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dennis mcadams

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  1. Way to go Mark. At the rate your turning out bloom you'll be able to supply several smiths for a while. I just need to get my name on a wait list for a little chunk of lovely home made steel. I'm a saving my pennies even as we speak. Denis
  2. Have faith and never underestimate physics. I'm not sure who said this but they were smarter than me, I'm almost certain.
  3. Jesus, Congrats on the fireyness!! I had applied for the "Sizzling Whiskers" status at Fire and Brimstone but haven't yet been acknowledged. I have a work on the bench that won't be shown til it's done... but just maybe I'll get the nod. I surely don't want it before I've paid my dues and earned it and then in the future who knows maybe a little fire will come my way? Sláinte Denis
  4. Dan, It all looks sound as of yet. I can't wait to see it run at your first annual hammer-in. Having seen a couple of this style hammer run I'm pretty impressed with the work output of speed vs sheer weight. They seem to be much more suited to working thin sections like um blades! Slainte' Denis
  5. Very well done Patrick. Being a firm believer in a well made tool I know what I want for my birthday, Christmas, etc. I can't wait for the release of your production. Denis
  6. Congrats on the press. I also have a P-5 and it can do amazing things to cold steel providing that you use a small contact point for the top tool. I tried and found some limitations by making a largish flatter and while it does work it goes in small steps but bu reducing the overall size on top you can get a lot done quickly and the added benefit of, you guessed it quiet. It's hard to find in my shop and a welcome addition. There are a lot of resources for tooling pretty easily made with a drill press, welder, and grinder, plus a couple of taps. The use of a socket to hold top tooling is highly recommended since the last thing you want is to mushroom a tool directly into the press tool holder. I've taken 1 inch shouldered bolts and cut off the threaded part and welded a tool to the hex head grind a small flat to index it if you don't want it to turn and get to it. I did trade some work with a local machine shop to accurately drill and countersink a couple of pieces of 1/2" plate for me to use as a base with T-nuts like Sam mentioned. Have lots of fun. Denis
  7. I guess I'll throw in my two bits. I don't know what Uncle Al's delivery sched is and he does build a nice press no doubt about it. I know Ron has a year already in the pipeline. You may want to look a little closer to home. Tommy McNabb builds a nice machine too.Look at http://www.carolinaknives.com/press.html Closer can be handy. Denis
  8. Heck I'd hit the plasma donor place if I had to to get the bucks for a professionally edited DVD. I'll do everything I can to further this concept as I feel that it won't keep anybody from attending a regular hammer-in (if you could call ANY of the numerous ones I've been to regular!) those who can go will it's simply too much better to be there live and the webcast idea is a great way to share with those who cannot be there in person. Way to go Dave for being so forward thinking. Slainte' Denis
  9. Very well done indeed! Knowing what I thought to be the ABS current reg's I'm pleasantly surprised that they were open minded enough to judge them on their merit. We need more like you. And thanks, now I have one less reason not get off my ass and get to work and submit myself for judging. Seriously. Good wake up call for all those, myself included, who find it too easy to say "well they won't accept my designs so I just won't try". Slainte' Denis
  10. That's a nice one Sam! You're getting better at that with every one.
  11. Weighing in. Having seen the raw stock that Gary had at Batson's several years ago the piece showed on ebay looks to have been smaller in diameter and possibly pressed. The pattern distortion around the edges isn't characteristic of the material to be drawn to wire as it would be consistent in size, shape, and distribution since no matter how small you draw it the cross section is always the same, if it's done right. If I recall the plans for the Texas SCSC would have called for the resulting wire to be in the range of fewer than 100 microns diameter but maintaining the original pattern, etc. None the less it's difficult to work with and pretty cool too. My two bits worth Denis
  12. Looks like a great way to spend a Saturday!! I gotta get over your way sometime soon for a smelt and see if I'm worthy to chop charcoal for the dragon!? Denis
  13. Having done the sand and etch steps on another piece I can rule out any effects on the iron internally. I spent some time thinking (not too much) about the fact that the "eye" we'll call it runs in the opposing plane to the saw blade travel though the work along with the blades angle of descent across the cut since it pivots from the rear of the saw. Regardless it's pretty cool as said. It's nice to know that this will have had eyes on it...
  14. I cut this an a regular wet cooled band saw the other day and noticed the pattern on the cut end. I don't know if this is the result of some sort of "harmonic vibration" from the blade or what. Any ideas? By the way it's going to be the pommel a sword I've started. Denis
  15. These high adventures are the stuff of wonderful memories Mark and I'm so glad we have you to embark on them for us!! I smell a big ore roast in the near future. Keep digging and stay hydrated. Denis
  16. You know Dan, this may be one of the most important roles in your life... it looks like you're doing just fine. Congrats, Denis
  17. As someone who hopes to make Tsuba from time to time, I have a lot to learn.... Great work Mark, I'm also curious about the technique for the texture if it's not secret that is. Denis
  18. I've been making a few engraving hammers lately all of them except for this one were just bits of tool steel rounds I had laying around drilled and ground to shape. This one is wrought iron with an O-1 face, a curly maple handle (thanks to Alan Longmire for the help on the finish), and yes some forging too! They are fun to make and don't take all that long either. Thanks for looking Denis
  19. Mark, That's really amazing!! As someone who works alone... well, all the time, and having nearly given myself heat exhaustion once or twice but just managing a good migraine instead. Do be careful that little monster can sneak right up on you and it'd be a shame for the world to lose you too soon. You have lots more to contribute. Keep smelting, Denis
  20. That's a design I'd like to steal sometime. Great work as usual Jake. Denis
  21. Wow! I don't think I'll ever think of cable in the same light again. Great job Jesus. Dennis
  22. Ahh, the non hawk... What a nice piece of work there Alan. I've been wondering what you're up to in the hinterlands. Will this little beast have a belt hanger? Great job. Dennis
  23. Sid, you can of course work this entirely by hand. It's not easy but you can. Having said that since I have access to a machine or two why not save my arm for the blade forging step. Joshua, this process adds carbon to low carbon steel or whatever you feed into it i.e. rebar, bottle caps, pure iron.... You can easily wind up with material that is too high in carbon for blade work so after flattening, water quenching and breaking in addition to spark testing I plan to layer and weld with a low carbon material as needed to homogenize the carbon level down to around 0.7C. Perfect for a clay coat process that should also reveal a nice hada to boot. Dennis
  24. So first a couple of observations. One: my P-5 fly press is too light to work this stuff full size even with extra weight on the wheel. Smaller top die yields breaking it apart as it's very friable at first. Secondly: This has got to be the coolest way to get carbon into mild steel yet. I'm still reworking my building techniques to get a more even wall thickness after only two runs I've got a pretty thin spot that will probably burn through on the next one. So out to make number three. Oh, because of an error on my part (leaving the pipe "model" in as the clay began to dry I had to slit it and remove said pipe... the furnace never survived the initial fire.
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