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Joe Renner

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About Joe Renner

  • Birthday 11/18/1985

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    Irving/Yantis, TX
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    Women, metalurgy/smithing, music(playing,recording,mixing, producing and listening), martial science/fighting, beer, food... and other cool stuff.

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  1. If you can read this; you are, at least, slightly literate.

  2. And whereabouts in east TX are you getting these pine scraps? My shops in Yantis, about 15 minutes from Sulphur Springs. If they have quite an excess, I might be interested in getting some too.
  3. Yesterday I tried an upscaled version of your testing method with good results. Basically used a small steel trash can with a lid(with small holes in it) and a barrel as the container for the heat source, which was small sticks and fallen branches gathered from the property. We just tried to keep it hot, but not too hot; shooting for around 1000F. after I didnt see any more volatiles burning out of the top, I suffocated it and let it cool. Very consistant charcoal of good quality, good density and friablity. Almost all of it was useable, even, most of the "fines" were of decent size. I'm going to play around with variations of this method(probably using multiple trash cans at a time), as its easy and has high yeild.
  4. "First we're gonna get it nice and hot, put it in here and when I pull it out, it's going to be screaming hard"... Cant say that with a straight face.
  5. Where might your shop be, Dan? Texas is a great big state.

  6. Along the lines of forging in a modern and simple steel, I'd actually think its more likely a bad thing, BUT when you go back and thermal cycle it without a hammer, anvil and other odd/inconsistant stresses, you get rid of all that. Translating myself: When you normalize, the steel will "forget" all the awful things you did to it and the grain will improve and become more uniform and consistant. When I've made forged blades, the main focus in details is heat-treating. When I've mad stock removal blades, the main focus has been on heat-treating. They seem to perform about the same. I wish I would have been around for that trip, but alas, I was not born yet. Another argument for me being born in the wrong time.
  7. Ive noticed these things when making "fry bread". Ive used olive oil and lard. I could almost say both seem "thinner" than water at elevated temps. Lard seeming to be the "thinner" of the 2. They are both noticebly more volumous when at a good heat. Youve inspired me to actually check the temperatures next time I make frybread and maybe start to do my own experiments with oil as a quenching medium. Ive used it very little in the past, but Im certain it could come in handy for certain things.
  8. I remember reading something about this(oil temperature/aggressiveness) in a steel manufacturer or quenchant manufacter's PDF about heat treating(no, by no means do I remember which one). I always kinda wondered about how it effected sword like objects with clay, but have always been pretty happy, or at least, set in my ways with water. Thanks for sharing the experiment and please post pics of how the hamons turn out. My assumption is that the positive curved blades will be more defined. Im curious to see if thats *really the case though. What are your preliminary thoughts? Is there a noticeable shift in viscosity around 155F for the oil?
  9. Cool knife and good thread. Im very interested in this kind of history(a lot of which I think will, in time, become concrete). I'm actually fairly sure Madoc knew there was a continent to the west, just like Columbus did, because Europeans had already gone there and recorded it and communicated it to other Europeans when they went back to Europe. There is a lot of speculation that the Mandan met up with Vikings when they were(and it is known they were) exploring N. America, but its curious to think maybe they also met up with the Welsh. That would make them even more remarkable. It's also possible that the Mandan (or their predecessors) had met Templars that Fled from Europe. Another interesting Group is the Croatan/Lumbee. When they were supposedly "first contacted" they were speaking excellent Elizabethan English and had English surnames and some of them appeared to be mixed Native/European. If youre interested look them up. Columbus wrote in his Diary about passing a boat that sounds Mesoamerican on his way to the Americas. Nicotene, tobacco and cocaine(this ones very disputed) were found with buried Pharoahs... All plants from the Americas. Ancient African remains turn up in Central and South America, not to mention a lot of mesoamerican carvings look to have had African models. Lots of interesting stuff out there... or of course you could choose to beleive the world was finally united in 1492
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