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So here are the results of the handle making demo from Saturday. There are two pieces for a BBQ set (Steak Flipper and Fork, Spatula coming soon) and two pieces for a fireplace set (Shovel and Poker, brush coming soon). I demonstrated partial tangs in a solid block of maple (burned in tang) for the BBQ set with domed pins and a frame handle with cocobolo scales and stainless frame and flush pins for the FP tools. The BBQ set has all 416 SS hardware, the Fireplace set has 416 SS guard and frame with a brass spacer.

The BBQ pieces:

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The fireplace pieces:

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Close up of the BBQ handles:

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Two close ups of the FP set handles.

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The belly and back of the frame is rope file-work.

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Everything was done with the following power tools:

Drill press, porta-bandsaw, angle grinder, Dremel tool, and a 6x48 belt sander with 9" disc (Harbor Freight special)

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Frame handles on a fireplace set? That's hard core, man!

Well, I was asked to do another demo (my last one was two years back on stock removal full tang knives) and I was asked to do handle making.

I had to think about how to make it accessible for artist blacksmiths who don't make knives. It occurred to me to add decorative handles to items that the regular smiths routinely make and sell. Maybe it gives them options for more embellishment and higher pricing. I also tried to use tools that just about everyone has, or can acquire without spending a ton of $$, so I had to leave the 2x72 and the fancy reversible, variable speed disc at home.......

All in all, it was quite the challenge for me to accomplish and demo in one day. Very enjoyable.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

http://www.dosgatosdesignsllc.com/#!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdJMFMqnbLYqv965xd64vYg

J.States Bladesmith | Facebook

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https://www.etsy.com/shop/JStatesBladesmith

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The write-up in our local ABANA chapter's newsletter came out yesterday.

 

azblacksmiths.org

 

March 2016 newsletter available on line.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

http://www.dosgatosdesignsllc.com/#!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdJMFMqnbLYqv965xd64vYg

J.States Bladesmith | Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/dos.gatos.71

https://www.etsy.com/shop/JStatesBladesmith

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