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Clay Walker

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About Clay Walker

  • Birthday 01/29/1968

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    Vancouver, WA.
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    Fishing, hunting, blade smithing, camping, outdoor video, flint knapping
  1. Hawk Shaman, I am glad to see you on the site, you will find it amazingly helpfull for learning and keeping you excited for the next forging project. Your hawk should be to your place by Thursday. My wife didn't realize the inside of the beak was sharpened and cut her hand while wrapping the hawk up for shipping. I am excited to see the club.
  2. I normally am not fond of Fluer-de-Lis tomahawks but I have to say I love the head on this one! Fabulous work.
  3. Railroad spikes vary between 1020 and 1030 steel. None of them harden particularly well. They make excellent practice pieces and fun collector pieces for selling to the types that like them. If you want to put a tough skin on them you can case harden them the hard way or put a thin tough skin on them using caseinite from Brownells. Do not make the mistake of selling them as a working or hunting knife.
  4. Great first dagger. Keep up the attitude, every knife is a learning experience. Your next dagger will take a big step forward, and so on. Dave, No way can you tease us with hints on a bevel jig to create perfect bevels and leave us hangin without pictures! This is a perfect example of tutorial material. Hint, hint. Big Grin.
  5. Thanks for the comments. I am proud of how this one came out. The steel is unknown! A SWAG based on spark testing and some online research indicated 1075 Tool Steel, I heat treated it accordingly and the file slid off after hardening just like it should so I hit it right on the first try. The head was in clean white vinegar for 18 hours. I pick up large batches of forged tomahawks on ebay, at flea markets, antiques stores, etc... wherever I can find them cheap! This head was a hammer poll hatchet, that was a standard size. The hammer poll gives you lots of material to work with to make the spike. I will be posting a new hawk here shortly that started as a plain hammer poll, that I will be turning into a fancy hammer poll hawk for a local traditional archer. The hatchet head was made by an hadnyman. I focus on finding forged hatchets and stay away from castings. They tend to have flaws, inclusions, etc.. that mess up the head at the most inoportune times. I am presently working on two hawks that are being forged out of a crowbar, A customer wanted to have them made form his dads old busted up crowbar for his sons as family keep sakes.
  6. Here is my latest tomahawk. This one came out great and I discovered what is a new antiquing method for the steel. At least new for me. I hardened the hawk in oil, triple tempered the head and then etched in white vinegar without removing the cast iron oil finish. The etch left the surface with small raised sections all over the surface. It is a finish I will be using a lot. I have a throwing hawk head etching the same way right now. This hawk is being traded for a really nice Shoshone Indian carved war club. I will post pictures once the club is in hand. The customer wanted a golden curly maple handle, an antiqued finish, custom file work, and a spike poll on the head. The head was made out of an old hatchet head, triple normalized, differentially hardened in canola oil, and triple tempered at 425 degrees farenheight for two hours each time. The head is 10 1/2 inches long, with a 3 inch cutting blade. The handle is 19 1/2 inches long. The beak is sharpened on the inside of the curve at the customers request.
  7. John, I feel for you! I got punched out by a 120 lb blonde ( ex-wife ) after telling her I was filing for divorce. Just for background, I am a 6'4", 235lb former soldier and skilled in the martial arts. Nothing I could do but take it as I headed out of the house. I took my beating like a man and left as soon as I could get past her. Even better two days later her "friend" called me in to the local cops for domestic violence even though she didn't have a mark on her. After 16 months and $18,000 the case ends in a not guilty finding and a jury that asked the prosecuter why she was not being charged and why I was in court in the first place. Thru a mutual friend I heard she remarried and he is a drunk and a wife beater. The world is a large circular thing and sometime things that you dish out come back to haunt you (her in this case)! As for my bit"" it is minor. I pulled a rookie mistake and got in a hurry on a hammer poll tomahawk I have been working on. I had the head 90% completed. I didn't let the poll cool enough, got in a hurry and water quenched the poll to speed up the process. I cracked that sucker rom the flat on the poll to the base of the head. After cutting off the poll, I now have a much abbreviated throwing hawk instead of a really nice field grade hammer poll hawk. Mainly I am just mad at myself for being in to big of a hurry.
  8. Very Nice Work. I normally don't like the leather handles, but that one seems to be the perfect fit for the piece.
  9. Hi Willie, That is a great skinning knife. I love working with short blades on animals. You have so much more control with them and no worries about stabbing yourself with an overly long blade. The knife is something I am sure your customer will love. I am working on similar knives for the wife and I for next hunting season right now. I may just have to copy your blade design, it is what I had in mind when I started the project knives.
  10. I like it. I live in Washington and can say that alligator bone is tough to come by out here so I can see why he wanted that for his handle. The customer will be very happy and it will make a nice discussion piece. I am curious how does the grip feel in the hand? The taper on the bone leaves it looking a bit thin and possibly unbalance in the grip due to the narrow section behind the spacers that were used for the guard. Not a criticism, just curious.
  11. Ty, I recently completed a post anvil of my own and your basic design is sound. You need to add four U shaped lengths of flat stock to your design. You will want to weld them to the about 1/4 of the length from the top of your angle iron uprights. This give the overall design good support and keeps the angle iron from bending or flexing under the hammering loads the anvil will take. Look at your first picture of the Sea Robin Anvil to see what I mean. Also if you cut off the post, I can guarantee the newly cut section will not be hardened. I highly doubt that large of a piece of square stock was through hardened. I suspect the two end sections and surfaces on the sides of the post were hardened and the center of the post is not hardened at all. I would take the post to a machine shop, or to a buddy who had a metal bandsaw and have them make the cut. I will add a photo of the post anvil to this posting when I get home tonight.
  12. I would be interested in some as well. In 24 inch and 36 inch lengths, short for tomahawks handles, and long for short stabbing spear shafts.
  13. Very nice. I just recieved an order for my first spear. This tutorial isa nice inspiration to get me motivated while moving forward on that project. I also plan to purchase a press this summer and the pictures of the bevel dies matched some I planned to make for the press to speed up my bevel work on my blades. Thanks for showing us all how it is done.
  14. Some collector is going to be very happy. Great work. I love the look and overall feel. The twisted wrought really compliments the blade metal.
  15. Ty, I am interested. How do you like to be paid? I can do credit card, paypal, or check. I can be reached directly at walkerlc1@gmail.com
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