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I am an absolute newbie and am unskilled but smithing already causes me to "space in" it is one of the few times that i can actually relax and not have all kinds of other things going on in my head. maybe in a few years I will gain enough skill to enter the hallowed halls of the fiery beards but alas I do not smoke and cant stand alcohol. either way I cant get enough of the metal work.

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So I am Guessing the accidentally lighting myself on fire doesn't count?

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the 'beards' has always been a funny one to me, sometimes when im engrosed in a piece ive had enough of a flicker to realise what it might mean, then Ive have a smile at the thought that if it really lights in the future, and I can properly slip into the place where the hands produce what the mind sees, when you finish a piece and look down with the slight confusion that you made it, and your not really sure how, that it may be alight proper. Not just pixels on a screen.

 

I just etched a small PW seaxy knife. I am in awe that I could have produced such a beautiful object. I begin to understand...

“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.”

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who ever makes high layer 'mascus by hand deserves and award. 15n20 is rather tough stuff to move. It forges like 5160, only slower (at least for me). -_-

"I have surprised myself with what I can make with simple tools when a definite need arose. I don't think a man knows what he actually can do until he is challenged."- Dick Proennke

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I can't believe you posted that!!! :angry:

 

 

 

 

No fair beating me too it just because I wasn't here to post it first! :o

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Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave. ~Mark Twain

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excl.gif Don't make the seax into sheeps excl.gif

 

I laughed so hard :lol:

“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.”

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Ohhhh, so that's what the fiery beard thing is all about. I really didn't think anything of it until one of the new members took down their profile pic with a fiery beard and explained why. So I was curious, and went looking into the whole fiery beard thing. As someone who is used to avatars in the twitterverse, I thought nothing of it. But, I guess a picture is worth a thousand words. I think I have a ways to go to be considered a fiery beard (even though I have a nice one) I have only burned the hair off my arms, and one eyebrow. But, its only a flesh wound. I will say though that I have a fiery heart, and it burns to create works of art made from steel, and other stuffs. I am quite obsessed with bladesmithing, I think about it from the time I awake and the time I go to bed. I don't expect a fiery beard at this time, but if I do not get one in 5 years I shall say NIH! If I don't receive one in 10 years I shall bring out the holy hand grenade!

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Yep! I thought it was just some guys having fun til I was informed of the requirements for entering this SWO (smithing world order). That's why I changed my avatar. Perrin A'Byara...one of my favorite characters from the Wheel of Time books. He is a master Smith that doesn't see himself as anything but a simple apprentice who wants to return to his simple life.

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So, I'm really into pre-christian European mythologies, I wore a Mjolnir pendant in Afghanistan when I was in the army, I've cast a bronze sword, and right now I'm working on a bearded axe, a monosteel seax, and two monosteel versions of the aforementioned bronze sword. Can I get some fiery hair instead of a beard? Yanno, seeings how I'm a girl and all...

 

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You will hear thunder and remember me, And think: she wanted storms. The rim Of the sky will be the colour of hard crimson, And your heart, as it was then, will be on fire.

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Work on that pattern-welding and you'll get there. B)

 

 

 

Is the grip on that bronze sword hollow like it should be? Always wanted to make one of those...

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Work on that pattern-welding and you'll get there. B)

 

 

 

Is the grip on that bronze sword hollow like it should be? Always wanted to make one of those...

I actually cast it as a single solid piece as that's how the original i based it on was cast. It's a slightly scaled-up version of the Segerstad sword in Vastergotland Sweden (about 3300 years old).

You will hear thunder and remember me, And think: she wanted storms. The rim Of the sky will be the colour of hard crimson, And your heart, as it was then, will be on fire.

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Nice one Dave! I had to keep mine trimed so as not to get in to the soup pot while stirring it! Then I got a gas range, and damn near set myself alight... Gave up on the ZZ top look and keep it less than 6 inches now! At one stage it reached my belly button, and was hell to keep it out of trouble!

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Only if he liked to forge pattern-welded seaxes and swords with the proper mindset. Of course he'd do it with his bare hands.

and without a forge, similar to squeezing a charcoal birckiette into a diamond.

Of the four elements, air, earth, water, and fire

man stole only one from the gods. Fire. And
with it, man forged his will upon the world.

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