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Jay Von Ahsen

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  1. Thanks for sharing this! I'm so new to this I haven't even fired up my forge yet, but truly enjoying the education I'm receiving through posts like this until spring. The ability to actually alter the structure of steel is fascinating to me, and I'm slowly learning how to work it to your advantage. Thx again for posting....does this mean I can send my 1st project to you for microscopic constructive criticism lol?
  2. Definitely another option! Over the years I've had the pleasure of partaking in quite a variety of hobbies...ranging from R/C planes & vehicles to Civil War reenacting training horses for cavalry. It has taught me you can get pretty ingenuitive with limited resources, and on the occasion something actually works gives me a great sense of satisfaction. Also with my career being in the construction industry, I've accumulated a fairly extensive network in many trades and feel I've just begun peeling the layers of an onion looking for some diamonds in the rough! If I manage to engineer someth
  3. Brian, I did a little investigating & it makes complete sense about the vacuuming process & outcomes. Definitely will be in our shop someday, but for now my wife & I have reached our startup budget and will be added to the "future additions" list as our skills increase. Thanks for sharing some wisdom through experience with me!
  4. Alan, 10-4 I was thinking about that... just like repairing a crack in concrete with hydro-cement, makes a sort of cleat. Thx for the tip. Brian, the big gun cool kid says you built a vacuum tank? I was thinking about a simple brake bleeder pump & big-mouthed mason jar rig, might not be fancy but probably give it a try. Do you use a commercial stabilizer or home concoction?
  5. Glad you guys have a sense of humor! When I was stalking this site as a guest I noticed Alan is an administrator and when reading your comments saw how many contributions Brian had made, I considered you guys "big guns" lol! Thank you both for clarifying, I do my best to search existing information so as not ask redundant questions but came up a little empty handed. Brian, the technique I'm speaking about is simply using one of my wood carving v-tools to cut small veins and fill/pour during the final stages of handle finishing. I plan on making a redneck vacuum sealer & stabilizing my
  6. Wow, my 1st post on here and the big guns come out lol! Ok so common consensus is to stabilize 1st, makes sense as it will help "crisp" the contrast & definition by sealing the pours. My main concern is the glue from the glue-up filling any voids before I can "inject/fill" them with colored product that will match the veining I do with a carving veining tool. Alan, you mentioned inlace acryster, I though that was a type of pre-made scale? Or are you recommending an acrylic product in lieu of epoxy? Brian, please correct me if I'm misunderstanding, is the technique I described with a veinin
  7. Been dreaming about some designs & looking at spalted wood (specifically Tamarind). I would like to due some decorative veining following the natural spalt lines & filling with colored epoxy after the scales have been glued, pinned & majority of shaping complete. I'm actually hoping to get some stock with a few voids that can be filled with said epoxy and revealed in the shaping stages. My question is, should I stabilize the scales before filling voids? After? At all? This would be for a chef's knife, so not subject to batoning or other abusive handling lol!
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