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Steve Elliott

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  1. Looks great man, the tang has a really even thickness to it which I really appreciate, sometimes its so hard to do haha. Also love the oak, easy to find and I really enjoy working with it. What's your plan for a sheath?
  2. I love the look of this! I'm currently working on one as a departure gift for a friend. Ill be doing a similar look with the handle using black walnut.
  3. Dually Noted, I will be sure to tag you in mine when I do my build! I'm going to try a couple different techniques.
  4. Thats slick! I love bowie knives with antler handles!
  5. I just had a MASSIVE maple tree dropped on my property I'm looking forward to making a few of these bad boys!! What was you main plan of attack for doing the contouring on it?
  6. Either you are related to Andre the Giant or this sword was made for a small child! Very cool find none the less! haha
  7. I love how it looks like a topo map of a mountain range. Beautiful work!
  8. Update on the new forge build! I just finished lining it and now it's the waiting game until it's cured. Its not pretty but hey, it doesn't have to be!
  9. Only weighs about 7lbs. Once I add the legs it'll look alot nicer too!
  10. I really enjoy how simple the design is. It's a very clean look.
  11. New forge build!! So I made this one using a 7" stove pipe and 1" kaowool with a 4x9 firebrick (not the soft kind). I also did the venturi burner myself which is the only reason I test fired it without properly lining the wool. This weekend I'll be lining the interior of the forge with refractory cement (long live my lungs!), the firebrick will actually be set into the bottom giving my a slightly larger chamber. I'll also be making a stand for it, I will update with more pics when its done!
  12. Wicked! Thanks for the help gents!! More photos to follow of my next less sketchy (yet still pretty dicey) setup. Next steps will be side entry, removing the bell reducer and completing the angle iron around the sides and top. I did do around the base however I was pressed for time today and didn't finish it. I was all to eager to test out my new burner. Also I promise I wont burn down any buildings in the meantime hahaha
  13. Ok, before we all pile on. I know my setup is pretty sketchy, that's why I'm here. Temp seems to be high enough but the flame is coming out where the burner goes in. I was thinking about drilling a hole in a new brick to fit it in which might stop the fire coming back out. I will be beefing up the walls but for now I think they'll do.
  14. I know it will hold up to the pressure (I used the stuff on my hot water tank install) but how well does it hold up to the heat? I'm going to be building a new forge next week and need all of the tips haha
  15. LOL thank you guys but you've definitely over estimated my ability to make some things. I will practice on pine until I'm good enough, I'll use the files as well to see which I like more
  16. Thanks Sean! I will break out the old belts and see how they do on a test piece. Maybe spring for a god motor and VFD this year
  17. No, it's a pretty temperamental rig, I couldn't afford a good VFD so I made one out of an old treadmill motor and control. I either go high speed or there isn't enough power to run the belt.
  18. So I'm working on a few projects at the moment and I've already totally botched a few sets of scales. Both sets I did in purple heart, the first set I learned that my 2x72 chews off material waaaayyyy too fast and I just can't see it well enough. Second set I was using a file and rasp but I accidentally went too thin and it ripped a bunch of the grain out. What is everyone's favorite method of shaping handles? I wouldn't mind trying something that doesn't cost me any more nice hardwood. Cheers Steve
  19. Playing with my new camera, took me a while to get the lighting just right but I'm a noob to this as well as bladesmithing haha.
  20. In the future I would definitely take that into account, with this knife I wasn't too concerned about it since your pinky actually rests on the back end of the knife. I probably wont ever make one this small again, but dually noted. I may follow this post up with an improved version, maybe an integral guard.
  21. Well a long time back I had a buddy ask me for a knife, he didn’t care about dimensions or design he gave me total creative freedom with it. Being a very green bladesmith I went nice, simple and small. So I made this little guy out of a Willys Jeep leaf spring (save the blasphemy remarks for after) with a coffee petina and oak handle. The Jeep had been totally scrapped and I bough a couple sets of spring from the owner ($40 is a damn good deal). The kydex sheath I also did myself using a heat gun and gardening knee pad. Petina turned out less even than I had wanted but that’s what I get for no
  22. Welcome to the club brother!!! I too am a newb to all of this but I've found that the beginners place has a ton of great questions asked with all of them having great answers. the thread "psst newbie, wanna build a propane forge?" is a little gem I think you'll find particularly helpful. I started off with just a bunch of fire bricks and a tiger torch. its rough and inefficient but it affords me the opportunity to practice. Cheers!! Steve
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