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Matthew Parkinson

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  1. spend all day finishing a folder ... only to destroy the burl in the last ten min.. and starting over ... should have just finished up the other ten knives i wanted done for the show ..

     

    1. Matthew Parkinson

      Matthew Parkinson

      just started messing about with them again, I made them years ago, but did not have the equipment of skill to make them well or quickly , not i do so i am revisting.

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  2. I had a moment yesterday when i finished a very complext billet and was struck by how far I have come ..

  3. So many things that are just dead wrong in the preveiw of Iron and Fire .. guy is skilled and it is nice to see well finished work from a smith that isn't using powertools but...dude.. quenching due north really? REALLY? I thought we left that stuff back 10 years ago ..

    1. Matthew Parkinson

      Matthew Parkinson

      Well at least it can't get worse that that drivel ... Right?

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  4. some how I managed to put mild steel in my restack twice in as many days... I em vey sure i check the second time , but when i etched is no pattern...

    1. Matthew Parkinson

      Matthew Parkinson

      it was a multi bar composite one of the bars had no pattern. restacked and fixed it but still not sure how the heck I did it twice

       

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  5. Lookin' for a bladesmith in the Seattle area. Or a way to clone Jake Powning maybe.

    1. Matthew Parkinson

      Matthew Parkinson

      dave is highly skilled make sick knives and is a very cool guy.

       

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  6. Quadstate!

    1. Matthew Parkinson

      Matthew Parkinson

      and you guys also, that was a awesome event. I dont think Ill be able to attend every year but I would love to go again!

       

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  7. Just back from NESM were I passed my JS performance test under howard clark and Rick Dunkerly... What a weekend

    1. Matthew Parkinson

      Matthew Parkinson

      thanks Dave... not sure I would agree... feel like I am closer to MS than the AP I am rated now though.. :)

       

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  8. Just back from NESM were I passed my JS performance test under howard clark and Rick Dunkerly... What a weekend

    1. Matthew Parkinson

      Matthew Parkinson

      just my performance test but I will totaly share my 5 after I submit in june at blade.

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  9. Just wondering if anyone knows where I can get 1" diameter (at least) wrought Iron.... I need about a half foot of it, and I am having trouble finding a seller... all google seems to pull up is people selling furniture and gates.

    1. Matthew Parkinson

      Matthew Parkinson

      david roeder has some for sale and NESM had some for sale also, Aldo had some anchor chain that was wrought , but I dont know if he has any left.

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  10. wondering why I designed this sword with so many parts ... thats right the customer did ...

    1. Matthew Parkinson

      Matthew Parkinson

      done a few they are are a pain no question... this stupid thing just looks simple and .. was not to build

       

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  11. Was san mai developed mainly because of physical properties or because of looks? Was it only the Japanese or Asians who developed it, or did the West try it out before contact with the Japanese?

    1. Matthew Parkinson

      Matthew Parkinson

      it is a cheap easy way to stretch your available steel and was done just about everywhere. the Japanese are the only ones to make it a design feature I think.. I find the root of a lot of techniques is "we have small amounts of good stuff" how do we stretch it.

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  12. I miss colors .... is it spring yet?

    1. Matthew Parkinson

      Matthew Parkinson

      last week we had several day with a low around 0 degf and it has snowed 2 times this week.. I am done

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  13. So frustrating when the hamon just barely shows up but no further. Looks like I'll need some ferric

    1. Matthew Parkinson

      Matthew Parkinson

      try warm vinegar I find it works better than ferric for hammons most of the time.

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  14. that was a long long day....

    1. Matthew Parkinson

      Matthew Parkinson

      partly also very behind on commissions and under the gun on a large ironwork job that just keeps expanding...

       

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  15. Engraving wire grooves on a traingular rounded type H pommel might the the most focus-demanidng thing I have ever done so far...

  16. and so much for a day in the forge... stupid cold...

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