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Geoff Keyes

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  1. I think the Beat the Judges episodes are very instructive. I feel like it's a Master class, edited down to an hour. Ben Abbot is a master at time management. And that's what it really all about. I got time bound and made a decision that cost me the final. But it's like I tell people, if I get into a tough spot on a build at home, I take a break, get a sandwich, or work on something else while I figure it out. When you are on the clock, you can't do that. I don't know that it's made a great deal of difference in my sales, but it hasn't hurt. I got recognized by a random stranger just t
  2. Not that I'm going to change anyone's ideas about FiF, but as a show alumnae, I can say from my experience and from nearly all of the alumns I have spoken to, you're wrong. Yes, their intent is to make TV, and they make pretty good TV. I've seen them up close. The testing is as fair as they can make it, they're not out to hurt the reputation of anyone. I agree the tests are outrageous, but the fact that good makers can make blades that survive tells you where the edges of the craft really are. With the exception of Doug Marcaida, all of the judges are first class makers who deeply re
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    The Lady Wife and I have been building a deck. The deck is nearly as big as the square footage of the house. It's been mostly weekends but she does have vacation time she needs to burn, so we took this last week to work on it. It's been in the 80's and 90's but the smoke haze dropped the temps into the 60's, good construction weather, if you don't need to breath. OBLIGATORY KNIFE RELATED CONTENT As I was cutting deck boards I found one with a ton of staples in it. I pulled my EDC to pry them out. I then thought about what most people would think about using this blade as a pr
  4. We've been working side by side on this, and we're not even looking for a divorce lawyer! In the end, the deck will get a new hot tub (it had one when we bought the place) so we can sit out at night and watch the spy satellites go by. The deck has a wide open sky, so lounging in the tub is pretty much a year round treat. Geoff
  5. The chair is a carved teak burl from Java. It's got lizards and bird and all manner of things carved into it. It is quite comfy, if sort of strange. It needs a wire brush and a coat of oil. but it's not going to rot any time soon. Geoff
  6. The Lady Wife and I have been working on this. We started 8 weeks ago, working mostly weekends ('cause she has a REAL job} Still a bit to go, plus rails and stuff G
  7. I think this is what the sandbar fight knife looked like, and it's a full tang.
  8. They do make replaceable carbide scribe tips, like these https://hamptonresearch.com/product-Tungsten-Carbide-Scribe-Glass-Cutter-with-Replaceable-Tips-657.html
  9. I do love the way Osage burns in over time. I think the walnut will be subtle but nice. It's a user, so it will wear and change, I'm good with that. Geoff
  10. Forged this one as part of a demo, it's just been lying in the rack. NS guard bone, Osage and Walnut 6 inches to the guard 10.5 overall L6 is a chore to hand sand. Geoff
  11. Some belts don't like to be wet. It makes them shed all of the grit. Geoff
  12. There is a little story with this one. This is the end of a billet from several years ago. There was a weld flaw and rather than reshape the blade, I kept grinding at it until it was so thin I threw it into the scrap box to use in a scrapmascus billet. While looking for a scrap to use as a guard, I found it and decided that I could save it. It's razor thin, less than an 1/8th at the spine but still enough to cut. OL 10 1/2" BL 5 7/8th Mastodon bark, rosewood spacer, NS guard, black horn cap and abalone "eyes" Flame Damascus
  13. I think I've identified what the scam is. I'll string the guy along for a while yet. He wants to "buy" about 3K of my work, including a top end damascus piece. He wants to pay by CC, but is going to ask that I pay the shipper out of pocket and he will reimburse me. It's a no name shipper that wants a wire transfer of funds before pickup. I'll see where this goes, but it looks scammier by the day. Too bad, I could have used a sale right now G
  14. This is a piece from a couple of years ago. A fellow ordered it and then dropped out of sight, so it hung on a hook. I finally got up enough interest to finish it. It still needs a bit of polish here and there and some more Tung oil. OL 27" BL 11 Steel 5160 stabilized walnut and curly maple It's a total beast chopped through 2x4's with no problem and no edge issues, cuts 2 inch alder saplings in a single stroke. It is for sale, but I really don't know what to ask. As usual, thanks for looking Geo
  15. I'm asking because I'm getting a scammy feel about the transaction and I'm hoping someone will here will come along and say that either he's a good guy, or to watch out. His name is Wheeler g
  16. Has anyone here had dealings with a gent in Switzerland recently? I've got a request for some pieces, but I'm wary. Thanks Geoff
  17. I'm not a flute guy, I play stringed instruments (guitars and such), but what is it about this particular flute that makes you want to repair it. A silver plated flute is not a top end instrument, is it? Could you source a new head for it? Or is there something special about this one that I'm not getting? Before trying JB weld, you might consider one of the super glues (CA glue, cyanoacrylate glue). JB weld will be very difficult to reverse if you don't like how it works, whereas a soak in acetone will take the CA off easily. Good luck Geoff
  18. I'm sure that Alan will comment, but I found a piece built much like this in a junk store in Western Washington. Two cheek pieces, a bit, and a steeled poll. Alan said that they stopped making them in this manner by about 1820. This site also has some pics that shows construction pretty well https://www.furtradetomahawks.com/belt-axes---13.html Geoff
  19. It looks to be in nice shape. Hopefully Alan will weigh in, he has "The Book". "Older blacksmiths' anvils are often stamped with a three-digit number indicating their total weight in hundredweight, quarter-hundredweight (28 lb, abbreviated qr), and pounds. Thus, an anvil stamped "1.1.8" will weigh 148 lb (112 lb + 28 lb + 8 lb)" which should mean that yours is 158lbs +/- For an anvil that is nearly 200 years old, she's nearly perfect. She's got a lot of life left in her. Geoff
  20. I built a 50# power hammer in 2000. We cold bent the springs to shape (300 ton press) and then took a heat on the longest springs ends and wrapped them around the wrist pins for the toggle. We left them as forged, no heat treat at all. The hammer has 100's of hours on it (if not more) and the spring ends have not moved at all I think you'd be fine, but that is just my .02 Geoff
  21. Color is not your best gauge of temperature. The color changes depending on ambient light conditions. In bright daylight a near molten piece of steel looks grey. If you have to go by color, do your heat treating in a dark shop, cherry red is what the books say, but again, depending on the light, you could be 400 degrees too hot. Testing with a magnet is better, you'll still be a little high, but not so much. Better yet would be a pyrometer. You can get a cheap digital online for around $50. Geoff
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