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  1. 55 minutes ago, Alan Longmire said:

    Most excellent, sir!  Good to see you posting stuff.  I like everything about the whole package. B)


    Hope the smoke's not too bad where you are.


    Most of this knife and sheath were done in the smoke house, my shop. We just got a 2 day break from the smoke, a little rain, blue skies and was able to see the stars last night. However it is now getting smoky again. Hope this is short lived smoke this time.  I believe a few of the larger fires are still going. I think we the home to the new Smoky Mountains.....  Photo's were taken from my backyard. First one with smoke above and after it decided to come join us. It was like the second photo about 5 days. 



  2. I had received the piece of sambar stag in a trade for doing some heat treating years ago. The previous owner had removed a good deal of the bark before I got it and I removed much more. Back when you could get sambar stage for under 10 bucks a piece is when it received its nickname, pour man's ivory. Nice looking piece of bone. Blade was once part of a much larger drag saw blade, fittings are from some of the finest wrought iron west of the Rocky's. Overall length of knife is 11". Surprised myself that I had desire to try making sheaths again. First time for me to use leather over a wood liner. 




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  3. Around the middle of July I went to take the car battery out of my old Nissan. Lifted up the hood and saw this image. Shortly after I'd seen the baby rabbit and assorted rabbit parts up pops the head of a weasel. As soon as it saw me it got out of Dodge lickade split.  Next time I look under that hood I'll have me a weasel getter. 


  4. On 8/26/2020 at 6:27 PM, Cal G said:

    Ray I see the rainbow......... but where is the pot of gold ?

    Cal, You see the rainbow in the second photo? That tree top belongs to one of my huge Doug firs. The pot of gold is under this tree. My tree......

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  5. Was leaving the shop to call it a day Sunday evening and to the east I'd noticed a rainbow. Really, I was totally shocked to see the rainbow. Just didn't seem like it rained enough to be seeing what I was seeing. First thing I thought of was to get my camera. I was out for the next 45 minutes taking photo's. All the photo's were taken behind my shop. Both the rainbow and sunset were happening at the same time, just in opposite directions.  









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  6. James, you must be the other guy. 


    I actually drove a truck around a year way back in the early 70's. I was a one direction driver, forward only. Couldn't back up to save my life. Think I would have panicked seeing some huge fellow with a beard as long as he is tall carrying a tool to chop down utility poles. Glad to hear it had a happy ending. 


    Normally its a smaller fellow wanting a bigger tool but not in your case. Always enjoy seeing your work!

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  7. Made the original in March of 2017, a month before I had my right wrist fused. I believe I had a brain freeze when I made it originally. I ended up having to destroy the handle to salvage the blade. Turned the old blade into a more of a ulu'ish shape and used a piece of koa that an old friend had given me for the handle. Dipped the blade in some liquid gold and called it good. A buckskin wrap for a better grip. 




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  8. Here's a photo I took when I first started working on the bird. Made a few changes in the process. I was also working on a knife part of the time which I just now finished. Pretty sure the blade is W-2 with wrought iron fittings. The handle I believe to be caribou antler. 




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  9. 51 minutes ago, Chris Christenberry said:


    That's interesting, James.  I lost my ring finger, left hand, 7 days before my wedding in 2013.  Gruesome accident at the table saw.  You might say "I fought the Dado Blade and the Dado Blade won!" :lol:  (is that how the song went?)  My little wife said that was a hell of a way to get out of wearing a wedding ring.  The minute I got out of the bandaging, I bought a ring for my second finger.


    Raymond, I think your "bird" Hawk is most unusual and extremely beautiful.  What an imagination.  Good work.


    Chris, Bet that dado blade didn't even slow down or say it was sorry. Were you using an adjustable carbide dado or the older multiblade set up? 



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  10. 12 hours ago, James Helm said:

    That is a beautiful and unique piece, Raymond!


    How's your thumb doing?  I was just a guest at a wedding where the groom was completely missing an index finger due to a table saw.  :blink:

    James, Other than losing the feeling in the part of the thumb I use its actually doing better than I thought. Did burn it a little the other day and didn't feel a thing. Once I smell burning flesh I know what it is. 

  11. 16 hours ago, Brian Dougherty said:

    Beautiful piece!  How was the patterning on the wood done?


    This gives a whole new meaning to "Give someone the bird" :blink:

    The other bird is a lot more gentle. This Bird is a lot more to the point. First time I mounted the blade to the handle it reminded me of the old Heckle and Jeckle cartoons. 


    Everything was done sorta free hand but I did use a pencil and my left thumb to do the radius pattern before I went to the brush. After the paint was dry I used a scribe to scratch the paint. Its sealed with 4 coats of a floor finish. 

  12. 20 minutes ago, Dan Hertzson said:

    Really like this one.  Were you looking at any source images when you came up with the design?  Feels very authentic.


    Is it a "thru tang" with a rivet button?  How did you achieve the patina on the blade?

    99% of the time I design as I go. Actually did the painting twice. Normally the first time I do something is better than second or third time but I won't tell anyone. It is a thru tang. This blade was forged to shape with hand held hammer and cleaned up with a carbide burr in a rotary tool and then etched. Put a coat of paste wax on it and put it the oven to temper which gave it the dark color. 

  13. Think I originally forged this blade in 2009 when I made a couple war clubs and never got around to using it. Never got around to  using it until a couple months ago but shortly after I started working on it I had an accident when my right thumb jumped in front of the blade of my table saw while I was cutting the piece of handle material for this project. First time doing any  art work like this for me. It was a learn as I go moment. The half is 18" and made from a piece of hickory. The 7" blade was once part of a truck leaf spring Wayne Goddard had given me years ago. 




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  14. 6 hours ago, Geoff Keyes said:

    Sorry to hear about your thumb.  If you have other tools you're trying to move, The Lady Wife has a new job that will take her into your part of the world, making PU easy.

    I had a band saw that tried to remove my right index finger some years back.  I said some bad words, but still have the finger on my hand.



    Geoff, I'm not pulling out of knife making all together yet. I've still have the anvil I purchased to do demo's with so I can still do some tinkering. 

    The bright side with the thumb is it was still attached. The cut I received was more like how you would fillet a fish. I did manage to sever the nerve so everything above the cut feels dead. The blade just nicked the bone while the cut went down to the knuckle. Have to yet injure myself with my portabandsaw but I do find the blade sometimes becomes invisible. I would imagine if I did cut myself it would be a more gentile cut. When the 40 year old 10" carbide tipped circular saw blade hit my right thumb it felt like it got hit with a sledge hammer. I think shit was the first word to leave my lips followed by "HOSPITAL"! Photo is of my thumb 3 weeks after the accident. I'm holding the piece of hickory I was cutting when I had the accident. 


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