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Don Abbott last won the day on August 6 2019

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    East Tennessee / foothills of the Smoky Mountains
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    the Gospel, my wife, blacksmithing, bladesmithing, primitive archery, and F&I War reenactment

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  1. Early stages of hand sanding. I always think I'm done til I put on my 3x readers and turn the lamp at an angle.
  2. Thanks for the kind comments. I sure did. I had drawn a profile, so I printed it out, spray mounted it to some roofing tin, and cut it out with the snips. Another exercise that was helpful: Years ago I heard Ron (Bowie) Claiborne recommend practicing your grinding with wood blanks. Now one thing I hate is sticking a finished blade into a damp leather sheath, even if it is wrapped. Seems like I always get a smudge or crud of some kind to deal with. So I thought I would take care of that problem by taking Ron's advice and grinding some wood dummies... good grinding practice and good sheath forms. I also ground out a couple faux slabs to hold the shape in the leather. I kept the sheath pattern too, so I should have all I need for duplication. That's definitely true, but I'm right now hollerin' out some whitetail antler beams that are just begging for some poured pewter!
  3. Been a long time since I've posted any finished work, but here are three I made for a customer for Christmas: 1084 with bone slabs and G-10 spacers. A lot of firsts here for me. Trying to make three identical knives was a good challenge and learning experience. These are the closest thing to a "contemporary" piece I have ever made. My first foray into well defined riccasos and plunge lines. I got the order in Sept/Oct... finished them the night of December 22. Need to work on time management. I learned a lot about how valuable "truly flat" really is. I learned the worth of 36 and 60 grit ceramic belts. Learned a lot about fit & finish. My customer seemed really pleased. He ordered three more before November. I should probably start them before October.
  4. I have spent a lifetime recycling and re-purposing, by nature and necessity... real stuff; not just making myself feel better by throwing a bottle in a blue box. All of my adult life I have fostered habitat for wildlife and have done better raising deer and wild turkey that I ever did with cattle. We were environmentally responsible before environmental responsibility was cool. That said, I find it a bit humorous and a bit frustrating to see folks stay torn up about about global issues they can never fix while things under our noses are falling apart. I live at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains. Less than a century ago much of what is now the National Park was skidder logged until it looked like the surface of the moon. But it recovered on its own when left to its own. But first the chestnut blight killed all the native chestnut trees. That was long ago. But in recent years invasive invaders have killed the fir trees on the high tops, then the hemlocks, and as Alan mentioned, the ash are all gone now. I've notice the white pines and burr pines are dying left and right and something is up with the very old oak trees. Add to that the plight of the honey bee. But what is prospering? Carpenter bees, fire ants, asian lady bugs, mimosa trees, kudzu, those awful yellow flowers that cover the pasture fields in spring, autumn olive bushes, etc. No more ruffed grouse or quail, but the place is crawling with coyotes. All invasive, or better yet, invaders. How much press do you see these issues getting? Sometimes it gets noticed and often times it's laughable. The NPS decided to save the ash by forcing folks to buy government approved fire wood. Now the ash are all dead and you still have to buy official wood. Meanwhile they promote a continued increase of traffic on Park lands... thousands and thousands of vehicles every day. I really don't have any solutions to offer. I'll just keep warring against the invaders on my own little patch of Creation. I'm heating my home this winter with some of the aforementioned ash trees and when it warms up I'll be bushhogging yellow flowers and jousting with carpenter bees while they slowly eat my house. I just think it's kinda funny to think of folks driving past the Round-Up sprayed right-of-ways and a dozen new subdivisions while they're worried about what's going on 3000 miles away.
  5. That horn handle is awesome. Love the copper and brass as well... and the blade. That's some fine work.
  6. I went 2" all the way to the burner pipe and I barely crack the air gate on my little squirrel-cage blower. When it's running the air gap will be 1/2" or less. The burner pipe is 1"
  7. Still working on my shop (3 years running), but I finally started migrating some of my equipment into it so I could do some winter forging: I've got an order for three matching hunting knives for Christmas, so I started a fourth as a prototype and decided to move all four through the process. The picture is right before I ground the profile. I'm farther along now, but haven't taken any updated pictures. I've got 'em heat treated and ready for finishing. Promised sheaths along with them, so I have a feeling the next four weeks are going to fly by.
  8. I need to replace my old Kobalt tap & die set. I need an SAE set for common size 1/2" and under. I'm an occasional user, but I use 'em enough to know I need them. I'd like to stay under $100 Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.
  9. Ok, thanks. I've got 'til Christmas to do what I need to do, so I'll probably experiment with the DIY stuff, but I'll bet I end up ordering slabs. I appreciate it.
  10. I need 3 pairs of smooth bone slabs approx. 4.5 in x 1.5in Bovine, camel, etc. Any ideas? Thanks.
  11. I've done a lot of work on one of Hoffman's colonials. They are sweet. I didn't have to pay for it though
  12. I swear I'm going to turn out a blade before too long, but I had one more iron job I couldn't turn down. Some of us here had a vacation discussion recently and mentioned Cades Cove here in East Tennessee. Some of the descendants of the original residents have formed the Cades Cove Preservation Association and maintain a museum of Cove artifacts. They had recently obtained an antique bell and requested a functional stand be constructed for it so that it could be displayed and rang at homecomings and other events. I made the frame out of 1" square, forge twisted and arc welded joints. The wood was some old boards I had on hand. My daughter gave me a good plug on her blog. You can read more here if you're interested: https://www.jandrfarmstn.com/post/the-beauty-of-a-bell Don
  13. I hate to brag, but I'm going to anyway My daughter Rachel (married mother of three boys) recently started a blog. She is a very talented writer. She talks a lot about healthy eating and farming, but today she posted a Father's Day tribute to her Daddy (me): https://www.jandrfarmstn.com/blog/blacksmithing-my-father-s-day-tribute I truly wish I was half as good as she thinks I am. If your into healthy living and farming and such, you can check out the rest here: https://www.jandrfarmstn.com/blog/
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