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t cudworth last won the day on February 23 2019

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About t cudworth

  • Birthday 08/28/1972

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    wilderness survival, scuba diving, knifemaking, and my boys

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  1. I just finished this one for a friend's daughter that works on a farm and loves the outdoors. First time working with resin handles, but surprisingly fun to work with. I usually build a sketch with a customer, showing different options etc. I was a little worried when she wanted the pin design instead of 3 in the middle. I had heard these types of scales are brittle, but they were pleasant to work with, and buff nicely. Then the sad part. I had to build a casket for my little guys hamster. Simple pine, burnt with a torch a bit. My son put some bedding in too so he would be comfortable. Then cleaned up the shop
  2. Ive seen on a tai goo video when he quenches, he had a north marker buried in the dirt, and he always quenches north/south. I assumed at the time, and now im pretty sure thats bogus. Tom
  3. Hanging in the waiting room in my shop is a small poster that reads "when a task is first begun, never leave it till its done. Be the task big or small do it right or not at all." A saying from my late grandma dorothy. Tom
  4. My son and i went to iron mountain, michigan last weekend, and climbed the gigantic ski hill they have there. 500 concrete steps with a plaque on each one. One step said "there is no elevator to success, you have to take the steps". Tom
  5. I needed a bit more room for basic classes, and i dont have the garage built yet, so i decided on this leanto structure built onto the milkhouse where i currently work. Best part is, i had all the lumber up in the barn. Have to put the osb and rubber on the roof yet, but that sadly is not free. I had to put the end posts on big concrete pads because sinking the poles in the ground wasnt an option because of extremely rocky ground. I have 2 pieces of white sheet steel for the north end (the milkhouse is west and im looking north) to keep out the prevailing wind. Plenty of space for the forge and an anvil on each side. Probly not a straight angle anywhere but i did my best, and with another coat of paint, a roof, should be ok. Wanted it to look a little "blacksmithy", thus all the angles. For strength too. Thanks for looking! Tom
  6. So... my next logical question is- if i had too much corn the night before, would that make it damascus or pattern welded? Tom
  7. I second that Will. I wish i was too. I hate selling a knife to a customer without a sheath. Gotta keep working at it tho. So many different aspects of knifemaking, people don't realize the time involved. Leatherwork especially. I look forward to the day when my sheaths dont look like an accident! Tom
  8. That is awesome! Now i wanna sit down and watch conan! Super work Tom
  9. Doug, ive had theft out of our barn twice. I know who did it too, after i put head gaskets in their van for free no less, because like a dumbass, i felt bad for them. But now, different story. Been burned so many times, i have no sympathy. Youll find that in the dictionary between shit and syphallis (sp?). When i go to bed tonight i will say a prayer that when he got home with your anvil, he carries it to his garage filled with glee, and squishes his balls between it and the workbench. Then i hope it falls horn down on his foot. Im sorry im so bitter. People just piss me off sometimes. I hope you get it back!! Tom
  10. Holy balls Gary! That is stunning! The steel is incredible, but i really like the cross hatched pattern on the handle, and the simple swell in the middle of the handle from the top view. It must be a dream to hold. You sir, are like wile e. Coyote. A super genious! Dam nice gary! Tom
  11. Greg, im sure the others will chime in with their collective genious, but i would recommend first doing a lengthy search and some reading. There are some really great threads here on the subject. To me, a rr spike is less than average quality steel, so using superquench would be overkill? Not sure but i believe its designed for higher quality steels. As far as using "oil", i wouldnt use motor oil because of the fumes and impurities, i would use simple and cheap canola oil. Works great for leaf spring and 5160 which seem to be readily available when starting to forge. If you did use motor oil or trans fluid ,im sure it would harden, but you may get unexpected results. Superquench was developed for the metal industry for good quality repeatable results. Tom
  12. Alex, the wife and i were going to take the boys to gatlinburg in march for spring break, but it fell thru. But we replanned it for march of '20. I investigated the area well, and smkw looks awesome! I do believe that in the corner of their parking lot is an older gentleman that runs a small knife shop, where you can even make your own. That sounded like someone to talk with for awhile. Not sure about the food, but im sure you better put a vise grips on your wallet! Hope you all have safe travels! Tom
  13. Dam Richard, that is beautiful! I can only imagine the huge amount of brownie points id get if i presented something like that to my wife! Tom
  14. This isnt knife related, but it came to me right away- dont carry a transmission from the trans jack to the bench by yourself, you can crush your nuts between the edge of the bench and the transmission!
  15. Geoff, i love the blade shape! Sorta speary and cool how you have dark in the handle and the blade. And the flutes really add to it. Darn good job! Tom
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