Mike Thurston

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  1. Mike Thurston

    Nimba anvil

    That's really odd about Nimba, I was in Bremerton for a hockey tournament and tossed them an email asking if I could swing by during our downtime during the weekend. The response was within a couple hours and I made the trip over and had a great talk with them. I will absolutely be buying a Nimba Centurion when I upgrade in a year or so from my NC Round Horn.
  2. Mike Thurston

    how much

    My off the cuff response is that's a $150-$200 knife. I run a catering business on the side of my full time job and I get the same thing all the time.. Ohh it's just brisket and all the fixings for 75 people. Brisket is only $2.65/lb so you should do the event for $500
  3. Mike Thurston

    New from Oregon

    I'm up in Hillsboro.
  4. Mike Thurston

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Just a little dinking around. Still needs an edge and some sanding but it's hardened and tempered and really well balanced.
  5. Mike Thurston

    Forging press Automatic Cycling

    This is quite simply one of those "Shut Up and Take My Money" situations..
  6. Mike Thurston

    New from Oregon

    Welcome fellow Oregonian, you on the dry side or the wet side of the state?
  7. Mike Thurston

    Question about HT with a pipe

    I'm facing a similar quandary right now with my small single burner gas forge. the blade that I need to HT is about 6" longer than my forge not counting the tang. I was thinking about using a square tube with firebrick around it stuck through the forge to try and get an much even heat.
  8. Mike Thurston

    What did you do in the shop today?

    My current WIP for a customer at my day job that gives me what ever drops and end cuts I want from his scrap pile. Last work was Sunday. Made some mokume gane for fittings and did the rough grind and profile work.
  9. Mike Thurston

    First try at a bearded axe

    So since it was resurrected rather than welding in a high carbon bit would there be a drawback to making the entire head from 5160?
  10. Mike Thurston

    Drill bit lubricant

    I use 2-stroke oil and water mixed 1:1 in an old ketchup squeeze bottle.
  11. Zip wheel on a die grinder with a sacrificial mandrel. Usually if I have somebody that requests square in a rush I'll use lock washers.
  12. We do the same thing in making bulk rings for chainmaille work. Just on a much smaller scale. 1/8" square stock is heated and hand wrapped round stock and wire and spun using an old electricians hole hawg drill.
  13. Mike Thurston

    Hello All

    Looks like in the most recent newbie around here. I renewed "the" bug last year after growing up on a ranch in Northern Idaho watching my grandad and the hands forge what was needed. My first memory was a VERY poignant lesson when my great uncle found me beating on the anvil with a hammer. After I picked myself up we fired the forge up and I hit my first piece of hot steel. I've got a single burner Mathewson and a 80lb NC. Still trying to figure out how to safely forge in my garage as my driveway has a pretty good slope so I can't just pull everything in and out.
  14. Mike Thurston

    New Vices

    So I picked up these two vices a couple weeks ago. The Smaller is a 4 1/2 Columbian. The larger with the horribly repaired backwards spring I cannot seem to identify. Any help would be greatly appreciated...