? It almost seems too easy?... :/
  18. Hey everyone! I'm in need of some substancial help on my heat treating forge, and in order to recieve help I am going to have to gladly confess my ignorance in this area... So I love making swords, and feel stable in my abaility to make them well and stand by my work and its quality. However... When it comes to tool-making, I'm not a fan... at all. I'm usually lazy, impatient, and downright ignorant when it comes to making or fixing tools. At the end of the day I just want to make swords, not damn grinders and forges! (This is why Andy and I got so much done together. Building amazing tools is a major talent of his) So with that said; I need to get my heat treating forge working better, and I dont know where to begin, because if I'm honest: despite the fact that I've been bladesmithing for over 10 years now, I for some reason still feel like I know next to nothing about proper gas forge construction or usage.... :/ (Pathetic I know, but the truth) So, here's the lowdown on my heat treating forge. Its strange, finicky, and troublesome upon ever single use. Because its been so unreliable over the years I dont even use it for every sword, though I would like to. Almost every sword that I've made is heat treated in a new and creative problem-solving way, or in one of my other forges or at a friends shop. But I would like to get this particular forge working consitnantly. The two main issues: - It sputters - it seems to get uneavenly heated Here is a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REzj9vSdQDI And some photos: The sputtering: I dont know what this means? Or if its somehow even dangerous given the burners I'm using? Given that I'm using what I assume to be called "atmospheric burners" in a space this large: do I need more air going into the burners or less? Could the sputtering have to do with the way I've built my burners, or my forge?? I really dont understand the benifit of forced air burners in this regard. Every time I've tried to build one the air seems too powerful and just blows out the flame? Does this forge NEED to be forced air, or are atmospheric burners fine?? Also as you can see in the photo above; I'm getting hot spots where the burners hit the walls. Thus I'm not sure if I'm really getting heat to swirl or not, and seems like one side of the forge is clearly hotter than the other. How much does the size of the forge change the way the burners work? I'm not even sure what else to ask, other than asking that you guys simply share any advice or ideas that come to mind? I reall really really appreciate it guys... Thanks so much! - David
  19. Thank you guys so much for all the kind words and encouragement! I really appreciate it.
  20. It has been far too long since I've posted, and I feel bad for neglecting the forum. :/ Life's been crazy, but crazy in many many good ways. Marriage to my gorgeous best friend, a new beautiful home that we are very blessed with, and lots and lots of work to do... Here is my most recent sword: More photos on my Flickr page here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cedarloreforge/ Bregol Valon literally means "Fierce Angelic-Guardian" in Tolkien's Elvish Quenya language. A name chosen by the customer who commisioned the piece. The feathered damascus i forged and ground this blade from was forged from a billet made by my good friends; Randy Hass and Randy Hass Jr. of HHH Knives: http://www.hhhcustomknives.com/ Plenty of you are probobly familiar with their beautiful work. They are upstanding trustworthy and awesome guys to work with. And it has been a joy and pleasure working with them and getting to know them on this project, as well as another upcoming. This sword was a joy to bring to life, and was a fulfilling project aesthetically in approaching Tolkien's vision of the Elves in a serious artistic way. Stats: Steel type: 1080 and 15n20 Guard and Pommel: Silicon Bronze Grip: 100+ year old elk antler OAL: 31 1/2" Blade length: 22" Blade width widest point: 2" Grip length: 6" Thanks for looking! Cheers, - David
  21. Looks awesome! Is it an original design or built off of plans? i've thought of building something very similar. Would love to learn more about how you are approaching this. Will it have a forced air burner, or would an atmospheric burner work fine?
  22. Incredible work Jeff. Love the boldness and confidence of the design in the guard and pommel and how you executed it. Love it!
  23. Absolutely gorgeous work Nate. Each piece clearly has joy woven into the grain of every line.
  24. Awesome... Great lines. Going to clearly be beautiful!
  25. Absolutely beautiful! Really gorgeous lines. Thanks for sharing.
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