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Gary LT

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Gary LT last won the day on July 8 2015

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  1. Gary LT

    Just completed another puukko.

    Puukko ..... and I get interested. The hardest part is fitting the guard to the rhomboid blade and you’ve nailed it more than once. So whatever your doing, do it often as you are. The grind can get real trick especially if the blade is tapered to the tip and angled narrower in width at the tip. Very hard almost impossible not to have the bevel grind not extend past the blade midline as the get to the tip. Jonas Kallioniemi has this part perfect so I’ve tried to copy his work... with my humbling experience. . super nice and keep posting. Really enjoy your work. Thanks !,
  2. Gary LT

    Hobby Transformer

    Clifford, Great Idea!! Been using my 12 volt charger. This could be more permanent set up. Thank you!
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    Hobby Transformer

    I probably know the answer but wondered if any of you electrical gurus think there is a use for this in the shop?
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    Osage Orange

    Jon, I just did this one with a rasp from a square pice of Osage, then rotary tool and hand sand. It will turn to a honey color in time, you will be pleased working with this stuff.
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    Hammers

    Like everyone else, I bought a few more than I needed. i saw that Harbor Freight had cast steel hammers, bought 3 lb crosspein, wooden handle for $8.75. Damn.....been using ever since. Not a mark on the face. Only had to dress the face and handle to suit me. Gary LT
  6. Gary LT

    Man without a hammer

    I want to thank everyone for replying. The birch bark has a nice utility feel. A 4” remnant from a piece of Aldo’s 1084. I did a salt/hydrogen peroxide treatment on the steel...eeeh didn’t work out as planned. The middle one is W1 steel, (Aldo) with spalted maple. This one feels commando all the way. I did not take it down to a smooth finish, ran out of time. Should have put NS on the pommel, but ran out of stock. Oh well. The step guard knife is wrought over high carbon San Mai. I got it from Ondrej. The handle is Holms Oak with some spalted to it. I was really pleased with the soldering on this one especially. Working on sheaths now and will probably post to sell on EBay. Then make some more! Thank you all again for all your replies. It really means a lot, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Gary LT
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    Man without a hammer

    Gents, I stay with this forum and on here most every night. I have contributed since the Bowie and Puukko kith, as I moved away and work out of state. No forging. So when I am back home I do make some blades, then do my best to attach handles and finish on the porch where I rent. Here’s just a handful, still alive and kicking. Thanks to everyone for this site! Gary LT
  8. Gary LT

    Completed "Bowie No.1"

    Thank you Gary for showing it all the way through. Gary LT
  9. Gary LT

    Back in the game

    Alan, I share your pain, haven’t done squat for forging much either. At least I can stay connected via this awesome site and everyone on here. Now I have to ask....how did you get that cigar band in the middle? I like the teardrop shape tapered to round round as well. And what did you use to brown the axe head? Always in appreciation.... Gary LT
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    Help picking out my next hammer

    I bought more hammers than I need. Most used is a 3 pound, cast steel cross pein from Harbor Frieght for $8 and change. Then a 2 pound True Temper same design both long handles. Just acquired a 4.5 sawyers hammer but need to work on the handle. Gary LT
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    FLat bar tongs for sale.

    For all forging partners.......if you don’t have a pair of these, get them! I waited too long until I saw JJ was offering again and I jumped on it. Got them in time for a 4 day weekend and had a great time catching up on work waiting for me. (living in Ft.. Lauderdale, Fl I don’t have access to my forge) I will order another set for hidden tang gripping. superb stuff!!!!! Gary LT
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    FLat bar tongs for sale.

    Include myself as well JJ. Even though still stuck in Ft. Lauderdale, I do get to forge a little when I’m home sometimes to Atlanta. Tried to send email also. Gary LT
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    A Bill Moran Reproduction

    Thank you Gary. I've been away from forging, new job...living in an apartment Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. So I can't try to imitate anything anyway... maybe I'll try paper. Appreciated Gary
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    A Bill Moran Reproduction

    Gary, it's a dandy. Certainly recognizable Moran, but I can't figure out 556 layers? Thanks, Gary LT
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    Practicing My filework

    Joshua, thanks for sharing this. Stuck in Ft. Lauderdale, without a shop & no known forging "homeys" I am aware of, I can work on something like this. Gary LT
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