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dennis mcadams

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  1. I spoke to Darren by phone today and his mother was just put in the hospital. He asked me to post this message to let everyone know that he will get all orders filled in as timely fashion as possible. He thanks everyone for their patience during this trying time. Dennis McAdams for Darren Ellis
  2. Ryan, That thing is a Beast!! if I hadn't already had one in the works... it would be worth a phase-converter to get that one. Dennis
  3. Alan, That's another sweeeeeet one! Hey is there any chance we could 'test' it out at Jim's??? There might be a couple of guys that can use a close shave on the noggin. Dennis
  4. Well now I guess I can scratch going to see Mt. Fuji off my list of things to do before I die!! It wouldn't be the same. And now I have a new video to obtain. Excellent work again, Walter. Dennis
  5. Alan, This is a far cry from a casual mention of " Jake and I are working on a pipe"!! I need to remember you have a gift the understatement. Who gets to keep it?? Dennis
  6. I'm a lookin for a likker store to knock over so I can get a copy too!!! Otherwise coming to a street corner near you... me with a "will work for a metallography DVD" sign! D
  7. Sam, I guess I'll throw in my two pennies. After having built around a dozen or so forges I prefer the blower driven type over venturi mainly because they are easier to control, more stable and somewhat easier to build. One blower per burner, they're cheap at most surplus shops. It really comes down to personal preference for most people but the durability of a cast or firebrick floor is a must in a production forge. I have used a commercially available 'ribbon' (actually two) burner in a forge I made that was 4 feet long, and used for railing work. They performed well and were fairly stingy on gas but when weighing the cost against building my own they lose. Going with cast or brick floor, wool around coated with satanite and top coated with ITC 100 gets you the best of most worlds. Burner, you pick, if power is a concern and you aren't going to use it in the wind venturi burners will do fine. Also as a footnote, I prefer the combustion pattern of bringing the burners in at a tangent instead of straight down or sideways. Good luck and keep on building your own stuff, it means more to you. Dennis
  8. Great work Niko, I really like the overall shape and the use of your own shibuichi! I use it a lot in my jewelry work and I love the colors you can get from it. Dennis
  9. Sweet stuff there. I like the way you are developing and changing the styles. A teacher I respect very much always tells me to design something then make at least 10 variations of it. It is an interesting experience as I almost always discover a new way of thinking of any object I'm making. Keep on inspiring us. Dennis
  10. Words to ponder... "Never play leap-frog with a unicorn" Hmmmm
  11. Interesting design. All the treadle hammers I've used so far have pulled down a much heavier head ( 80 to 100 lbs) rather than pushing up against the springs. I'd be interested in knowing how it works on hot metal. Let us know after a trial run. I admire anyone who takes the effort to build their own stuff. Dennis
  12. I got immortalized ON a bar once or was that twice!? Dennis
  13. It looks great!! About half the jewelry work I do is in mokume and I never get tired of seeing the endless patterns. While it does't have precious metal it's still a thing of beauty. I did some in copper/red brass (bronze) and I like it for non-jewelry stuff almost as much, and it's way cheeper than silver too. Keep on workin. Dennnis
  14. These guys have been flying like 'top gunners' for the last several days... I'll miss them when the head back south.
  15. Anyone from the eastern half on TN going??? I'd like to be there but am interested in carpooling. Thanks, Dennis
  16. I guess it's my turn... Conceived in Germany, born in the great state of Texas. I'm an Air Force child, we moved about every 18 to 20 months while I was growing. I spent the last 25 years as a tech. specialist on high speed duplicators/copiers and computer integration of the same. Eventually settled in TN where I plan to live out my days. Being on part of the (wifes) family farm 1.5 acres now someday soon 85 acres allows me to work full-time for myself!? Do we really work for us anyway? We live in a 100 year old one room schoolhouse, that now has more rooms, and is filled with family history. I fell in love with all things 'sharp and pointy' about 10 years ago and haven't looked back. I am a student of life and love to people watch. I feel that life is more about the journey than the destination. I am learning more about the history of blades, culture of weapons, and legend as I go. I consider myself a Scot by birth, a Texan by the grace of God, and a blade smith by sheer luck and force of will. It is an honor to be counted amongst the likes of people like yourselves. Dennis
  17. Hey Murch, I used to have a shop toad too, but when I moved he asked to stay behind... I guess he thought the new owner might try to kiss him. Let me know what happens when you give that one a little smoochie!java script:emoticon Dennis
  18. This a safe caurberizing product, and I'd like to get some... any ideas. Thanks for the help, Dennis
  19. This is McGregor (mac) he will be my shop cat.
  20. Brian, Coming from the exerience I have had in jewelry making. We encounter the same problem, annealing during soldering, and the fix for it is a simple machine... the tumbler. Looks like a rock polisher, some use them. Instead of grit you sub stainless steel shot of differing shapes. With this you get no surface change but in around 24 hours depending on the material it will work-harden nicely. Rio Grande sells shot, machines, liquid (for lube) etc. Hope this helps. Dennis
  21. Off the subject ... Tracy, When I was a wee lad I lived in Port Malabar for 5 years. 1968-1972
  22. A friend and true artist in wood furniture has a saying when asked "how much you askin' for this". His reply is always with a big smile "as much as I can get" Â Super Dennis
  23. Ouch! I'm reminded of stones and glass houses. We all need to support any and all artistic outlets for each other. Be well, Dennis
  24. For the sake of disseminating info there is an excellent list of metallurgy terms and definitions on the "Sword Forum" in a professional forum moderated by Kevin Cashen and Richard Furrer. The info is in a forum called 'Metallurgical Studies Question and Answer' the specific sticky is 'A Metallurgical Rosetta Stone'. Not Worthy Sorry if this is old info but I haven't been there in a while since this forum started and that one went the way of the beginner.(for a while)
  25. It has become necessary for me to re-define the scope of my work. Due to space (and living in a city) I won't be doing any large forging for a while. The point is I have a nearly new 335 LB anvil with the shelf on the left like the one pictured at the bottom of the photo in the link provided. I haven't even rounded the corners yet! So you can customize it for yourself. The price is $500.00, pick up only in Chattanooga, TN USA before July 26, 2004 Thanks, Dennis http://euroanvils.net/index.php
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