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  1. Went down a rabbit hole or two chasing interesting links. Went from Russian machinist making a 10 start left and right hand thread bolt and nuts, to really interesting stuff. Nearly have the 10 part series watched. Episode #3 he makes his file cutting chisels and files. #4 he gets into case hardening. There is bronze casting, experiments for a historical version of dyechem ? for layout, some techniques for soldering...
  2. Wonder how close the 'Stink Fish' would be to Roman Garum
  3. Thanks for the info guys. The video was rather educational Frosty. Learn something new
  4. A friend on FaceBook post a picture of this tool asking if anyone knew what it was. I've never seen anything quite like it before.
  5. Never figured it would be the most efficient way to cast but they do seem to be rather good at what they do. I've done just enough casting to know there are better starting materials to work with. At any rate thanks for the insight into the moulds Frosty.
  6. Wife sent me a video of casting large pots from recycled cans. They seem to have it down to a science. The sprues are just enough to suck down flat when they chill. Any ideas on what the moulds might be made of. Must have a fair bit of preheat in the mould to get the even fill.
  7. any logging trucks in your area, ask for the ends off a broken wrapper. usually 5/16 or slightly lighter chain maybe 3' long on the end of a cable for wrapping a load of logs.
  8. Had my hands on a matched pair of 32 cal pepper boxes very similar to that at one time. Great aunts friend had a box full of assorted antique pistols her husband had collected in eastern Canada. Was lucky enough to poke through it and take a look. There was an Arabian scimitar as well. Wicked sharp and curved. wish I had my camera then...
  9. scythe sharpening stake maybe? drive it into anything convenient next to the field. Interesting at any rate
  10. Start of another knife and a dragon fly for a friend. Only a little propane left in the tank, just enough for one last project, whipped off a set of tongs.
  11. Finished up my second Serbian chefs knife today. Piece of 5160 and mahogany, maybe, for the scales. Wood came from a box full of scraps of a recently passed friend. Came out much lighter than the first which has birch scales. First one has already gone to it's new home and second soon to follow.
  12. This anvil had crossed my facebook feed. Hadn't seen this particular makers mark before. anyone know what it might be?
  13. Thanks guys. tobacco container it is.
  14. I've seen this can around before. I'm sure it was my great grandfathers, but not positive. Any idea on when and a what it was used for? Only writing on it is 'patent applied' stamped on the bottom. Mom had it stashed in a corner and came across it again.
  15. Would it be something a steel mill may still have in circulation? Maybe a call or two to maintenance might get you a lucky break
  16. Thanks for the quick help. She's living in Kelowna, lots of things grow well in the Okanagan
  17. We stopped at the mother in laws new rental place and there was an interesting tree out back. First though was osage orange with the round seed balls. But a quick google kinda says it's something else. Unfortunately no new leaves just yet. Does anyone know off hand what it might be. Sorta had my hopes up it was osage and I could steal a few pieces for bow wood
  18. Made no claims to being a great knife. Just found the process rather interesting
  19. I knew aluminum was forgeable, but forge welding not so much, interesting video just the same
  20. somewhere on the bladesmith forums there are a few tools guys have come up with
  21. Whats your heat source. May need a few rotations in the forge. If one side is a little hotter, deeper than the other it moves easier. guess the other thing might be are you moving around the anvil while striking? Tend to pull or push a little on the strike and by moving around it tends to average out
  22. Cool little vise, almost looks like a lock washer on the screw
  23. I'm thinking keep the profiles that are there for now and if you need something different it's easy to modify later. Depending on how nicked or dinged the faces are they may or may not need a little cleanup. My hammer that is similar has one face slightly rounded, think the face of a pocket watch and the other is flat with nicely radiused corners for making tapers nice and flat.
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