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  1. Walter Sorrells has a good video on YT regarding the sen.
  2. Mine actually have official residences, but are frequently visiting other spots in the shop
  3. I cleaned off my fab table, put away all the tools, and threw out the rubbish....a nice afternoon's work. Fixed a few random things along the way.
  4. I have a decent stash of koa from living in Hawaii; I use to buy offcuts from the furniture industry, and cut and milled some from trees that fell across forest roads on Kauai that had been left to rot. Recycling is good.
  5. Good points; most likely the blade handle industry is a small part of the market, but it is good to be aware and try to keep our impact as low as possible. Hard to convince people in the 3rd world though.
  6. That is a very evocative pattern; looking forward to the finished piece!
  7. Couldn't find a PM button for you Geoff; what would you consider a fair price for this distressed sword?
  8. Geoff, can't see a pm button; what would you consider a fair price for that distressed sword?

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    2. Geoff Keyes

      Geoff Keyes

      OK, the blade is in the mail.  Postage is 21.85.  Tracking # 9505 8159 1316 9330 2169 37

      Good luck and take pictures

    3. SteveShimanek


      Thanks Geoff, money sent; I will send pics. Regards, Steve

    4. Geoff Keyes

      Geoff Keyes

      We received the payment, thanks


  9. I might, Geoff....sending you a pm.
  10. That is a rapid change of season, be safe out there. 80 F and sunny/partly cloudy here in Am Sam.
  11. Picked the wrong door to kick in.....
  12. Quoting Hank Hill loosely; "You got to get yourself some propane!"
  13. Must have been a heckova sneeze!
  14. Watch out Geoff, we don't want you to get any nicknames like Stumpy!
  15. Good start, but it sounds like a bit of overkill on the insulation and air supply. I made a heat treat forge for swords from a 100 lb propane tank, and my air supply is just a blower fan, which is usually not even ran at full delivery. A leaf blower, even throttle down, will probably be way more air than needed, and annoyingly loud on top of that.I will get a rating off my fan if possible and post it. Pipe size is possibly the issue.
  16. Very clean work, Rob, looking good. I was looking for something else and ran across a piece of wrought that i am going to use for a Japanese style hammer....now that i have made an eye punch and a drift, i have no excuse not to make it. Good inspiration and love the shop dog photo!
  17. You know it.... Not only do I have a lot of chunky rust from the rebar, but helpful folks liberally distributed vehicle frames, axles, etc. on our land, so i will be mining for years.
  18. This may have been covered before, but I missed it....anyway, i had to cut down some vertical rebar from my house foundation project due to excessive rusting. I have lots of material that fell off, and it seems like a good start point as ore for a stack furnace to get bloom steel. Dumb idea or brilliant recycling?
  19. It takes some time to work through the learning curve in design and execution, sometimes by having to physically make things to "see" them well.....then you can see what you want to change. Forge on!
  20. ^ looking very nice! My heat treat forge for swords is made from a 100 pound propane cylinder lined with 2 inch isolating wool and a clay wash. The burner is a blown design going from a single manifold into 4 pipes spaced along the length. A piece of stainless truck exhaust pipe serves as a muffle. A thermocouple is mounted in the middle to see temperatures, and there is a needle valve on the propane, and a gate valve on the air supply to regulate temperature and atmosphere. I may post a photo later if i can find it.
  21. May your healing be rapid and complete, Mr. Richard....I want to keep seeing your beautiful work!
  22. Finished a set of Brazeal hammer tongs, was not satisfied with my result; worked on reshaping an old hot cut into a hammer eye tool, made good headway, and had some luck using the power hammer, but vibration had the timing off. Tried to get some video but couldn't find my tripod, grrr.
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