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  1. RT: As far as the horn goes..you have to get on the critter's good side and really convince them that by growing their horns to you needs will give them a certain degree of immortality.. Now the best way that I know to get this through to them is doing the following...After you explain that you are their key to immortality...This may take a good eal of alcohol for you as well as the critter,,,,after that is established... You need to strip down to a diaper..smear shortening all over you and then sit in a bathtub full of lime jello and while it sets.. stat
  2. Alan: No...no iguanas yet and I have the slow cooker ready too!! Did see a couple way up in the trees a couple days back but they had no intentions as far as I could tell about coming down.. could knock them down with the blowgun though if I wanted to... As far as this new one..the real trick was getting that antelope to grow his horn the exact way I needed it to be.. JPH
  3. Howdy... Been slowly trying to recover from all this covid infringements on my supplies and materials... so decided to get my mind cleared of all the stuff that has happened ion 2020...Wanted to make a Bowie and well..it didn't turn out quite the way I intended.. This is what happens when my feeble old mind starts to wander off... 19" recurved blade, in a feather pattern, welded in 1070 and L-6 with some meteoric iron thrown in just because I can.. Twin fullers (which are not all that much fun to forge in on a recurve..I tell ya that..) Forged phosphor bronze mounts
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    hello.. I am sorry that I have not been around much of late,,,my brother passed on three weeks ago....48 years old...would of been 49 next month,,,so things here are all shook up...couple that with us trying to survive through this corona BS and things are not good...but we are plugging along as best we can...and that is about the best we can do.... will pop in again when I can.. take care all.. JPH
  5. Hello.. Just got this one finished..this would of gone to RPFS out in California.. but since that is not running this year..on the website it goes... 22" long blade..hugs and kisses pattern in 1095, L-6 and some meteoric iron with full length fuller each side...forged and file worked phosphor bronze mounts and some of that bowling ball material that I happened to stumble upon a while back that I fluted for the grip.. Sheath is mounted in phosphor bronze and has a gem quality carnelian inset on the throat.. At least I am starting to get caught up on some thin
  6. Howdy..I hate grinding and I was taught by one of the best blade grinders in the world..the late Bob Engnath...He showed me alot of things to make more "dramatic" grinds and all but I still detest it. That is why I built Frankengrinder...14" serrated wheel...5 HP motor moving 6300 SFM belt speed...Cuts fast..cuts deep and it doesn't care what it grinds...steel..copper, you...it just grinds.. JPH
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    Fancy One

    K.C.: Since you asked.. My front yard is approx 1.75 acres in area..my back yard is a wee bit larger at 2.25 acres and out back there is where my pistol range is...( 25 yards is it..sad I know but better than nothing ...PLUS i can use my SMGs as well back there so ....). The first thing you see when you clear the jungle that is my driveway coming in to our property once you make the turn is the studio....(our driveway is about 175 yards long or so..it is so long we had to have custom signage made and posted to show UPS/FedEx/USPS and DHL where we are.. includi
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    Fancy One

