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Joshua States

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  1. I think these are lovely and so is the sheath work. Bravo!
  2. Pommel caps or butt caps, whatever you call them, they are a classy finish to a solid handle, especially antler. Here I have two separate antler handled knives each with a pommel cap of 1/8 inch nickel silver. One of them looks much thinner than the other, even though they are the same thickness. The difference is the "thinner" one has had the edges beveled down. So if we take this thicker looking cap And thin down the edges a bit And buff those bevels to a mirror finish, it looks like this. How far up the face you take the bevels is a matter of personal choice.
  3. I have never made or modified a chair to make it easier to play. I don't play much anymore though. I am hoping to get back into it once I stop going to a job.........
  4. Looks like a great time. You look much younger in your avatar......but much more impressive at the forge! What did you make?
  5. That's likely because it started more than a decade ago, and the last post was three years ago. The custom knifemaking business has changed dramatically in the last decade Very true. The question still remains, what market are you in? That is the question everyone needs to ask themselves and answer. The rennfaire market is very different from the local hunting group, which is very different from the Chef's knife market, which is very different from the AKI collector's market. Each of those markets have subset markets that will bear different prices. There simply is no "one size fits all" method of pricing your work.
  6. Looking great guys! Nice entries this year.
  7. It depends. Different epoxy manufacturers have different formulae. What epoxy are you using? There could be a number of reasons your handle material craked over time. Many of us fail to realize that tusk is basically a tooth and it needs some moisture to be stable. Like bone, when ivory gets too dry it becomes brittle and shrinks. This shrikage leads to cracking. No clue about the paper micarta, except to say that as @Gerhard Gerber pointed out, much depends on how it was made. There is a lot of "micarta" out there which is little more that some material layered with colored epoxy or an acrylic substance similar to the stuff they put on concrete around pools, which is then compressed together. The original micarta was infused with phenolic resin, which is a thermoset polymer. This means it is baked to fully harden and set. This stuff is incredibly hard (think billiard balls). The limited availability of true micarta is one of the primary reasons I stopped using it.
  8. We have a cone mandrel about that size, (maybe 5 feet tall?) in the shop. I don't use it much for knives, but my wife uses it a lot for her artwork. I might try using it on the next axe head as it does smooth curves really well. The anvil looks great, the PH looks like a 2 or 3 year long project. What's he want for the coal forge?
  9. Stair stringers for the front porch. I could have just cut them from 2x12 lumber and done a conventioanl stair stringer, but I decided to go with steel. I did a small set for the wellhouse and it worked great. These look really good! Have you checked out these guys? https://www.northmen.com/en/products/woodworking-tools They have some wonderful videos on their YT channel. Here is one of them forging a wood chisel 11 years ago when it was still John Neeman Tools https://youtu.be/64389P8_r78?si=mR_gnzoi-oWx7NH5
  10. Have you considered making your own charcoal? Scrap wood is usually easy enough to find and it doesn't take much to turn it into usable charcoal. If you have a location where you can use a charcoal forge, you have a location where you can set up a charcoal kettle.
  11. Today was metal fabrication day. That means taking big pieces of steel, cutting them into smaller pieces, and then welding them back together again. For some weird reason, the photos keep posting sideways....
  12. I know it's been a while, but here is another special find. The melting ice released one final secret for us this year - an arrow with the quartzite arrowhead still in place! The fibers fastening the arrowhead are intact, and black pitch still covers the arrowhead. The complete arrowshaft is there as well, in three pieces. The fletches are also preserved - it looks like there are three! The arrow likely dates back to the Late Stone Age or the Bronze Age. What an incredible find! and the fletching
  13. Here's to another 20! When I found this forum in 2015, I was amazed at the wealth of knowledge and kindness that lived here. I've seen a lot of folks come and go over the last 8 years, but this is still the oasis of good will in the sea of grime out there. Thanks to Alan, Dave, and Niels for keeping the faith, and the fire burning.
  14. Cool stuff. I'm completely fascinated by the small batch smelting process. I would really like to see what your processing looks like.
  15. Very pretty. Yeah, tooling.......it's an artform all by itself. I love it, but I still don't get it right.
  16. https://www.instagram.com/p/CxTfoYirh2O/
  17. Very nice indeed! That checks all the boxes.
  18. That turned out rather nice. I have been watching Ragnorak on Netflix and the axe -itch is coming back......
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