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MatthewBerry last won the day on June 6 2018

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    Middlefield, CT
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    bladesmithing, bowyering, fletching, armoring, foundry, lumberjacking, making furniture, beer, girls

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  1. I love this piece - it came out great! What catches my eye the most iare your junctions where the guttering, the band, and the ring all come together (the last picture). They are are a wonderful design executed so cleanly.
  2. Wow! Beautiful. Are the panels on the scabbard done with reposse or pres blech? They’re great. I’d love to see a closer shot of the whole handle.
  3. Beautiful sword. I really like the multiple woods on the handle.
  4. I have to give credit for the idea to Peter Johnson - Emilliano described the jig Peter was using to me, and this was my first attempt at something of the kind. Definitely stop down next time you are around and I can show you how the whole bronze-casting thing works.
  5. Nice looking piece. Sounds like you got the handling right too.
  6. Very nice looking. Your blades always have such excellent curves.
  7. Thanks guys! Glad you like it. Yup. It's kinda the Peter Johnsson method - two thin slats on each side. The inside is lined with wool felt before gluing. Then i used a layer of hide glue between the slats and wrapped the whole thing up with a bicycle tire tube cut into a huge strip. The outer leather is sewn on wet over a coating of hide glue.
  8. I finally finished my first viking sword that I made all-by-myself. The big challenge on this one is that wide shallow fuller - I've never done that before and it looks difficult to get right. Here's the sword blank (1075 steel) with the bevels forged in. I shaped the initial blank with the power hammer, and then hand forged the tip and the bevels. I didn't take a picture, but the bevels are forged in with a spring tool whose dies are radiused to 6". Here's the result: Slightly crooked, but it gets a lot of the steel to the right areas and significantly widened
  9. Great piece! The blade pattern is very nice and the handle components and carving all work together very well. i do a bit of bronze casting and the burnout schedule can usually be found on the website of the investment plasters maker. Generally the process is melt the wax out and drive out some of the water by heating to about 300 degrees F for 3 hours. Then you slowly raise the temperature about 200 Degrees F per hour until you’re above 1000 F. The plaster I use has me take it up to 1350 F and hold it there for 3 hours, but i’ve Seen it done by holding at 1000 F overnight. Then you l
  10. It's a wonderful sword - I had a chance to play with it after it was finished. It's feels very light and alive in the hand. It knows what it's supposed to do...
  11. I love it! I'm a big fan of could-have-been creations like this. You did a great job of evolving the anglo saxon style toward scottish dirks. I also really like the way you did the garnets - it's the original technique just with different materials - I don't think you can't get any closer to real for this side of a king's ransom.
  12. Very nice! Makes me want to give one a try
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