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Matthew Parkinson

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  1. I smoked 1-2 packs a day for 22 years, quit 9 years ago in may. I am not going back though I miss it still and my health has tanked since I quit, my asthma came back hard I developed eczema, and several other autoimmune based disorders, I also contracted Lyme a year after quitting and that messed me up a ton so not all from quitting. I am happy I don't smoke any more , happy i am a non smoker. I wish I was able to smoke, I don't want to be controlled . I know the min I pick up a cig and light it I'll be back to two packs a day but wish I could just have one with out that risk..
  2. I had a local videographer approach me about filming a mini doc, it was a passion project for him. and we fit it in around his other work, we started in Feb and were stopped for a short time by the lock down, but we found a way to move forward safely and got it done. he just finished the editing and did a great job on it. He filmed the making a mosaic damascus chef knife, from initial billet to final sharpening. We talk about what inspired me start, my business, my path in the craft and some of the why of my work. let me know what you all think.
  3. well when I posted this I was wondering what it would do to the craft world and small business in general. I still don't have a answer long term but I have seen some things start to settle out. 1 classes are stopped for the next several weeks to months, that is putting a financial strain on many for certain. 2 shows are not happen until at least Aug world wide, again some financial strain. Most of the makers I have talked to are expecting a boom after this settles down, I think that might be wishful thinking. I see a winnowing coming there will be a lot of work on the market, some pent
  4. SO it is looking to me like online is going to the only sales for the foreseeable future. I am still getting inquires for customs and am still selling online ( need to ship a knife tomorrow in fact). as long as there is income out there custom makers will get a piece of it, just a questing if that piece will be big enough to live off. I was going to be running the "sharps" tent at the ABANA conference. the other demonstrators and I have talked about trying to find a way to do our demos online, I may even record the lecture I was going to give. I have heard that ABANA is looking at putti
  5. I was just finishing up my column for May Knife Magazine, I was talking about how the knife market is so robust, how there are many sectors and redundancy with in it.. little did I know that all of that would change in a week and who knows if it will ever go back the way it was.What to do in this new business environment? That is the big thing on my mind over the last week or so. Even more so as travel restrictions and soft quarantines close shows , cancel classes and paid demos I was counting on for income.All in all I am OK I have some orders that haven't been canceled and I am still getti
  6. I don't know if any one reads Knife magazine on here , but i started writing a every other month column for them last June, because i wasn't busy enough in my life I pitched the column as something like what was written by Godard or folwer back in the old days but with current information. Mostly technical advice mixed with a bit of opinion and hopefully a bit of wisdom as well. So far is seems to be going well, but I have been slightly disappointed in that I am not getting as many questions as i had hoped, or really much in the way of feed back at all. So I figur
  7. For many years now I was business partners with Peter Swarz-Burt and watched him making wootz . I learned a ton from him over the years. Well Peter left the shop last June,moved to HI infact. After peter left I got an order for a wootz knife . There were a few bars laying around I could use so I took the job.. the bars failed .. so I began my dissent into wootz making . This is the first piece completed from My wootz
  8. I first learned this technique in this thread by Peter Johnsson with some needed correction in the two classes I have taken with Peter. I was looking back and it's hard to believe that that was almost 10 years ago. Looking back there was a LOT of just amazing things happening then... Also I got the coop photo back.. so much better than my crappy cell phone pics! Much love COOP!
  9. I first learned this technique in this thread by Peter Johnsson with some needed correction in the two classes I have taken with Peter.
  10. This was the sword I forged out at our hammer in last Nov, I got it roughed out for my class in AZ and finished it in time for the Arkansas knife show where it won an award forthe "best historically inspired". Normally I don't put to much stock in awards they are nice but often don't mean mucl. In this case however I find it means much more to me, as these awards are determined by the votes of table holders and only that. It means a lot more when it comes from your peers. Oh and the Damascus on this is the last of the billet I passed my performance test for mastersmith with.. coop pics to fo
  11. Well I still need to figure that out a bit .. came up with something for the damascus one that was not to bulky but it is a lot thinner that the mono steel one at the tip.
  12. Got my demo sword all finished up put it on a bit of a diet, got it down to 2lb 11oz before polishing and handle wrapping
  13. Six very tired students a happy teacher And our hosts Jason and Rodger labrash at the end of a very successful falchion class.
  14. Looks like Josh beat me to posting today but here you go. The student go a lot done today and tomorrow will see some awesome swords finished! The leather is 2oz sheep skin vegetable tan. Goat works better and calf skin takes tooling better, but sheap is easily available and works very well other than being a little bit of a pain to skive. MP
  15. day four student got he guards forged and fit as well as several managing to get handle cores finished and pommels started! And we still have two more days!!!!! These guys are KILLING IT!
  16. Today we finished the machine polish on the blades to 400 grit along with some straightening of a small amount if warping that could not be corrected in the final grind. We spent some time with the most excellent book "the sword forum and thought" and explored the use of whole number ratio in our designs. Designs in hand we finished the day by finalizing the tangs making tang shaped drift and beginning forging out the hilts. Tomorrow we will work on finalizing guards forging pommels and making the handle cores. MP
  17. They just don't get northerners! BIG CIRCLE! Simple ratio is a powerful tool.
  18. Today's progress, the blades were rough ground at 36 grit to thickness then polished on the grinder to 120 before heat treating. The blades were normalized in a Don Fogg style drum furnace at 1575 then hardened from 1480 after a quick trip being clamped in-between two boards the blades were tempered at 500 a good days progress.
  19. I am teaching A 6 day long falchion Class at Grizzly Ironworks in Phoenix this week. First day in in the books and the students all have blades forged to shape from 1084. I managed to demo or have examples of several styles of falchion.. tomorrow we grind in preparation for heat treating!. MP Q
  20. You can order black iron pipe nipples from Mcmaster carr, in several schedules. That said nothing to worry over here if that pipe gets hot enough to burn the zinc you have bigger problems .. MP
  21. You have been KILLING it this year! .. thanks for putting that bar HIGH.
  22. you know you can"t deny it ..they are are a good challenge though
  23. bolster on this one are milled out of solid stock. surface grinder helps for sizing and the miller helps with setting the lands but 2/3 of the work is with files still .. hateful little things slip joints.. yeah the language got away from me a bit there , that was a long weekend and there MAY have been drinking involved (not when i was testing )... once I got to the bend I knew i would pass so I got a little loose..
  24. shooting for blade show in june, did my performance test two weeks ago with JD smith. yeah I decided I hate myself and the swords just were not causing enough pain anymore mostly slip joints with a few lockbacks thrown in as well.
  25. I closed my books in Sept to make the knives for My ABS mastersmith presentation, and to prepare knives for the several shows i signed up to do over the next 5 months first up was NY custom Knife show. MP
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