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Jon Cook

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  • Birthday 08/17/1984

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  1. Here's the precosious younger sibling. I managed to quench and temper it today, so it's ready for finishing.
  2. Just updating on my progress of anyone's interested. It's pretty much ready for heat treating once I'm able to. There are little things that are off about it, so it's definitely going to be a "look where I started" keepsake.
  3. @steven smith There's a lot to unpack there, for sure. You should know that you're not the only person to ever feel like you do. Some of the details might differ, but you're not alone. So you know where I'm coming from, I'm in the middle of a battle with depression and anxiety that's lasted ten years so far. Not too awful long ago, I came way too close to losing that fight. Finding a way to finally see a professional I could trust to talk through things with, and a little medication made a huge difference. If you can find a way to do the same, I would highly recommend it. Just having an ally in what sounds like a somewhat difficult, if not toxic, environment can be enough until you can claw your way to better. The depression comes, and you pick at the thing you love. Feel worthless, fraudulent, hopeless, or like this the only good thing you have. When it breaks, it's a piece of driftwood you cling to with everything you have in hopes that this time you don't go back under, knowing you only have so much time before another wave hits. Getting the care I needed helped break that cycle for me. It's much better to do the thing you love when you've found a way to smooth the ragged edges of your brain. It always breaks my heart to hear that our school system failed someone. It's designed for one thing, and if you don't fit it, or your school can't afford better, you're out of luck, and that's awful. I've seen it, and lived it. Being a fish in a world of monkeys doesn't make you less worthy. Please know that. If you try hard enough, you can get better with people. Trial and error is the only way I've found. No one seems to know how to teach it. Mimic, follow scripts, examine and tweak, and eventually you'll get it. Your stuff is good, and I'll bet that it'll be even better when you get to a good place for you. I'm looking forward to seeing what those pieces look like. Best of luck.
  4. I'm there with you, man. If I'm lucky, I've got about 30 minutes every day to play with fire and power tool before the kids get home. It's a pack of sand paper this week, a chain saw file next, and I should just not buy anything for a few weeks and build a forge already. Knowing your timeline to really get going can be years is no fun. Perspective is key, I think. Every little thing is progress, to parrot everyone else. Just don't forget about lateral progress. Get a pencil and paper, and design on your lunch break. Tear up some old pants and make a few practice sheathes out of them. Any progress is still progress, especially with a new baby. Mine is almost two now, so I feel your pain. Staying awake through the day is an accomplishment when they're that small. Celebrate your wins where you can get them, and remember there's better times ahead. You got this.
  5. Bravo, sir, that's some serious progress. Your latest looks like a solid edc.
  6. Yeah, that's what I was thinking. I looked into it myself, because those things are freaking cool. The power involved is way beyond anything I'm comfortable with, though. Best of luck, then.
  7. How comfortable are you working with high amperage electricity?
  8. Psh. I've made stuff on a 1 pound block before. You just have to beat it like it stole your girlfriend's lunch money, and really like the sound of a one-note hand bell concert. (But seriously, don't do that. I gave myself a blood blister trying to turn a nail into a ring on my little block.)
  9. It's made of cast iron. Great for cooking, no bueno for forging. I have the smaller one, and it sucks. No rebound, already dented after what little I did on it, and it could chip and crack all over if you wail on it. The post Geoff mentioned on anvils has lots of great info. And even if you can't but a real one, there are a bunch of knowledgeable people here who can help you find something appropriate to repurpose.
  10. I let this roll around in my head all day, and a few more ideas fell out. Or, at least pieces of ideas. Purpose: Both of the self, and the created object. Do we create out of a sense of purpose, to seek it, or fulfill it? If the piece is never finished, it can't fulfill its purpose, whether as tool or art. Do we, as creators, owe it to our creations to imbue then with purpose, and ensure they fulfill it? Immortality vs impermanence: I believe on some level I'm seeking an immortality by proxy. What I create continues on after me, taking a sliver of what I am forward to touch others. On the other hand, all is impermanent. Star dust to star dust, so let the future tend to itself. Plateaus and mastery: Bruce Lee said something like "there are no ends, only plateaus to reach past." I am just beginning, so the climb is steep. But, in the works and words of men like Mr. Kelso, I can just glimpse what may be. There seems to be a point where the whole of creation opens to you, and the path you take is dictated only by the self. Hopefully some of that made sense.
  11. Always. This is a why I've been chipping at for years, and likely will be for many more years. I feel an affinity for metal I haven't figured out how to put into words yet. When I find the right ones, I'll be happy to share them.
  12. Making things out of metal makes my brain happy. Twisting, grinding, sanding, bending, and pounding are all good. Making something useful satisfies the engineer part of my brain. Those, and the opportunity to see where a thing is not, and say "no, this will not stand" make up my motivation. Right now, it's knives. In a couple years, it might be sculpture, or architecture. I imagine I'd fit the method to the project and my skill level with no concern for which one is "right."
  13. I'm starting to think that I want to do and end run around "hand made," and just call my work "boutique." The connotation focuses on quality rather than method.
  14. I was thinking along the same lines. There is a line after which we don't consider something hand made. But, if we go with Alex's definition, the blister pack SOG at Wally World is hand made.
  15. Maybe he was trying to explain blister steel?