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Keith Erickson

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About Keith Erickson

  • Birthday 05/03/1987

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    Morrison, CO
  • Interests
    Photography, Zoology, learning bladesmithing, Backpacking, freediving, general adventure, tropical research, Archery, Dart frogs.
  1. Sounds pretty awesome! with the double burner forge ive got here in Colorado i can easily go through a hundred Lb tank in a week and a half, a week if forging pattern welded steel. Definitely looking forward to more on this!
  2. great looking knives! gotta say I noticed that on the first set of knives the bottom one has a pattern that kind of looks like a T-rex where the makers mark usually goes. just found that amusing
  3. Hey there, I am out in Morrison. I set up a 10'x20' car port as a small very modestly stocked shop up at my friends house who is also trying to learn. only really have time to smith in the winter so I am very much still a beginner.
  4. Been a while since Ive checked this thread out.. thanks for the continued tips! oh and look what I got today! dropped 3 box elder trees and brought home a truckload. literally. so I am going to set about piling the logs out in the back yard under a plum tree so they can dry/spalt on their own terms as well as cutting some up and trying to get it to do it under controlled conditions. definitely going to be reading about the best methods for it. might also try to start some shittake mushrooms on one of the logs. all of the wood that ends up (walnut through maple) surviving the chopping down to block sizes I plan on stabilizing with cactus juice before using just in case. Gregory Lirot, you mentioned that silver maple is to soft to use but thats 95% of the maple we have worked on so far since I started last may, do you think the cactus juice method will work for it? Ive seen spalted silver maple scales being sold online but dont know what they treated the wood with. thanks guys
  5. Wow thats pretty sweet! how big was the billet when you began forging it out? I still seem to loose more metal than I end up with at the end of forming a Damascus billet.
  6. Beautifully done! that gives me ideas of what to do with the elk we get hunting this year....
  7. Wow, I really like that one! looks great, and easy to get out of the sheath!
  8. Good timing on the tip Greg! turns out today i got a hold of this... the base of a Russian olive thats also a burl!(its upside down in the pic) there are a lot of punky parts and i basically pulled it out of the ground as is, no roots or anything.. its been sitting for quite some time in pretty sandy soil... so next question...now what? ive read the posts about sealing the ends of the burls that are cut off and others about boiling them for 2 hours then letting them dry but none about how to remove punky parts and then seal and boil it. do I just hack away at it till its in 5 or so chunks and scrape away the punk and boil them then after a day or so of drying seal where i cut with the saw? as always... thanks for sharing your knowledge!
  9. Thanks for the tip on using a scale son_of_bluegrass I think I am going to try that with some of the chunks I get a hold of. I scored a bunch of black walnut today and painted the ends of the cuts with wood glue. the big one on the end has a diameter of 11 inches on top where the branch and trunk join to give an idea of the size. I don't have any idea how to go about cutting these things later though without ruining the grain pattern. I don't have anything but a chainsaw, and haven't looked for a saw mill yet. what would be the best way to get character out of crotches like this and the maple I already posted? thanks everyone again, you guys are great
  10. That looks great! the file work is a pretty sweet touch. is there a loop or anything on the back side of the sheath?
  11. That's Awesome! did you harden the leather for the handle? or are they just packed tight?
  12. Thanks for the advise everyone! I tried to reply today on lunch break but it didn't work I see so here we go again. this time with pictures of the stuff I've collected so far in the last week. I don't know how much if any of the wood will be good but hey if it isn't then to the firewood pile it goes. Since I drive an old '73 Camaro I definitely don't plan on saving enough wood to sell planks from, only small stuff for turning into handles and such. A lot of the wood I am getting is dead wood does that still need to be sealed on the ends for a while? I have a gallon of wood glue so that's the method to try first I think. Silver maple Box Elder Cottonwood crotch its pretty big about 2'x2'x15" Birch and locust just because Russian olive I would like to spalt at least some of the woods that can be, that seems to produce interesting effects and the box elder I grabbed already has some rings of red pink through it but a lot of it also has rot in the center so I took a bunch because once i get to cutting im not sure how much of it will be any good. if anyone sees anything I should or shouldn't cut off hand please let me know because all of this stuff is experimental at this point so I was probably going to chain saw most of it into smaller chunks then take it to the band saw and miter saw.
  13. thanks for the quick reply! unfortunately all of the cherry got piled away before really had a chance to look through it which is a shame it looked like it had some beautiful parts to it. sounds like the neighborhood we are in has a bunch of olive and cherry though so I am sure I will get another chance at some. the maple sounds pretty neat it will be fun to see what comes of the piece I've got that's already bone dry is there a good width to be looking for? or can a branch that's all twisted be as thin as your arm and still be fine to work? so then to get this right again so I'm not annoying the guys to much by saving tons of random wood burls are good, crotches in the main trunk are good better than bole to limb, and twists are good but hard to spot. thanks again! next step is looking up how to seal the wood so it doesn't just split in the shed.
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