adambieber

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  1. By cockerel I mean a rooster. Not cocker spaniel! :) Though my wife Fay and I would like to get a boxer pup as a family dog. Wonder what one could do against something you're not allowed to kill legally? I knew a hawker (one who trains birds of prey to hunt for people) who had a red tail and the bird got spooked. Ended up on his head flapping and ripping up his scalp. My point bein' I don't fancy goin up to a thirty pound bird with razor sharp claws that's keen on tryin to get at my egg layers. I also don't wanna kill those beautiful birds. Tryin' to mitigate it before it happens.
  2. I don't live in the country unfortunately. I used to live in the country when I lived in VA but the most we had were hawks and an occasional deer. But we also never kept chickens and our cats were indoor. And I'm not trying to avoid the wild. Just protect my future flock. I think a cockerel would help? I don't know. I've never kept them. I do know there are some folk that set traps for 'coons and coyotes and the like. But that doesn't always work.
  3. Yeah coyotes and eagles love chickens. I wonder if they'd be safe running around while I'm outside? I don't think coyotes are that brave, are they? And yeah I understand it's a different playground out in the backwoods.
  4. no suggestions just some info for another attempt at a later time for you: wumei or five plates. :)
  5. I carry a knife and gun everywhere I LEGALLY can. I have NEVER used them nor have any intent. It's just for emergencies. I believe I am kind and generous honest. Can you still call me nasty? This has already been covered, he was refering to the fact there are some un friendly people carring guns, and a knife is... well lets just drop it. I also strongly suggest you actually read the site ToS, You had to legally sign that you read and agreed to follow them, Even if you didnt you will be removed next time you violate them you have been warned before. The rules here are being inforced more harshly after the past summers stupidity. Frank the craftsmanship you show is beautiful. I also love the artistry you show to display your piece. And welcome to the forum!
  6. I have a buddy from my time in the army that lives there. I think he could help me get work at the casino he works at. We were both MP (military police) so to me it's no different than working the road on Drum except I don't have to worry about pullin' a firearm on anyone. That was a bad time.. Wow 2 hours? I was expecting maybe an hour and a half. I have a wife to care for while she's in school as well as bills and cats. Just basic responsibilities.
  7. Well to be honest we wanted to be fairly close to seattle and lacey and everything in between. We looked into Eatonville but couldn't find anything. We like the location. And yes as soon as I saw the 3 smiths you mentioned I thought "gotta meet them!" We wanted some country land we could farm a bit and raise some chickens, let our (future) dog run around and just overall be able to breathe! Our home (if we took it) would sit at the end of the road right next to the forest which would be awesome. Get to see some wildlife! I just hope not bear or cougar or bobcat..Don't want my chickens goin missing..
  8. Typically the weight is towards the front similar to a kukri: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=kukri&qs=n&form=QBIR&pq=kukri&sc=0-0&sp=-1&sk=#view=detail&id=F133BC2CDF5B0156DA1CD3A8ECC3BEFFBB31C1D6&selectedIndex=3 Ever watch arnis or kali? Those men don't make it look awkward.. they utilize the weight and circular movements to maximize the momentum.
  9. George, you could go sailing to point roberts! :) Geoff, I have your number saved in my phone and will call when we need your help unloading the truck and moving furniture! :lol: billyO I will do that. My wife and I will be the ones lost on the side of the road with the four ways goin'. :D Mike I can't say I've ever been that far west or south but I DO understand the heat. Iraq has similar weather (so I've heard). I prefer the heat over the crazy cold myself. Gentlemen, I think we finally DID IT! We found a nice property (2.45 acres). It's a trailer but its cheap and it's our first home. Askin LOTS of questions about it before we do anything. And if we did take it we would pay cash money and buy it out right. No loan. Taxes seem fairly cheap ($1376 a year). It's quiet so I shouldn't bother too many people while pounding away on steel. The place is in Graham. By the by anyone in that area would be invited to a BBQ meet n greet (BYOB however as we don't drink). Be nice to have some friends fairly close by.
