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Woody

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  1. Eternal rest grant unto her O'Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her, may she rest in peace, Amen. Dear Lord please comfort the family and friends of this dear lady.
  2. Split the spike down the center about half way from the point, twist the un split portion to make the handle, insert a piece of high carbon steel into the split and forge weld back together, then forge your blade.
  3. 316L is the mild steel of stainless materials, 304 is also a mild steel stainless. Not enough carbon to be properly hardened into a blade. That said, it could be used in canned Damascus to produce some interesting patterns. If something with a higher carbon content were used as the cutting edge and the 316 kept to the spine area you could end up with some great looking cutters
  4. Junior, Cheryl (Baby Anvil) and myself in Junior's shop a few years ago when I made a trip down there to give Cookie my late wife, Candy, oxygen concentrator. I will always remember that visit. I had a great time seeing a few of the tools that Junior made. A spring pole lathe, a treadal powered jig saw. Japanese hand saws that cut on the pull stroke, these were made from scratch. He cut out the blade, cut the teeth, beveled and set the teeth and constructed the handle. They cut like a hot knife through butter. If you were never in Junior's shop and the basement of his house, you missed
  5. Cookie posted this on Facebook last night. "Last night Junior passed away. Ending his long battle with back pain and recent battle with aneurysms, he is at peace." We have lost one of the most talented and creative artists who worked in metal and wood. Eternal rest grant unto him O'Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace, Amen.
  6. Junior's wife Cookie posted this on Facebook this afternoon. "To my friends and family my husband Jr. Has turned for the worse. Family are coming from out of town, arriving today. We pray Jr. is as comfortable as possible and that God will give peace to his loved ones through this time of their lives. God has touched my life and given me peace and I am so grateful for His love. May everyone know the joy of God's love to the fullest as I have since November." It doesn't look like we will have this wonderful man and great blacksmith for much longer.
  7. Last fall we had a garage sale. I showed a guy a knife I had made for Jackie. He asked what the handle was made from and I said Desert Ironwood. He said I have a piece of that and I told him I would buy it from him. The next day he showed up with a hunk that was almost a foot square and tapered from 2 to 3 inches thick. When I asked what he wanted for it, he said you can have it. I kissed his boots all the way back to his car. There was another guy there at the time and he said he had some wood pieces I could have. He came back with a piece of Bubinga that will make 4 or 5 handles, a
  8. I just got this message on Facebook regarding Junior "Woody, J.r. is in the nursing home now permanently. He is in HOSPIS Care. I am living in the house Melissa moved her family here to help take care of us. We are having a card shower for Junior's birthday if you would send a card that would be great! Falls City Care Center 2800 Towle Street, Falls City, NE 68355 _funny is great. Please pass this information on to other friends you have in common The date is February 27. I pray you and your family are well." It would be great if he got cards from all of you Jr. Strasil (I
  9. A while ago Jack, a Metallurgical Student at the School of Mines, and I were making up a Damascus billet. The next week when he came over to do more work on it he handed my a plastic ice cream bucket of white goo. He said here is your borax, we had left it out in the rain for most part of a week. I had mixed some Roach Killer into it, Boric Acid. I told him to go put it in a metal pan and put it in the oven at 200 degrees to dry it out. After a while we looked at and it was thicker but still gooey. We poured it back into the plastic pan when it was cool and left it. It got hard as a roc
  10. Johnny is home now and doing well but he has about 3 months before he can go back to work, thank you all for your prayers. Woody & Jackie
  11. Johnny is doing better, his pain level is down and he was able to set up in a chair for 2 hours today, also watched the Football Game on TV with a couple friends who came by, he was a trainer intern with the Packers a few years ago and he is a big packer fan, the Huge Packer win today gave him a real boost. He will be in the hospital at least another week if things go well. It will still be several months before he is able to go back to work. His boss Dr. Frank Patino, Physician and Author, is setting up a benefit dinner for Johnny as he has no health insurance. I am donating a Damascus Kn
  12. Could you please say a prayer for my Brother in Law, John Bray. He had a brain bleed last week and is in ICU at Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Michigan. He is doing ok and should have the drain tube removed from his head tomorrow. Please pray for his complete and speedy recovery. Thanks Woody & Jackie
  13. most planer blades I have had experience with were M-2 the M is for miserable and the 2 is for squared. They are air hardening and have a fair amount of chrome in them but not enough to qualify as stainless. Also contain some molly and vanadium and are about 1% give or take carbon. As Steve and Tom said the flux needed to weld this stuff contains fluorite which when heated off gasses Hydrogen Fluoride, you don't want to breathe any of that stuff with a lot of emphasis on ANY. You can make a good knife out of them just using stock removal being careful not to burn them with the grinder. Yo
  14. Follow the link to the MSDS for WD-40 and you will see there is no fish oil in it. It is aliphatic hydrocarbons and petroleum oils. http://www.wd40company.com/files/pdf/msds-wd494716385.pdf
  15. Terrific workmanship, I love the style.
  16. To clean cable prior to forging, wash in solvent several times using fresh solvent each time. let it soak in the solvent for several hours each time. Then when thoroughly dry, put it in an old kettle fill with water and boil the heck out of it. This should remove most of the grease and gunk from the cable. After boiling, remove from the water and let it air dry. The water should evaporate quickly because of the heat.
  17. Woody

    Silver Fire

    Our prayers are with you
  18. Our prayers are with you, your wife and your babies, God bless and keep you all.
  19. Hydrogen Chloride = Hydrochloric or Muriatic Acid all the same stuff. Putting it in a bottle with a few balls of aluminum foil is just plain STUPID it is a very unsafe practice
  20. Woody

    The solution

    Active ingredient Hydrogen Chloride 20% = Hydrochloric Acid 20% also known as Muriatic Acid adding it to a bottle with a little tinfoil in it is just plain STUPID!
  21. nothing to it, just take a big piece of steel, heat it up then beat it with a hammer till it looks like a sword then quit. Its all in knowing when to quit.
  22. If all else fails you might try some of the information here. http://hansoncustomknives.com/magicsword.html http://hansoncustomknives.com/swordkit1.html http://hansoncustomknives.com/swordkit2.html
  23. Nice work. I love the handle and the sheath blade is cool too.
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