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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. Completed "Bowie No.1"

    Thank you Gary for showing it all the way through. Gary LT
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. A Bill Moran Reproduction

    Gary, it's a dandy. Certainly recognizable Moran, but I can't figure out 556 layers? Thanks, Gary LT
  8. 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
  9. Blade Show 2017

    Is it just me, but can't open the Picts. I go there every year except this last as I had to move to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Gary LT
  10. Some new Puukkos

    Aiden, I am attached to these as well. Been using O1 round 1/2" and takes quite a bit of work including the sheath and the last. Anyway, more than most folks imagine. But what a reward to use one! Gary LT
  11. Gentlemen,

    Although I do not post much I am on this site most everyday. I enjoyed participating in KITH, exchanging with you guys. After nine years of job searching and working at lower end positions, last September I got lucky and found a position akin to my background and experience. God is good. I did relocate to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, in a temporary residence until we sell our place which is near Atlanta. Working long hours but I do have free weekends, except when traveling. I haven't forged anything in 7 months, so I am looking to find some folks who can suggest where I can hook with other iron artists in the area. If anyone is near or used to live near Broward county , FL, I would appreciate any advice.

    Kind regards, Gary LT

    1. JJ Simon

      JJ Simon

      I don't know anyone but stay in touch.
      I have family in Miami and am down there about once a year.

    2. Gary LT

      Gary LT

      I darn sure will JJ I really appreciate your response. Going crazy on weekends ;)

    3. JJ Simon

      JJ Simon

      There are makers down there.
      There is a very good sword maker in Jacksonville named

  12. Dogbone Dagger Work In Progress

    Mark, excellent work and of course a question I've been wanting ask? The post on April 15th, and the first grind pass you made to one bevel, I never seen nor tried. You've held the grind line in equal width to the tip. Later you ground the opposite side but reducing the grind width to to point and getting the center ridge. (I think). With distal taper this isn't easy. I wonder if you could elaborate? I use a 24" equivalent rounded platen. When doing Puukkos, I grind on an angle, edge into center, but of course no ricasso, the blade is fitted direct to guard. Thank you, Gary LT
  13. Simple seax

    George, when I think of Seax I think of your work always. Even though you can produce much more than Seax art, you. Nail these every time. Wish I could go to Tannehill. Been living in Ft. Lauderdale since August. Haven't had time to even hold a hammer. Gary LT
  14. 10,000+ Members!

    I have to agree with everyone else, this site has been invaluable. I've had to take a new job in another state so I haven't been able to forge since Thanksgiving, even then, only a day or two. I'm still in the site every day. Thank you everyone, admins, supporters, advisers and friends. Gary LT
  15. Gundrid's Seax

    Without a doubt, some of the best carving work I've seen. In particular the sheath. Very nice shape on the knife as well. Good job!