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Niels Provos

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  1. Beskar for Charity has concluded with $20,000 donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. I wrote up a short reflection on my blog: https://www.provos.org/p/beskar-for-charity/
  2. Thank you, Dick! This is still my go to project for people who want to spend a day at the forge with me.
  3. Here you go, Dick! The blog post puts the videos into more context but they look nice on their own, too. For your amusement, here is one of my aborted experimental shots when I was still thinking of making a video: As for humans being replaced, I wrote a separate blog post on that. Happy to share the link.
  4. FYI, as I posted on the other thread, here is a blog post where I put explanations and new video illustrations on pattern welding together: https://www.provos.org/p/pattern-welding-explained/ Enjoy
  5. Hi Dick! Thank you for the feedback! I appreciate it. Did you take a look at the videos Shot 1b and Shot 1c? For this particular visualization, and I absolutely did not make that clear, material is removed from both sides of the rod in equal measures. So, the left most strip is what's left over in the middle - after most material has been removed from both sides. I should explain that more clearly in the caption of that image. Thank you!
  6. Years ago I had planned to make a video to visualize the pattern welding process. It turned out it was too much work and instead I turned it into a blog post with computer animations and concept photos: https://www.provos.org/p/pattern-welding-explained/ If you find any inaccuracies, please let me know and I will correct them! Otherwise, please, let me know what you think!
  7. I don't want to hijack your thread but here is another conceptual view of how this comes together. This illustration simulates a fuller but when you move closer to the right the steel has not been removed and the pattern looks closer to what you have. As Alan mentioned, not enough removal of material, so you end up with the pattern that's right at the surface of the twisted bars.
  8. It's been a long time since I completed this project but I recently found some photos on how I put together the wolf tooth pattern and put them in a blog post; this also includes a comparison between the original and my first recreation: https://www.provos.org/p/forging-a-pattern-welded-spear/ Here are the photos but take a look at the blog post, too, if you are interested.
  9. I often still feel like a newbie; especially in life Thanks for taking care of it, Alan!
  10. And it looks we made it to the other side. Enjoy uninterrupted programing for the rest of your weekend.
  11. Well, that stopped much quicker than I anticipated - I need to get that sorted first: You are running PHP version 7.3.33. You need PHP 7.4.0 or above (8.0.0 or above recommended). You should contact your hosting provider or system administrator to ask for an upgrade.
  12. I was showing a colleague recently how to forge kitchen knife. Here is the knife I came up with:
  13. Hi everyone! I will try to upgrade the forum to the newest version in about an hour, i.e. 9pm ET, 6pm PT. This will bring us up to date with the latest security patches. Assuming the forum comes back up; that's always in question with the updates. See you on the other side, NIels.
  14. You are completely right ;-) I did not try these on an anvil and the angle may be too steep. I managed to break one in the pritchel hole though. I had accidentally hardened it.
  15. Completely agreed @Joshua States - I was surprised how easy and quick they are to make. I was considering making a few more for my own use.
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