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Just wondering how many enjoy, or used to enjoy riding and what manner of conveyance you have. Been riding since 1993, quit for a couple years after an accident in 2000. Always looking for a road trip or destination to tour through. Sizing up a run through the Smokey Mountains, down to Asheville NC and back next fall if work doesn't get in the way. 2008 Kawasaki Concours14
Been having issues with forge welding for a while, either not hot enough or I melt it off, finally worked out i needed a deeper fire pt and which layer on the fire to forge weld in. Used a coke forge to do it in with some borax as flux. Started with a nice used chunky motorcycle chain, cut about 15cm off, heated and flattened it. Folded it 3 times and then drew it out into a small blade. Used a good 15-20 welding heats to do it in a a pile of flux, was hard to get out all of the air gaps in the billet, but I think I did alright, only one little crack from a small bit of failed weld in the whole blade, so once again i am happy for a first go. Had a little play with etching it up,only had lemon juice and vinegar to play with, few hours in the juice seemed to go alright, not the pattern I was expecting. Unfortunately the picture really doesn't show the pattern at all. Been hunting ferric chloride, but most people over here stopped selling it due to environmental issues. All in all it was a good learning experience and I ended up with something functional. Ill prob just slam a small wooden handle onto the end of it and keep in my "reference section" of things I have made . Looking to try some cable next, just waiting to see if the supplier still has any left.