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Geoff Keyes

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  1. Geoff Keyes

    Question about welding a anvil back together

    If you cut it, you probably won't successfully weld it back together. OTOH, if you only have to take 5-10 lbs off, you could just use it as is. Another idea might be some kind of rail anvil, like I talk about here. You might be able to source a piece of track in country, but even if you can't, track is pretty easy to get here, and cutting it won't hurt it much. Geoff
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    One last new one

    Before ICCE. A little damascus sticker, dirk, thingee OL 11 3/4" BL 7 Fluted buffalo NS collar, guard, and cap Sterling silver ferule (recovered from an old carving set) Thanks for looking Geoff
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    Hunter and a Chopper

    Nice! I really like the hatchax. Slit and drifted, or wrapped? g
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    Doing some "production" work

    No you are not seeing things. I just went back an rewrapped one of the first ones. I used a lumpy leather and I didn't like the way it turned out. There is paracord, some rawhide, and mixes of hemp and cord, copper and one in elk g
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    Doing some "production" work

    I get bored, so I try new things. Without going crazy, there aren't all that many variations. If folks have ones I haven't figured out, I'd like to see them. A couple of the handles on the first ones were way to long, so I clipped them off and made one finger strikers out of them. Thanks Geoff
  6. Geoff Keyes

    Doing some "production" work

    I finally got all of these finished. These will all be on the table in Eugene. If you are interested in one, PM me.
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    Canister alternative or hacks?

    Before you spend money on things that may or may not work, (the steel rounds will work, but not all that well. They come under the heading of better than nothing.), read through these handy pinned posts. That should keep you up for a couple of nights. Geoff
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    seeking advice on my burner

    Without seeing it, and given that I'm really a forced air guy, I'm betting that the orifice is too large, and/or, you don't have enough gas pressure. We see this a lot, someone will come and say "I built this and it's just like X, except that I changed all of these things. Why doesn't it work?" Venturi burners are a bit fussy, and tiny things can cause them to not function. It's a hard thing to do with scrounged pieces. Once you get it running it will be stable, but it's going to pretty hard to diagnose via the internet. It also looks to me that your injector is not dead straight into the throat, and that might cause issues. Perhaps one of the more experienced Venturi guy will weigh in. Geoff
  9. Geoff Keyes

    Good inexpensive wood rasp set?

    Good and inexpensive......hmmmmm.........you can have good or you can have inexpensive, but the two together, that is a unicorn. I like a "four-in-hand", but I had a cheap one that I had to throw away, none of the faces would cut. I have a cheap set of HF rasps and I think they are way to aggressive for the way I want to use them. They just gouge holes in things. My advice is to pay a little more to get a known brand rather than buy a bunch of cheap ones, struggle with them, thrown them away, and buy the better ones later on. Often paying a bit more for good quality is the cheapest route. g
  10. Geoff Keyes

    Axe question.

    Be sure to block up the ends of the forge, it will heat faster. You need an exit out each end (venturis are fussy about back pressure) so you need to balance flow through and access against holding the heat. A pile of fire brick works just fine. Breaking down big stock is a chore by hand. I try to think of ways to do that without using all of my strength for the day. Yes, I have a hammer and press, but I still think that way. Keep us informed as to your progress. g
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    Help with Kris hilt design

    There is a ton of variation that I'm seeing. Many of them have a separate steel/iron guard/spacer, some of which seem to be held on by silver/copper/bronze "straps". There also seems to be a feature which might be a stylized garuda Geoff
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    Help with Kris hilt design

    This is a form that has invaded my design head space, if that makes any sense. Does anyone here have images of Kris (as a generic term) with the hilt parts dismounted? You can see from this one that the blade and hilt are 2 pieces, held together with a pair of "straps". Any insight into the notches and such would also be helpful. Thanks Geoff
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    Axe question.

    I realize the you already have steel, and perhaps the practice of welding the bit is part of why you are doing this, but..... Why not just start with a piece of hardenable steel 1 inch square? 5160, 1080, 4140, would all be good choices. You could also forge a nice thrower from a small sledge hammer, which saves you the trouble of forging an eye. As for your round stock. Slice a round and forge this Just some thoughts for you. Geoff
  14. Geoff Keyes

    New power hammer design/possible WIP

    You might also find some interesting design ideas here Geoff
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