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Alan Longmire

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I love those, Alan. The spirit in which they are given, as well as the techniques to make them. Very cool, indeed.

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Awesome projects, Alan. I still remember the other one you made.

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Just goes to show, everything is better patternwelded....:)

I've never lusted after a trowel, until now.

If you can do a patternweld fillet knife I can do a trowel, then we're even! That is how I saw it, anyway...

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You cracked me up with the comment about "no welding rods were harmed." These are super nice trowels and reflect your expertise in metal working. I'm extremely envious. Thanks for sharing the procedures you used.

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Those are freakin' cool as hell Alan! All you need now are some some custom geologist's hammers!

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As you said: Everything is cooler pattern welded!


Very awesome work, Alan! I love to see PW objects in every day use. I love our craft, but I often lament that the beautiful, functional products of it live on shelves and not in daily use.


Could be because I'm reading Morris lately.





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Those are beautiful and super cool! Looks like a really fun project

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amazing , I'll never look at a trowel the same way again...

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Thanks again!


And some progress: #1, my personal one with the little weld flaw in the tip, is now finished. Curly ash handle with sterling silver ferrule.


trowel 1.jpg


trowel 2.jpg


trowel 4.jpg


trowel 3.jpg


Thanks to Owen's helpful suggestion, I am now designing a Gotland-style holster for it. Gonna be interesting adapting it for a double-edged blade with vertical carry, but I think I have it sorted. Give me a week or two to get it together. ;)

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Awww, they are cute , especially all together like that.

Are you going to make seax like holsters with brass work for them?

I like them a lot.


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My brasswork isn't up to the standards of the rest, but it gets the idea across. So: One Gotland-style trowel sheath designed for a flat double-edged blade and vertical point-down carry with integral belt clip.


AL trowel holster 2.jpg


AL trowel holster 1.jpg


and the back showing the way the clip is built.


AL trowel holster back.jpg


I also finished the one for my boss a week or so ago. No sheath for this one, but rather a display stand. Handle and stand are both rosewood, but I suspect the handle is Honduran rosewood and I know the stand is Bolivian rosewood. The handle also got an inlaid silver escutcheon and initials, which I left off mine since in use we often use the butt end to pound stakes and such, which would play hell on a polished sterling inlay.


GWK trowel 1.jpg


GWK trowel 2.jpg


GWK trowel 3.jpg


The last one isn't done yet, I'm waiting for the right piece of elk antler per the customer's request.

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