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Adam Weller

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  1. First off - It is never to late to quit smoking. To answer your question: yes and no... Smoking causes all kinds of problems: inflammation of the lung tissues, thicker mucous production, decreased ciliary movement (the little hairs that help bring stuff back up out of the lungs). These things have been shown to repair themselves after you quit, not to mention the general decrease in Carbon Monoxide taking place of oxygen molecules in the blood... There are all kinds of other problems smoking causes. Increased cardiovascular risk (Heart attack), decreased tissue repair (like healing after surgery or a injury), and lung cancer risk... These things also improve when you quit smoking. Unfortunately, the lung destruction I showed in the pictures up there do not. Those holes will stay, and that part of the lung cannot exchange oxygen anymore.
  2. So this thread is definitely crossing over into my “other life” - I debated posting this but maybe this will help someone quit smoking. I spend most of my day looking at the insides of people. I can spot a smoker within seconds of pulling up the pictures. Their lungs are full of holes. Of course this is multifactorial so there are a ton of caveats here; however, from my perspective it is consistent. Here are two pictures I pulled. This isn’t the extreme trophy case you see in textbooks, I see much worse on a daily basis. These are just regular people, both in their 60s. (Btw - this is a CT scan, your looking at axial slices of the right lung - basically if you sliced a person like a loaf of bread. Air is black, fat and muscle are various shades of gray, bone is white) Not great images, as a result of taking a picture of a screen, but I think the message is clear... Notice all those black holes in the first picture, that is lung destruction, oxygen exchange can no longer take place in those spots. The second image is an example of more normal lung tissue, same age.
  3. Little different out there tonight!
  4. I took similar pictures tonight. we got about 8 inches of fresh snow this morning. It was the perfect soup night around here.
  5. Couple attempts at planning the engraving. These things change pretty organically as I’m engraving so this is more of a suggestion than anything.
  6. I picked up the blades at the post office yesterday, even better in person! I just hope I can do the pattern justice. I have been sketching and I think I’ve come up with the handle shape I like for the larger blade: The bolster is nickel silver followed by antler (reindeer or elk depending on what I can make fit). The wood is burl or spalted birch/alder, whichever I feel looks the best when I’m putting it together. I have been messing with the engraving, but I don’t have a design I’m super excited about yet...
  7. I think this a common thing in the handmade world, people assume that you can tell things are handmade because they have flaws... I don’t prescribe to this line of thought. I prefer to think of it in the sense that you can tell it is handmade because handmade can achieve a finish/patina/overall look that cannot be replicated with a machine. I think as bladesmiths we spend too much time chasing the appearance of a machined blade. At the same time there are quite a few makers out there that use this as an excuse (hence the recent “Brut de Forge” argument) and churn out “handmade” knife shaped objects... That being said, this type of handle lends itself to my perfectionist tendencies and then readily tears my psyche to shreds. It is quite the internal struggle, but I love it because this is one of those techniques you just can’t replicate with a machine... I’m digging the character of the wrought iron. I can’t wait to see them in person. Don’t hold your breath I’m notoriously slow. Something about working a full time job, having four kids, to many projects, and a snow covered driveway to keep clear - but I wont make any excuses... Speaking of snow - we got a solid 14 inches on the driveway last night which of course requires a visit to the ”Epic” powder according to the kids. Some blue skies are poking through in the front yard now:
  8. I’m not really on any social media; I guess I wouldn’t make a good influencer I am kinda on Instagram (@adamjweller) and I was signing up with twitter and realized half way through that I’m trying to NOT be on the computer all the time, not be on it more. I’d love to throw at least one ticket in the pile for a chance at this, I think it really has some deep character and would look sweet with a carved handle.
  9. It’s not quite the snowy north just yet, for some reason this winter we have been relatively spared and only have about a foot of snow on the ground. Well, I’m pretty excited about this I’m not the most vocal guy here, mainly because I feel I’m still pretty far on the newb side of things, so I’m not sure what States is thinking here but if he wants to send these cool looking blades my way I’ll definitely give it a shot and I feel pretty honored. The inspiration is my WIP from last winter: I’ve been galavanting all over the great state of Idaho for the last couple days, but I got home tonight and I’m going to start getting some sketching done and try to nail down a plan before the blades arrive in the mail.
  10. I agree with the prior posts... I'm rebuilding my forge at the moment and for the 100 bucks your mom is spending on that forge you could get kaowool/satanite/IR coating to make an efficient forge. Hard brick is a heat sink, not a great insulator. Ammo can seems like another bad choice because its a rectangle and you want the inside to be round so it lets the heat swirl. Old propane/freon bottles, even metal paint cans are better options. Just some thoughts.
  11. The calm before the storm.... Merry Christmas all!
  12. That was my first thought when you said you didn’t have a plan... I will remain hopeful, but no pressure Thanks for the link, I’ve watched all the arctic fire videos multiple times, but I’ll watch that one again before I attempt.
  13. Alright... So I think I'm going to make 2020 my official year to learn how to make something like this (even without a power hammer). Very cool, I can't wait to see the pattern.
  14. What are the dimensions? If anything I think the flaws add character. I’d love to put a handle on it - aim for the feel of an ancient artifact.
  15. Any chance you have a link to these - I can’t seem to find them in the vast world of google... I’m always looking for good quality but still affordable carving tools.
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