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About a week ago I met a broad caster from one of my favorite stations, and we got to talking, and after a while I started talking about my blacksmithing, and of course, he has always wanted to make a knife, so I gave him my card, not thinking he would really follow through. A few days ago he emailed me and asked when he and his girlfriend could come over, and they came over today. He wanted to forge a knife, and his girlfriend had brought some rasps that he wanted to make one out of, and gave me a couple extra ones too. I started out making a knot, just something to do while we talked, and give them a small intro. After that we tossed a rasp in the fire, and got to heatin and beatin. His girlfriend helped some, but it was mainly him and me. I had him strike for me, as it was better than him trying to use a hand hammer, but let him help, and let me direct where the blow would go. we roughly forged out the profile, heated it up, and let it normalize. While it was cooling, me and his girlfriend forged her a horsehead bottle opener. as soon as the blade cooled, we got to grinding. this part was a little more boring, but with company it sped it up, and made it more enjoyable. He did most of the grinding, with me just telling him what to do, and what not to do. He was O.K with the grinder I guess. We drilled the pin holes, and heat treated the blade, with no warps or cracks, which was a relief. they had to leave after that, but that was about 10am-3pm. Oh, and he said that in return I can come down to the radio station, and look at it all, and go on air! Lots of fun it sounds like. they took a lot of pictures, so her they are. It was fun, he will be back 2 more times to finish the knife, so will update ya'll when hat happens. hope this isn't too many pics for ya'll! hahaha
Mr. Barkwood is hosting a Hammer in/ Camp out and you are invited! August 12-13th at Matanuska River Campground. 925 E Arctic Avenue, Palmer, Alaska 99645 I don't know about you but I think this is WAY overdue! This is family friendly so bring the whole crew. If you have not been there before it is a nice little spot, there is a playground for the kids as well. Keith has reserved 4 large flat adjoining campsites and cleared the concept with the park management. The main thing they were concerned about was that we don't put forges on the picnic tables, so bring your own and lets get this party started!
Well here is a bit of fun, I had to move all 200kg of anvil and anvil base aproximatly 10m. Many of you will say that this is easy I do not agree, especially as my floor is dirt and the edges of the anvil base kept digging in while I attempted to brute strength it along its path. Many thanks though go to my genius brother who sugested the Egyptian way of doing things as seen below. Still needed a little bit of strength but not really that much. And now my shop is looking a bit more organised. Tomorrow I complete my forge with my mentor and then... Mwhua ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha the work can begin!