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Alan Longmire

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  1. I think it was the Copper Cellar, something like that. Last restaurant on the right as you're leaving town going towards Sugarlands. It was definitely Copper something. Not, as far as I know, affiliated with the Copper Cellar in Knoxville, however. Looking at Google Earth Street view, it's not there anymore. I was last there in 1989, so it may have been gone for quite a while.
  2. Got that one for the first time yesterday. Not a clue why, especially the email address which does not exist and never did. But yeah, just back up and try a different way in and it goes away.
  3. Unfortunately they don't sell those in sets, at least not as far as I am aware. They'll happily sell you a whole box of each size, but for one of each you'll have to order individually.
  4. Looks new! Herman Boker & Co. was established in 1837 as an importer of tools in New York. They had (and still do have) strong ties with Germany. They were the first makers of Trenton anvils, between 1880 and 1899, when the Columbus Forge and Foundry company bought the trademark. So, that anvil was made in Germany, probably between 1899 and 1940. Boker still makes knives and tools in Germany. The value depends on where you are. Anvil-rich places like the U.S. midwest have cheaper anvils than anvil-poor areas. So, anywhere from U.S. $2 - $4/per pound would be about right, depending on how common anvils are in your area. Then there was the guy near me advertising a 90lb Hay-Budden in so-so shape for $1,100...
  5. The Abrams Falls trail is nice, if a bit steep. The falls are just okay, mostly because of crowds. Cable mill is nice. They found the head of the trip hammer that went with the old forge on Abrams Creek a few years ago during a drought. It was in the creek. If it were warmer (it's a bit chilly for June here in the mountains of Tennessee) I'd recommend doing some tubing on the Little River in Townsend.
  6. Looks good! Got a sort of Pre-Raphaelite vibe to it. Kind of Burne-Jonesy.
  7. I could have sworn we had a thread called something like "what's for dinner?" somewhere... I know I gave my recipe for salmon glaze several years ago. Basically a curry-maple vinaigrette, works on chicken and duck too. Only salt goes on my steaks, and that level of doneness is perfect. I grill year-round. I use the smoker when I can get to it. If you have a good smoker, next time you get trout smoke some fillets. No glaze or anything, a little salt at the table. Around an hour at 220 degrees, preferably with apple wood. You'd be amazed.
  8. Run away! It's a Harbor Freight cast iron anvil-shaped object. They make good boat anchors.
  9. Looks great! Burning a tang in horn smells delightful, no?
  10. Ooh, yeah! That's a lovely drive as long as you don't get stuck in a river of motor homes. And the Museum of the Cherokee Indian is very, very good. If you've got kids between the ages of 7 and 14 there's plenty of tourist traps for them in Pigeon Forge. The actual forge hasn't existed since around 1863, but it was under what is now the gift shop at the Old Mill Restaurant. Here's the story...
  11. I agree with Gerhardt. It's just subtle enough that it doesn't look deliberate. To me, of course.
  12. Unless you want cheap pocketknives and a downstairs full of cheap kitchen gadgets, Smokey Mountain Knife Works is a waste of time. As a native of the area, we avoid the whole Sevierville/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area like it was radioactive. It's not all tourist trap, but you have to look really hard for the reality behind the outlet malls and such. Gatlinburg has decent restaurants, but not cheap. My favorite one was destroyed in the fires a couple of years ago, dunno if they rebuilt. There are some decent antique stores between I-40 and Sevierville, and now that they've almost finished the road and sewer construction you can actually get into them. To experience what the area used to be, take Wears Valley Road from Pigeon Forge to Townsend.
  13. Thanks, Niels! For those who are not admins, the software has been bugging us to update for over a year. Since it rarely goes well we are reluctant to do it. Thankfully, Niels is a tech god!
  14. The steel will be some kind of shallow-hardening high carbon, either 1095, W1 or W2. Probably. The issue that stands out to me is that little point on the bolster. That should really be centered on the handle, but that's what happens when trying to fit a premade part on a smaller blade than it was meant to fit.
  15. I like the half-lap joints. Most northern European stuff used pierced pass-through joints for that application.
  16. Agreed the nick is too short and the pin stands out, but I see nothing wrong with the peening. I also like the way you relieved the edges of the spring/spacer instead of leaving it flush with the liners.
  17. Indeed! That asymmetric spear looks vicious.
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