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William Gray

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About William Gray

  • Birthday 03/13/1976

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    Pacific Northwest
  • Interests
    Metallurgy, Smithing in all forms, Beer brewing, The acquisition of knowledge. Passing on traditions to the next generation.

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  1. I'm assuming you used a form of resin in the handle. How did you get it so clear?
  2. Just finished this a couple days ago. Made from W1, handle is walnut. Over all length is 10 inches.
  3. There is a wealth of knowledge on you tube, that is if you don't want to pay for a book or don't have time for a guild or association. To practice do what my grandfather made me do, turn round into square and back, make 20 nails, make 10 links of chain. Learn how to upset draw out, and taper. I would also suggest once you feel comfortable with that make a few tools, such as a hammer eye drift. But start out with cheap metal like rebar. Ive ruined more than one peice I was practicing on and because it was rebar I didn't even flinch.
  4. The cross pein hammers are similar to the ones I've made for myself. Happy to see I'm not too far off of my design.
  5. My mark in the futhark runes of my forges name, H.O.M (Hand Of Man) Forgeworks. Thinking of changing it to the Ogham line runes.
  6. Adam, My grandfather and my highland clan blacksmith (both deceased) taught me how to smith. Both always said effort and power is no substitute for technique and the right tool. Now that I'm getting older and arthritis is taking effect, I have found their words to be very true.
  7. Try home depot for fire brick. They don't sell the white soft brick, what they have is ment for fireplaces, but it does work. With the burner make sure your diameter to length ratio is correct. It should be a 1:9 inch ratio. That should help with most problems. I didn't pay attention to this with my first burner build, figured it out really quick when the flame wouldn't stay at the nozzle. The burner and forge in the pic is still in use. The burner is a bit small for my forge, but it was a proof of concept. Plan on building a larger burner or building a new forge with two burners.
  8. I like it. I think my next blade project is going to be a Seax.
  9. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who smiths and brews. The great thing about my forge is it's only 10 feet from my brewery(stumbling distance). I regularly enjoy one of my brews during forging and a couple of dirty looks from the wife when she catches me, still doesn't stop me. There is nothing better than a cold beer while working in a hot forge. I currently have a Cascadian Dark Ale(Black IPA for non-PacNorth Westerners)in the keg. I find that after 2 to 3 beers maybe 6 or 7, my hand is steadier, my blows are heavier, but the room seems to wobble a little.
  10. Going to try to finish the hot work on the knife I'm making for the wife this weekend. Will be posting pics.

  11. Really slowly with a hand torch, holding the flame along the spine and working it back and forth.
  12. Thanks. Heated in my forge to about 1500 F then quenched in oil. I used an old metal tub and went in edge first. Trying to keep the spine a bit softer than the edge. I will say that spring steel is some tough stuff. The pins where an experiment i did about 6 months ago.
  13. So this is my first full knife. I made for a friend as a trade for a set of leaf springs. The handle is walnut and i made the pins myself. I know it's not perfect but I'm limited on the tools I have. I think i did pretty good for only having an angle grinder, a rotary tool, a cordless drill, and an orbital sander to work with.
  14. Done some cable Damascus myself, and Alan is correct. Most of the junk will either convert or come off with the flux. Pics are of the first knife I made out of 1.5 inch cable just expirimenting with the process. It was actually supposed to be about 3 inchs longer. I burned up one end and couldn't get it to weld.
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