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    I am passionate about education, family and craft. those are the things that make up the drive train of my life.
  1. Thanks to both of you, Josh and Daniel.
  2. I am deeply curious about methods for polishing and revealing the pattern in mokume gane. Is that something this tutorial might cover?
  3. That's nice looking. It has an almost oceanic look to it.
  4. Wow. That's just beautiful. Nice work on the bolsters, Scott. I really like the belduque in general, and I had not known the bolsters were welded on. That's pretty cool.
  5. Hi, Daniel. I'm over in Arvada. I get to smith occasionally. we might be able to chat or do some smithing. Peace. Brice
  6. Thanks a bunch guys. Tyler, no worries on time. I teach full time during the week, so it was largely academic for a while, since I wouldn't have time much either. James your directions are also well taken. I'll give both a try. So, more wood ash, less clay and maybe some sand in the clay to aid minimizing shrinkage. Let's see what happens. Also, I have to remember that I live in a mostly arid climate and that affects the way things dry too. This week will be good for those kinds of issues, though. We just got our annual average of rainfall in the last week. Best regards Brice
  7. hmmm. ok. Are there other basic additives I can use? Such as ashes, charcoal or something similar? I read that some japanese smiths use a blend of charcoal, clay, ashes and water. Not that sand isn't available. That will work. what ratios should I be looking for?
  8. Hello, Together. I have a bit of a quandary. I have been trying to mix together a clay slurry for clay-tempering some of Aldo's 1075. However, once the clay dries, it also cracks and flakes off, becoming useless. How do I not have this happen? Is it the mixture of the slurry I am using? Is it just the clay itself?
  9. Thanks very much to Alan and Chuck. that was exactly what I was hoping for. I had a copy of Fur trade Cutlery... and now I can't find it. Thanks again. Brice
  10. So, a customer has just asked me to put a handle on his reproduction of one of these critters, and I am curious about the methods that would have been used. I was originally going to use osage orange for the handle, but now I wonder if maple wouldn't be more appropriate? Would it just be two slabs that are carved out to fit the tang with holes drilled for rivets? Any suggestions would be useful. Thanks, Brice
  11. That's pretty sweet-looking, Geoff. I really like the forge finish on the body of the head, and the tacks work really well.
  12. Thanks for posting this Sam. I have struggled with tong making a lot, and this helps me see the mistakes I have been making. Peace.
  13. I would like one too, and now would be a good time. Keep us posted. How many are you hoping to have orders for?
  14. Wow! That's really sweet! May it see lots of use.
  15. I loved the videos... Highly educational and motivational. Thanks to you for putting them online and to Jared S. for having them show up in my news feed. They're awesome. Merci Beaucoups. Brice
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