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About greenskpr

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    Finger Lakes region - Upstate NY
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    Horticulture, sand casting, tool making

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  1. I've been a forum member with some group or another for hobbies and trade associations since the early 00s and I'm not surprised at at your reaction, but I think you're unfairly mischaracterizing things. Maybe you should rethink how you're coming off in here and try to understand that this is a space with unpaid moderators who have to wade through the same posts and requests for the same things for every person who decides they want to make something out of some steel...can you imagine how redundant that would get? So, boilerplate answers to brand new people asking a question that's been asked 100 times before is charitable. New folks are lucky they even get that response for a free forum that I assume pays nothing to the mods and has to do all the behind the scenes stuff out of goodwill. I'm assuming someone has reached out to you privately to read you the riot act as well, but I think what you've insinuated in your comments is odd, mean, and unfair.
  2. I love your hammer and your 3-phase workaround. Inspiring, man.
  3. I'm travelling down the same path. I ended up buying the Ray Clontz plans when I realized how much tank volume and space needed to house a compressor for any type of air hammer. Didn't want the extra infrastructure that was going to entail. Having a hammer I build myself will not only give me the jollies, but allows me to be the #1 service tech for it too, no need to hunt down a LG wizard if something is beyond my skill set. Just my 0.02.
  4. I lovevthe idea of going to a park to have a "bbq" when you can't do the quench at home. That's perfect. ITS JUST FRYING OIL OFFICER.. or whatever the Italian equivalent is of that.
  5. Angiolino, read up on the hardening process and metallurgy in general as well. For as good a blade may look to you, if your steel isn't up to the task it's designed for, your knives will disappoint you. Over time you'll get so good at hardening and tempering that your only worries will be design and aesthetics, which is a never ending search with many many paths. Make more, make more, make more. Dont worry about what equipment you don't have, work with what you have and make the rest. In time it'll come. And if you can find a knife maker to shadow, or go to a demonstration, workshop, or clinic, you're skills and desire will advance exponentially. . Good luck.
  6. I am! It'll be my first one. Only an hour away. I think I can sneak off work for a day.
  7. Congrats, man. Looks great. Once you catch the bug it's all you'll think about. Refining ideas and technique will take up the rest of your free time.
  8. From Wikipedia: A stock 2008 Concours14 - 114 kW (153 hp) @ 8,800 rpm It weighs under 500 lbs as well, which magnifies how it feels on the road. The power to weight ratio = super fun. The only thing I miss is loud pipes. I was on a trip through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan two years ago and latched onto a group of riders on Harleys who all had straight pipes, or configurations that were as loud, and it was deafening - they came up from behind and I heard them before I saw them. I'm a believer that loud pipes save lives. That said, I love the kaw. It's nimble and gets out of the hole in a heartbeat.