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Tim Tracey

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  1. Josh, really nice work! I forgot who said it but the essence of taking a tired and under appreciated material and making something bad ass out of it! I'll have to attempt one of these in the future. I've got a whole box of them just laying around.
  2. Welcome to the board. Its a wealth of knowledge and full of skilled advice from great people.
  3. Great tutorial Kevin. Definitely lots to take away from this, in fact it's made me question my approach in a good way. Thanks for taking the time for all of this. -Tim
  4. Hi Bryan, I am pretty remote up here in Upper Michigan, DragonCutlery is right, YouTube is your friend. There are some great tutorials out there that really show how it can be accomplished. Well enough for me to be able to do it without someone teaching me. Hopefully that can hold you over until you can find a reasonably local smith to help out. Good Luck!
  5. I thought I saw a John in there! Great video Daniel, I've recently been introduced to smelting and I'm hooked.
  6. So it's been a while and I finally finished it and took a few pictures. Thank you for all the advice, both of you! Of course, critique and advice are welcome. -Tim
  7. Hey Dan, that still seems like a lot of time . The last one I made was about a half inch thick (per scale) and it only one batch. It took about 15-20 min all together. I was able to start working it 24 hours later. Not sure why it s taking so much effort for your stacks, hopefully it'll be easier next time.
  8. Glad to hear all is progressing well, no pain is a great result. The stiffness will take time to resolve to the level of flexibility it will be able to get back to. Many little stretches during the day go a long way towards that, they don't have to be big stretches to get benefit. Until then, might I recommend the Dead Snow movies. Nazi Zombies in Norway looking for lost gold. I really enjoyed watching those. Good luck with the Physical Terrorist!
  9. So, it's looked really pretty good at this point. I had a near catastrophic failure with the pommel but I got around that, and man was that a happy moment. So I have one question for finishing the handle, I've heard a lot of contradicting information and I thought I should just put it to rest and ask the man himself! Lauri, what's you're preferred method of finishing the handle off?
  10. I always love seeing your work, there is just something about it that speaks to me. Thank you for sharing.
  11. Jantz makes some nice walnut display boxes. Solid and glass tops. If I remember correctly they are about $25. But I'm fairly sure there are several other makers of reasonably priced boxes. Good luck on your search.
  12. That's very nice! A very tight pattern that looks like a lot more than 60 layers. You got me wondering now, I've got a block of stabilized purple heart sitting around myself. Maybe it's time to plan a blade. Very nice work, a nice break from the mundane!
  13. Gabriel, other than the blade to handle size ratio I gotta say I'm really digging the rustic feel of this. A look I'm trying to cultivate myself. Well done.
  14. Dan, I count on the delam on the edges. At least for me I never cut all the strips the exact same so it's always a bit messy on the edges. Other than that it looks pretty good to me! How large is your "billet"? 7 batches seems like a lot to get that, but thats only guessing at the depth.
  15. Well done! It looks like he overal length is about 4 inches, that would make for a handy size for most applications.
  16. Some days, forge welding seems harder

  17. I think you're harder on yourself than you deserve. The minimal design makes it hard to hide anything, andyou pulled it off well. I agree with Niaro, I'd rather carry that any day. Give yourself a little credit and enjoy the result. Tim
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    Lauri, I've always had an appreciation for puukko's but since undertaking one of my own, its moved to a whole new level. great lines and great sheath. I can see the care taken with the detail on the blade and sheath. Well done.
  19. While I can't compete with a Lauri blade yet, I'm going to give it a shot! I've read that heating the birch bark to 175F for 20-30 min or so should help compress and bind the pieces together, but while in a jig to keep it under pressure. I am wondering if this step is even necessary if I compress the stack from the pommel and peen the tang over.
  20. Lars, that's some really nice work. I think that is the first time I have seen that style of blade with a micarta handle. Very cool.
  21. Thanks for the input Lauri. I just stopped by your page, beautiful work! I guess I'm getting advice from someone who really knows! On your main page, that first image with the birch bark handle really caught my eye, any tips for working with birch bark? I'm still prepping mine right now. Just hope I got enough.
  22. Pretty cool. what is the handle made from? I am digging that finish.
  23. Good thinking Buck, moving things around to be more efficient and reduce the potential for risk should help with some re-occurrence of the same injury. Owen, you made a good point. Not everyone is the same and there isn't one solution for everyone. What works for me, may not work for you. Just pay attention to what your body is telling you.
  24. I guess I found this thread a little late in the game. Not because I'm hurting but because all of you have in the past, or currently are! My background is in Physical Therapy and I cringe when I hear people with tendonitis of any sort or even worse injuries, especially when it's this lot. Long story short. There is no magic to this, there is no cure all, and there are no quick fixes. Without proper technique, set up, and care, you will hurt yourself. This profession/hobby is a physical one, and if you don't care for yourself and pay attention to the aches and pains, it will result in the complaints I am seeing here. Tendonitis of any sort is considered a chronic injury, meaning it takes a long time to develop, and a long time to heal. This also means, that if you are hurting when working, STOP. You will make it worse. Pay attention to your body, how you are working, and if possible avoid the pain, even the motions that cause the pain. Everyone knows the joke, "Doctor, it hurts when I do this." Well then, don't do that!" the doctor replies. It sounds stupid but the logic still applies. Pain is the bodies way of saying something is currently wrong, not something will eventually go wrong. Listen to the pain, you're body is smarter than you think. I apologize for the essay but tendonitis is preventable, and it starts with education and respecting your body. If you have tendonitis, it's likely your own fault and you really need to reevaluate how you are working. Whether it's your hammer weight, handle shape, height of the anvil, day job, amount of hammering, technique, or even the total amount of work you are doing, I think that everyone should take a moment to think about how their set up is right now. I promise you that you will find a way to improve.
  25. I agree with most of the folks here, I normally back off a tad from what the instructions say (It's been a while so I can't recall exactly) but the biggest factor for me was the ambient temp, and direct sunlight. I tended to make the stuff in the cooler temps just to make life easier. Hope you got it dialed in now!
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