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nprovos last won the day on March 27

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    computer and network security, blacksmithing, martial arts, and lots of reading.

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  1. A lot of us spent a lot of our time in front of the grinder. I ended up getting myself a powered positive pressure respirator to breath clear air. However, the metal dust from the grinder gets everywhere. There is no surface in my shop where I don't get dust. On the other hand, dust collection for metal is surprisingly difficult. Many here use a water-based spark trap which also gets really messy. I found myself with some spare time and the desire to play with sheet metal. So, I am starting to build my own metal dust collector that does not require any water. As usual, I put this exploration on video. So, far I have built a Thien Baffle. Let me know if you have any advice or feedback.
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    Pattern Welding Explained

    Thanks for the pointer, Ric. I had not seen that yet. That's really good.
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    Pattern Welding Explained

    This is blatant advertising of a commercial offering. So don't read further if that upsets you. I liked the pictures I had shared above and wanted to make a t-shirt and a higher quality printout of them for myself, e.g. something to quickly show folks to explain some aspects of pattern welding. While doing that I figured I might not be the only one who would think that neat and put them up on RedBubble for others to buy. Here are the final pictures I came up with: Ps: I do get a commission for orders placed. As I have worked on this for almost two years that does not seem unreasonable :-)
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    Pattern Welding Explained

    I am getting to a place where I am happy with the visualization and can now focus more on animating the process. It's still going to be slow though.
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    Pattern Welding Explained

    They are computer generated :-) I plan to make a fully animated video that shows stacking and twisting, etc. BTW, I am still looking for more people who would like to share photos of their pattern-welded blades to be included in said video :-)
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    Pattern Welding Explained

    Sure. Here you go.
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    Pattern Welding Explained

    Here is an update to show where I am currently at visualizing pattern development; some of you may recall this from a paper from Ypey: Let me know what you think about the current look. BTW, I am still looking for more examples of pattern welding in the real world. If you have any examples you would like to share, please let me know.
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    Flame Edge Serpent Seaxes

    This came out great. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to how they look when you are done with them.
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    Forge from Kast-O-Lite 30 LI

    This whole endeavor was not a successful experiment. Too much thermal mass. Takes too long to come up to heat and I struggled with forge welding.
  10. I have shared this on my Facebook profile and page as well. Good luck. Ps: I started with The Complete Bladesmith as well :-)
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    registration hiccup, sorry...

    I hope it's working now.
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    Forum Upgrade

    I just finished another forum upgrade to address some security problems. Let us know if there are any problems.
  13. While fabricating a trellis for the garden, Tony and I experimented with slow motion video. It turned out pretty awesome. Let me know what you think :-)
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    Pattern Welding Explained

    Here is an example of a more recent visualization:
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    Pattern Welding Explained

    Send me a PM and I will share a Google Photos album with you. Thank you!