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Don Abbott

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Don Abbott last won the day on August 6

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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. I need 3 pairs of smooth bone slabs approx. 4.5 in x 1.5in Bovine, camel, etc. Any ideas? Thanks.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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/
  8. What Alan said. I was born and raised in Townsend and live about 20 minutes down the road now. If you want really laid back, there's a couple decent museums in Townsend: http://www.gsmheritagecenter.org/ https://littleriverrailroad.org/ Really low-key, but give you some good insight into the history of the area. The staff are often non-natives, but there's some interesting stuff to see. Cades Cove is always good IF you can do it on a week day. Weekends are mostly lines of traffic backed up by inconsiderate bear watchers who just stop in the middle of the road. There's a new section of the Foothills Parkway between Walland and Wears Valley that is open now (a decades-long project). It overlooks Townsend and is really nice.
  9. Very nice rig. I really like that. What size did you make the air holes in the middle and bottom panel?
  10. Wouldn't hurt to try. Hard to say with an unknown steel. Simply normalizing it might help. Are you using a drill press or a hand drill? Sharp bits, slow speed, pressure, lubrication... you need all four. Sometimes you might come across a tough alloy that requires a carbide bit.
  11. Shop build update... (I just realized I had not posted here since early summer) Well, here's a back-side progress shot. I didn't want to show the front until I get my doors finished (they're still OSB & tarps). Most of the 120V power is in, still need to run 240. You can see I got a wood stove. Need to insulate, etc. I had a lot of the sawmill white pine left, so I designed an 11' and a 6' roller track door. I was using my son's DeWalt planer to take the boards down to 1/2" and evidently worked it too hard and burned the motor up. DeWalt's "limited 3 year warranty" isn't worth the energy it takes to read it, so I've spent the last couple weeks rebuilding a planer... $200 in parts to fix a $600 machine. But it is fixed and completely refurbished. If anyone wants to know anything about DW735 planers, just let me know... I know them intimately. I hoped to get my forge equipment moved in this month, but I need to do some iron work for my doors, so I'll have to wait until I have them up. Man, time flies when you're obsessed with a project.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
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