    Howdy!! Well thanks to all of this idiotic stay at home stuff that is going on that wound up getting all my spring and summer shows canceled.. I am now finishing all the higher end stuff I usually send out to my E-Vile minions to sell at the various shows I have them displayed at..and posting them for sale on my site. So here's another one from an Old Man's front yard... This one's a rather long Pattern Welded Dagger in my "Hugs and Kisses" pattern (It has a repeated series of X and O running down the centre) Blade is double edged and is 17 1/4" in l
  9. Howdy!! What I did with miner is punch a hole trough the side of the chamber pot..(..the metal part..) for the ingress and egress as well as the gauge..that way there is nothing to cause any problems with the lid.. Granted I used a lid that I had cut/fabricated from 1" thick tempered glass for my set up ..along with some silicon gasket compound to make the seal between the lid and the metal pot..... (Shameless plug..this will be covered in book IV).. I have been using this same set up for many years to get my fossil bovine ivory... Hope this helps.. JPH
  10. Kevin: WELL......the shop is in the front yard. 75 yards from the front door heading out to the front gate...hence..I work in the front yard.. JPH
  11. Owen: That is really the eel's hips...You know your onions on that ... JPH
  12. Howdy!! Here are a few of the latest from my front yard.. The Kard s 1095, L-6 and some meteoric iron with a red Bovine Ivory grip.. The white gripped dagger is in a maiden hair pattern with a blade of 1095, L-6 and meteoric iron with some pre-WWI white Bakelite. The sheath is set with a 12.78 ct star ruby The darker griped dagger is in a ladder pattern in 1095, L-6 and meteoric iron with some more Pre-WWI Bakelite . the sheath has a 14.56 ct star ruby set into it..These were going to RPFS in Irwindale, CA but that is canceled so up on the website these go! These di
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    Hello: Well..as mentioned in mt past post I have re-examined our position and it is not good.. I lost all of the trade shows/faires that I send my e-vile minions to due to their being canceled..This translates into no income..which is not a good thing...However I have made some moves that will lessen the negative impact a bit..hopefully to the point where we will make it on one piece.. Royalties do help bit as well... On the same subject of this damn panic..Seems that three nights past a couple of idiots tried breaking into our home through the back door off of our de
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    Hello: As a full time maker I am pretty much dead in the water..So far I have gotten notices that 5 of the 7 shows that my e-vile minions attend and move product for me are closed..the big one..the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire out in Irwindale, CA is not going to be held this year and that was due to start in a couple of weeks...we were told they needed all the vendor/artisan booths moved by this Sunday off the site.. Just peachy... Several others that I sell at are closed as well ..I am regrouping this weekend and seeing what the prospected damages are t
  15. Hello: Actually it is 125..and I still have three numbers left to fill which I am going to build as time allows while working on book IV prototype photos and techniques... As it is it is a bunch of blades.. JPH
  16. Howdy: On the photos...hey it is tradition that I have lousy photos...If I start getting good ones folks will start to think that I am not me any more... I never said I was any sort of photographer person ..far from it but I do my best.. On the pins,.,.they are domed and I have to pre-drill the right sized hole so the grip material will not split/crack.the last thing I want is a grip to crack open...not a good thing to have happen at all... Ref the twin fullers...doing these are a bit tedious as far as spacing and depth but using a fly press makes it a good deal less nerve wr
  17. It turned out OK... Howdy.. OK this was suppose to be a really looong seax but...it sorta got away from me and well..this is what I wound up with.. I am so sick of doing the Japanese stuff that I needed to get something European done..so I wanted to do a three core Seax for that show we are going to next weekend as an eye catcher... you know... lure the unsuspecting in and then.. I got them!! It didn't quite turn out that way though... Now I started out welding up some 1070, L-6 and some SS heat treat foil in my starting faggot of 75 layers.. welded that up...drew tha
  18. I like it..A LOT!! But...it would be drop dead gorgeous with a PW blade...with a nice fuller down the back.... still it looks great.. JPH
  19. Alan: No open work.. it is black enamel ..when it is fully polished up the black and gold colours tie in with the general theme colours of the Ito... JPH
  20. Al: yeah.. the Hamon isn't a total pooch..but it isn't what I was going for but it did work up to a point......so back at it one more time...I will figure it out..Just wish that Bob E. was still with us..Between the two of us, he and I could figure most anything out as far as these things go.. Working on a couple more of these for book IV as well...should have them done in a few weeks.. JPH
  21. Hello: Here is the first sword I finished in 2020...The blade is 1070..the Hamon.. well, I dunno what to call it... Togari Gunome maybe?? finished with temple lion motif fittings from my art foundry guys in Taiwan..They do a great job..yes they do!! Much better than an old ham handed reprobate like I could do..... Black samegawa under that black and gold Chevron Tsuka-ito that I adore.. This is another proto for book IV which is coming along splendidly even if I do say so myself.. The siya is black lacquer that I dripped/ "flicked" Testors model airplane paint (m
  22. Alan: As far as Bo-Hi/fullers go..I have no idea why "modern makers" tend not to do these.. I mean they not only serve a purpose hey also make a piece look "finished" if you know what I mean... Ref polish..this was done using wet/dry paper to 2000 grit wet then a hot vinegar dip (used that harsh white vinegar) followed by a rub down with automotive rubbing compound cut with a light oil on a leather buff stick... then another hot vinegar dip followed by more rubbing until I was happy with the results.. I do not know what Mr White does so I can not comment on that ... J
  23. Howdy! Well I finished the first of the "cover swords" for book IV..here it is...didn't turn out half bad if you ask me..especially for a bald barbarian.. O-Katana in 1070 Electrite (that is 1070 with a small amount of Si..) 31" blade...Shinogi Zukuri with two scraped in Bo-Hi full blade length .. Koshi-sori (most curve in the first 1/4 to 1/3 of the blade up from the habaki) Choji Hamon that is very frosty and has nice activity.. Dragonfly motif mounts in bronze with gold and silver leaf detailings.. Black samegawa under black and gold chevron pattern sil
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    Nightmare Tanto

    Howdy!! Thank you all kindly.. Yeah..getting old isn't for wimps or sissies..but it's not the years per se in my case...it's all my misspent youth getting shot,,stabbed, blown up, ran over and generally FUBAR'd.. All these injuries are now making themselves known..in spades!! But that's OK..I am a human cockroach...I sometimes need my walking stick..especially when the weather gets bad..had to use my walker a couple of times..Thanks to Uncle Sugar they gave me this hot rod one.. padded seat..back rest..arm rests..4 wheel suspension...the whole Magilla..... Regards pub
  25. Hello: Just finished this one for book IV...what a nightmare this one was...the polish is deadly....cut myself a bunch of times but double edges can get yas.. Still it turned out OK I guess.. Not too bad for a broken down old man.. blade length 13 3/4"...1095 and L6 laminate... This one could really benefit from a pro grade polish.. A bunch of stuff going on in there... Hope the photos work JPH
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