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Really nice job on that desk @Don Abbott

I had a desk that that all through elementary school, except the ones we used, had an inkwell in the upper righthand corner. Yes, I am that old!

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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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1 hour ago, Joshua States said:

I had a desk that that all through elementary school, except the ones we used, had an inkwell in the upper righthand corner. Yes, I am that old!

 

I had one like that too (minus the inkwell, those were down in the basement of my ca. 1936 schoolhouse), but that's just because the Knox County, TN school system didn't modernize anything until well into the 1980s.  :lol: We could sit in desks that bore our parents' carved initials from the 1950s.  The janitor never stripped the floors, he just added a fresh coat of wax every month, so there was about 1/4" of wax buildup over the folded cardboard shims that kept the bookcase in the 5th grade classroom level since around 1940...

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Blount Co., TN here... Townsend Elementary 1970-76

 

Coal furnace for heat and no AC.

A 10x10' cinder block square outside the end of the building to burn the trash.

 

I probably ingested enough lead paint to deflect radiation.

 

I still prefer it to the modern equivalent.

 

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Yeah, Blount County was always a little behind, not that that's a bad thing. :lol: In Corryton we had the coal furnace and no A/C, but we did have an actual asbestos-lined steel incinerator upwind of the ball field.  Uptown, I tell you!  

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16 hours ago, Don Abbott said:

I still prefer it to the modern equivalent.

I'm wondering if it's the paint or the school you prefer.........

“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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5 hours ago, Joshua States said:

I'm wondering if it's the paint or the school you prefer.........

Ha! I meant the schools, but both now that I think of it. That green government paint wasn't much to look at, but it sure held up well.

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Haven't been to busy knife-making lately I work outside in Phoenix(hot). Here's an integral W-1. Hopefully I can finish it up tomorrow. 3.5×1.25 inch round bar.

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Fired up the forge for the first time in around 3 years I guess. Gotta make a bunch of blacksmiths knives for groomsmen gifts I almost got 2 forged out but I think I'll end up unbending and trying to get just another 1/2" of handle or so and clean up the inside before wrapping them back up. The bigger one could use some refinement all around really. Shows im a little rusty. Hoping to make 2 more next weekend then 2 more after that. And a chef's knife after that. 

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Zeb! I am so happy to see that the rumors of your quitting the bladesmith game were largely exagerated.

Good to see you back at the anvil. You still got it man.

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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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Thanks Joshua! Ive enjoyed seeing your stuff on fb. Gives me the itch to get back to it. I'm not actually sure what I've told people at this point lol. So much has changed I couldn't call it myself. I had thoughts of selling at one point because my singlewide that I'm living in was such a dump even just a year ago. I was very anxious too. I had thoughts of "what if I only make knives to get attention?". Then I figured out i have a health condition contributing to the anxiety. I Got medicated for all that and started feeling better. Then i wanted to wait and see if i would go back to knife making. If i really enjoyed it or if it was dopamine i wanted from posting stuff. So I distanced myself from the forum or FB groups even for just giving advice. But every fall it seems like i still really missed it. I also had to replace a transmission in the truck so I sold my power hammer to help pay for that. And where I was then; I needed to make damascus at the very least. So I think I just needed some time to kind of start over and be ok with just doing it for fun. But I think I'm back at it for good:). 

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6 minutes ago, Zeb Camper said:

really enjoyed it or if it was dopamine i wanted from posting stuff.

I asked myself the same question a while back. I found that I just love making stuff and if I stop, I'll really miss it after a while. Hell, during lockdown when I couldn't make knives, I made loudspeakers and an amplifier :lol:.

 

Dopamine is nice, but in the end, posting your stuff often leads to other sales and that matters a lot more than a like on FB.

 

And, is it me or the serious buyers are rarely those who send likes or comments? They just send a PM

 

Anyways, as I told you earlier, this is great news and I'm happy your health is getting better!

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On 8/22/2022 at 4:52 AM, Zeb Camper said:

 If i really enjoyed it or if it was dopamine i wanted from posting stuff

I closed my facebook profile and I'm bad at IG, and this is not the place to post for a dopamine fix IMHO, here we all have the same sickness.:lol:
I've gone (or going) through a questioning period, came to the conclusion it's the business part of it, so most of what I make these days are pay-it-forward projects, gifts for people I appreciate or who need a pick-up.
So far that has been very rewarding, if unprofitable :)

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A couple of days of grinding has all the stainless blades finish ground and ready for hand sanding so there will be a number of days doing that.20220825_113639.jpg

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Nice to have you back Zeb!

For the first time in my knife making career I am going to have a fully funtional vice in the shop. Picked up an indian chief a few days ago and gave it some TLC. It's a little rough around the edges, but it has a handle so that's a step up from what I have. No more dropping vice grips on my toes! Or at least less often.

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On 8/21/2022 at 7:52 PM, Zeb Camper said:

If i really enjoyed it or if it was dopamine i wanted from posting stuff.

The likes are certainly something we all want, especially from other makers. For me, I long fo the discussion, the verbal feedback, the questions and comments that kindle new ideas. 

 

On 8/21/2022 at 8:10 PM, Joël Mercier said:

I found that I just love making stuff and if I stop, I'll really miss it after a while.

Yeah that too. I have always made stuff and worked creatively in one medium or another.  Knife/blade making uses so many media and techniques, I find it difficult to think of anything that compares.

 

1 hour ago, Faye said:

I am going to have a fully funtional vice in the shop.

Nice! A post vice is extremely useful. It looks like it's missing part of the leg though.

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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.  

 

Josh

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We'll, this was a new experience.  These are 450 grain .50 cal projectiles that are destined for some 50-70 black powder cartridges.  I've never pan lubed before...

 

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I had to replace the motor on my Jet Mini-lathe last night, it finally died after something like 15 years of faithful service.

While I was at Woodcraft grabbing some other supplies, they had a huuuuuge pile of Claro Walnut in sizeable chunks, $5 apiece... all from the West Coast they said. You might check your local store to see if there's more lying around out there. Some of it is utterly stunning.

 

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Had a stall at a "bush market" Saturday morning, no sales, very little interest, locked my keys in my car and spent too much on food.

Friday evening I had an idea about making a dagger, that drove me into the shop for the rest of the day and the whole Sunday apart from washing the puppies and breakfast/lunch at 3pm :ph34r:

9pm last night 5 blades came out of the 2nd temper cycle.

Everything turned out great, only possible failure is there might be a crack/delamination on the tip of the little twist damascus knife.

Dagger came out okay for a first attempt B)

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