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  1. Good on ya bud! As a born and bred Calgarian, I can say how big a deal that is, to have your work involved in anyway with the Stampede is amazing! Hold on to your white hat because I got a feeling you are going to be one busy man in the near future! 



  2. On 4/24/2017 at 8:19 PM, BlasterJoe said:

    Do you get any cracks or splits in the antler when it dries? Does it push right on or does it take some persuasion. 

    I haven't observed any cracking on mine, and I've had it for a few years now. It pushed on fairly easy, but I needed to use a wooden mallet to seat it all the way.

    One thing I failed to mention in my previous post, if you choose to do the slow soak in room temp/cold water, make sure to change it out as it gets cloudy, the water smells horrible, but if you don't, bacteria will form and could dis-colour or ruin your piece of antler.  

  3. What I found to work very well with antler is;  either boil it in water, or you can just soak it in cold water for a couple weeks to soften it. Then just push it onto your tang. As the antler re-hardens it grips the tang like concrete. That is the technique I used to make this KSO a few years ago, no pin, rivet or epoxy was used and it's still holding. However, it has developed a very slight wiggle so when I do it again in the future, I will use a pin/rivet for added support.

    Hope that helps some!



  4. Man, Theo, you keep one upping yourself dude, another beauty!

    BTW a couple weeks back, they finally aired your episode of FIF up here, congrats on the win! It was awesome to watch, even though I read all the spoilers on here.


  5. Thanks for the kind words fellas!

    19 hours ago, ausfire said:

    'Cut from an old circular saw blade' sounds simple. Done with a thin cut off disc perhaps? Always hard to get neat curves I've found.

    I cut it with a standard cut off disc on my angle grinder. Most of the shaping on the sander. Pic#1 was right after cutting and pic#2 was after shaping. For the finger swell, I needed to use a die grinder to get the tighter radius.

    Thanks for the heads up C-1 and TP. I had thought about the quality of the steel. The blade I used for this knife was a bit older and didn't have carbide teeth, so here's to hoping. However, I cut a blank from the another that did have teeth (the half blade in pic#1), so I think will test a piece before I continue. I was getting decent complex sparks, but I need a bit more practice on spark ID before i rely on that.

    Thanks again folks!



  6. Thanks for the good words gents!


    58 minutes ago, WoodnMetalGuy said:

    Looks nice - I wonder what kind of steel that is?  Did you have any issues overheating it while grinding it to shape?  -- Dave

    I had very little issue with overheating. I used very light pressure, but I was also constantly quenching to keep the temp down, I dunked it every couple of seconds. 

    57 minutes ago, John in Oly, WA said:

    I like the shape of the scales. You attached the scales just using epoxy?

    That's correct! I drilled a few holes in the blank first, and then just epoxy. She just wanted a little light use blade for whittling and the like, so I elected to keep it simple and clean. 


    Thanks again!


  7. I made this little companion knife for my girlfriend. It was a quick and dirty stock removal job while my forge is down. The knife was cut from an old circular saw blade. The handle scales are made from a piece of cherry wood, hand shaped and finished with beeswax. 


    Comments, Questions and Critiques Welcome!



  8. I was told once, that in Scandinavia, a single beveled broad axe such as this would have also been used to limb felled trees. The woodsman would stand on the fallen tree and work his way down one side, and then come back up the other side, apparently using only one swing per limb. I tried to fact check this, but came back with mixed results, seems very possible though.


  9. On 12/30/2016 at 2:47 PM, SmeltingFish said:

    When you switched to the 20LB tank, where did you get the hose and attachments if I may ask?

    Hey SmeltingFish, I picked up the remote line from Canadian Tire in the camping section, but I cant seem to find it online, so here is the same hose from Walmart.


    Hope that helps! Shoot me a PM if you need anything.


  10. The guard says to me that this weapon was used with and defended against a slashing attack, deflecting the blow down and away from the users hand. The guard along with the straight blade remind me of some old naval cutlass' that I have seen. I do agree that it has a very Asiatic feel to the handle, but to me, I see cutlass. 

  11. One material that is often overlooked is spruce roots. Unlike the wood of the tree, the roots generally have very straight grain with out knots, and my experience with spruce root has shown it to be extremely lightweight when cured. I've made a couple native american inspired clubs out of a couple pieces and have found them to be very strong and resilient. The challenge comes in finding pieces that are of a usable shape.


  12. Thank you for the original link, that was an incredible article to read! I absolutely love history and old world/primitive technologies, particularly weapons and tools. Your tongs look fantastic, and i'm very impressed with your determination in drawing them out. I personally prefer learning how to do something the hard way first, and then going with the easy route, but that's just me. Great job and thanks for the post!


  13. 19 hours ago, ThomasPowers said:

    Jason; I've been thinking of taking 3 drivers and replacing the shafts with steel rod and then tying or twisting them together to make a base for a golf themed drinks table Do you think there might be a market?

    Well for starters, I was just at a farmers market and some people were selling a golf club plunger for $40, with that alone, I'd say go for it. But I can also tell you that golfers are a very interesting breed of people, who will buy just about anything to do with golf, my father for example went out of his way to spend extra money on a cast iron and wood bench just because it had a golfer on it. If what I'm picturing is anything like you're describing, I think there will definitely be a market, it might be pretty niche, but shoot, I'm sure my father would probably buy one.


  14. I've been a member for a few months now, and I have to say first off, this site is amazing, as are the people that use it. You guys have helped me so much going from a newbie who didn't know squat, to a guy that knows a little squat. 

    With that out of the way, I figured I should finally, formally introduce myself....My name is Jason, I'm a born and raised Calgarian (a pretty rare breed around here these days). For the past 13 years I've been working in the grounds department at my local golf course, and after receiving my diploma in Turfgrass Management, and a BaS in Golf course management, I took the position of Second Assistant Superintendent 6 years ago now. 

    I've always been the type to rather learn to make something myself than to just buy what I need, or have someone do it for me. Ever since I was a kid I had an interest in making things, from cardboard swords, to dryer hose armor. That interest has followed me my whole life, and from card board I moved up to wood, and now I am trying my hand at metal. I caught the bug about six years ago now, a one time private lesson from and ex's friend. I made a horribly heavy and dysfunctional cutlass machete. It looks pretty nice, but I wont even consider testing it to see if it works because I know it wont, but I digress. I knew with some time, I could do better. From there I got involved with a lot of stock removal work, it was something I knew I could do, and it helped me refine my designs. 

    This past summer was my first real attempt at forging, and I can't get enough. My set up is still small, just a coffee can forge, but I have bigger and better plans in store for the future. Including a couple new cylindrical gassers and hopefully one day a nice coal/charcoal rig. I just love this craft and how there always seems to be something new to learn, weather it be a new technique or a new project to try. I've already learned so much, and I am looking forward to learning even more as I delve deeper into this amazing and extremely satisfying hobby.

    Thanks for reading and thanks for all your help!


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