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Joshua States

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  1. A little late to this one, but another option is to braze a piece of brass or bronze rod on there. Then when you peen it against the wrought iron cap, you will have this little gold colored florette in the center of that wrought. You could even use a center punch or a nail set and dimple the brass/bronze and make it textured.
  2. Some of the wood carver groups I frequent said that really tight grained wood is what you want. They suggested fruit woods.
  3. I finished putting my cucible foge togethe and poued the efactory. Built in an old BBQ size propane bottle. Maybe in a week or two I will get the burner fired up.
  4. Truth be told: I gave up on using this handle after I finished the haunch knot. I knew back then that this was only the practice run.
  5. Because I only show you the good parts! Today I indexed the pomell cap to the handle and set blind pins so I could align the design with the blade. I also cast a bronze rod and turned the finial from it. The plan is to set a ruby in the small divot on the finial. This is done for now. I will be doing most of this over agaian as there are too many little things that I don't like and won't let this out of the shop. Besides, I broke the handle and had to glue it back together for these photos........ I took a commission of sorts
  6. I didn't know if I should post this here, or in the history forum. I was familiar with his political podcasts and videos, but I didn't realize that he was a British Isles history buff as weel. I thought this was worth the watching. The title is pure clickbait........very little of the video is about the Great heathen Army.
  7. Horn tempura! Who would have thought?
  8. The fishmouth weld is not that difficult to do. The trick is making sure the inside sides of the V are the same length. Some folks say to curve the inside edges, but I don't think that's necessary and it increases the chances that the lengths will differ. A few years ago, I posted the process I use somewhere on the forum. This is the first one I did. and the process has worked for me every time on blades large and small.
  9. This project just keeps improving every step of the way. I haven't seen this one before. I've been exercising my Google-Fu and came up empty. Any stats on this anywere?
  10. I not sure if the carving is done, or I am done with the carving.....either way, here it is folks.
  11. Beveling, sanding, and smoothing is done. Tomorrow I'll add the grace lines.
  12. Crom, I have never prayed to you before....... This has been a wonderful build and I'm glad I got to watch the process along the way.
  13. What a long. strange trip it's been huh? This looks magnificent and the saya is to die for.
  14. Welcome back Peter. This year is aleady booked solid and I cannot add anothe trip. Otherwise I would be on that dagger class in a NY minute.
  15. Passion or profit doesn't matter. What matters is that you get as much good information as you can on the materials and processes you want to try. That link Dan M posted is a great place to start with Mokume Gane.
  16. Progress is slow and deliberate....... I think I'm developing a method and maybe even getting the hang of this. Just roughing it in at this point As you can see I started with the big knot around the Haunches Now I'm on to the fiddly-bits. It took a little while to understand how deep these cuts need to go.
  17. @Daniel Cauble posted on FB that he got some. I'm sure we will see something come from that.
  18. How long is a piece of string?
  19. Can you show us the bamboo handle material? There are some traditional single-edge blades from India that are really pointy like that with a wide variety of handle designs and materials. You could do something similar to a Kard or Pesh Kabz.
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