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  1. We've had a juvenile coopers hawk hanging around our front yard the last few weeks. He's not afraid of us at all, I got 5 ft from him today. He's been munching on our finch, tit and starling population. We will hear a commotion in a bush next to us and out he pops with a bird in hand. I love having guinea fowl around. Watching a car stop to let them cross the road, only for a guinea to take offense that the car stopped and start screaming at it. Its even better when the person driving starts honking to get them to move. It becomes a battle of stubborn stupidity that the human usually wins. I remember some time ago a study that had ravens ahead of chimps when solving multi step problems. IIRC the chimps could consistently figure out 4 steps to conclusion while the ravens would consistently get 6 step conclusions. Something like push open a drawer with a big stick inside, that can be used to release a rope, which is pulled to get a little stick, that fits in a hole to press a button that opens a door with a treat.
  2. That's what I was trying to go for, smooth. I was going to stay away from the step and cube twists. These still need a wire brushing, but there isn't anything that catches my shoulder length hair, the first time I've had hair this long since I started highschool 20 yeas ago. I'll make a few of smaller stock as well in case 1/4" is too large. It's hard to know what he wants when he doesn't know what he wants. Haha, it looks like we had the same problem with not having a long enough stem to wrap around itself after making the loop. Yours ended up with a better post than mine. The tip on mine just needs a quick lick on a belt sander and it could be considered a belt knife. Im just happy I got a fairly decent center ridge on my leaf after 6 months of downtime.
  3. I actually managed to get the forge going before the new year. I'm out of practice, but my leather working friend asked me to make some hair pin samples for his leather hair holders. There are still others samples to be made, and he wasn't sure exactly what he wanted so I did/will do a couple different twists, lengths, handles and tip shapes so he can mix and match for the ballpark hes looking for. If he likes what he sees ill be getting $10 for each one someone orders, not bad for a 5"-6" piece of 1/4" round. Also tried my hand at a leaf belt buckle. I like the leaf part, but making it by eye when I'm out of practice wasn't the best plan. While fiddling to get it "right" I ended up making the stem too short, the eye too small and the tip too sharp to be used on a belt. I will end up making it into a bottle opener. I think a jig will be in order if I want to make it cleanly.
  4. More book size. The whole thing folded up is 12"x8.5". A buckle would be nice, it has a thin leather string to tie it closed. Twigg, thanks I'll pass on your compliment. That pry bar looks like a nice score. You would be surprised what you can bend with a long enough cheater bar and a "I WILL get it" attitude
  5. Id love to try, but thats well above my pay grade(so far), it was just an amusing thought I had. I'll set this in my back pocket for when my skillset has caught up to my imagination. George, I've always found my natural gait to be ball first, and my heel hardly ever touches unless I'm standing still or in ski boots. I think it may come from stepping on too many banana slugs barefoot when I would sneek out of bed as a kid. If you hit them heel first you'd go sliding, and your cover was blown. Ball first, they'd just squish between your toes and you just had to grit your teeth to stay quiet.
  6. I noticed nickel is suggested in both ferrous and nonferrous pattern welding. Has/could someone make a mokume gane/Nickel/wrought-iron/Nickel/mokume gane item? With the nickel/wrought welded first and then the mokume welded to the nickel at a lower temperature.
  7. That would be a tough sell, but luckily we only name the ones we keep. That way people can name the puppies themselves, but they can get puppies out of "Up town girl"(Kristi) and "Man in Black"(Cash) or from "Riannon"(Stevie) and "Sly and the family stone"(Sly). Alot of people keep with the theme and name their pup after a song by one of the parent artists. "Slaps head* That is a much simpler idea. Its basically what my rivets turned into, only these will be easily replaceable if needed. Mr. SLAG, the pop rivets are a good idea too, though I think I'm going to try the upside down flying V idea first
  8. Thanks for the feedback, ill let my friend know and maybe he can expand his customer base
  9. A buddy who does canvas and leather work made this for me. A leather art portfolio. He made it from an off hand musing I had about wanting something fireproof to hold my notebook while at the forge. When he posted it on social media he got a bunch of orders from other artists, so I'm glad my musings have helped him out.
  10. Ooh, I like the catapult Dennis. Way better then the ones I made as a kid with a wooden spoon and a couple rubber bands. Thank Frosty. Songcatcher is our kennel name, and our gimmick. All our dogs are named after songs. I just took the name and ran with it. I have used crystals in previous ones, but I didn't have any on hand while making this one. I love the rainbow effect that come with them. I've been getting alot of interest in these, so I will be making a few more for sale. Now comes the fun part of pricing them. Ugh. I've seen other tuned wind chimes the same size as the one I just made go for $300US. That seems a little steep for me, especially with my novice ability at making them, but they don't have the dreamcatcher tops. I guess I'll start with the commercial prices, and if people balk at the price I can always lower it a bit. On a related note, how would one rivet through a hollow pipe without the rivet bending inside the hollow section? I've been having alot of trouble with this while making the chimes and I finally settled for letting it bend towards the top so the chain stays in the middle with the bend, but I end up losing the length needed for even heads on both sides, even when I add extra length.
  11. Made this songcatcher as a x-mas gift/thank you for the green house frame. Used some of the kinked tubing from the frame as the chimes. It ended up a little larger than I anticipated, 8 ft from top to the bottom of the sail, but if I made it any shorter it would look cluttered. Tuned to A, B and G
  12. I was bitten by the black adder when I was a wee lad of 8. Its so engrained into me that sometimes I worry if I have a good idea then my foot will fall off.
  13. HAHAHA I havent thought of that episode for a while. "Chairs? WICKED CHILD! *smack, smack* In our home, Nathaniel sits on a spike." "And you?" "I sit on Nathaniel, two spikes would be an extravagance " Now that Black Adder is in my mind, i think our high school aged farm help is going to get a crash course in silliness. "If you have 2 beans, and you add 2 more beans, then how many beans do you have?" "3 beans... and that 1"
  14. I have heard one similar in English; "You can't eat experience". Meaning you could have all the experience in the world, but unless you do the work it doesn't put food on the table. Is that a similar meaning to the Russian proverb? I'd love to see how you make your leaves as well.
  15. I was in a forge welding class with him in February. One of the tips he gave the class was to be proficient in forge welding you need to do 1000 welds, but that includes the failures as well as the successes.
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