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  • Birthday 03/14/1993

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    scottish highland games, bladesmithing, blacksmithing, adventure sports

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  1. Wow that wood is off the hook!
  2. Thanks Joshua! Here is a small bit of progress, the handle here is at 800 grit, still some problem areas to fix but it's getting there.
  3. Thanks Brian! I only have one update for the next minute, I'll be sanding these flutes for some time. At this stage most of the flutes have been sanded to 220 grit. They will need to be brought to 2000 grit prior to buffing. If you haven't worked with G10 before it can be someone difficult to sand containing both hard and soft materials it has a tendency to clog sand paper quite quickly.
  4. Thanks Joshua! I was finally able to make a bit of progress on this project this week. Here is what has been going on: I ended up adjusting the angle of the blade and neck to make them a bit steeper which I felt made the piece feel a lot better, then I finally fit the block of ivory g10: Then I rough ground it up to a 320 grit finish: I think the bright white will really make everything pop once it's all together: I then began to lay out the fluting: The lines aren't very precise, I'm working with a pretty basic set up but I also feel confident I can make them straight even if they look drunken now! G10 is pretty rough on files so I opted to rough in the grooves with a dremel first and next I will go in with files. My "shop" is still being run off an extension cord from the house (we just moved in this December, and can't bury cable until the spring is officially here). But I officially have a jewelers bench again and have new magnifiers on the way to help with all of the file work and polish ahead of me.
  5. Haha that's great, thanks Alan!
  6. Some progress on this today. I had been putting off bending the neck for a while now and decided I just needed to go for it. I missed the photos fitting the bronze into the silver and soldering it, but the two pieces are now at least fitting together and roughly placed where they will be. The bronze inlays will be antiqued and there is much work to be done on the blade. I feel the next step will be fitting the handle and finalizing the bends and alignment on everything before thinking about more detail work.
  7. Thanks Alan! Don, my process for the poverty lathe was fairly straightforward I roughed in the taper (removing the bulk of the material) on my grinder then put it in the drill press to true it up. The grooves were done with a 1/16th inch band saw blade and a 1/4 inch round file.
  8. It's been a loooong time since I have posted anything and frankly a long time since I have made anything interesting, so I thought I would share this as a WIP. I am getting remarried this fall and wanted to make something special for the occasion. I decided to go with a cake server. I was having trouble finding inspiration from existing cake servers so I instead took inspiration from stilettos. At this point the blade is solid sterling silver, a "neck" of bronze, and the handle will be faux ivory g10. Some of these design elements will change over the course of the process as frankly I'm being indecisive. But enough of that and on to the photos. The starting materials, 1/2 round bronze rod and 1 inch round: And the silver for the blade with bronze for inserts on the blade. I do not have a lathe or mill anymore since I stopped doing knifemaking fulltime and have downsized the shop. So I used the old poverty lathe in the form of my drill press to rough out some details. Then I moved on to files to add in the facets: Then I put a 1/2 inch diameter hole in a slice of the 1 inch round. Then I faceted the 1 inch round to prepare for drilling: Then I was able to drill holes in all the facets: I then textured the faces of the facets and attached the pins: This is now ready for bending the neck and joining to the silver blade. More to come soon.
  9. It's been quite some time since I have posted anything new. I made this one in collaboration with a friend, Luke Dellmyer, we went with an east meets west theme. This was a true collaboration with us working side by side working on each part together. The blade is just under 11 inches long and 2.2.5 inches wide, the hibaki is silver/copper mokume, the guard is blued mild steel with bronze dots inlayed on each side, the spacer is a piece of mosaic damascus, ivory g10 for the handle, and a domed bronze pin. Well thanks for looking and any questions are always welcome.
  10. This is such a great thread. The first knife is when I started back in 2010: and the second is one that I made I believe four years ago of which I am still very proud. The last knife is one of my most recent but personally most significant.
  11. Thank you everyone for your comments. Joshua that's a very cool concept. I would love to see that if you have photos. You are correct there are six hidden pins within the handle plus the visible pin.
  12. Ledus (Lay-dus: Latvian for ice) This bowie was a commission that was inspired by my La Brea Bowie from a few years ago. I think the new one came out quite well, what do you think? Specs: Blade Length: 12 inches Overall Length: 17.5 inches Guard, Spacer, and Frame: Shibuichi Liners: silver Pin: silver Handle: stabilized blue maple burl For those of you more knowledgeable on knife history I am trying to find out if anyone has used shibuichi to make a frame on a bowie before. The frame, guard, and spacer were all carved in wax and cast. I do not recall seeing a cast frame on a bowie before but would love to see other examples if you know of them. Thanks for looking. -Robert
  13. I thought I might share a recent collaboration I did with Matthew Berry. If you are unfamiliar with his work he makes absolutely wonderful European swords and other historical blades. Matt and I wanted to do something that was totally outside of either of our wheel houses and I think it came together beautifully. I was responsible for the blade with a tight Turkish twist damascus, Matt did the the all of the bronze work and gem setting, and I did the final shaping and finishing on the fossil ivory handle. What do you think? -Robert
  14. Thanks Doug, the handle is Minnesota birch burl, a birch bark spacer, and water buffalo horn for the rest.
  15. Thanks guys for all of the kind comments. Gary, this is 1084/15n20 done with a coffee etch.
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