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Don Abbott last won the day on October 18 2017

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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. Don Abbott

    Shopping for new belt grinder...

    When fine-tuning and especially sharpening in the final / finer grits, you can ruin a blade quickly at full speed. I'm still using a Griz and would love to get a variable speed grinder.
  2. You can find it here: https://www.mscdirect.com/browse/tn/Raw-Materials/Metals/Steel/Drill-Rod/Air-Oil-Water-Hardening-Drill-Rods?navid=12102229
  3. Don Abbott

    First time wrought iron ?s

    Forging, especially at welding heat, will refine wrought as you go. I'm talking about the real gnarly stuff like wagon rim. I would think you would reveal more natural pattern if you didn't forge it at all, but a little shaping isn't going to hurt it. But do heed the advice to work it hot and lay off when it cools.
  4. Don Abbott

    Historical left-handed warriors

    I've heard it speculated that a left handed man with his sword bound to his right thigh would have a lot better odds of slipping through a pat-down search than your average right-handed assassin. Appears he had to leave without it!
  5. Don Abbott

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Maybe I'll be ready to host an E. Tennesse hammer in... in about 2025 at this pace,
  6. Don Abbott

    Rooster Spur bodyguard knife

    Another satisfied customer! Good work James.
  7. Don Abbott

    Damascus Hunter WIP

    Good work. So, did you drill holes for the pattern? How thick was the billet, what size bit, and how deep? Look forward to seeing it finished.
  8. Don Abbott

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Shop build update: Ordered 1700 linear feet of ¾ x 10 white pine siding lumber from a local sawmill and brought it home in my son-in-laws death trap flatbed: The trees were cut on the back side of the first mountain you can see in the background behind the truck. Got it dry stacked and it came out to over 2000' feet. The guy that cut it for me said he just wanted me to be happy. Well, I am... I'll let 'er breath til summer and by then I should have my doors and windows finished. I have power now, so that makes things a whole lot nicer. I've got the overhead lights in and one 120 receptical circuit. Little at a time...
  9. Don Abbott

    Bog Oak and Copper Gralloching Knife

    Excellent. I love that one. Do you water quench your clayed blades?
  10. Don Abbott

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Shop Build update: Been a long, wet winter, but I have conduit and 2-2-2-4 wire buried from house to shop. Got the 100A panel hung in the shop and even have a couple circuits wired. Last night I hole-sawed through my deck headers, the brick wall, and my joist header (Spyder hole saws are awesome). Pipe is in place. Taking off early today to feed the wire through the LB and into my house panel. Hope to be energized and have some lights on tomorrow.
  11. I have heard people say they have pulled chips of glass from a glass table top by jerking on a stick with dried hide glue. I've used a lot of the stuff and am not surprised that it wouldn't budge. But I am very impressed with your solution. Thanks for sharing that.
  12. Don Abbott

    Defend your Firepot

    I traded for a used Centaur cast iron firepot/tuyere/ash dump years ago and have used it a lot with no complaints. This with a Canedy/Otto hand-crank blower. Clinker is a given, so once you learn to deal with that, a deep bottom-blast is hard to beat in my opinion. Good fire management skills are a must. I've used a side blast a lot with charcoal, but never with coal, so I can't speak to that.
  13. Don Abbott

    Coal Forge for sale

    20+ years ago Dollywood was really cool. That's where I first watched Richard Williams work. They even had a "Craft Preservation School" where you could take classes in smithing and other crafts. The last time I was there (several years) they had really stripped their craft side in favor of more rides and junk. They still had a forge, but I don't know if they still do. In those days, I saw Waylon Jennings, Bill Monroe, and Allison Krauss there as well. But I grew up here, so before Dollywood, it was Silver Dollar City and before that it was Gold Rush Junction. I've got a picture of me and my cousins at Gold Rush Junction armed with cap pistols when I was five. They would stage a train robbery and you could return fire against the bandits. Silver Dollar City had archery, tomahawk throwing, and muzzle loading rifle shooting. Imagine that in our present culture. In high school, I won my future bride a Silver Dollar City shot glass with a bull's eye from the muzzle loader. Things change in 20+ years, but not always for the better. Life was much more fun when everything was dangerous.
  14. Don Abbott

    New Forge Concept

  15. Don Abbott

    Staffordshire Hoard inspired earrings

    I love doing jewelry, especially earrings , but you've set the bar quite a bit higher with those. Very nice.
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