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Don Abbott last won the day on April 8

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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. If you're going to spend time learning from Youtube and such, don't be afraid to ask if a particular method or procedure is legit. There is a lot of great information to be had from the internet, but there is a lot of garbage as well. Bad advice can set you back.
  2. The way you crank out the work that ought to be enough to last you about a week or five days.
  3. Me too, but I'd probably be tempted to try it If I were, I think I'd try to sneak up on the width as well as the depth. 3/4 wide, even at 1/8 deep seems like a wild ride. I'm thinking several passes 1/4, 1/2, etc. Might also suggest a full-face motorcycle helmet and a chain maile shirt
  4. Wow. Very well done. And thanks for the construction pics.
  5. Just finished the video at Tod's before I came here. Words don't do it justice. Excellent.
  6. I have a Grizzly. Just keep the shaft bare... no nuts or arbors, and it'll be fine. I have (more than once) left used belts hanging on it and turned it on. Nothing there to catch them, so it's pretty undramatic. I have occasionally wrapped it (in the rotational direction) with adhesive backed sand paper and used it for contouring.
  7. Very true. I hate the thought of having to kill a fox, but they rather enjoy killing the chickens. I have one now that my wife has seen a couple times eyeing her hens. She had it dead-to-rights with the "on top of the refrigerator pistol", but I had used it to shoot some mistletoe out of a tree before Christmas and forgot to reload it. All she got was a "click" and a condescending look from the fox.
  8. I only know Wick through the forums and pm's, but that is one of the masters of natural patina in period work I was thinking of. Guys like him make as near perfect as anyone would a "new" knife, then use their magic to imitate graceful age to the piece. Another of my great influences was Steve Marshall from Middle Tennessee. His philosophy was that the only tool that shows is the last one used. In other words, I can use a grinder up to a point on a period piece, but I'll finish it off by hand if it needs to have a period appearance. I once finished a blade to 400 grit t
  9. Remember that all old knives were once new. It is very hard to imitate time and use without actual time and use, but that is what makes that aged character so attractive. It is an art within the art to reproduce patina without looking fake. But a clean, new knife is the place to start.
  10. Thanks for that. A very entertaining read. Carried 60 yards in a lions mouth... that's one worth telling. The worst we have around here is black bear. I've often wondered how a man might fare hand-to-hand with one of them, but never enough to actually try it.
  11. I spent a lot of years in 18th century living history and developed an eye for those things "done right". A tool done right doesn't just imitate the look, but the feel and function as well. I know you're doing a lot earlier work, but I've said before that you have an amazing gift of historic interpretation. Keep up the excellent work.
  12. In agreement with the above, I would just sink it into a stump or build a stand for it. Think abut it... you have an extremely portable anvil with six faces and twelve edges. Round some of the edges and various radius and leave some sharp. A lot of natural versatility in a simple block of steel. I would be tempted to look up pics of the old Sea Robin anvils and try to make something similar.
  13. That looks great. It has the appearance of a topo map of a river running through a mountain gorge. Good work.
  14. Just celebrated 35 years of marriage on March 1, and yeah, I'm still a 1084 man.
  15. Finally got my bench cleared off and back on some knives. This one was fun, but glad to see it done. My oldest grandson turned six this weekend and I promised to make him a box for his treasures, so I decided to make this one as "piratey" as possible. I planed down a very old oak board from my grandfather's barn loft for the wood. I did an eleven piece top and then used a leather pad and 80 grit to make the top round. I was about to buy some sheet brass when I remembered an old rectangular planter I used to quench in, but I managed to open a crack in it and
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