Daswulf

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  1. Daswulf

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Good ideas Glenn, Thanks.
  2. Daswulf

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Glenn I had something to that effect in mind. I tried making a wolf paw print stamp before. Turned out like a cat paw print lol. Was a bit large at that. It also cracked in hardening but still worked. I might give it another shot some time.
  3. Daswulf

    What did you do in the shop today?

    I may have one made some day with what I really want which is way more difficult. Or maybe I'll try it myself. But this is simplified from what I'd prefer. Experiment. Give it a try. Worst it can do is crack in the quench.... John, good idea.
  4. Daswulf

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Ben, AA = my initials. Aric Armbruster. Jlp, I haven't marked all of my forge work. Some of it I did start engraving my initials and the year on the back. Helena, yeah just used a mini file set. Tried to use the engraver to make the center dot in the A but it isn't very deep and it doesnt transfer much.
  5. Daswulf

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Finally made a touchmark. Just over 1/4" wide. Tho I'd like to make a smaller one. I'll try a better smaller one after this one. I was happy for the success of it. Made from a chunk of a star drill, cut and filed then hardened. I remember a more recent post about these but ill be darned if I can find it.
  6. Daswulf

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Awesome work. Actually not too nice to use, but if using certainly not to be abused and used in show.
  7. Daswulf

    Craft vs. Art

    Pat, more great and insightful info. Thank you. Some I have experienced. The best show I did this year was jurried this year wheras last year was first come first served, which I didnt get in. This summer I had a chance and got accepted. It was great. This fall I got accepted again and it was my best show yet and depleated my stock. (Obviously in a great way.) I'm fairly socially awkward but I try, and if conversation starts I can engage. I try to be inviting and even encourage interested people to pick up the pieces or touch them and the ones that have spring motion, try to show that. My last and first real outdoor show was a disaster with the cold and rain. I learned a Lot and still made a little profit. Over the winter I'll be purchasing a Good canopy and a different type of table, if not making a few pedestals. Many good ideas came out of my misery. Also that that show was completely disorganized and it would take a miracle for me to go back there again.
  8. Daswulf

    Craft vs. Art

    Wow, lots of good info and ideas in this to bounce around in my little brain. I stood back seeing what others had to say before saying anything. I'm not trained in art, only took small art classes in highschool and barely remember a lot from them, so I let other more knowledgeable people speak first. psa, thanks for some useful insight. I have only sold at a few shows and I know one big one in my area that I have been debating trying to get into is very strict on what types of items you can sell. As far as getting accepted in different "catagories". In what I make I often find it hard to classify it in one group, and with no real art lingo knowledge I usually stick to the kind of shows that allow me to sell the wide variety of different items I make. But I Need to start digging deeper into those "specialized" "Art" shows since that is where the people will be possibly be more willing to purchase my larger more expensive pieces. I do sort of make smaller similar pieces like the dragonflies and spiders or scorpions, but they are all a little different. I tend to see fine craftsmanship as an art. I wont argue over what someone sees as arts, crafts, or the everyday. When it comes to art, to each their own. Looking at art selling websites ( mainly looking at sculpture to try to figure out where I might even fit in or to possibly find a place to sell) I am all over the place with thoughts. Some is amazing, and then there is a lot I just have to scratch my head and wonder how it really sold for what they did or how they are asking what they are, or even, "what is it".... Marc, if anyone 500 years from now is cleaning up one of my pieces for a museum I'd be blown away.. they will probably say what I hear sometimes. "Man, you have too much time on your hands." Haha that's incorrect. It's a labor of love, late nights and sometimes blood sweat and tears. It has also cost me a lot of time, money and some relationships along the way. Thats one of the reasons I absolutely Love watching peoples faces while looking at my work when I'm out at a show. Sometimes I see confusion, disinterest, or interest. It's when you see something spark in them and a big smile comes over their face or even sort of astonishment in seeing something, thats when I feel like an artist. Those that want something I've made enough to pay me their hard earned money to own, and love it is purely an honor and the highest praise. All the kind words and repeat business is truely heartwarming when I'm just making some silly things that I envision in bits and pieces of otherwise "junk", scrap, plain steel, or an ordinary object. Don't think you Have to fit in to sell at a show. Heck, I've sold at the fleamarket before with people saying " why are you wasting your time here?" and was informed of other shows that they thought I could to great at. There are great people everywhere, don't be affraid to set up and see how it goes. You might get a lead on another show or ideas to look into. Also, a large number of people I have met highly respect hand made/forged stuff by local people.
  9. Daswulf

    What did you do in the shop today?

    The face looks fine. As you can see the hot steel is polishing it up. Might need a little touch up after some mis strikes. With the cold shuts in the ends. I got these early off in forging and still occasionally in the ends of tapers in stock getting under 1/8". It seemed to me to be when I didnt keep the stock hot enough while working and also twisting of the metal as I worked it. Are you going square to octagon to round? Or trying to taper round? Others surely can explain better.
  10. Daswulf

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Awesome work Pat. Thanks for sharing. You have a great artistic eye. That fishing setup bell is great. You'll fit right in here. Hans, those are looking like great "high end?" Art pieces. (I'm no art specialist lol but those look awesome) Very nice work.
  11. Daswulf

    What did you do in the shop today?

    .If it's just decorative and you don't want to make another, weld the crack, give it a light grind then light forging to get the look back. I've tried forge welding things like that back together with limited success. Blades aside, you could possibly slightly change the design a little If it could fit what you are making. Often I will do as Thomas mentiones and make extra pieces to pick the best matching pieces to use. Please share some photos of your work. We love seeing what others are doing.
  12. Thabks for adding about storing the filters Slag, I forgot to mention that.
  13. Daswulf

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Psa, sorry, I must have read something into your post that was not there. I only have internet and dont watch much tv ever. Thomas's and Helenas ideas should work.
  14. MB, respirator masks can be reused a good many times. Tho you'll want to clean it and store it well. They need changed out when the start showing wear or if the "fit test" fails even with new filters. Sometimes the flap seals can get messed up. The cartraiges or filters dont last as long. Some need changed after 8 hours some after maybe 40 hours. Depends on conditions. Never trust old filters. Only use new filters and read up on how often to change them out for the conditions you are in. Masks come in different sizes, make sure you get one that fits You. And if you want a proper seal, ...you'll have to be clean shaven where the mask seals on your face....... New filters are Inexpensive compared to a hospital visit or deteriorated health. Make sure you do a fit test each time you put the mask on to use it. It is quick. I personally trust P-100 filters when welding and they are what I have been recommended.