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Doug Lester

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  1. It can really be hot an humid here in Illinois so I know what you mean. Don't push yourself and keep hydrated and when you start to feel like it's starting to get to you turn your forge off and get to someplace you can cool down. One the side, I'm a little alarmed to see the uncoated fiber matting lining your forge. You need to get something like a castable refractory or at least Satanite over it to keep loose fibers from getting into your lungs. Doug
  2. There is a blacksmithing club up your way right off Route 36. I can't remember the name or exact location. I was at an ABS hammer-in there a few years back. Maybe someone on this site can supply you with contact information or maybe you could google up blacksmithing clubs in north west Ohio. I'm sure someone there would be interesting in snapping that anvil up. Doug
  3. I agree with Alan. I had a couple of hammers that I split the handles one and I couldn't notice much difference in the shock I felt. Doug
  4. I can't imagine what the makers had to do to forge weld the two halves together. Must have been one heck of a deep fire. Doug
  5. I would say by the looks of it that you did overheat it. It also looks like your blade cracked. Doug
  6. I just payed $39 dollars more, shipping included, for a 67 lb cutlers anvil. I would say that you did well on that deal. Doug
  7. A very nice job carving the handles. You might want to bring the grinding up to the spine and get rid of the rough appearance of the blades. Doug
  8. That picture of the owl just about to strike that mouse is fantastic. They're such majestic animals. Doug
  9. Try catching the site of an owl strike caught in the light of your headlights while driving a dark country road at night. They're impressive but I'm sure the mouse, vole, or what ever wasn't impressed. Doug
  10. Another good source of antler that I've used in the past is Moscow Hide and Fur. You can get whole sides, live harvested or sheds as well as pieces. Doug
  11. Thanks, guys, I needed a laugh. Doug
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    Incredible, that's all I have to say. Doug
  13. I finally got it to down load and when I went to save it my computer said that I already had a copy. Oh well. They say that the memory is the second thing to go and I can't remember what the first one is. Doug
  14. I'll have to come back and stare at it a few more time but I usually like low layer count damascus I would not that the blade appears out of proportion to the handle. If you try something like this again, and I think that you should, you should look to making the blade as wide as the guard or at least close to it. Doug
  15. You hit it over the moon again with that pare of knives. I'm sure those young men will be thrilled to carry them. Doug
  16. You caught that first one just at the right moment. Great photo. Doug
  17. As Alan said, as long as you're putting it out there as your interpretation of the original it's all fair. If you are wanting to get a little closer to the original I would do a flat grind all the way to the spine. I would also do a distal taper from the tip of the spine to the point of the blade and a proximal taper from the tip of the spine to the base of the blade. Overall, I'd say that the general outline of the blade is spot on and you've left yourself enough tang to put a ;proper length handle on it. I'll be interested to see it finished. Alan, you mean we've been doing this for 15 years? Lord, I just realized that I was an old f**t back then too.
  18. Get a counter top roaster and use it to heat an oil bath to put the blade in. Do it outside, keep the lid handy and a fire extinguisher would be a pretty good idea. I don't know how precise on the temperature range they are but the operating range should be within the requirements of most and the thermal mass will prevent temperature swings. If you do this don't even think about using water if you do have a flair up in the pot. I wouldn't even have the hose turned on. Use the lid to smother the flames or have an abc rated fire extinguisher only. Doug
  19. I never would have thought to use the cardboard to a paper pad to make the core of a sheath from. Great job all around. Doug
  20. A great looking dirk you have there. Two thumbs up. Doug
  21. Take a look at some historical pictures featuring people with that size seax and you may notice that the handles were longer in proportion to the blades. If you make another you might want to take that into account and add a few inches to the length of the handle. Other than that, great work. Doug
  22. Very nice. I too am limited by the size of my oven as to how long of a blade I can temper. That's a great job on that wrap around sheath. You did well free handing the tooling. Doug
  23. I agree with Joshua, that is one fine looking EDC and the tooling shows some real skill and sophistication in the design. Doug
  24. That's a sleek looking knife. How was the mastodon ivory to work with? Doug
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