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Brian Dougherty

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  1. I've been enjoying this thread. Thanks! That looks like the exact amount of bend I used to keep in my sport fencing saber It is a nice clean curve. No kinks. Should come out easy enough.
  2. Adding baking soda to your water is another way to slow down the rusting during sanding. Still technically a chemical, but generally less threatening
  3. I've done a few roses, but none anywhere near that nice. Is the stem actually copper? If so, how did you attach the blossom?
  4. Well, I'll throw in a plug for glass cleaner as a sanding lube. I find it a lot less messy than WD40, and cheaper. I can usually get a spray bottle of the store brand for less than $2. What drips on the floor or my bench just dries up on it's own. Additionally, the blade is already degreased when I want to do a test etch on something that is pattern welded.
  5. You are using satellite radio to get to Pandora? (BTW, Metallica fans haven't quite forgiven Jethro Tull yet...)
  6. @Jerrod Miller Oh no! My wife and I both know what will happen if I step one toe down that road. 12 months later I'll be building a 3m long Tatara in the back yard. I'm weak I tell you weak. The whole stinking county is made out of clay, so there are building materials as far as the eye can see. My only saving grace is that there aren't any iron deposits nearby. I'd have to beg for chips and swarf from the local machine shops. Maybe they would let me sleep there if I offered to clean out the chip pans... My only hope is that J.Leon tries smelting/remelting the chi
  7. Dagnabit Alan. There is a reason I never open up the Bloomers section of this forum. Posts like that one will get me divorced!
  8. What Joshua said. Opinions vary, and a lot of people feel that learning to grind any way other than freehand will eventually limit you. However, I am more in Joshua's camp on this. Using a rest and basic jigs at first takes some of the variables out so you can focus on a smaller set of body mechanics. You'll know automatically when a jig becomes a hindrance to something you want to do, and you'll just take it off. One other point, is that your approach to grinding will evolve for a while as your skills improve. Don't get too set in your ways yet.
  9. Dang Jake, guys like you make me want to build seaxs...
  10. Impressive polish, even if the beer choice is questionable (OK, I kid and enjoy the occasional Mich Ultra...) Unless you have done some mokume gane before, I think you are likely to run out of time trying that. The learning curve is pretty steep if you want to make pieces that you can actually form into a shape rather than simple flatish pieces.
  11. You won't like the rivet look. Try the stitching, it isn't as difficult as it looks. It's another one of those things that you can learn to do in an hour, but spend a lifetime perfecting. However, IMNSHO a decently stitched sheath, even if done an an amateurish way, will look nicer than one with rivets.
  12. Yeah, that is some good work right there. Once again, your career as a craftsman is showing
  13. My bottom die is the one that moves, but my top die is about chest height. If anything, it is a bit lower than I like, but not difficult to use.
  14. Looking good. I understand the "It looks like it's just wrapped cord" feeling. However, when people hold it, you'll see them say, "What is this, leather?"
  15. Dude This is one of those things you will never feel perfect at, but from were I am sitting, you practice plate looks pretty darned impressive.
  16. Presenting "Haust Gjalda" We all know of Freyr, that most venerated god who brings fair weather and fine harvest. We also know of Freyr’s fine sword which, when wielded by a worthy hero, would fight all by itself. What is not so well know is the tale of Freyr losing this magical sword, and its eventual fate. It would seem that all heroes, even godly ones, have their flaws. Freyr is no different. He gave into temptation one night and creeped to sit in Odin’s seat Hliðskjálf so that he may see everything in all the realms. His reward for this treachery w
  17. OK folks, that's a wrap. (Pun intended) I'll post a new thread with final pics, and a justification for how this fits with the "Seasons" theme. In the meantime, I'll leave you with one last pic. Completed Project Post: https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/41131-haust-gjalda-a-miniature-viking-sword/
  18. Given the fascination that exists for traditional Japanese woodworking, there must be the equivalent of Roy Underhill in that subculture.
  19. Thanks Rob. I like your "Hobbit" project better I haven't taken the final pics yet. Stay tuned...
  20. I posted this elsewhere, but since you asked: This is an oak core (no "Genuine HIckory" available ) wrapped with a single layer of cotton string. The risers are pieces of leather cord. You can see more details in the WIP I'm doing in the 2020 KITH folder. https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/40326-mystery-project-for-2020/ The biggest trick seemed to be the order of operations. Per Peter's tutorial, I dyed a piece of 1oz goatskin that had been cut to size and skived on both long edges. I skived the visible or outer edge down to
  21. Congrats John. I've been wondering about your recovery efforts lately, but have been afraid to ask how they are going.
  22. Time to make your first board bow
  23. Yeah, I couldn't pry the $650 out of my wallet this spring for something to just try my hand at engraving. I was also feeling a bit nationalistic at the time and felt guilty buying something imported. I tried making a few cuts using a normal vise, and quickly realized how difficult using a fixed vise makes everything so I out my gravers aside for a while. I've seen some nice homebrew versions, but time has been short for that sort of thing. I'm looking forward to watching your progress. Some engraved runes would go well with your blade style
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