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About Rashelle

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    Outdoors, self defense, blacksmithing, weaponsmithing, knives, fishing, dogs, etc.
  1. New From Washington State

    Welcome to IFI. For your information the NWBA has monthly mentoring center events in Longview. 3hour demo in morning followed by open forge. Plus yearly conferences.
  2. "How much do you get for shop rate?" When I sell stuff/services my pricing rate reflects a minimum of $250.00 a day. Depending if needed I will up front say why and charge more. Such as extra expenses or difficulty, or I flat out would prefer not to do it. I'm either selling small stuff and or knives that I already want to do. Occasionally I'll take commissions for things that intrigue me or otherwise catch my interest. "Do you feel it's enough for what you make and the quality of your work?" For now it fits. "How do you feel your rate compares to other professional people in other trades as well as blacksmithing?" I'm on the low end at the moment. "Please state where you are in the scope of things.. Hobbyist, part time, full time, retired second income/fun." Full time blacksmith and bladesmith instructor. With that said I can not go into my rates with my employer. The above rates are for my it catches my interest I want to do it stuff, but I do not have to take commissions.
  3. Slotted Monkey Tool

    I've used pipe to make slotted monkey tools.
  4. I have a local one I go to for odd things. They are pretty good about getting stuff in for me and for having on hand.
  5. brass/copper finish

    To get the copper look on steel. I've seen others use copper wool. Didn't work well for me. So I just brush the steel or dip it into etchant that is contaminated with copper.
  6. Take notes. When I find a size of stock that makes my idealized knife size/style I write it down in a notebook. I then write it on a cut down ruler (cut to the right size), then I have a cut template and a notebook with my sizes. For unusual things, I usually do like jeremy k says and go off of weight if I have to. Such as for a sword. I take the finished weight I want to end up with, then figure out the size of material on hand and the amount needed for that weight when done forging and grinder clean up. With remembering handle, guard, pommel weight.
  7. Making a cupping tool

    It's a ball fuller rather then another rounding hammer used to refine the cup. You can get some cupping from hammering the sides of the tool. That will start cupping when the force of the hammer blows do not reach to center. If your dome cap is enough use it to planish the inside of the cupping tool after hammering the sides up a little.
  8. Kitsap County Washington State Refractory supplies?

    Contact the NWBA. I get my stuff in Portland Oregon. There will be someone closer.
  9. One hammer = 12 lbs sledge, one tong = hammer/pickup tongs, power tool either a good bandsaw to cut the first few chunks of steel, or belt sander to clean up the faces edges of the tools I'd be making to get myself going. Note a good angle grinder would fulfill the first few cuts and conceivably with a different disk perform the clean up. Start making tools for tooling as per Brian Brazeal, with a hot cut hardy, hand hammer, combo punch/hammer eye drift being the first tools made.
  10. Don't forge in flip-flops

    I just re-thought of something. All these video's of people dis-regarding PPE (ok video games also), is leading the youth and their parents into a blase attitude towards common sense in regards to risk while forging. Seeing some adult "expert" forging in shorts and flipflops, grinding with no goggles, welding in tank tops without a helmet, is leading the youth and other newer peoples down a risky path. If you are going to do a video to show people how to do something, then take responsibility for your actions and do it properly.
  11. Don't forge in flip-flops

    Seeing as since most of my students are youth. They arrive in flip flops and polyester shorts way too often. My solution to that is as follows. They and their parents are stopped at the entryway, where they get the safety lecture, and are reminded about the email they receive prior to taking the class. If the adult does not then get them proper clothing. The children are wrapped up in a heavyweight canvas skirt going down to the floor for leg protection and are given over shoes made out of 4x36 sandpaper, which is then secured around feet/ankles. They normally do not repeat it. Oh yeah they are also required to wear the aprons and such over the skirt, for the little bit of added protection it gives. Note those students work on small things, so any burns they may get are on the lesser side.
  12. Evaporust before and after

    Moonshine on your pancakes?
  13. New Dagger

    Thank you Nate. I forgot to mention the guard and pommel are both cable damascus with brass fittings also.
  14. New Dagger

    Thank you Das and Frosty. Couple things went wrong with it but I adapted. LOL not like I had a choice. Early on fitting up the handle, drove the tip into the screw on the vice, luckily it was before hardening. It rolled right on up ...... was never the same after that, heehee. On glue up, (everything is pressure fitted, epoxied, and peened) the purple heart must of swelled up from ambient moisture cause it cracked a little, and I put the pommel on inside out. It was going to sweep backwards, but the epoxy was setting up and I got rushed. I had everything laid out in order in orientation, but must of spun it around. Oh well lesson learnt.
  15. New Dagger

    It's been awhile so thought I'd share this. Cable damascus sanmai over 1095 core.