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Guy Thomas

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  • Birthday 09/26/1962

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    Tallahassee, Florida
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    Bladesmithing and creating things. Norse culture, enjoying the outdoors. Reading is big on the list!

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  1. Yes, as a club it leaves much to be desired doesn't it. I've been relatively fortunate though, the disease has gradually worked it's way from my coccyx up to my neck/shoulder area where it currently resides and I've remained relatively flexible and active. It may in time "burn" itself out which may be why I'm now able to go for days without medication if I try (I'm beginning to fear the side effects of taking the medication for extreme long term use more than the disease). It's not NEARLY as bad as it was when I was much younger and it affected the sacroiliac joints too or later where my ribs
  2. Thanks Alan, about what I thought. Of course this happens right when I am trying to wean myself off as much as possible the daily Indocin for my ankylosing spondylitis that I have been taking for far too many years. Took my dose last night and the thumb is much better today, lol
  3. I figured I'd find something here on this. I seem to be having issues with my left hand thumb/wrist that appears to be most certainly this De Quervain's Tenosynovitis though I haven't been to the doctor with it... yet. Appears to be relatively mild at this point, the Finkelstein test doesn't cause excruciating pain, just discomfort. Some of the exercises/stretches for it seem to be helping and I'm going to start using ice this evening. I'm thinking it won't get better however unless I simply don't use that hand much for a time? With a brace maybe? So does it go away completely or i
  4. Sam (the Eagle) is the man! Really nice work
  5. The slippery slippery slope, lol.
  6. The construction method of the hollow pommels are a mystery to me too. This X-ray of the hilt, also from from Vegard Vike's Twitter feed, shows the actual shape of the hollow, very regular with an even bottom. Made with a drift perhaps? Doesn't explain why one side appears to have been chiseled out further at angle further toward one side lobe.
  7. I just found his Youtube channel yesterday! Good stuff, he has excellent content on Twitter too about the Gjermundbu maille shirt and the Gjermundbu helmet as well. Best way to find them is by Google searching.
  8. The T-rivets would appear do appear to be iron to me. I've always been puzzled by the exact means of T-rivet construction, in this case they appear to have been trapped in the channels by pushing the edges of the channel over the head of the T-rivet. This was a funeral pyre burial and if I remember many of the artifacts, like the maille shirt, show evidence of melted copper. Perhaps why much of the hilt decorations like the twisted wire and much of the overlying inlay is missing. It must have been stunning!
  9. I found some outstanding photos of the Gjermundbu sword hilt components detailing their construction posted by Vegard Vike back in 2018 on his Twitter account (@VegardVike). To be clear, these are not my images, but presumably it is okay post these here as Twitter is an open platform and his posts can be freely retweeted by anyone. He is an archeological conservator at the Kulturhistorisk Museum in Oslo and his twitter feed is a treasure trove of fantastic information!
  10. Very nice, beautiful clean lines and nice contrast between the finish of the hilt elements and the blade. This type of sword has small secondary bevels for the edge right? Great imprint on the leather grip too, I'm curious what type of chord you use for the overwrap while it's drying. Looks like you "may" have used twisted wire. I've been looking at hemp chord online for that purpose. It has a smooth and very even twist. Just found your Instagram account (I always appreciate extra pictures of process!). I see you are using a good sized heavy (cotton?) chord.
  11. And nice anvil, very similar to my inherited anvil and like Alan said you don't need to do anything else to it but use it! What's the weight?
  12. Hi Chase, well I was going to recommend the Grizzly 2"x72" grinder as it used to be the standard entry level grinder for many, however (and holy smokes) it no longer appears to be the affordable option it used to be years ago as it seems to be running near $800 or more with near $200 in shipping. Considering it's has a number of inherent limitations for our uses I believe that money would be better spent on a home build or saving up for one of the quality 2"x72" grinders of more specific use to bladesmiths. You can keep an eye out for used, which is how I got my grinder. Bear in mind grinders
  13. So, many years ago, (alright, 40 years ago) I was active in the SCA and at the time the replica sword makers Del Tin Armi Antiche supplied swords for resale here in the states through Museum Replicas. I purchased the Model 2133 Sword of St. Maurice because I really like swords with brazil nut pommels. Really nicely balanced sword as well, handles like a lighter sword though at 1600 grams and a blade length of 33" a bit of a beast to haul around. Anyway, shortly after getting it we attended an event and proudly showing off this beautiful sword handed it to a friend who, much to my horror, proce
  14. I'm glad to hear of other people never finding any, I've been looking since I was a kid (that was a very long time ago now, lol). Closest I've come is when a local lake (Lake Jackson) which periodically drains down two sinkholes, had done so and the dry lake bed was exposed. I was exploring and found an area of waste flakes where tools had been made. They looked to be chert, the only locally available material for tool making. Perhaps associated with the nearby Mississippian mounds culture site here though the local area here in Tallahassee has been occupied by a number of different cultures.
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