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Multi-bar Seax w/ Carved Moose Antler & Blackwood


Dave Stephens

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Nice pattern development / grind point on the twists. And the stone too! ;)

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All:

 

Thanks very much indeed for all the positive comments.

 

Jul, Thanks especially for you instruction on bezels, etc. during AF. I'm afraid I screwed this one up a little in the rounding over of the edge, but it seems stuck in place securely enough, so I'm pleased (since at least five of its brothers lay lost on the shop floor after escaping their little silver cages!).

 

Of course, with every success . . . the scabbard I molded and clamped last night somehow got a dusting of steel dust and developed leather acne overnight: a total reboot. Ah well. Humility and patience are two rewards from this craft, right?

 

Grins,

 

Dave

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Here are some shots of how the hilt is constructed. Given the fiddly nature of the multi-part grip, it took a lot of alignment pins, etc. Pain in the butt, really.

 

Oh . . . and a shot of my workbench: Just to dispel the myth that my workshop is always tidy!

 

Dave

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"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly." -- Theodore Roosevelt

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Thanks again, all. It truly means a lot to me.

 

Jim: Thanks especially. If carving was a required class in school, I would have been in "Special Education" for it. Still, I'm determined to make a go of it.

 

Peter: Thanks so much. I greatly admire your work, so your compliment means a great deal.

 

Dave

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"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly." -- Theodore Roosevelt

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Beautifully executed, Dave. The stark contrast between the brass,blackwood, and antler is incredibly attractive.And I love the broad blade profile. It's also fantastic to see someone doing a more elaborate hilt on a seax. So often I see gorgeous and complex blades with extremely simple hilts in comparison. It was interesting to see the progress pictures, I didn't imagine the tang being so off- centered like that.

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That's great! The blade is so unique and robust, it's quite a statement.

Please come and waste some otherwise perfectly good time, looking at my knives!

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