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About gmbobnick

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    Kinnear, WY
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    Hunting, Fishing, Shooting, Outdoor Cooking, Metal and Wood Working, Camping

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  1. Frosty, your replies on drilling was hugely informative and clearly comes from a lot of experience. Thanks for taking the time to write that all out.
  2. I make my own wood finish for things that will see weather by using various combinations of boiled linseed oil, turpentine, soil-based stain and spar varnish. Generally equal parts of each is a reasonable starting point. Often for the first coat I omit the spar varnish and up the turpentine a bit so the oil penetrates better, and then add spar varnish in on the second coat. An interesting finish is to paint on iron acetate made from a solution of dissolved steel wool in vinegar. High tannin woods like oak turn black, deeply. Then you can oil or wax as you see fit. I am intrigued
  3. Took at stab at adapting this idea to a "pronghorn" finial, more or less following the suggestions made in this post. Some room for improvement, but it'll work!
  4. Its threaded onto the 5/16" tang. Next time I will drill and tap after it is completely formed...its a pain otherwise. I had the notion that the little scroll would butt up against the end of the tang and make some tension to help hold it in place. I suppose a dab of CA glue works...just not very traditional.
  5. After making several versions of a simple old hoof pick for promotional purposes, I think I finally have something pretty close. I wanted something that represents the aesthetics of furniture I make. So, it should have a rustic-western look, feature some wood (handle of course), have a little forged hardware (pommel), black metal finish, and can be made in about an hour or less. I think this is close. I need to work on improving efficiency of making the pommel a bit as this is the most time consuming part.
  6. I better correct something. Latent skills might not be the best term. Latent talents is probably more accurate. Dad was a skilled machinist and grandpa was a skilled carpenter in the old sense of the term...everything from carved ladles to mine structures. I am pretty sure they wouldnt have accomplished what they did without talent.
  7. Your responses are very enlightening, and have provided a lot to think about (like I need that), and has been humbling for me as well (I really do need that). Just to focus things a bit. My essential goal is to immerse myself in a craft (now that I can) while being personally accountable for my time. I want to develop what I think are latent skills. Skills that I see in my ancestry. I delight to see them come to light in the workshop. My scrap pile still grows, but I am starting to see some progress and increasingly feel better about what I am able to accomplish. Naturally I want to
  8. For all the writing I do, at times I still fail to see things the way my audience does, and it gets me in trouble. I should explain things more thoroughly before making potentially inflammatory statements, and for not doing that I do apologize. I did not mean to set Frosty off. I think of custom work as work done according to the specifications of an individual. Made to order if you will. I have known some that do custom work, and with a few exceptions, they are not friendly people. Some might even be miserable. Customer burn-out is the malady. Those few exceptions are extraordinar
  9. You are right on that, and it has not escaped my attention. Jackson is about 2.5 hours from my...ahem...forge, with a few pretty darn nice fishing holes in between. Pronghorn antelope are about the fastest land animal in North America. I hope potential customers don't infer that they will get forged products speedily. One thing I am trying to avoid is custom work. I don't deal well with sniveling.
  10. I assumed a zither is a bird. Why would anybody pluck a zither except to prepare it for supper? A mental image formed of a cleanly plucked zither in a roasting pan, nicely browned. I got hungry. I was disappointed to find that according to Wikipedia a zither is a musical instrument. However, I do have some pronghorn antelope in the frig for lunch. It doesn’t look anything like a pronghorn antelope.
  11. As a footnote… While a blacksmithing business named “Larry” could possibly survive, I admit that having a somewhat pertinent name cannot hurt even if its not the linchpin for the business marketing plan. A memorable name helps for referrals. I think Pronghorn Forge & Furniture works for that because: It creates a mental image…great for memory The imagery relates succinctly to a touchmark that is permanently on the thing made It connotes a craft and not a retail business. I could say blacksmithing instead of forge, but forge has 8 fewer letters....plus it flows n
  12. “Forge” is unquestionably common in blacksmithing business names. That term does not help focus any Google search. Nor does “Pronghorn” or “Furniture”. If my marketing plan relies on algorithm strategies or internet search engines, then “Pronghorn Forge & Furniture” is certainly doomed. However, here is a plan that is upside down in a big-data way of thinking. Rather than starting with the population of the world and working in, how about starting with a few perfect customers and working out? I am thinking of the emotional purchase that Rockstar mentioned. Somebody who would
  13. Just made one with a single horn out of auto coil spring
  14. I guess they must find some nourishment in the stems...enough to make a few turds anyway.
  15. Pronghorn antelope like to wander down the fence line about 30 feet from my shop. Actually, I could call it elkhorn too. A couple weeks ago I was standing in the shop door waiting for a piece of steel to heat up and saw this out in my hay field. Thanks for the idea GeorgeNM!
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