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Bill Hoffman

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Bill Hoffman last won the day on July 21 2016

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    Coventry, CT
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    Knives, woodworking, making tools, tractors. I'm just an old gear head.

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  1. Bill Hoffman

    12th Annual Fire and Brimstone Hammer-In

    Doug, you're killing me here!
  2. Bill Hoffman

    12th Annual Fire and Brimstone Hammer-In

    Damn, I want to be there, but my oncologist says I shouldn't, not strong enough. Kidney cancer that moved into my lungs. Immunotherapy caused pancreatitis and I'm now temporarily on insulin for diabetes. But the lung cancer seems to be shrinking. Just spent 8 days in ICU. Enjoy the weekend. Good Lord willing, I'll see you all next year. Smelt away!!
  3. Bill Hoffman

    Lucky 13th - "Sami Influenced" blade

    For someone whe "doesn't know what they're doing" you knocked that one out of the park! Very nice. Your research certainly paid off.
  4. Bill Hoffman

    Thought fer the day, / add yours if you like

    When the little voice in your head says, "Don't do it", PAY ATTENTION!!!
  5. Bill Hoffman

    tendonitis/joint issues exp?

    Having had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands and a new rt index finger first knuckle (ain't science wonderful?) due to arthritis, I have several suggestions. First, use a lighter hammer. Using a too heavy hammer will tear up your joints really fast. Secondly, look up Uri Hoffi's videos on hammer control. He really isolates and protects his hands and wrist. Make sure your anvil is high enough. I set mine at knuckle height and tore up my right arm. I was talking to Don Fogg who suggested raising the anvil almost 4 inches. Presto! No more arm pain. Knuckle height if correct if you use a lot of top tools. Don suggested that I measure my arm movement until the hammer face is horizontal and then see how much too low the anvil face is. When I raised the anvil it was like night and day. Seriously, no more pain in my arm at all. Hope this helps!
  6. Bill Hoffman

    African blackwood

    Clarinets and bagpipes! Use at least a dust mask and a have a shop vac to suck up the sanding dust and carving chips. Alan's right, it finishes beautifully.
  7. Bill Hoffman

    African blackwood

    Make sure you work it cold, don't let it get hot when you're sanding or cutting. It can get real gummy. It is, however, a beautiful wood to work. Polishes nicely and smoothly.
  8. Bill Hoffman

    10th Annual Fire and Brimstone Hammer-in

    Count me in, I wouldn't miss this event!!
  9. Bill Hoffman

    Renaissance Sidesword WIP

    The sword is beautiful. I find it hard to imagine the amount of work that went into it.
  10. Bill Hoffman

    Dogbone Dagger Work In Progress

    JJ, Occam's razor, named for Robert? of Occam. He postulated that if there's more than one solution to a problem, then the simplest is usually the most elegant and the best. I guess it's the foundation for the KISS principle.
  11. Bill Hoffman

    Fairbairn Sykes knife

    Kevin, You can turn an oval on a lathe by using double center locations. If you're turning a large, heavy pieceof wood you need a HEAVY lathe. Bill
  12. Bill Hoffman

    10th Annual Fire and Brimstone Hammer-in

    Be heading down on Thursday. Will be available to help the set-up crew. Can't wait. This is the best gathering anyone can attend. I'll try to smuggle in some firewood for evening fires. And bourbon, Doug, Bourbon!
  13. Bill Hoffman

    Twin hand-axes

    If you found the handle wood in Ashford, shouldn't it be ash, not shagbark hickory?
  14. Bill Hoffman

    Screw Cancer

    Chris, Aline and I have you both in our thoughts and prayers. May G-d be with you both. Bill
  15. Bill Hoffman

    Trying to identify two swords

    Alan, I think you got it. KT sword, not Knights of Columbus. The first name on the sword is John.... Bill Hoffman 32nd SR Northern Jurisdiction
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