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About Rashelle

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    Outdoors, self defense, blacksmithing, weaponsmithing, knives, fishing, dogs, etc.
  1. 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.
  2. Kitsap County Washington State Refractory supplies?

    Contact the NWBA. I get my stuff in Portland Oregon. There will be someone closer.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Evaporust before and after

    Moonshine on your pancakes?
  7. New Dagger

    Thank you Nate. I forgot to mention the guard and pommel are both cable damascus with brass fittings also.
  8. 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.
  9. New Dagger

    It's been awhile so thought I'd share this. Cable damascus sanmai over 1095 core.
  10. 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.
  11. Copper strong

    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.
  12. 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.
  13. Can we see some more letter openers?

    LOL thank you Aus. I do bottle openers the same way with leaves and wizards.
  14. Career paper

    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
  15. Can we see some more letter openers?

    These were made during demo's some time ago. Excuse my sloppy picture taking please. letter openersjpg letter openersjpg