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  1. Great going Adlai! My wife uses a mix of Fire clay and powdered flint to make "kiln wash." Maybe a slurry of that to coat the inside of the stack would help. Plus I think about the only thing that will melt silicon Carbide is an electric arc furnace. Silicone carbide kiln shelves haven't been made in years but if you can find any the are just about as close to Kryptonite as you can get. If one could find a cheap source (think Dollar Tree, etc.)for SC oil stones (not AO) then one would have some building blocks for a crucible pedestal.
  2. Incredible and inspiring work Sen. Montejano. There are still in quiet corners a tradition and passion for skilled cradftsmanship that has been lost else wheres. I think that the knife makers has become one of the last repositories of true craft, along with the few remaining horologists and fine gun makers. Your acid etched work is fabulous.
  3. Wheew Alan. Busy hands there. Good to see productive time spent.
  4. Not bad, not bad at all. with a proper heat treat this would be a fine user. The one error many new makers maker, is to leave the edge too thick for final sharpening; end up with an obtuse edge. This looks like it is flat ground reasonably thin. 'should work fine then.
  5. Very nice Chuck. It's been awhile since I haver seen you post, prob'ly just me, but good to hear from yu.
  6. Very nice rendition indeed. I remember the Keith knife well. There was a write up by Elmer extolling the virtues of the knife and its availability as a subscription premium. The ones the gave away were pretty crude judging from the photos. Also something about the hooked rear quillion that alowed one to dangle it from a finger while you used your thumb and forefinger for something else momentarily, saved having to lay it down in the woods. For years I bought the G & A Annual every year back when they were well worth shelling out $7.00 on. I still have a box under the stairs with maybe 15 o
  7. 'Looks like a ting tang walla walla bing bang chopper Storm!
  8. Darn good there! A little refinement of the surface finish and it would be elegante.
  9. It is nice to see some pics of a framed grip. I am really looking forward to see it progress.
  10. Most excellent! I am sure it will be a life-long treasure for the lad, and such a fine thing for big brother to do.
  11. Quite charming. I don't regret the brass pins at all. I think they add something delightful.
  12. Hmmm...Swish...Swish...thud. Very nice Alan.
  13. Very nice treatment of the handle/blade junction, wonderfully elegant and functional.
  14. Great Scott! Those things give me the heebie geebies just looking. I understand that there is some variance of though if Locklaber axes were a specific form and what that was, or if it were a more generic term for pole arms of that region and time. Great work.
  15. Well. I like it a lot. It looks like a very good "user" to me. Not an art piece but plenty of handle for a good grip and a multi-use blade. main thing of course, is it SHARP?
  16. More than likely, excellent stuff Ray. I read tines, I thought of hay rake tines , but these are sure stout, sort of more cultivator blades. good score.
  17. Very fine Jake. How big is it? Blade length? Handle? How is the pommel secured?
  18. Frank, these are all great, but that "Missouri neck knife" really pleases me. No fancy ornamentation or exotic materials, but darn dawg, you have hit it just right. The simpler pieces are, I think, sometimes. the hardest to get right. If it isn't "spot on' your eye immediately sees the flaws. Simple has to be durn near perfect. Beautiful lines in the guard. One sees sooo many of these "swept" guards, very fancy that miss on the underlying proportions. This is good work.
  19. Dog gotta do what a dog gotta do! Both very nice pieces. Very nicely finished.
  20. Thanks Raymond for informing us of this. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
  21. Wow,I mean...just WOW. Masterful work. I am sure that will be going to a new home quickly.
  22. We did this in shop class in high school eons ago with two part green sand molds. Works fine. Part of the project was to make a wooden pattern first. I made a belt buckle and still have it.
  23. Wow, Alan, major ouchie there for sure. I hope it mends quickly. We all need a heads up once in while on what can happen, unfortunately someone has to be"it."
  24. That is really wonderfully creative and fun. Lamb and curry pizza anyone?
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