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James R.Fuller

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About James R.Fuller

  • Birthday 10/22/1994

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    San Antonio, Texas
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    Bladesmithing, Education, And learning about long forgotten cultures and traditions.

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  1. Is there someplace to watch Arctic Fire 2016? From what I can tell, it was streamed on Facebook, but I can't seem to find those videos on the Arctic fire Facebook page, anymore (Except one wrap up discussion video).

    1. Dave Stephens

      Dave Stephens

      Not yet, James. The production company that filmed it is still doing the editing on the video.

       

    2. James R.Fuller

      James R.Fuller

      Thanks, Dave. I have been DYING to see it. Unfortunately, I had to work during the event...:P

    3. Dave Stephens

      Dave Stephens

      Sorry it's taking so long. This is the consequence of doing this event for free w/ all volunteer work. You've heard the expression "Good, Fast, Cheap . . . choose only two." Well, AF is good and cheap. 

       

  2. 1. Brian Dougherty 2. Timothy Artymko 3. Doug Crawford 4. JJ Simon 5. Scott Wright 6. Wesley Alberson 7. Robert Dowse 8. Kevin Hopkins 9. George Ezell 10. Michael Lenaghan 11. Dan Bourlotos 12. Aiden Carley-Clopton 13. Mike Andriacco ​14. Emiliano Carrillo 15. Francesco Muci 16. Juho Voutilainen 17. Pieter-Paul Derks 18. James Fuller
  3. Just leave it open ended... Everyone can use whatever materials, scrap or otherwise, that they want.
  4. I voted kitchen knife, but I'm not totally for the "using only scraps" idea. Not everyone has much in the way of scraps laying around. Also, are we going to determine a size minimum or maximum? Or are we going to just do a free for all (I.e. you may get a pairing knife... you may get a butcher's knife).
  5. Cool! I had heard about cold welding before seeing this, but I appreciate getting more information about it (especially since I really didn't know much about it other than it can happen in space).
  6. If everyone is so excited for the next KITH, why don't we just do one for the next six months? set the deadline for New years eve. I know doing one over the second part of the year will be harder, due to the addition of holidays, but no one ever said we could only do one a year... Just a suggestion I also like the Idea of an eating set. that'd be a really fun and challenging project!
  7. Sorry it took me so long to add photos of my finished bowie, here. I had my sister in town a little over a week ago, and I had her take some good photos for me (She is a professional photographer). Let me know what you guys think!
  8. I say extend it, but only for one week.
  9. 1. Timothy Artymko 2. Chad Scott 3. Caleb Harris 4. Wesley Alberson 5. Kevin Hopkins 6. Alan Longmire 7. Brian Dougherty 8. Pieter-Paul Derks 9. Joshua States 10. Dan Rice 11. James Fuller
  10. Gabriel, I think that I'd have had less air pockets if I'd have cut the plastic into smaller, more uniform shapes. It also would have helped if I had cook it down in a mold, rather than transfer it to one after melting it down.
  11. I also rather like the pits... However, I do wish they weren't there at all... My wife is a rather talented artist, and we had planned on doing something akin to scrimshaw on the handle... the plastic responded quite well in the initial tests....But alas... even if I were to fill the holes with something, I do not believe it would be workable in this way... so I will stick with the rather charming pitting... Here is a pic so you can see what might've been, though...
  12. I wanted to use epoxy, but unfortunately, glue doesn't stick well to HDPE. I filled a few of the holes, and after it cured they kept popping right out... Hence the last thing I really need to do to this blade is pin the handle on...
  13. One more pic showing the whole profile a little clearer...
  14. If you couldn't guess from the title, I ended up using a Stanley wonderBar for my Blade steel. I know it's not the most creative, but my first try wouldn't harden up correctly. I'm not quite finished up, but I figured I'd post a couple pictures so people could see how mine is coming. Along with the wonderBar, I used a brass bar salvaged from a door for the guard and sub-guard, with a handle made from HDPE. Now... I sorta, kinda, mighta bent the rules a tinsy bit.... HDPE is what a lot of heavy duty bottles are made from. Some examples of where you can find it at a place like lowes would be: 5 gallon buckets, bottles of vinegar, bleach, and other various heavy chemical cleaners. I did use a few vinegar bottles purchased from Lowes... However, I also used a few milk jugs I had lying around, as they are also made from HDPE. I cut the jugs up into pieces, stuck it in a pan, and baked it at 375* for about an hour.. The material melted down into a solid lump, which was then pushed into a temporary mold Made out of a few 2X4s clamped together. It all worked out fairly well, but when I really started grinding into the plastic, I found a bunch of air bubbles. Luckily, I really feel like they add to the overall intention of the design. It is a really tough material that is also fairly light. It is also not nearly as fun to work with as wood is... Anyways, tell me what you guys think! Remember, it's not quite finished. Blade is exactly 8" long, 12.25 oal. 5160 steel Brass guards High Density polyethylene handle.
  15. That was pretty great!