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    Washington State, South of Seattle
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    Reading, Drawing, Smithing and IT

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  1. Wes Detrick

    My latest Tommi puukko sheath

    I am digging that Bison leather! I love the texture. If you don't mind me asking, where did you get it from?
  2. Wes Detrick

    couple of Q's on resin scales

    They are resin. Not sure what honeycomb is. They are brittle. I have seen them fall apart or break from enough people to know I don't want to use them(plus they aren't my style). You can find them on Etsy, and USA Knifemaker has some white ones under Resin handles.
  3. Wes Detrick

    Knife makers vise (wip)

    You knife vice looks almost identical to mine (which a friend made for me). You have two set screws for your inside tube, which I do not. I have one that is fixed in place, which I find to be better since that means that both sides won't shift when I release one set screw.
  4. Wes Detrick

    Reclaimed Saw Steel Nariri 4.375"

    Nice, clean, good looking work Trevor.
  5. Wes Detrick

    A pair of commissions

    Very nice Joshua! I love dovetailed bolsters, its just a good look.
  6. Wes Detrick

    Fit for a Riverboat Gambler?

    That is fantastic work Gary! Love it
  7. Wes Detrick

    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    I would tell you that the porosity of the inlay doesnt have any affect on how attractive it is, but I know the feeling of wanting it to be a certain way and hating when it isn't. But, from an outsiders view, it is great work and beautiful.
  8. Wes Detrick

    Knifemaker Interview Series, a biography workshop

    This has been one of my favorite interviews thus far. I am glad that people like you are so interested in Historic metalworking. It sometimes hard to get a handle on just how amazing and innovative our ancestors were and seeing your work Jeroen, puts it in stark relief. Thank you for that.
  9. Basic tools that you will want: Stitching groover, stitching chisels, razor knife and a mallet. Lay the entire sheath out on paper before you ever cut your leather. When you are making a pouch sheath, you must account for the thickness of the knife when laying it out, otherwise when you fold the leather over, the pouch will be too small. Make sure your cuts are clean and without bumps or waves otherwise when you use the stitch groover your stitch line will be crooked and look like ass. Go slow when you are cutting. Don't worry about cutting through the leather on your first cut. Go slow and make sure your cuts are correct. Then go back and cut again until you are through. Make sure you use a welt. Make sure you coat the leather with something when you are done that will seal it otherwise it won't last long.
  10. Wes Detrick

    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    I will you what Adam, I am impressed by all of this.
  11. Wes Detrick

    first 2*72 belt grinder, question about grinding speed

    Yes, I would. Ceramic are great for hardened blades but the price reflects that. I do not use ceramic on wood, non hardened steel and non-ferrous metals. I use Zirc belts for that stuff. They are cheaper but still good for the things listed above.
  12. Wes Detrick

    9" western Chef's - Damascus

    I love this knife. Everything about it is well thought out and executed wonderfully. Nice work man
  13. Wes Detrick

    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    What are you using to make your cuts?
  14. Wes Detrick

    White Balance

    I will have to look for that custom white balance and use it in conjunction with the Lightroom function. So yes to your question. I get everything set up as I want, and then place the knife(or whatever) down in the lightbox, and then place the 17% gray card on top and take a few pictures, adjusting the aperture, shutter speed and ISO as I go until I am happy. Once I have take all of the pictures, I import all of them into Lightroom, and find the picture with the gray card. Lightroom has a function that when you push the W key on the keyboard when "developing" a picture(that's what Lightroom calls it), Lightroom pops up this little magnifying glass that you can move around. This is the white balancing function. The small magnifying glass samples the area of the picture it is hovering over and when you select that area, will white adjust the entire picture based upon that sample. So you just hover over the gray card and find the area you like and select it. White balance done. The nice part about this, is that once I have done that, I can then select every other picture taken with the same lighting and sync all of them to that first white balance adjustment. So if I take 40 pictures using the same settings on my camera, in the same lighting environment, I can white balance all of them at the same time. Very very useful. This is what that Sports photographer was doing.
  15. Wes Detrick

    Mokume Gane (a quick How To Do)

    Nice WIP! I have been wanting to make some and that seems easy peasy (which for me it won't be)
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