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Don Abbott

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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. Thanks. Beautiful work there.
  2. Aaron, Revisit Alan's advice in his above posts. I used to go with the internet instructions I'd found and do the whole "24 hours in ashes" routine. Then I started normalizing. Heat a little above critical, hold it in still air until it cools to black (it can still be hot to touch; just no color left). Repeat, but this time a little less hot. Repeat a third time, again with slightly less heat than the second time. Another helper is to be sure the scale is removed before drilling. I routinely drill clean, normalized steel with Dewalt bits with no problem.
  3. That looks really nice... the building and the location. Nothing like a good porch. I love the knotty pine. That's what I have on the inside of my house. I hope 'yall don't have carpenter bees up there.
  4. How 'bout posting at least one pic straight to the forum? I'm blocked from all the social media stuff and I just see boxes.
  5. I have missed you posts. Excellent knife to come back with.
  6. New shop: Concrete is finished with anchor bolts on place. I've cut and drilled the sill plates; they're ready to go. Got my lumber delivered two weeks ago. Yesterday I finished cutting all the beam pieces and rafters (38), as well as all the headers for the doors and windows. I framed my first wall section. I'd bought a new framing nailer, but I was waiting to borrow my son's compressor, so I thought I'd go ahead and do one "old school" (got pumped up watching Larry Haun YouTubes... he is the man). Needless to say, I'm getting the compressor this evening. I hate to admit liking any modern advancements, but there's a reason these nailers are so popular. You can compare the difference to that of a power hammer vs. hand hammer. Anyway, I'm stacking my wall sections under a tarp and looking forward to a coming Saturday shop raising... if it ever quits raining. I sure hope I measured right
  7. Got a couple shots of my pets: Mama Baby Monday morning we counted 8 deer and 10 turkey all at the same time: I sold my cattle last fall and I've let my field get a little shaggy, but they seem to like it. Raising deer, turkey, and squirrels is a lot less work than cows.
  8. Very cool. Thanks for sharing the development process.
  9. Love it.
  10. That is an awesome piece of work. And that young 'un looks like a natural. I'll bet he's not allowed to take that one out in the yard by himself!
  11. Very nice.
  12. We have 3 babies on our place right now; a single and a pair of twins. Our dog barked at one of the fawns and I thought the mama deer was going to stomp his eyes out. She chased him all the way up the driveway. He has since decided that the deer are okay where there at.
  13. You need to be working distal taper into the tip as you set your profile. As you are profiling the tip (striking top and bottom) you are upsetting steel in that area (making it fatter). You have to move that mass forward by forging the sides as you go. You have three things going at once as you forge a blade: profile, distal taper, and edge bevels You could do these one at a time in that order, but is a lot more efficient and natural when you learn to overlap the processes. Watch the blade forging part of the video Owen posted: When he's profiling the tip, watch the strikes... top, top... side, side... Make sense?
  14. I look forward to seeing your results. Creative thinking on your part.
  15. I'd hate to count how many times I've use WD-40 to wash my hands after a brake job or something extra greasy. Thanks for the warning.