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How a New Damascus Pattern Gets Started

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To give you an idea of how my mind works, here's my normal  progression for developing a new pattern of damascus:

 

Step 1--a late night concept

Step 2--a crude sketch in order not  to forget step 1

Step 3--converting the concept into steel

[This one is a long way from completion and once done will be combined with another (fig. 4) that I  already have made to get the final  pattern.  There may be some revisions or changes along the way but that's where the fun comes in. :)]

 

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With the summer heat it was a two sweat band day in the shop but I managed to get in a good day's forging on the second half of the pattern for my next mosaic.

 

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Here I've got the billet drawn out ready to be ground & 4-wayed but that will have to wait until another day.  I'm done for today.:)

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Purdy. Eager to see it finished. 

One of these days I need to come see your shop. Not like your one the other side of the world or anything. 

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Here's what yesterday's efforts yielded me.  Once I weld  the two halves together I will  probably square this one the bias before adding it to my other design in a 4-way.

It's purely by chance and not predetermined but I believe that the pattern has taken on a bit of a Navajo or Southwestern look to it.:)

 

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I did not expect that........can't wait to see what you do with it Gary!

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5 hours ago, Gerhard Gerber said:

I did not expect that........can't wait to see what you do with it Gary!

Thanks.  I'll be combining it with  the second pattern today in a 4-way.  

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Crunch,munch,munch,munch, slurp ,...Belch !!................:D

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The girlfriend and I just had a quick discussion on the topic of selling our home and upgrading, and she is the one who suggested that our next house needs to have room for me to have the tooling I want like a press and a powerhammer....

Dang it Gary you are making it very hard on me right now not selling my house and dropping part of the profits on a power hammer.... 

I cant wait to see where you go with this, keep up the outstanding work sir.... 

 

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58 minutes ago, Robert D. said:

The girlfriend and I just had a quick discussion on the topic of selling our home and upgrading, and she is the one who suggested that our next house needs to have room for me to have the tooling I want like a press and a powerhammer....

Dang it Gary you are making it very hard on me right now not selling my house and dropping part of the profits on a power hammer.... 

I cant wait to see where you go with this, keep up the outstanding work sir.... 

 

Man, you found the perfect wife!

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This afternoon's  work:

 

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Four of these squares will get cut into triangles and all will be  placed into a canoe  for welding.

 

 

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I got the tiles  annealed and some cut into triangles as well as getting a  canoe cut out & welded.  While I'm waiting for  the  White  Out to dry (very important) I'll take a break.  I'll  try to get  this  welded either later today or tomorrow.

 

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I wasn't satisfied with this canoe  and shortened it by 1/4" so that the tiles inside were a tighter fit (no pic).  [If they are a  close fit inside the canoe it increases the odds  of a good  weld.]

 

 

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Welded....Here's my first look at the pattern:

It appears that I  got 100% welds  throughout on this one.  I  think that I'll take a break before forging it into a  blade and do a little more designing.  I'm pretty sure that I want a Bowie out of this one but am not sure if I want to  do it  modern or traditional.

 

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Sweet!  I can't wait to get back to forging.....

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Wow, that looks like it welded up very cleanly.

 

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41 minutes ago, Brian Dougherty said:

Wow, that looks like it welded up very cleanly.

 

I have learned that there are two secrets to welding up  pieces like this.  1--keep  all the  joints on a 45 degree angle     2--make the  pieces fit tightly inside of the cannister.

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I got in a little  late night forging after  work today:

 

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It's starting to look more  like a knife:

 

The more I look at this pattern, the more I see a pair of dinosaurs getting ready to attack each other.:)

 

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Posted (edited)

I love it.  FWIW, I see lobsters fighting. :lol:

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24 minutes ago, Alex Middleton said:

I love it.  FWIW, I see lobsters fighting. :lol:

Or termites... :ph34r:

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9 minutes ago, Joël Mercier said:

Space invaders!

I wonder if we need to explain to the youngsters that the Space Invaders you're referring to actually exist, not just generic space invaders.....

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Wowzers  !!!..................:o

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I don't know what to say anymore Gary.....bloody amazing......

 

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Yes words fail with something as beautiful and complicated as that.

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Hmm, all I see is a damn good knife maker showing off.  That is essentially quilting with steel...

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