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  1. Starting up my first forge, I've done the research, I have the first draft of my forge plans, what now? Materials and thicknesses and the like get confusing when one person says one thing then another site says another thing! Some help from the pros?
  2. I've been talking to some of you about a skinning knife I'll be making with a checkered handle. It's part of a set themed around some of the great American explorers. The first knife in the set, "The Clark," is a pretty straight forward drop-point hunter. Here's the WIP.... and the obligatory injury photo. More to come tomorrow.
  3. This is a traditional Scottish Dirk with an antler handle. The blade is made from 440c stainless and has a mirror finish. It has Scottish Yew and nickel silver accents. The tip got boogered up because I dropped it in a parking lot, so I'm aware of that issue already. Thinking of carving an inset in the antler axis for a pewter clan badge. Also it's not actually bent, as the first picture suggests. Hope you can see in the other pictures that it's straight.
  4. After some time of deliberation, I have finally found the where-with-all to start assembling my forge. I have had great trepidation in embarking upon this venture; Partly from fear that I would fail miserably, and partly from logistical inablilty. All that withstanding, I am currently converting a charcoal grill into a portable forge, and in the process of aquiring the few bare essentials required to begin. One aspect of my personal outlook on the craft, a general distaste for anything modern, has made it both easier and more difficult in getting arranged. While remaining true to the basics reduces costs, it also makes finiding certain critical tools more dificult. A prime example is the Pedal Grinder, I am very much trying to find. Once a staple of every farm in the country, it is now nearly impossible to locate. Also, I do not deny at all, that hand grinding the bevel on a chisel is infinately more difficult than taking a couple of minutes on a side grinder. It is however, more rewarding to my (perhaps masochistic) point of view. Regardless, I intend to be very active within the coummunity, and certainly intend to shamelessly pick the brains of all those who will allow it. I would greatly appreciate any responses, and hope to have a veritable network of like-minded individuals very soon. Sincerely, TheCelticDragon
  5. Hey Guys, this time I don´t want to promote my own work, but the one of a really great traditional blacksmith in the UK. His name is Simon Grant-Jones and here are two videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfBZdzJvySs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gh0sz6yw_F4 And this picture I also found, he made this candleholder only using traditional techniques: In my eyes that prooves, that one can definatelly survive as a traditionally working blacksmith, not using archwelders and stuff like that. My eyes hurt every time when I see ugly, welded or machineforged fences in the city or even on historic buildings. Take this as a motivation to try to stay as traditional as possible. The smith has always been an innovator, but if stuff starts to be ugly and cheap, this is no innovation, but a stark step backwards! Your - Daniel