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  1. Hope you're able to straighten it out.
  2. JPH ......... Strange that they would flag you for selling the same items thousands of others are selling everyday. Is it possible it's because of a prohibited item you bought from someone else? Also, in your original post you say your account was closed ".......due to the fact that I am selling dangerous weapons which is in violation of their no firearms, firearms accessories or ammunition sales......" I don't see any reference to weapons in the letter from PayPal you copied and posted. I am not sure, but appears that "PayPal's Acceptable Use Policy. 221_reason13" relates to "File Sharing". edit........ one other thought. Are you sure this is a real notification from PayPal and not some phishing scam? Have you tried logging into your account?
  3. JPH, what exactly were you selling that induced PayPal to claim you were selling "dangerous weapons" and close your account? Was it for something other than the knives and swords you show on your website?
  4. yes, meant Albert........ like watching a magician J
  5. The artisan in the DICTUM video reminds me of Sheffield blade forger Wes Craven - they make it look so easy. In this last video it's amazing how simple it appears to forge weld on a piece of high carbon steel for the cutting edge - all by hand. Saludos J
  6. Nice work Aiden. Maybe you've seen this video already...... if not, very inspiring. Saludos J
  7. Hey JPH. Really nice! Like the copal. Any progress on the JJ Perret Art of the Cutler translation? Saludos J
  8. https://www.japansociety.org/page/programs/gallery/when-practice-becomes-form-carpentry-tools-from-japan As its first exhibition upon reopening to the public, Japan Society is pleased to present When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools from Japan. Opening on the tenth anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the exhibition celebrates the resilient spirit of Japanese architecture and craftsmanship through woodworking tools, architectural patterns, and models. Featuring a variety of hand tools and wooden models reflecting joinery techniques that have been used for hundreds of years to build Japan’s wooden architectural masterpieces (from temples and shrines to bridges), the exhibition unpacks the intangible qualities of craftsmanship, such as consummate experience, expertise, and the honed skills of master carpenters in Japanese architecture. A diverse array of tools—planes, chisels, saws—have played an important role in the development of architecture in Japan, and this philosophy extends to Japan’s cultural heritage today. Integral to the processes of master carpenters (tōryō) is their extensive knowledge of the local environment and of wood as a material. Using natural resources and learning from their predecessors’ practices, they construct buildings using a refined methodology. Their philosophy of sustainability—for example, joinery can be restored or repaired as needed by future craftspeople—has been handed down over generations. The site-specific exhibition design, conceived by the esteemed architect Sou Fujimoto in collaboration with Brooklyn-based Popular Architecture, introduces major themes from the exhibition and is in dialogue with the gallery’s spaces, highlighting an enduring connection between traditional Japanese wooden construction and modern architecture. And a nice digital catalog: https://www.japansociety.org/resources/content/8/1/3/0/documents/Catalog4_5small.pdf?utm_source=website&utm_medium=catalogue&utm_campaign=carpentrytools
  9. Alex; Natlek over on bladeforums.com has started building a dedicated surface belt grinder (as opposed to an attachment for an existing belt grinder). You can check it out here...... https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/diy-surface-belt-grinder.1782558/ Saludos J
  10. Gerhard, it took me two tries to finally quit for good. Both times were unplanned and began while sick in bed for a few days, not smoking at all. I figured, hey, three days without a smoke - why not take advantage of this head start in the process and just stop altogether? The single most helpful thing I found was to replace the smoking with something positive. In my case it was an exercise program. Can't say I don't sometimes miss a smoke. My wife smokes, but only a couple of cigarettes after dinner. I just don't have the ability to do that - I know that for me, one or two would escalate quickly to a pack a day. Good luck Saludos J
  11. Over the years there have been a few references on the forum to this tool museum in France. Here's a link to a photo album - One hundred and fifty-nine images of the exhibits.
  12. Conner, there's a thread here on Bladesmithsforum where Tomas Rucker does a WIP on a big bowie using a hand held angle grinder (the blade is held by a welder's magnet in a vise) The video links are dead, but there are a couple of photos. Tomas did some beautiful work with very little equipment. here's the page https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/19492-big-bowie-wip/ Saludos J JDWARE KNIVES
  13. Nice John! we must have used the same CAD drawings for our grinders. Parts cut with laser or waterjet? J JDWARE KNIVES
  14. Wouldn't call it a crazy idea........this was my first grinder - 1978 or so. 1 HP Baldor Buffer (1725 rpm) 8" x 2" serrated rubber contact wheel; back stand idler; fabricated work rest and platen setups. It used to be oriented differently on the worktable, so I could access the "platen" from the end of the table without reaching over the contact wheel - it's only in sitting place for this photo. Saludos J JDWARE KNIVES
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