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About Rashelle

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  1. Since this thread is resurrected. The current person for coal in Portland Oregon is Jim VonMosch of Mountainbrook forge. NWBA board of directors. Arnon Kartmazov keeps some of his in stock locally for if you want to pick it up in Portland. Arrange payment with Jim and pickup from Arnon.
  2. You can work harden it by hitting it with a wood or rawhide mallet till hardened. You can also work it by bending back and forth ti;; you feel the desired resistance.
  3. I'll second that. It was good being able to make it to an event again. It was also good to meet you in person John in Oly.
  4. LOL thank you Aus. I do bottle openers the same way with leaves and wizards.
  5. That's what it looks like for me. Skills needed: think on my feet, fix things, improvise. Use equipment a plus but my start was in historic 1845 blacksmithing so not totally necessary. Major skill for me is teach effectively and use humor to engage audience and students. Time spent training: I went full time at the 4 year mark of hobby blacksmithing. In that 4 years I spent most of my off time learning. This month makes 2 years as sole occupation blacksmith. My hours are I show up 1-4 hours early and stay 1 hour or so after. In order to balance what I want to do vrs what I have to do I spend at least one day off a week working on my own projects. Most of my off time is spent learning. It is rare otherwise to work on what I want to work on, I have to work on what my students need, or maintenance, or occasionally skill building (which I enjoy anyways). 3 related occupations: general blacksmith, bladesmith, farrier. Welder, fabricator, machinest. Additional photos, large images. https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOBn12a-H40vIyrH91LUbtfo1D8v6kcZQS9St3UkmAfL8CQ2zN2t3s4WPTbvRHXLA/photo/AF1QipNHg8GVbTWQr0KHb5TPi00rAtAgCYw02slKJ0p4?key=Uk9wSFpTaUNaWFh5NW9lMnRTTFpDbnlxdjZ5ck53
  6. These were made during demo's some time ago. Excuse my sloppy picture taking please. letter openersjpg letter openersjpg
  7. Thank you Dave. It is a show and there is a lot of editing, of course, but in the end we make what they want. We are then judged, it is a competition, someone will be first another last, the others will be inbetween. It's all good and fun. The best way to improve, for myself at least, is to push my boundaries. The show done, done that for me. I'll keep on entering competitions, periodically. Push your boundaries and challenge yourself.
  8. Thank you Mr B. and Mitch. It was a fun experience. I'd do it again and I encourage others who are on the fence about it, to try for it, as the only way to succeed is to try.
  9. Thank you Gergely. Glad to be here. One thing I want to say to others contemplating entering competitions is that ..... "You can't win if you don't enter, you can't succeed if you don't try." This goes for anything you are interested in,learning a new skill or craft, sparring, competing, having fun. Everything you dream about to get there you have to go for it.
  10. Thank you Nate. All I think I'm at liberty to say is that I enjoyed the competition. I'm rather competitive. To the point where even though I'd probly not last a fraction of a second I'd step in the ring with Mohamud Ali for the enjoyment of competing and tell him to bring it. You get an adrenaline rush from the challenge when competing with your peers. Or at least I do. Especially when it's something I enjoy. If it wasn't something I enjoy I'd not want to compete in it. I respect and like the other participants and have no issues with someone other then me winning. After all there can be only one. Congratulations James! I don't have TV so haven't seen it yet, work plans on having a viewing tonight for me, as long as I don't embarass myself somehow I'm good.
  11. It was fun, Anvil orientation doesn't really bother me much though I usually point it to my left, for the usage it's getting. I move around it as needed. If I really need it on my right and can't move around I'll switch hands then it's effectively pointing the other way, heehee.
  12. Thanks Aus. Every once in awhile I get a wild hair. It'd been awhile since I'd made a cross pein so thought it should be celebrated. Matto I had a coworker take the picture, I'm rather technically challenged, will see if I can remember to have him take another one, when we're both in, in a couple days. The tree and brush going around the bottom of the handle are wood burned on. Couldn't find my tips or even the wood burned so used a butane solderer with normal soldering tip. Thank you Adam.
  13. Thank you D.C. and Matto. It was either 4140 or 1045 I forgot which. Caleb picked up the stock and we used what he brought in to teach him to make a hammer.
  14. Thought I'd share approximately 2.7 lbs crosspein with a little file work across the top. Sitting next to a hammer blank.
  15. NC tools. I just got some more for the classes as well as more class friendly forges. I'm not sure of the TOS for videos so I haven't put the little cutting demo video up. But every time I watch it I smile.