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  1. Portland Oregon has several steel supply places, not just the metal supermarkets. East side steel, the steel yard, and others. There are even scrap yards.
  2. In support of Frosty's statement. Once upon a time to disprove it I forged copper the first half of the day, Then after lunch without cleaning out the coal forge I forge welded the rest of the day. All welds stuck. No problem welding. I used the clinker breaker as needed, so especial effort to keep the forge clean, normal working day, in front of the public.
  3. You can look into wire and cable companies near you, also rigging companies, etc. Logging and crane operators, also for used. Note I rarely repurpose stuff so cable is one of the things I buy new.
  4. I'll third the look into the NWBA comments. I'll also say welcome.
  5. Between Eugene (which has the 5160 club) and Seattle there is Fort Vancouver in ...... you guessed it Vancouver. Can't play unless a volunteer there but can see the shop.
  6. Japanese technique for preserving wood shou subi ban. Suppose to make it pest resistant and water resistant, As well as removing slivers when charred. Heats the handle also for adding oil or wax. That is why I char my wood handles.
  7. Yeah, I think her forging may of been cleaner then mine on my first one.
  8. Here it is after grinding and wire brushed. It was made intended to be an integral handle so handle was purposely left wide with rounded edges. She went ahead and drilled a hole on the end just in case she later wants to wrap the handle.
  9. LOl yup. Though her grind on the initial butter knife she made was pretty good, same as for the grinding practice neck knife.
  10. The following is made by a youth student of mine, as forged of 1080. I am proud of her. Oh yeah this was her second day bladesmithing.
  11. In regards to uneven heating in a gas forge. I rotate my stock in the forge to ensure there is an even soak,especially when working larger tool steel.
  12. Rashelle

    Universal tong clip

    I used to do something like a pretzel till I somewhere along thelines stopped using them. I like the idea of your design though.
  13. I generally teach people to draw out square. Only going octagon to round if round is the desired end. Drawing out in general is square, almost always. For my beginning students the only exception is when I teach them to forge a slightly tapered hex on the end of their hot work tools. That way they have a visual reference when it is a hot work tool, get the struck end taper in, and learn to forge hex all at once.
  14. There is the NWBA conference this month in Longview. You might want to check it out if only to meet more from your area.
  15. I also tend towards low temp welding rather then the higher end. If I get to the higher end solid fuel or gas I'm more likely to burn the piece. Thus I swim in the low end. A good example is just last Saturday, I got distracted while showing the weld on a strap axe. Made a real good example of what burnt steel looks like though. As it didn't fall apart. Got promptly tossed under the forge, then started another but had someone asking questions, that one got tossed under the forge also. Third one turned out great. Luckily they got the drift of what to do on the first one, then were working on their projects when I went to do the second, rather then making them sit thru the demo again. Thus the urgent questioning where I just tossed the second under the forge. Third one went great and then demoed the spreading the bit and drifting, etc. steps.
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