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  1. I'm requesting help in advance. I have a goal of forging a katana-style blade (or Burmese dha) at the event this year. The way the rest of my month is going, I won't have any opportunity to finish my Aldo contest blade until the event either. I wouldn't mind making a couple of hammers either.


    I will be bringing copies of my books for sale.

  2. Speaking from experience, you're not going to get a traditional polish with modern abrasives. There's just something about tojiru goop, and fingerstones that does things that nothing else will. My theory is that modern abrasives are too uniform and too hard to break down properly.


    Also, don't forget to make or buy decent nugui. Dry iron oxide artist pigments make a reasonable substitute.


    If you're going to buy finger stone material, do it from Namikawa Heibei and no one else. The shipping costs are abominable, but you WILL get what you order.

  3. My back yard. 3pm on Sunday, July 14, 2013. PM me for address if you don't have it already. Bring your work. Bring your sense of humor. Bring your willingness to help me out with this nutty idea. Bring meats, drinks... We grill. Grunt.




    Oh, and OldDominionBladesmiths.org is now under construction. Somebody save me from group organization!

  4. Gang,


    Virginia knifemakers and smiths don't seem to congregate, associate, or come out of our workshops. I want to do something to change this. If you are interested in helping me build a local organization for fellowship, education, and general beard-burning, please drop me a line.


    I'm tossing around ideas for a URL and logo, with the hope of creating a site for us that features blogging, gallery, and articles from local makers. Eventually, I'd love to see us acquire a space to offer classes for interested parties, but I think that's a good long way down the road.



  5. I don't produce as much as I'd like, but here are two recent pieces. The sgian dubh is W-1 with 100 year old walnut. The belt knife is W-2 with curly ash and a padauk inlay up the middle on the "finger side". Both have hamon... no surprise there!


    Secondarily, if you're in Virginia, please drop me a line. It is about time we have a Virginia bladesmith organization.




  6. Clearly the tension on my little Ryobi bandsaw from HomeDespot is incredibly off, and I probably need to adjust the guides too.


    The thing that really frustrates me is handsaws. I'll try going slower.


    Thanks gang!

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