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Salem Straub

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About Salem Straub

  • Birthday 05/07/1983

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    Tonasket, WA
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    All types of ferrous metalwork. Shop machinery, acquiring, rebuilding, and using. Tai Chi Sword, the practice and the blades. Playing music, eating good food, reading good books. Enjoying life!

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  1. Renaissance Sidesword WIP

    That's amazing hilt work, I love it!
  2. "Forge" for Melting Bronze

    Cool! I so want to cast bronze. Can't wait to see what comes out of that!
  3. "Sovereign" Dagger.

    Cool, I have not seen that one! I based the work on this old type XV sword...
  4. "Sovereign" Dagger.

    Ahahaha! Yeah the twist bars for the grip cage, a little over the top maybe but dang it not that much harder than just making them white. They drove me a little crazy though, I snapped three of them when cold-curving to match the grip and had to go back to the fire twice for more stock... I think the grinding on the midrib actually seriously messed my neck up. I went on a trip over the weekend a day or two after the grinding for that, and my neck ended up being so cranked by the time I went to sleep on Saturday night that when I woke I needed hep to get out of bed from the pain. It lasted two days nearly that bad... and it seemed to be in the area that was in tension and was sore after that day of grinding. That type of jelly, made from laddered bar is something I thought of, and haven't seen anyone else do... I wouldn't be surprised if it's been done though. I really like how much more interesting it makes the standard jelly, especially when done in low-layer for impact. Plus this was cool, being able to leave it round and not have to square it for inclusion in a blade. I liked seeing it without the dang square outer shoulders... All in all I spent more time than planned on this piece and was a bit exhausted when finished, truthfully parts of it I'd have liked the luxury of more time to finesse but I just had to finish it ultimately, with budget and time run out... I worked about 3 weeks of 6-7 days each on it I think. Thanks for the detailed comments man, I appreciate it! And thanks again all of you who've dropped in to give feedback, I think this forum in particular is where I get the most stoked to bring stuff to show because the smithing community is so serious, enthused, and involved here with real blade work.
  5. A Rare Score for the Shop

    Wow!!! Damn what a deal, some guys have all the luck! Trentons are about the best forged anvil in my book.
  6. Hopefully yes, my pal is coming by next weekend to help drill and epoxy the final bolt holes, and I'll wire the motor up, and hopefully we'll get some pattern welding done on it the next day! Video is a promise.
  7. You guys like that? Well, I've got a bit more for you then! V-belts came in, with smaller motor pulley, now installed to achieve 200 rpm. I had measured carefully and am very happy to find that the belts fit nice and tight. 6" wide rubberized canvas belt being trimmed to 5.5" width for the flat pulleys... Flat belt cut to length, laced, and installed. Drive from motor to ram complete. Treadle and brake linkage adjusted a little; idler tensioning, brake timing, and foot height seems good.
  8. "Sovereign" Dagger.

    I try to resist that, although I know exactly the feeling... I'm sure when Art Tatum was coming up, guys he looked up to seemed untouchable too. You just have to keep moving forward, the best in the world at things are often those with strong drive rather than sheer raw talent. Having both would be nice though! That's what keeps me moving, when I see stuff by Sfreddo, Roger Bergh, Vero Laurent, JL Regel...
  9. 410 stainless / 1075 san-mai pseudo-success

    Nothing too special... went in with a 600 grit hand rub, etch in ferric a minute or two until it looks as vivid as it's likely to get, then windex neutralize, then water rinse, all without wiping the blade, and straight into that cold coffee while wet, for a few hours. Then a rub down, warm, with peanut or mineral oil. I like your wa handle on there too, best of luck with the next etch!
  10. "Sovereign" Dagger.

    I would also enjoy it if he meant it how it sounds... cause dang it I'm not completely impressed with what I make either! Heck I guess if I ever completely impressed myself I'd have to quit, there'd be nothing left to do! The fact that there's dudes to try to catch up to always pulls me on, plus this stuff is just fascinating on it's own merits... Thanks for the comments guys, it's very encouraging to a hermit like me!
  11. Having Some Fun with Damascus

    Very cool, and yes the ghosts disappearing is satisfying! I think it looks like croc skin, too.
  12. 410 stainless / 1075 san-mai pseudo-success

    You can get those thin blade migration effects to look pretty wild with etching technique... and yes, forging bevels on a thin san mai is really begging for problems. Nice job on that! Here's one similar to your look, with a ferric/coffee treatment.
  13. "Sovereign" Dagger.

    My latest... I tried a lot of new stuff on it, which mostly worked out. I tried hard to minimize struggling edges... 15" dagger, midrib blade in Zanjir multibar pattern weld with turkish cores and explosion edges. Ball guard and wheel pommel in low layer pattern weld. Grip in "cage of bars" style with twisted pattern bars over leather wrapped walnut core, based an ancient hand and a half sword of Oakshotte XV typology. Through-tang peened construction with two-piece ferrules and peen block of parkerized iron. 21.5" overall, 1 lb. 8 oz. in weight. Pics and a vid... hope you like!
  14. Renaissance Sidesword WIP

    That is excellent! You're really going for it, very rewarding to watch!
  15. Top side of sow block nearly finish machined. The bottom dovetail is male and so necessitates more material removal, but is within the Y envelope entirely and thus only needs positioning once for all the cuts. 4 full days and counting... This is the angle milling operation, using a tall 1" endmill, to finish the dovetial shape after having milled a rough straight-sided pocket first. Beaudry sow block, side #2 nearing completion. Beaudry sow block all milled out and ready to install! Engine hoists being what they are, I had to drop the sow onto a forklift fork bridge and slide it into place. It worked super slick, not even sketchy. Even though the handling holes are now below the center of gravity, they still work well to pick from with a choke chain setup. The fit on the small side of the key taper. The big side of the key taper. Flippin' perfect perfect alignment! Beast mode. Looks pretty cool with that oversize sow, methinks! It adds about 300 lbs extra to the ram:anvil ratio, which should make it hit harder for its size. Making a die key. Measured the dovetail/die gap at both ends with calipers, milled witness steps into the bar for the key at the two levels of taper, die length apart. Now using two vises on the mag chuck to hold the key at the slight angle necessary to grind to the step bottoms simultaneously. Key fit decently off the surface grinder, then I installed and removed it several times, with hand grinding at each step, where friction was visible on the key. Now it fits a little past full depth with some taper left to spare. That's both die keys finish fit. The bottom die will have a thick shim under it- these dies are not stock dovetail height for a #9 Beaudry and I want to keep my options open down the road.