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Michael Pikula

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  1. This is the year, the year you finally decide you want to give twisting and composite pattern welding a try, and I can help get you to the fun part! I have 6 rods, 20 layers of 1095/15N20 in 3/8" square, by 24" long, for sale. The welding was all done in the initial billet, no flux was used. These rods twist up very very well and I have not had a single one delaminate, your results may vary. I am offering these at $20 a piece, or all 6 for $100. I also have one 1020 layer piece of 1095/15N20, 3/8" thick, 1.25" wide, 26" long. All initial and restacked welds were accomplished without t
  2. http://www.mobilitywod.com/2012/04/banish-your-elbow-bench-dip-pull-up-pain-you-dont-really-play-golf-or-tennis-do-you/
  3. Thank you for the kind words! It was quite a rush to peen this one over as well. Luckily I didn't have a single missed hammer stroke I have a very amazing opportunity that I would like to take advantage of and the sale of this piece would be a huge step forward in making it a reality. I am motivated to find this piece a new home, and am open to working with any potentially interested party to make this happen. If you would like to work out a payment plan or if I could be of any service please feel free to reach out. Thank you once again!
  4. As the months have moved forward I have been focusing my efforts toward working on finishing a few pieces in progress, and building my clients doing therapeutic bodywork. In two weeks I will be leaving my day job and focusing on bodywork while finishing up said pieces. As such, I would love for this piece to find a new home and to build a cushion to help the transition. The price is still $4000 for the piece, but I am going to approach the sale of this piece differently. Please send me a PM with the financial value that you are willing to pay, if less than $4000, and how you would be willing t
  5. Whatever one can imagine one can obtain James!
  6. Just a friendly reminder that this piece is still up for sale! Thank you once again for looking. Michael
  7. Here are some stats on the blade. Length overall: 46.25" Length of grip: 8.75" Width of guard: 11.8" Width of blade at the guard: 3.8" Width 3" from the tip: 1.4" Point of Balance: 4.7" forward of guard Point of Rotation: At the tip Center of percussion: 21.3" forward of guard Weight: 4 pounds 5 ounces
  8. Hello all! I would like to make mention that I am offering the large type XVIIIc posted in the following thread: http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=28356&hl= for sale. I am asking for $4000 to help cover the cost of tuition for school as well as help in making the transition from a student and working a job to opening my own therapeutic bodywork studio. If you are interested please feel free to respond or send me a personal message. Thank you for looking!
  9. Greetings all and a happy holiday season! I have not been around lately and there hasn't been much new work to share. Over the past year I have been searching for a new direction in life and trying to make progress in the areas that have been lacking. Through many twists and turns I ended up working a real "job" and going to school for massage therapy. Things have been very hectic with not much time for sleep let alone anything else. I was able to bundle my time off from work and take two weeks off, and have a two week break from school as well, so I decided to come up to the shop and play a
  10. I really like the profile of the piece Dave, and the fuller really makes it stand out. Diggin' it, can't wait to see the pattern!
  11. I wanted to take a minute and share a piece that I recently completed. This is the piece that I showed some of my steps as to how I overlay silver. The guard and pommel are both overlaid in fine silver, and the wire wrap is fine silver as well. The collars, bars, and peen block are steel. The blade was forged from L6 and has a proud midrib which has a convex grind down to a flat which transitions to the edge. This piece is modeled after one that I had the opportunity to handle and document a few years ago. The challenges in this project were quite extensive. The blade was very thin with a
  12. I am using Fine. The pommel was actually pretty easy to do since the surfaces were pretty flat with minimal change, the guard has been taking much much longer and has been very temperamental. The price difference would not be that much greater to go with Fine so I would recommend picking some up as well and giving both a try, personal factors can make a huge difference. Phil, I haven't tried gold or copper so I can't answer with 100% certainty... As long as they are annealed dead soft I would imagine so but once again it is really down to how you do it. Give it a try!
  13. Spent today tap tap tap tap tap tap tapping, more tap tap tap tap tap tap tapping tomorrow! (with a tiny hammer, no holes included)

  14. I lost my sanity a long time ago :-) :-) All of the surfaces of the guard and the pommel will be covered in silver except for the two lines scored down the length. I tackle the faces one at a time, prepping only the face that is being worked on, completely covering it, and completing it to the stage I've described above before moving on to the next. Since the only remaining action is burnishing the high spots, there is not enough movement in the silver to push it beyond the edge. The mating surface is scored beyond the edge of the parent material and when overlaying I start with the wire a
  15. Swords are frowned upon in Norway?!?!?!
  16. For some time I have been figuring out a good method to overlay fittings, and I have come up with a process that seems to work fairly well. Yesterday I finally started working on a guard and snapped some progress pictures of how I go about it. This is by no means the only or best way of going about it, but it does seem to work for me and get good results. If anyone would like to play with the process feel free to borrow bits and pieces, or reinvent the process however they see fit. It really isn't the most difficult process, but requires lots of time and patience. First off the most import
  17. I think that the word art has become slightly blasphemous in some circles, and when I have talked with individuals whom share the passion of making sharp and pointy objects, there seems to be either an acceptance, or defiance. Personally I use to struggle with using the word art because of my college education. Though I have a BA in "art" I was told that my interests and work was not art, it was craft. I remember reading about a panel discussion from the First International Festival of Iron in "The Anvil's Ring" about art verses craft, and the authors conclusion was over simplified as "art in
  18. Wow, this is different and so inspiring! The steel and hamon is incredibly beautiful and such a pleasure to look at. Two thumbs up on the proportions and dimensions.
  19. I have not worked too much with rust patina Jim. My intention is geared toward still having durable finishes, and my previous experiences with patinas is they can wear off with cleaning and oiling. I might have to work on my technique though Hi Steven, I intentionally did not share the dimensions since I am trying to present the work as a living object that is more then just a sword. I feel that listing dimensions is a practice in absolutes and the work is always changing, growing, and evolving as it passes through time. I know that it is a different way of thinking and presenting wo
  20. This is a really amazing piece, and a great concept. Really really like this!
  21. Which is the reason why I have always wanted to be a hammerhead shark, Ohhhhhh ya!
  22. Thank you for all the comments This sword absolutely needs to be handled and swung to fully appreciate. I brought it to CrossFit when I finished it up, and when handling after class the shaking in everyones hands resonated through the grip and the blade came to life, it was a really amazing moment for me to watch. Indeed Peter! I have this thing for big blades and the XVIIIc was feeling a little left out so I decided to give it some attention. I was originally planning to make a scabbard for it as well, but after holding it on my hip for scale, I thought it would be too ridiculous, un
  23. As I reflect back upon what I wanted to accomplish as an artist and start to plot a new direction forward I will be finishing up a couple of projects and ideas. A properly crafted and balanced sword is just the beginning. The story which it tells, and the story which it carries makes it art. The story of this sword began when images of another sword, which was previously only published as a sketch, surfaced. Seeing the images made me appreciate the sketch on a deeper level, and other sketches started becoming much more appealing. In Oakeshott's "Records of the Medieval Sword" there was another
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