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Doug Webster

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  1. Looks like a perfect weight balance and handle shape for chopping through a briar patch or a bamboo forest.
  2. I finished up a mushroom hunting knife with red canvas liner and Yew scales from a 140 year old tree. The scales have 160 growth rings from end to end. When making the sheath, I tried heating it up in the microwave for 15 seconds. That was a really bad idea.
  3. I was fortunate to get a permit this year to harvest a pacific yew. I split the tree into bow staves and have quite a bit of wood left over. If anyone is interested, I can cut to 11 inch lengths and fill a flat rate box and ship for $20. Im hate to see any go to waste. It still needs to be seasoned and dried a bit. Send a private message if interested.
  4. Nice one. The best way to judge your design is to put it to work. If you are interested, I have some Yew wood if you don't like the broomstick Osage.
  5. Thanks everyone. I have researched and read many of the threads on the forum and just got a little sideways on this key requirement. My intentions are to use this pattern to make a draw knife for this year's KITH. If I don't run out of steam, I will cut the WI in half length wise. From there I can forge weld a longer section on the spine for the extended handles. Then forge down closer to blade width, refine the teeth and finish with a wolf tooth forge weld.
  6. Making my brain hurt so I got out some playdo to imagine what could happen. Very distorted indeed. I may have to rethink this one.
  7. I'm attempting to make a wolf tooth billet from 7/8" WI bar forge welded to high carbon steel. I used one bar to forge in 4 teeth per inch. Each tooth is 4mm deep. I cleaned up the forge scale and was wondering if I'm on the right path? I was considering getting some 3/4" W2 round bar and hand forging the round bar into the teeth. Anyone have some critique or suggestions I would appreciate it.
  8. Here is some inspiration for this year's tool in the hat. Maybe Daniel will sign up and make another ruler. https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/36911-pattern-welded-ruler-with-silver-and-copper-inlays/&tab=comments#comment-359848
  9. Alex Now that we've decided on shop tools can I put in a short wish list for what I need? Maybe someone will take pity on me and I can pay it forward to someone else on the list. Just saying that not everyone has a machine shop. I personally would like to ask Santa for guillotine dies for a Cloverdale guillotine. Next on my list would be machine lathed pommel nuts or a center scribe for marking blade edges. In return I could hand forge dividers, Kiridashi or bladesmith tongs. Feel free to kick me off the island. Doug
  10. Stupid question. What are the tools hanging on the steel rail in the photo labeled, "the plan"?
  11. Excellent! I'm amazed you accomplished this in a mere fortnight.
  12. Thanks for posting. NESM has been on my bucket list. Interrupted twist is really interesting.
  13. Sanded to 500grit then applied the mustard patina followed by a misting of gun blue for one hour. Wash then baked with flaxseed oil.
  14. Jake those blades look light and nimble. Quite the opposite of the fugly yard machete I quenched today. I made a leather D guard that is probably useless.
  15. Bjorn When you complete this project you should have it photographed side by side with the original sword. I bet the folks at the Chicago Art Institute will pea themselves. You're a bad ass Mofo!
  16. I really like the larger teeth on this knife. I have been researching wolf tooth patterns and I'm curious what dimension steel you started with? Nice craftsmanship
  17. Just Sublime! I have been toying with the idea of making a Saya from spacers of Birdseye Maple and copper epoxied together like a centipede. You brought it to life in the handle! Too cool.
  18. I have been itching to make wrought iron Dividers, Tomahawk or a Puuko. How about a Wrought Iron challenge with high carbon blade edge
  19. Matt I was just thinking I could repurpose the three atmospheric burners I already have. While I was cleaning up the milk can I did some measurements and I believe your correct. Milk can is just way too big. My side arm burners are used in a 200 cubic inch forge. I would need at least 3 burners. If I pursue this path further I will follow your original design with a blown burner and castable refractory. Now that I have the milk can cleaned up I would feel bad cutting up such a pretty vessel.
  20. Thanks Matt! Very cool forge. As luck would have it, I picked up a milk can on CL yesterday for $40. If you don't mind me stealing your design, I might try making one myself. It will likely be a 2 burner atmospheric forge. I will try making the shelf with wool blanket then coat with refractory.
  21. In one of the threads I found a video link to a forge that Matt Walker had built. It has a glorious fire! I believe it's made from a Milk Can. Hoping Matt might share some details of his forge design.
  22. Alder burl found in a clear cut from about two years ago. This should make a nice blade handle
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