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Tim Scarlatti

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  1. Every year my family and I go to a huge antique mall in Springfield, Ohio called Heart of Ohio Antiques. They claim to be the biggest antique mall in America and I believe them. You can find anything there. I found some pincers, a new hammer I probably paid too much for, and a dead file for knives. The most interesting thing I found though were a wakizashi and katana. The dealer claimed 1600s and 1700s respectively for the two. I have next to no experience with Japanese swords but these peaked my interest. Let me know what you think. Sorry for limited number of photos. That is the wakizashi and the below are pics ofthe katana The wakizashi seems to have a nice hamon but nothing exceptionally fancy. I couldn't see a hamon on the katana. Neither had original furniture and were in plan wood scabbards and handles probably in place to protect them (or I'm just wet behind the ears XD). I should have taken more pics. Asking price seemed low at around $700 for the wakizashi and $900 for the katana. If I understand, that's on the low end, but probably because of missing furniture.
  2. Always making me humble pie John.
  3. Hello smiths, Firstly, I'd like to say I do not own the blog I'm mentioning nor am I in any way affiliated with them, but I'd love to share this blog with you guys. I follow them on Twitter to get updates and I absolutely love this blog. It is well researched, fantastically curated, and beautifully presented. I thought you would all appreciated art-of-swords.tumblr.com. It's an excellent collection of mostly swords, but other types of blades and weapons from around the world throughout history. I find it a great place for inspiration. Cheers, Tim
  4. So I had some iron or mild steel my brother discovered. He gave it to me and I was processing a bunch of curved and round bars the other day to be squared and straight for various stuff not for blades, but when I got to this one, something went wrong. It completely crumbled between cherry and orange hot. The whole thing just flew apart after a few hammer blows. I quenched it, put some WD40 on it, cover it in borax and attempted to weld the big crack back together. This time more of it fell off so I quit while I still had bar left. I can't seem to get the picture of the end of it. Strangely it seems to have a difference between the structures of the very edge and most of the center, kind of like carburized steel. What is this? Is it wrought? If so, how do you forge this without it crumbling? Thanks!
  5. Hello I've been asked to step up and do a bit of a presentation for a cultural festival. This particular era we want to represent is the period surrounding the life and death of the Irish hero Brian Boru. I've got a book from the library coming soon called Irish Archaeology Illustrated, but I'd love to have any ideas from you guys concerning forge, bellows, and anvil construction and type. I do remember the last time they had a smith several years ago, he used a clam shell style forge from clay and straw. If you've go something, anything, feel free to chime in. Cheers
  6. The last two are a 120 film and the upper three are 127. The 120 was shot in one of these and the 127 on one of these.
  7. These first few were corrupted by moisture, which caused the backing the stick to the negatives. Hence the numbers on some. The next few were from another camera and went better
  8. Friday, I was cooped up inside writing essays to finish out my Freshman year at the Ohio State University. I opened up the windows and typed away for several hours, but I couldn't take being inside any longer. I hopped on my bike, headed to our campus green, The Oval, snapped this, and finished my essay sitting next to them. More in black and white from my film cameras to follow.
  9. Hey out of curiosity what kind of steel is the ring knife made out of? I'm interested because I've got some wrenches at home I've broken and want to forge. Nice work by the way! Excellent form and execution.
  10. I always feel a bit sheepish standing in the shadows of so many giants, but I'll leave this one here. It's a sawzall blade made by stock removal. The handle is cherry with a copper spacer and white tail deer antler bolster. Now it's sitting in my mom's kitchen and she uses it for veggies. I cut my lamb for Easter with it just fine.
  11. I'm not such a die-hard that I can't see past some of the problems in my college, but Ohio State University has some good buildings.
  12. Hey Y'all, Made this darlin' over last summer and I figured it was time for a status report. It started life (or ended one life to begin another) as a file at an antique mall. The birch and cherry were salvage wood. The bolster/guard was the head of a railroad spike and I don't quite recall the origin of the butt plate. Pre-assembly and some trial sketches for finishing the handle shape. Trial assembly Carving in the knot AND THEN CATASROPHE! It got left in the sink and I guess the rear piece of cherry I had added wasn't sealed properly (but it really shouldn't have been in there in the first place). This was maddening to say the least. This is probably my favorite to date in terms of craftsmanship and shear usefulness around the kitchen. So the glue popped, and the pin I put in wasn't nearly as deep as I thought it was. Here's another shot. The cherry's dried to the point of shrinking back to the original size, but I'm not sure how I should repair this. I'm might try something to go over the birch a slight bit, but I'd really appreciate whatever ideas you all might have. For now, the knife works, but it's just so heartbreaking to see this handle break.
  13. Very well done. Pardon my ignorance, but what's a Leuku? I'm guessing it's the middle one and it looks kinda like a kabar to me.
  14. I finished this last Sunday. It's from a broken claddagh ring and niello made from J. Arthur Loose's tutorial from Arctic Fire (I think). Hope you like it. Cheers!
  15. I watch 1:17 and that's all I could take. May God have mercy on the poor fool who butchered that so badly
  16. Just skimmed it and I'd agree. Mostly correct, but every so often there's some weird bits. I mean couldn't a modern monosteel stock removal be as good and/or better than a medieval counterpart?
  17. Props to you man! Best I managed at your age was a brass dish. Ambitious weren't you?
  18. Nicely done. I love making wood swords. They're certainly easier than the real thing
  19. Excellent! Need to get back to the forge and keep trying this until I get it.
  20. The tube from my bottle (on the ground, away from flames) is frosting over and even has liquid propane in it.
  21. And my gas forge isn't getting consistent temperature between the bottle and the air flow so it won't stay on. Anyone have any tricks they use to remedy this?
  22. Thanks Bruce! Wonder why I didn't think of that myself. Addendum, well hmmm the wax keeps cooling off too quickly.
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