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Gary Mulkey

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The weather here today was ideal, 60 degrees without a cloud in the sky so I spent the day making steel.  This was  the first full day in the shop that I've had for a while and loved it.

I started with a stack of 1080 & 15N20 with a triple layer of 1080 in the center.

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Welded:

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A "W" squeeze and drawn out:

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Cut & stacked:

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I added some additional 15N20 between layers:

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Welded:

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Squared on the bias:

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A first look at the pattern when 4-wayed:

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Welded:

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I'm thinking that I  may give this pattern three 4-way welds for a small intricate  pattern.  Hopefully that won't cause me to won't cause me to lose too much mass for a Bowie  size blade . 

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I got in another good day on the forge  today.  Here's the billet after a second 4-way weld:

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I wanted to double  the number of the  original design vertically so I did a cut & fold:

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The design here is a little finer than what will be the end result.  I  forged it smaller than needed to make it easier to cut the tiles.  I will cut  them extra thick and flatten to expand the pattern and make it bolder as I  weld  the tiles and blade smith it.

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That looks so cool already. I agree, cant wait to see this finished.

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I got the billet tile cut & welded today as well as bladesmithed into a blade.  I decided to devote the entire billet into a recurve Bowie style blade which gave me one at 13".  [You will see that the white lines at the tile welds disappear as I proceed with the blade.]

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I'm still debating on the style of hilt for this one.  I'll try to keep  you updated as I  go.

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I love that pattern.  That's what I think of when I hear pattern welded steel.  It gives me something to aspire to someday!

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That is a lovely pattern Gary. Reminds me of one of those sheet-webs you sometimes find in tall grass.

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