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  1. I hadn't seen anything on this, but I thought there might be some interest, so here it is. Admin's, if this is uncool, just give it the axe. Second Annual Blacksmith Gathering at Reynlow Park near Reynoldsville, PA (DuBois/ Punxsutawney area) - Wednesday, May 19 thru Sunday, May 23, 2021. Sorry, all they seem to have for an internet presence is a FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1002231980250586/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22search%22%7D]%7D But that sh
  2. There's a Tall Ships event here in Erie, PA, too, but apparently they couldn't fit that one in their schedule..... No biggie - Painesville's not that far away, & definitely worth the trip!! Yes, I happened to be reading one of Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Tales novels when I first heard about them coming, & Uhtred at the steering oar popped into my head.... :^)
  3. Didn't see anything on this anywhere here yet so thought I'd share - The re-created Viking ship Dragon Herald Fairhair sailed from Norway in April 2016 & has arrived on North American shores. It will be travelling up the St. Lawrence River & touring the Great Lakes throughout the summer, then will sail the canal system from Oswego, NY to New York City in September. I will be catching them at the Fairport Tall Ships event in Painesville, OH, on 8 July. SO looking forward to this!! The official website - schedule, route, ticket links, etc.: http://www.drakenexpeditionameri
  4. Hey, Alan! Been awhile...... love what you've done with the place!
  5. Can you see him (her?)? I wonder who got the job of docking the tail...... Randy
  6. Mike- Sorry I didn't get back sooner, been away. I told you - it's as addictive as working hot steel! And part of the attraction is that you don't know what's in there 'til you open 'er up. "Nature - the ultimate artist." The guy whose mill we use ran out of good band blades, so we've been waiting for new ones to come in. I was also out & about on the motorcycle the other day & came across a lot where a bunch of walnut logs had been skidded out - & the woods was just full of crotch wood in the tops that were left. That's where the good stuff is. Been trying to get wit
  7. Mike- Here's a link to the Woodweb.com sawmill diectory (I hope): http://www.woodweb.com/cgi-bin/directories/sdd.cgi You should hit New Jersey about page 8 or 9. Looks like a pretty good list - you should be able to find someone near you. Most of the custom sawyers work in one of 3 ways: -by volume - they are paid per board foot (equivalent to a board 12" x 12" x 1" thick). I've seen prices from $.25 to $.45 per bd ft, depending on the mill & the market -by time - they charge per hour of their time. A portable mill will often charge by time because he'll hav
  8. Mike- Just as a quick response - go here: http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/ The "Forestry & Milling" forum has a lot of good info about sawing, drying, & storing wood, & they get into a lot of salvage wood & "urban forestry" as they call it - utilizing wood that would otherwise go to a landfill or be burned. It's a great place to see what can be inside some of that "junk wood". Be prepared to spend some time just enjoying the "wood porn" some of these guys expose. That'll get you started. I'll be back with more, but here's a peek at what I'm talking about:
  9. That is some pretty stuff there, sir. Nice save! How much did you end up with, & how big are the pieces? If that's the bark that's still intact at the bottom of the picture, I'm not sure that's oak. The sapwood/ heartwood contrast leads me away as well, although it could be wind shake as Paul mentioned. Do you have any pics of a chunk from the side, showing the bark? My only concern is if you were to sell it or use it in a project, you will want to be sure it is what you think it is. "Spalting" is a fungus that works its way into the wood between the layers. It's usually bla
  10. Jake- I'm no expert, as we've only built a couple forges so far, trying out different ideas, but it sounds to me like your burner needs to be into the body a bit more. Ours have been blown burners, but we attached the burner inlet securely to the forge body (a steel 3-gal. paint bucket), & then formed a cone-shaped opening thru the wool, running the refractory lining out to meet the burner inlet. We actually formed some spiral ridges in the refrac to try & get a better swirl on the last one. Don't know if it works, but I know it gets hot inside, & the burner tube itself stay
  11. Thought some of you might enjoy this you-tube vid: It's like making a knife - just remove everything that doesn't look like a knife..... I'm surprised he still has all his digits. randy
  12. Just picked up Jacob a week ago from a breeder that didn't want him anymore - 4 year old German Shorthaired Pointer: And here he is with our 9 year old Czech line German Shepherd, Gryffon:
  13. gasket material from the auto parts store works, too, & there's at least a couple different colors, depending on how "hot" your blade is..... ;^) randy
