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Alan Longmire

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  1. We'll miss you guys, and sorry about the circumstances. I'll be there as bright and early as possible for me, but since I am not the least bit a morning person we'll be lucky if it's around 9 am....
  2. There are a few folks camping, and a decent Mexican place two miles south,and all kinds of everything five miles north in Johnson City. We'll talk Friday, reservations can be made. And that goes for everyone coming. Some places will be tight, what with the other two events, but if folks want to congregate after hours things can be arranged.
  3. Whoops, I thought I had squashed that bot, sorry!
  4. Looks like the weather I ordered will be there for us! Crisp early fall temps, lows in the 40s, highs in the 60s, no rain. Bring a jacket, in other words.
  5. That's what I use on my board. I even planed one edge of the board true flat, but that's not necessary. I actually have two sanding boards. One is an oak 2x2 about 18 inches long with a divot near one end, used for smaller knives and integrals, the other is a four foot length of pine 2x4 that fits between the two vises on the bench for long blades.
  6. Beautiful! Looks like one I saw in the Museum of London.
  7. Want to demo the axe? We can make a slot for you Friday or Sunday, and demonstrators get 25 tickets for Iron in the Hat, along with the respect of their peers and the awe of the newer folks. It's a great demo, even the print version is clear and easy to follow.
  8. Spent the morning with a can of Ballistol dusting stuff for Show and Tell. Now I'm off to the shop to pack tools and such.
  9. That stuff is going to need a kiln to get a good HT. I don't know about that particular alloy, but many of the high-alloy medium carbon stainlesses need a long soak, like a 30 minute soak, at 1925-2050 degrees F before the carbides are fully in solution. Check out some of the testing on knifesteelnerds.com, Larrin has done a lot of work with these sorts of alloys recently.
  10. The guy who taught me to engrave uses 5-minute epoxy. Mix up a big blob on a piece of wood that fits your vise, set your piece in it, go have a cup of coffee, engrave, polish, etc, and when you want it to release hit it with a propane torch flame for a few seconds and it'll pop right off with no residue. Bondo (auto body filler) is the same idea, just takes a little longer to set. But, since your original question was to hold the blade for hand sanding, for that I just clamp it to a board by the tang. I can see where a big pitch tray would have advantages for certain blades, like all-steel integral handles, but it seems like more trouble than it's worth to me, at least for that specific purpose.
  11. Finished my competition cutter for the hammer-in. It's butt-ugly, but the point is functionalism, not beauty. The fit and finish is ghastly, but it had to be done this weekend. 1.5 hours forging and normalizing, 2.5 hours grinding, 3 hours for HT, 1 hour adding guard and handle scales, 3 hours putting the edge on it. All done by eye, no measurements taken except for a length check while forging to make sure it was under 15 inches. 5160 forged from 1" round, bronze guard, walnut scales with steel pins, 400 grit machine finish flats, 120 grit machine finished spine, 200 grit machine finished grip, edge polished to the point that 15 micron film leaves visible scratches that are only removed via stropping with white diamond compound on leather. It's one of those blades that's so sharp the hair pops out of its way before it even touches it, paper shreds cleanly with no tears, and leather parts with zero effort. If I did the HT properly it should do okay provided I do my part. I have no delusions of winning, but as long as it cuts and doesn't chip I'll be happy. I really don't like sculpted handles for cutting. They look great, but I find them limiting. This beast has a half-octagon section with rounded bottom and a slight indent for the little finger just ahead of the bird's-head end. I find this indexes very well. You always know exactly where the edge is, and you can shift your grip in midswing. You may notice in comparing it to the rough-forged pic from two weeks ago that it lost the coffin-handle profile in the grip. The practical reason is that a swelled coffin end like that makes for a hot spot at the heel of your hand during heavy chopping. The embarrassing but true reason is because I forgot it was full tang and not a frame handle, and the guard wouldn't fit over the end. If I ever get hold of more 9260 I might make a pretty one.
  12. For that matter, those of us who can will be there to set up on Thursday October 6 from around 10:30 to whenever. Anyone who wants to help is welcome! And anyone who wants to help with the teardown on Monday the 10th is even more welcome!
  13. The actual pitch is cheaper, but harder to use. https://www.ottofrei.com/Nechamkin-Medium-Green-Chasers-Pitch-5-Lb-Bag
  14. Seriously cool. From one steel wool couple to another.
  15. I dig it. The composite worrystone thing is way overdue. Genius, actually. If anyone can market that, you can. Power on, sir!
  16. You forget Jake is actually part Elvish with a strong Japanese background to go along with his native Highlands-and-Islands thing. Seriously nice stuff, Jake, I hope the venture treats you well. Those little Kwaiken-flavored ones are pretty nifty. I bet they sell first, at least to the younger set. Maybe call them sgian-to?
  17. If you want to bring some earplugs, go for it. We've got a case of 50 pairs of safety glasses on the way. On the photography, are you doing still only, or video too?
  18. I'm gonna have to clean up the list of PINs in the Beginner's Section, it's getting hard to find the new posts!
  19. It is! Absolutely gorgeous property. I also realize we haven't really talked about what to expect if you've never been to this type of event. Anything you've made is fine to bring for show-and-tell, or nothing, if you don't feel like showing and telling. If we keep the vibe true to the original Bowie's, it'll be a laid-back bunch of folks watching laid-back demonstrations, with the occasional side conversation off in the distance. There's plenty of space to spread out. If you want to play in the fire, there will be three or four open forges across the field from the demo area. Some will be used for green coal classes, but when those aren't going they're there for folks to play in. So bring tongs, hammers, whatever. We will have a tool vendor on-site, so if you need tongs, hammers, whatever, you can buy them. The AACB demo trailer we were planning on having, which has four complete forge stations with tools, is not coming due to a seized axle bearing. So public tooling is not going to happen. If you want to do tailgate sales, we'll have an area of the parking lot for you. Just tell the parking attendant (who may be me from time to time) and we'll get you where you need to be. There will be a few grinders. The guy who's selling them will have one available to play with, the others are personal property and not to be messed with without owner permission. My HT oven will be there, but that's for Curtis Haaland's demo only and is not for general consumption. We'll all have nametags. The general public who wander in will not, unless they decide to see what's up with us and come register. Casual observers will be able to go watch the free forges, since there will be more hammering over there, as opposed to grinders and lectures. Except for the forging demos, of course! There will be a limited number (around 50) of metal folding chairs on location. If you have a favorite camp chair, bring it. Otherwise, don't block the driveway, park where you're told, buy lots of food from the Lynches' Kitchen, and have fun! This is about camaraderie, old friends and new, and learning a few tips and tricks along the way. Oh, and don't feed the buffalo tarps or plastic bags, no matter how much they beg for them. There will be hay and such to feed them if you want. They're a bunch of big mooches. So are the peafowl, you've been warned!
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