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Gary Mulkey

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  1. Here's the blade & guard ready for the handle: It will get a front handle spacer of one of the blade damascus patterns. I have a nice piece of ironwood burl ordered for the handle which will get some blade steel for a pommel cover to match the handle spacer.
  2. It's starting to look more like a knife: The more I look at this pattern, the more I see a pair of dinosaurs getting ready to attack each other.
  3. I got in a little late night forging after work today:
  4. The most impressive thing that I found in the area was the drive across The Smokey Mountain National Park between there and Cherokee. I did it on two wheels and loved it.
  5. I have learned that there are two secrets to welding up pieces like this. 1--keep all the joints on a 45 degree angle 2--make the pieces fit tightly inside of the cannister.
  6. Ken, You didn't say but it appears that you have some small pieces of Campo meteorite. It so, you will find that it welds fairly easily (at least to steel) but is very hot short. I've not tried it in a cannister or to weld pieces to themselves but the cannister may help with the hot short tendency. If you do this I would recommend that you place only the meteorite pieces in the cannister by themselves and try to weld them into a solid mass. You can then try welding it to some high carbon steel. Just keep in mind that meteorite has no carbon so by itself won't harden. Either use it away from the cutting edge or you must add it to enough hyper eutectoid steel so that through carbon migration it will give you at least .7% C in your final billet for hardening. Good luck. Keep us in the loop.
  7. Welded....Here's my first look at the pattern: It appears that I got 100% welds throughout on this one. I think that I'll take a break before forging it into a blade and do a little more designing. I'm pretty sure that I want a Bowie out of this one but am not sure if I want to do it modern or traditional.
  8. I got the tiles annealed and some cut into triangles as well as getting a canoe cut out & welded. While I'm waiting for the White Out to dry (very important) I'll take a break. I'll try to get this welded either later today or tomorrow. I wasn't satisfied with this canoe and shortened it by 1/4" so that the tiles inside were a tighter fit (no pic). [If they are a close fit inside the canoe it increases the odds of a good weld.]
  9. This afternoon's work: Four of these squares will get cut into triangles and all will be placed into a canoe for welding.
  10. Thanks. I'll be combining it with the second pattern today in a 4-way.
  11. Here's what yesterday's efforts yielded me. Once I weld the two halves together I will probably square this one the bias before adding it to my other design in a 4-way. It's purely by chance and not predetermined but I believe that the pattern has taken on a bit of a Navajo or Southwestern look to it.
  12. With the summer heat it was a two sweat band day in the shop but I managed to get in a good day's forging on the second half of the pattern for my next mosaic. Here I've got the billet drawn out ready to be ground & 4-wayed but that will have to wait until another day. I'm done for today.
  13. Certainly. Be sure to show us some photos when you do it.
  14. To give you an idea of how my mind works, here's my normal progression for developing a new pattern of damascus: Step 1--a late night concept Step 2--a crude sketch in order not to forget step 1 Step 3--converting the concept into steel [This one is a long way from completion and once done will be combined with another (fig. 4) that I already have made to get the final pattern. There may be some revisions or changes along the way but that's where the fun comes in. ]
  15. I got the can removed and a quick grind & etch mainly to make sure that I had the square billet oriented correctly before forging it into a bar. Right now it measures 1 1/2 x 2 x 15 so it should yield multiple blades. (You can see a small occlusion in this pic but the billet is so large that it will grind out easily.) By welding this in a can with 1084 powder it gave the billet a different look but I'm still pleased with the result. It should make some interesting blades with each one being quite different as the pattern in the billet changes greatly from end to end.
  16. I finally got around to getting all of these pieces welded today. My first attempt was by simply tack welding the pieces together with my MIG and working w/o a can. This didn't work at all so I had to disassemble all of the pieces, grind them clean again and put them in a can (canoe). To this I added some 1084 powder to fill in any gaps as well as to add a bit of a solid steel border to the billet. My next step will be to remove the can and forge the billet to a shape for doing a Ferry Flip (or tile cut).
  17. The finished knife along with another chunk of the meteorite. Hope that you enjoyed the trip through this one.
  18. Exactly. It just didn't have much after the ferric so I soaked for 6 hrs. in coffee.
  19. Thanks, Brian. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
  20. Blade inlays: Campo de Cielo Meteorite & W1 Remainder of blade: 1084 powder Handle Scales: Walnut Burl w/faux ivory (Arvorin) inlays Fittings: 416 stainless
  21. The biggest surprise that I had with this one was with the 416 rods used for the center of the dogwood blossoms. Notice how they all have a shiny halo. I have no idea why. Maybe one of you can explain this phenomena.
  22. I've been distracted by working on other projects but got this one to the first dry fit-up today:
  23. I got the pieces for this billet rough forged today before the afternoon heat brought me to a stop. They still need to have the scale removed and ground to a tighter fit. I think that once tack welded together tightly that I will be able to weld this one without a can. y still
  24. For this pattern I'm going to forge the scraps of various different Damascus patterns into different geometric shapes (squares, rectangles & triangles) and then selectively stack & weld them into a mosaic pattern. I got a couple rough forged into triangles this morning. Once I get enough of each geometric shape I will cut them into 2" pieces for stacking.
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