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Todd Miller

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About Todd Miller

  • Birthday 07/08/1952

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    Quilcene Washington
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    Teaching young unns to get along in the world. My wife and I like to travel and sail in roughly that order.

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  1. Amazing piece of work. I needed some inspiration and that sure helps. Thanks Todd
  2. This doesn't really answer the original question but I thought it was germane. We were in Japan a couple of years ago and there was a big swap meet/farmer's market. This booth was there selling nothing but sharpening stones. Go figure. They were expensive. BTW I use Japanese water stones that I have had for years. A couple of mediums and a very fine. They are synthetic and not too expensive. Todd
  3. It's a real job. Maybe everybody in the world has already seen this but I thought I would share it here. Sam??? http://gothamist.com/2014/09/17/blacksmith_wanted_nyc.php Todd
  4. Thanks, it's better to make a small knife than no knife at all. We just got back from the wedding too. Todd
  5. I haven't posted anything for a while, as I haven't made anything for a while. This is a little wedding present. Kingswood handle, random damascus. Todd
  6. It was their dog. At the time my wife who can slerp through anything, told me I'd find it funny eventually and I guess do. It is their country after also who am I to complain.
  7. My wife and I spent three weeks in Iceland this summer. This was a blog post I wrote about one experience. Hope you enjoy it. Todd Children, Camping and Insomnia in the Land of the Midnight I have trouble sleeping, not so much getting to sleep but rather staying asleep. When asked, I euphemistically say that I have sleep issues. My son calls them my night terrors. But whatever you want to call the condition, nine out of ten experts agree that when one has trouble sleeping it is important to maintain a regular sleep schedule. So that is what I tried to do on our recent trip to Icel
  8. How about Shindaiwa? I'm not trying to get into a debate either. When my son was a senior in high school he got into the Battlebot craze. He picked up a mid-sized Shindaiwa at a garage sale, paired it with a 24" diameter sawmill blade and went on to some fame and a little fortune with "Sunshine Lollibot." He was just a kid and he did really well considering and got to the eliminations where his match was featured on TV over and over because he lost in such a dramatic fashion. Here is the most famous of his fights. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KN24y-FJeMQ Well for the next season he ap
  9. Thanks for the input. Last week was the end of the semester and with grading and all I haven't had a chance to reply. I think next time I'll recommend one tuyere. The reason we went with two was that with the last smelt I did on my own I had some trouble with a single one clogging up. So I figured that having two would be a backup. Unfortunately the angle was wrong and I think the air didn't burn the charcoal down low enough and so it allowed the slag to build up in front of it. The reason he was poking it in the frosty picture was that was he had just lit it with kindling. In the later
  10. A couple of years ago I offered my Materials Science students extra credit if they wanted to build a bloomery and try to smelt some iron. I showed them a video of one of the times I tried it and there was some initial interest but it soon faded away. Last year I made the same offer and one fellow, Josh, got as far as mixing up DARC dirt from Spanish Red iron oxide glaze. Josh liked the class well enough to take it again this year. It seemed silly for him to just repeat it so I asked him if he wanted to try the smelt again instead of most of the normal classwork. So he built the furnace,
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    Simple is so hard to do and you do it so well. Todd
  12. Hello all, This is a post from my occasional blog I thought some of you might enjoy. Todd I’m the first to admit that I am not much of a fisherman. I don’t have the patience or the skillI and I’m think I’m slightly ADHD. My friend Mark used to take me salmon fishing but when I spent my day propped up against the side of the boat reading old National Geographic magazines, and only casting an occasional eye toward my rod tip, he got disgusted and has seldom asked me again. But I do like to eat fish. So when my wife and took our sailboat to Alaska for the first time I
  13. The adventure continued. We head toward Craig Alaska, stop in and see a pretty amazing native carver and gear up. More of our Alaskan Summer Travelblog http://quilbilly.blogspot.com/2013/09/sailing-alaska-in-27-ft-boat-on-to.html#links
  14. Well thanks, I spent about ten years thinking about it and designing it. I started with a little model and worked my way up. At one point my son said the models kept getting bigger and bigger, so I might as well just build the boat. It took me four years of after school and weekends. It was my mental health project after teaching all day. That's what my knives are for now. Todd
  15. Dave, It was a good time. I have actually thought about shipping the boat by barge to Cordova or somewhere. It sits on a trailer all winter so it would be easy to ship. It would be a long drive otherwise. I would love to cruise Prince William Sound but that big stretch of open water across the Gulf of Alaska gives me pause as far as sailing there. I'm with you on the safety. We pick our weather carefully and I spend most of my time tethered to the boat. While we were on the inside of Baranof Island we heard a Coast Guard radio exchange with the survivor of a capsizing. It was about f
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