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  1. That will look very sharp. I just saw an axe with some silver inlay. The silver kind of blended in with the steel. Browning sounds like a great way to make it stand out. Can't wait to see pics!
  2. Progress pics? I would absolutely love to see them! Have you ever thought about doing some wire inlay? A little silver against the black and bronze color would really pop.
  3. Wow! That is beautiful. Thanks for posting and giving us something to aspire to.
  4. Right on! That is one of the things I love about smithing as well. Need a tool? Look through the scrap pile and make one. Plus, getting rid of a problem coon is A-OK in my book, too. Good luck with your hat.
  5. I agree. Looks good! How much does it weigh?
  6. My in-laws live near Duluth so I debated a little dual-purpose trip, if nothing else, to keep that nice setup from becoming a lawn ornament. I've never understood why people paint anvils. Shrug. It takes all kinds, I guess.
  7. You didn't happen to pick that up in Duluth did you? If so, I saw an ad for that very anvil and have to say you done good. That is a very nice anvil/stand combo!
  8. Very nice! I need to make one of those. I, too, really appreciate the step by step pictures. Thanks for putting in the effort.
  9. Heck yeah! Nice work. I've been thinking about making a small adze and the ball pein conversion never occurred to me. How well does it hold an edge?
  10. Holy cow! I am very impressed. I love the pictures of the progression from bar to axe. Thanks for posting these.
  11. I have heard that bituminous can sometimes be gotten in Duluth, but the guy I heard that from was less than impressed with the quality. I don't know any of that first hand, so take it all with a grain of salt. On a different note, I've heard nothing but good about the Northern Minnesota Metalsmiths (the club itself, not just their coal). Might be worth contacting them; if you can't buy their coal, they might know another source.
  12. I've used a Shop-Vac as a blower (using an air gate to control the airflow) and it works well. However, it is LOUD. Could be I'm just overly sensitive, though.
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