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Lorne W.

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About Lorne W.

  • Birthday 08/24/1977

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    North of North QC
  • Interests
    Smithing, hunting, fishing, getting bushy in the bush

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  1. I have been working on a marketplace specifically for Bladesmiths and related suppliers of materials, tools, and equipment. I opened it up a few days ago and am inviting everybody here to have a look and see if you might be interested in using it. The site is here: https://lambowie.com If you want to sell click the "Become A Seller" on the home page and fill out the form. All vendors are verified, for those of you here that are a member in good standing for at least a few months I will take that as proof enough. Once I approve your registration you will be sent an email and you can start posting items for sale, there is no selling fees at this time. I will keep it free for as long as possible, especially during the current situation. At some point I will need to add a small fee to sales (3-4%) which is used to cover costs, my time and promotion and advertising to keep a good flow of fresh visitors. Buyers can use credit card or PayPal to buy and if you are a seller you must have PayPal and enter your PayPal email in your vendor dashboard to receive payments from your sales. The marketplace is mostly search driven so if you sell make sure to enter relevant tags to your items to make them easier to find. Tell The Story People love to hear the story behind the people they are buying from, as well as the story of an individual piece such as a knife or sword. I am adding the ability for sellers to write and publish articles and guides t the blog. Document a blade being finished and link the article back to the blade in your store. Buyers enjoy this and it also helps to bring new people from the search engines which is good for everybody. I am working on some new features such as the ability for buyers to chat will sellers directly on the site, listing stores by country and a few other things, let me know if there is something you would like to see added. There are a couple of smiths already using the marketplace and posting us some beautiful work, a few f you here may even know them I hope you like it and will participate in using it! Thank you to @Alan Longmire for giving me the go ahead to post about it, appreciated!
  2. That is an excellent deal by the looks of it.
  3. I now do just tar which is $30CAD per fluid ounce. Oil and pitch can be made on request to desired consistency. Here is a video I made this summer of me treating my leather workboots with the tar and talking a bit about it and how tar was used in the past with Russia leather. Tar has an amazing ability to waterproof while still breathing really well. It also resists mould extremely well.
  4. I am rebuilding this post (WIP) I cut a lot of firewood each year, all of it Birch. I was trying to figure out how I could utilise the tree fully as it seemed wasteful to put all that bark through the woodstove. Somehow I stumbled on an article about Birch tar and got very well drawn in by the process and history of it. Started making it and using it, and found it extremely useful and very good at treating / waterproofing wood and leather. It also imparts a very unique smoky smell that is long-lasting on anything you apply it to, Russia leather was well known for this. Wood Treatment Gives a very durable, waterproof finish with a patina type sheen. Repels all types of insects and is extremely resistant to mould and fungus, and the smell as mentioned is quite special. An ounce of tar is enough I would wager a guess to do anywhere from 10-15 handles of regular size. I will post some pictures of different types finished with tar in the near future. I have one fella that buys it off me fairly regular for his rifle stocks. Birch Tar: $30 CAD per Fluid Ounce If you are interested in anything to do with Birch bark just let me know I can probably make it happen.
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