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About Tarnick

  • Birthday 07/13/1977

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    Andrews, South Carolina
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    Blades, Smithing, Sculpture, Art, Music, and the list goes on. :)
  1. Like everyone says that is a burl. It looks like the tree is already having health issues. You can see where the wood is exposed behind the burl in the first pic, so the inner bark has died away from that area. It is best to cut a tree down if you are harvesting a burl. Some burls stick off so much that you can cut part of them off a tree without causing to much damage to the tree. This isn't on of those. There are tree friendly sealers out there you can use to seal the exposed wood of a tree off from bugs and the elements. It's strange, but the only part of the tree that is really alive is the leaves and the part right under the bark. The wood is not alive, its more of a bi-product of growth of the tree. Before you harvest a burl you should know that they have to cure for a year or two before use, unless you have the capabilities to kiln dry them. Just my 2 cents.
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    That's really nice. That burl pops against the grey shades of the blade. Nice.
  3. Cool Vid. I sometimes use lead free pewter that same way. Never tried silver. I liked the way you heated the pouring spout on your ladle before you poured. Sadly I have never thought to do that.
  4. Thanks for the reply Wade. I was beginning to think something was wrong with the knife. I actually uploaded a 10 x 8, but it was way to huge so I downsized it. Guess I'll put a larger version up. Thanks again for replying. Hope this pics not to big.
  5. This is one of eight hunting knives I recently finished. Six of them are still available for purchase. The knives are made of recycled materials. The blade is hand forged Lawnmower blade steel, and the handles are made of reclaimed wood. I purposely left the forged look. I think the wood is curly maple, or oak. Since it is reclaimed wood I'm not 100% sure. I also made the sheath. Just wanted to see what you think.
  6. I use ferric chloride myself.
  7. That's nice. I like that.
  8. Cool designs. I like how you transitioned from the darker steel to the lighter antler using the copper and walnut.
  9. I really like this knife. I like the jawbone handle. What do you use to color or finish the jawbone with?
  10. I think your prices are fare for a cable knife. I usually charge anywhere from $300 on up for a cable blade myself, depending on size. I'm actually working on a cable knife right now. Iv'e never made a knapped blade before, but on a regular cable blade I usually etch, blue, then sand a little of the blue off to highlight the cable lines. You might could use a rotary tool to polish the blueing off the scalloped areas on those knapped blades. As long as you etch before you blue that should show the cable lines well.
  11. Yeah, that one is real nice!
  12. Hey man I know allot of guys here don't feel the same as me on this, but I use old or scap springs sometimes. I use coil springs and leaf springs off of old cars and trucks. I even get old Mac truck springs from my uncle from tyme to tyme to use for different blades and tools. Allot of trucking places will just through them away when they break. One Mac spring is allot of material as that it's a stack of individual springs. It is spring steel. You can harden and temper it. Just check it with a file. Yeah it may not be the best of the best as far as a blade steel is concerned, but allot of people seem to like having a blade made from recycled materials. Some seem to like telling their buddies "Man I tell you this used to be a part of an old mac truck spring. I have an old knife I made from a recycled lawnmower blade in my kitchen right now. It sat in a water filled tackle box( thanks to my nephew) for about a year. right now it has no problem cutting through bone. We use it often even though the handle is cracked from the soak. I could have allot better edge on it, but I don't want my wife slicing her hand off. The only thing is though, when it comes to sales, I always tell a customer what an item is made from. I think that's important. You can try scrap yards too. The one around here told my friend he would sell us scrap steel for 15cent a pound. Scrap steel to them is high, medium, and low carbon steals. They don't seem to recognize a difference. Well just my 2 cents and happy forging!
  13. Man Dave that's nice. It would never survive in my shop though. I got a red clay/ dirt floor. Makes me wish I had a cement floor, so I could sport a sweet stand like that.
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