  10. Whenever I see beautiful work it KILLS me that I'm not beating metal yet!
  11. As is cleaning the animal? Or the actual weapon used for hunting?
  12. We haven't bought a house yet but definitely have seen some we like and are still stuck in IA, but we will be there come spring. The fresh beef woulda been a welcome thing! I'm excited to find some one to teach me to smith. I know books are a help but it's experience and someone who knows what they are doing that I'm looking for If you'd be willing to show us around a bit Geoff that would be awesome! I've always wanted to get farther west. Iraq wasn't exactly what I had in mind.. <_<
  13. Love the etching. Nice to see an ax with some mass on the back.
  14. Oh most of what you mentioned is very much part of the reason we are moving there. That and my wife is Chinese and loves seafood and they have an AWESOME fish market (from my understanding) in Seattle, WA. I'm more of a meant and potatoes kinda guy myself. But there are also some listed ABS bladesmiths in seattle.
  15. So my wife and I decided we want out of Iowa. I have some buddies from when I was in the army and they told me a bit about WA. Originally I wanted the Olympia/Lacey area but she want to go to a university so we decided the Seattle area. Is anyone in that general vicinity? Marysville etc? It'd be nice to meet some people out there.
  16. They all looks awesome! Your bush cleaver looks like a dadao. Was that your inspiration for it?
  17. No, I don't. some old military injuries get uncomfortable in certain positions. I did try to learn to weld when I got out of the army but I couldn't maintain certain positions long enough or steady enough to become a welder. I also almost died of pneumonia that year (last october) and had to drop out because I couldn't catch up no matter how hard I tried. Ah sounds right. Unfortunately he lives two hours away and I have a wife to take care of as well. While she's very supportive, I also have to think about her needs and wants as well. She would be totally bored watching lol. I was, however, watching blacksmithing documentaries on youtube last night and learned quite a bit.
  18. This is awesome. Looks a xxxx of a lot better! (is that considered "bad" language on here? If so sorry..) Yes, and it got Xed out
  19. I sincerely appreciate all the advice. I'm definitely willin' to bust my..butt to do this. I know it's not easy. Frosty I think what you're talking about is indentured servant. Maybe I'm wrong. All I want is to learn the craft. It's amazing to me that we've learned to control such powerful elements. Dan C thank you for looking. I'm not a fan of craigslist..had a bad incident with someone on there. Now if I do anything business wise on there I always carry a knife or have somethin close by. Thor I think my neighbors would love the banging I bring to the neighborhood. :D I live in a quiet college town (Iowa state university) and the neighborhood is quiet as well. I really do appreciate all the advice. Bein on here is gettin me more and more fired up..no pun intended :lol:
  20. Lincoln way? Thats really close to where I live..10 mins cause its on the other side of town not that it matters. Like I said in my intro post the nearest smith I could find doesn't take apprentices and he's listed on ABS
  21. Ok please forgive me in advance. I did TRY looking it up so I'm gonna ask because I couldn't find what i was looking for. I'm not even smithing yet but I'd like to get an idea for when I can. I know that some people suggest a train track. But I do have some money to invest with so if I can get actual tools like that then I'd rather go that route. I also know that not one anvil can do it all. So what I'm looking to do is start small. Make some blades, pound some metal etc. I have no intentions of going big yet. But I'm not sure what kind of anvil to get, where to get it, what style etc. I was looking at stump anvils, double horns..It's a lot for a noobie and I don't have an actual teacher with the exception of the ones on the other side of this screen! :D
  22. That thing looks so heavy that all you have to do is drop it on them!
  23. I know there are some interesting things that are collected: hand cuffs, stamps, coins, restored antiques (signs, refrigerator units) etc. So now I'm wondering if anyone collects antique anvils or even blacksmithing tools? If so could you post pics? If this is the wrong section (I dont think it is)'m sorry. Also if this is a repeat post again I apologize and understand if it gets deleted. Unfortunately I can't start the post off with pictures as I haven't even started smithingyet.
  24. I know this is an old post but it looks like an NCO sword from WW2, NCO is non commissioned officer. Think sergeant, corporal, sgt major etc.