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Joshua States

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  1. I cannot offer any advice on those grinders, but I can address something you said. My grandmother used to say "buy quality and buy once." Hobbyist or not, buy a grinder that will last and retain some after market value.
  2. http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/dungeon-classes
  3. Outstanding work. That burl is wicked. It looks like flames. A fine piece of work.
  4. What a very cool design idea.
  5. The Phoenix Art Museum has a current exhibit of Samurai Armor. The exhibition, organized by The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum in Dallas, Texas, features more than 140 objects of warrior regalia, with full suits of armor, helmets and masks, weapons, horse tack, and other battle gear. It traces the evolution of the distinctive appearance and equipment of the samurai through the centuries and examines the warriors’ history through works of consummate craftsmanship and exquisite design. Dates:March 1, 2017 to July 16, 2017 http://www.phxart.org/Samurai
  6. Smart man. Story: A young man is preparing to marry and he has some questions about what makes for a long and successful marriage. So, he asks his father for advice. Son: Dad, you and mom have been married for over 30 years, and I am about to get married myself. Can you give me any advice on what makes a marriage work and last? Father: When I married your mother we made a deal. She could make all of the minor decisions without any input from me or need my approval. I would only get involved in the major decisions. Son: That’s it? Father: Yep. I haven’t had to make a decision for over 30 years now.
  7. I'm almost ashamed to ask, but does this count?
  8. Jonas, I think the background works well for that knife, whether it will work for other ones, I cannot say. I will say that in my experience with photographing my own work, the background should not be very busy or shiny. Neutral tones help a lot. Try inserting a background that is more gray than black and see if that looks any better. George's advice about lighting is spot on. If you look at his first photo, you will see the light diffuser panel on his table top. diffused light is very important and it will eliminate those shiny glare spots in your photos. Nice looking knife too!
  9. Beautiful Peter. Simply beautiful. I was expecting a brown or tan color for that sheath, but the black will contrast nicely with the shiny silver of the guard.
  10. Thanks Kevin. I have Ian Ferguson's book and have followed it to the letter. I use 3/8" plates with 5/16" bolts using heat treat foil for the wrap and tissue paper instead of charcoal to inhibit oxidation. Getting the material to bond is not difficult, it's the patterning and forging that makes my life difficult.I did a WIP and a slide show on the process for cleaning, stacking and bonding. I had some really good results with nickel-silver and other materials (copper, brass, bronze) but when I tried using fine silver, it came apart during forging. On the bright side, I took all the scrap and made some shibuichi.
  11. You have me curious now. Mine is very brittle. I've been chucking it into a pile in the yard. How does one make this into a usable substance?
  12. Wow Mark. I really like that blade. Beautiful shape to it. Anxiously awaiting the progress.
  13. Very nice work George. The sheaths are beautiful and the knives are graceful as all get out.
  14. This will be stunning leather work. Thanks Peter
  15. As Alan and Aiden have pointed out, the tape has limitations. I typically wrap a blue paper shop towel around the blade and then tape it shut, like a temporary sheath. Once I have the blade done with hand finishing, it will spend the rest of the build time wrapped in the sheath.