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    I enjoy long walks in the woods and Umbo's art nouveau.  I practice yoga, Jow Ga Kung Fu, Reiki and poor judgment.  I love fine wines, scotches, cigars and useful art.  My favorite bladesmith is an inspired one, and soon it will be me.
  1. joel

    drawing

    Meerschaum is a very rare mineral, a kind of hard white clay. Light and porous structure of the pipe keeps the smoke cool and soft. The pipe itself is a natural filter, which absorbs the nicotine. Because of this peculiarity, meerschaum pipes slowly change their colors to different tones of gold and dark brown. This adds an esthetic enjoyment to its great smoking pleasure. The longer a pipe is smoked the more valuable it becomes due to the color change. Today many old and rare meerschaums have found a permanent place in museums and private collections. - http://www.meerschaum.com/
  2. Greg, Have you made any wootz kitchen knives?
  3. joel

    January Full moon

    Jake, you rock! It's inspiring to see you out there in the freezing temps, very Neo Devo Viking. Super How did it forge up?
  4. joel

    Play as the Way

    This is an interesting topic. Right here and now I notice a process my mind goes through where it is all to easy to see and criticize my personal situation or our cultural situation and fog over how to get out of the situation and to where I want to be. Even to the point of not knowing what it would look like when I/we got there. I'm sure that tribe had to go through a lot of history to get to their level of affluence, and how was that? What were the decisions that needed to be made? Joel
  5. That sword looks great! What materials did you use?
  6. So now that there is some experience out there in wootz, how does it stand up as a blade material when compared to some of these new liquid and particalized crucible steels? Obviously, wootz should be super plastic and tote a naturally serrated blade due to the laminating of carbides. This making wootz excellent for slicing sword blades and durable enough for heavy straight blades as well. Is wootz still the current pinnacle of blade materials?
  7. Like a partner with webbed feet... An attractive woman who turns out to be a man... A homely person with a rotten personality... Well, maybe even internal beauty can be subjectified by our own ego filters. So maybe true beauty is and has always been around us and it's our ego filters that remove us from it. I think that’s what a perfect blade is to me. An ego less, "perfect", expression; and left at that. Every person who has posted one of their works on this site has shown a piece of them selves whether or not they were aware of it at the time. Each piece posted has evoked an emotional response from me and has helped me to understand what I like in a blade as an individual. When I begin my own forge, I'll be able to take these experiences and apply it to my own work. That's a little perfect to me
  8. Thats gorgeous! [applause] Well done. I may not be a woman, but I have small hands...
  9. It's looking like it want's to be a darker, honey color to me. My computer isn't showing the picture to well, but from what I can see it looks like beautiful work either way.
  10. joel

    wootz

    Well Jake, here are a few forum sites containing copious amounts of info on wootz, aka: crucible damascus, aka: pulad, aka: bulat... Sword Forum International: http://forums.swordforum.com/forumdi....umid=13 The Crucible: http://pub14.ezboard.com/fthecrucible26870frm6 Primal Fires: http://pub53.ezboard.com/fprimalfiresfrm24 You could also do a wootz search on this forum for that matter and have acess to almost all of the same info. Good Luck and let us know how you do. - Joelm
  11. Hey Tai. Beautiful, pointy knife. You have a wonderful eye for simple elegance. I'm talking with Richard Furrer on the crucible forum about intentional patterns in wootz and how one would make them three dimensional or holographic. There is an example on sfi - Antique Arms & Armour - Edged Weapons from the Middle East, Asia and Africa - wootz vs. mechanical damascus pg. 3. Do you have any input?
  12. http://howstuffworks.lycoszone.com/sword-making4.htm Go to the site and scroll down to the wak... A ballance between the natural and contrived. [notworthy]
  13. So it sounds like a contemporary blade smith has fewer limitations then the smiths of old. How great is that, to have more room to stretch and experience consciousness. The world would be a greater place if... there were more blade smiths![ylsuper]
  14. joel

    Design Issues

    Dale, your knife is beautiful. I really appreciate the concept of usable art and your knife qualifies. Have you seen the knife Tom Brown designed? It maybe of slightly different purpose, but great for ideas and such. Keep up the great work. - Joel
  15. Very nice. It's great when you can recognise selfless and kind people like that. I wish there were more around.
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