  14. The EYES!!! Don't look at the EYES!!!
  15. For a short shotgun, it's hard to beat the versatility of a Mossberg 500 or Rem. 870 pump. The Mossy is very inexpensive used (my son just picked up a Maverick - Mossberg's "store" brand, without the thumb safety, for $128 online), & even if you end up buying a "standard" hunting gun for cheap & then get an 18" shorty barrel & "tactical" stock, you've got 2 different guns for still not much $$$. (If it seems like I'm a cheap bugger, well, I prefer the term "frugal". I like to get my money's worth.) And as a bonus, the Mossberg is 100% US made. I think the 870 is, too, but do
  16. Surprised nobody's even mentioned Thompson Center. If you want to enjoy shooting as a hobby, a T/C Contender is perfect. It's a single shot, break-open action, like a shotgun, & allows you to interchange barrels, stocks, & accessories. It can be set up as a rifle or a pistol, or even a shogun, in calibers from .17 HMR to .45-70, & many wildcats (custom chamberings) in between. They're still relatively inexpensive to get into if you know where to shop. As for caliber, given what you have outlined so far, my choice for starting out - versatility, light recoil, & ammo availab
  17. Indeed it is, & part of the story is a good layman's explanation of the tale. randy
  18. I'm just re-reading a book that some of the folks here might find entertaining. (If nothing else, I'll find out whether the author really did his homework, or if it's all just crap.) It's The 47th Samurai by Stephen Hunter. Some of you may know of Stephen Hunter from his character Bob Lee Swagger, & Bob's father Earl Swagger. If you don't recognize the name Stephen Hunter but you've seen the movie 'Shooter', then you have been introduced to Bob Lee. (The movie didn't do the book justice, 'tho Markey Mark gave it a good shot (pun intended).) Anyway, many of you who know more about the
  19. Casey- What are we talking about - size- & shape-wise? Is it a short full trunk section, or was it just the burl growth cut off the side of the trunk? A chunk of wood that size may never dry completely to a useable moisture content, much less in just a year. With a more or less straight "log" section I would recommend cutting it lengthwise at least in quarters, but with burl the grain goes so many different directions that you can't avoid cutting across the grain. That's when you start drying too fast & checking.... I envy you - that's a nice chunk of some very nice wood! Some l
  20. Ah, they grow up so fast, don't they? (sniff) Good to see you back at it, Chris! There'll be no stopping you guys now. Nurture any interest you can get from the missus, it's a heck of a thing when you have to choose between one & the other. Now, get back to work! randy
  21. The other option is etching your touchmark (etchmark?). A search should give some good info. randy
  22. Now THAT'S comedy! Alcohol & sharp kitchen tools - rarely a good combo except when disinfecting.... So, Jake, sautee'd, or hassenpfeffer? Ken, those are some nice looking cleavers - my Dad's got one that HIS mother used every day, looks just like the upper one. Very nice. randy
  23. Kenon- We always used a file on an axe & a rough stone on a scythe when I was a kid, but one of my instructors at forestry school showed us his competition axe, which he did with a 3-stone Arkansas/ Washita set - prettiest cutting tool I'd ever seen! I still use a file on my axes, but I got a set of stones for my knives right then & never looked back. Beau- I got permission to put up a sign in the local gun shop when I was in college later & made book money sharpening knives - $1 a blade up to 8", $2 for bigger stuff. But a dollar was worth a bit more back then.... (BTW, t
  24. I'm "follically-challenged" facial-wise, so maybe I can assimilate into the SmithPunk theme by arriving on my new motorcycle: (Naw, that's not me - I don't look that good in tails..... besides, I'd have no place for luggage & whatnot.....) randy - who's trying to keep the rabid interest in the event at a fever pitch!
  25. Perfection, Dee... Brilliant design & planning, flawless execution. randy
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