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Tim Tracey

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Tim Tracey last won the day on July 15 2017

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About Tim Tracey

  • Birthday 09/12/1981

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    Houghton, MI
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    Bladesmithing, Blacksmithing, Self reliance, Music, Technology, out doors, home brewing.

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  1. Tim Tracey

    New EDC's

    Hello all, I've got a few EDC's I mocked up. Same design and steel, just a different handle material. Any input is always appreciated. All blades are 1095 and about 3/16" thick at the spine, flat grind. Top to bottom, the handle materials are Ebony, Cocobolo (both heartwood and sapwood), and Ziricote. VID_20170813_201013.mp4
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    Seax in progress, advice welcome

    I did try one recently. A Honeywell seax. It didn't go too well.
  3. Tim Tracey

    Seax in progress, advice welcome

    Thanks for the input Jeroen, and the link too. I see what you mean and the "belly" of the blade. Well the next one will be better!
  4. Tim Tracey

    Seax in progress, advice welcome

    So the blade is done. I had a mishap and knocked the blade off the work bench tip first into concrete, I ended up taking an inch off the total length to fix it. Luckily the piece of birch I selected for the handle was a perfect 1:1 ratio for the now 6 inch blade. VID_20170701_191927.mp4
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    Seax in progress, advice welcome

    So I kept playing with different handle lengths and I found that I liked a 6:5 ratio better. It also extended the handle length to about 6 inches, which falls into more historical dimensions. John Cook, Handle length isn't an issue to obtain. I have several boards I just cut what I need. This will need to wait a little while, I don't have a drill bit long enough to do the job. Once I get the stock I need, I'll make one and then we'll proceed.
  6. I'm glad you shared this here. I had the opportunity to see some of his work with this recently and it's pretty impressive. It's great to see the results but also to truly understand what is happening here, especially since it challenges some preconceived notions.
  7. It's been quite some time since I've been active here, and I see I've missed a lot of good work. So of course I'd come here for the best advice I could hope for. I've been on a seax kick recently and have discovered I've been doing it fairly wrong. Mainly in regards to proportion. So a posting on a Facebook page reminded me that Peter Johnsson has done a fair amount of research on the his topic, along with George ezell, and Jeroen Zuiderwijk, and others. So I thought, why not ask here? Seems like a no brainer. This is my latest one I started on. Close to the Wheeler type IV, I began, on great advice of the previously mentioned, to play with Peter Johnsson's proportions. I think I may settle on a 10:7 blade to handle ratio. The blade length is 7 inches, which would put the handle at, including any bolster or plates, 4 7/8. The blade is thickest at 3/8, at the break. This is only rough ground and will thin out a little with the final grind. This is where I'm at currently, so any advice is welcome. I'm not married to any ideas at the moment. Though I am leaning towards a simple Masur birch handle with no other hardware. Thanks in advance. -Tim
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    Angle Grinder vs Leg - who wins? Graphic!

    Wes's wife is correct. There are also a fair number of nerves traversing that area (Popliteal, peroneal, are the big ones) I hope that those are intact. Heal fast.
  9. Tim Tracey

    First (solo) patternwelded sax attempt

    That is a shame about the weld flaw, however the overall exercise I'm sure was more than gratifying. I do enjoy the pattern than emerged.
  10. Tim Tracey

    Trewhiddle Seax

    Beautiful piece there Colin. While the blade stands out on it's own, the carving on the bolster and the handle really makes the piece pop.
  11. Tim Tracey

    A Sword Fit For a King

    Wow. I disappear for a little bit and things like this show up on the page, Holy smokes. That a truly impressive piece, congratulations on your work and graduation.
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    Seax in pacific yew

    That looks great. That yew really seems to fit well. Nice work. Also, George. beautiful blade!
  13. Tim Tracey

    San Mai Skinner

    Rob, Thanks. I don't have my other billet of this ready yet. It's welded up but I have no immediate plans for what it will be come yet. Thinking a hidden tang hunter. I'll post it once it gets there. The other work I've been doing lately is commission work, people up here like chainsaw chain Damascus (chainmascus as I call it). I think it's neat but probably not in everyone else's aisle of interest. Niaro, The nickle sheet is the layer between the wrought iron on the top, and the 1084 on the bottom. Not a newbie question, I didn't explain it well in my first posting.
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    San Mai Skinner

    Little three finger skinner finally done. Wrought iron, Nickle, and 1084 San Mai. Copper liners and birds eye maple scales. I haven't posted here in a while but I haven't been idle. Just made some stuff I don't believe you folks would be too interested in. Is all.
  15. Tim Tracey

    Type XV sword

    What a great piece. I can attest, it is comfy and fast in the hand.