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Nathan Kraft

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  1. It was some random stomach bug, just really bad fatigue and nausea. I don't see why the lower layer count would affect the chemical reaction, unless you just meant the pattern wouldn't have the same affect per se. If that's the case, I know and I'm specifically going for a set of three parallel bars as the pattern for the ring. Thanks so much for the instructions! If i were to use the steel wire, would it not make gouges on the places where it was? And if i were to not use the wire what would the alternative be? I've looked but I am confused as to how people hold their mokume billet
  2. In the shop: nothing. I’ve been busy with my new job and school and being sick. Ive tried to get myself out to the shop over the past few weeks and it just hasn’t worked out. Using my 3# hammer as an anvil while laying on the couch too sick to walk: I’ve done some work on a ring. It started as a quarter, and I gently upset the edges over a couple hours and then drilled and am now filing the inside out. Of course there was grinding on the edges too. Chimaera, I know you had mentioned awhile back that you use quite concentrated liver of sulfur for your patinas on your mokume. I was
  3. Oh ok. Sorry I just genuinely didn’t know. I worded that question badly, I wasn’t doubting you just trying to learn how that would break the handle like that. Thanks for the explanation!
  4. Oh. I’m not saying you’re wrong or anything, just asking, it looks like a piece of the handle who’s grain doesn’t go through to the head popped off. How would using it normally make that section pop off, even with bad grain?
  5. Honestly, the wire looks kind of cool, and if you made it look intentional, it could form an interesting pattern (not on this one specifically but if you were to revisit it). There may be some flaws, but it still looks pretty darn good in my opinion, and I think you should try and give yourself more credit. The back may look not the greatest, but you only need one good side, the other can be placed strategically against a wall.
  6. Guessing that break was the product of over hitting and slamming the handle into the wood or whatever was being chopped?
  7. I'm 15 now, but I was 14 at the time I built my forge and mounted my anvil. Now, I didn't start forging until about a year later, but that's a discussion for a different time. I built a JABOD and have an 8lb sledgehammer head as my anvil. I spent right around $50 on this stuff, but honestly most of that cost was just for convenience (i.e. I could scavenge most of it but chose to buy it instead). It isn't near as hard as you would expect to get started. One thing I would suggest is that you take every chance you get to go look for useful things (i.e. you're in the car and you see a flea market,
  8. I made a towel bar for my cousin, a project I’ve been meaning to bang out (pun intended) for a month or so. I also learned a very important lesson- don’t grab the coal that falls out of my forge even if I think it’s cold (it was dumb I know but I won’t be doing it again any time soon LOL). I also heated a couple screws up to red heat and finished them with paste wax to match the rest of the bar.
  9. Chimaera, try not to discourage yourself so much in relation to your work. It does nothing but ensure you create something sub-par. Even if you do end up with something that’s not what you would have liked, you’ll have a piece to learn from. I remember a few months ago when I was just sure I would never be good at forging. I’ve been busy with school and so haven’t been able to do much forging, but even with the little I have done, I’ve seen myself improve greatly. Sure, I’ve made some big mistakes and some stupid ones, but I learned from them and have made less of them in later projects. Gran
  10. I’m in drivers Ed right now, which combined with the rain is why I’ve not done anything today. However I wanted to share a little chuckle I had. We’re watching a video about texting and driving and one man said “I’m not big on technology. As a blacksmith all your problems can be solved by a bigger hammer. More heat and a bigger hammer.” I know it’s not quite accurate but it still gave me a laugh.
  11. Haven’t got out in the past few days (sub freezing temps-even in the garage), but last Wednesday I started on a little seax knife.
  12. Today I got to do a long block of smithing for the first time in forever. Had a dang good time and even got to do some on a live stream. I made an arrowhead, a small heart for a Valentine’s Day necklace, and twisted a small section of square bar that will turn into a small pendant. I also attempted a rr spike bottle opener and a hair pin, but the hair pin was too small and didn’t bend the way I wanted it to (I know why and how to fix it next time), and I need to make myself a plate with a hole to punch on so I don’t end up with a mangled mess like I did with the bottle opener. Side note: does
  13. Yeah I’ve normally kept a tarp on it, but it didn’t like the sun and the last time I took it off it just frayed to bits in my hands. Ok, I figured it wouldn’t just wanted to check and make sure before I did it and blew up a forge in my face. I don’t think there’s enough clay content for it to crack.
  14. It stormed last night, and while I haven't been out yet today I know my forge is a mud puddle right now. I plan to do some work on wednesday, but now I'm not sure if I can. Can I just light it while wet? I know water can cause explosions in like casting and stuff, and am worried that it might happen here. Should I be worried about it? If I cannot use it wet, what are some ways I could either dry it out or just replace the mud now? I'm at school and cant post a picture now, but I will when I'm home.
  15. Nice find Thomas! I need to do more searching at salvage places, maybe someday I’ll get lucky like that too, or maybe not. Either way, I’ll be able to find something usable (and consequentially something to clutter my space LOL)
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