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Had to go to the VA outpatient clinic in Hickory, NC this past Wednesday. On my way back to Wilkesboro I stopped in Hiddenite, NC and visited with Glenn1022 at his shop there just outside of town. Had a great visit! Glenn has only been on his present piece of property for a yr and has several projects going (I'm sure we all know how that goes). At any rate he is well on his way! He has a nice shop (sorry..no pics!) and works with both coal and propane. He had some interesting pieces there and had a billet being prepared to weld of more chainsaw damasacus. It's always nice to make new friends in the knifemaking industry. All in all it was a very event filled day! Many thanks to Glenn and his 2 sons!!!

Gene

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Hey, Have not been on the last few days. I have been out locating spalted wood for knife scales and such. Out of all the wood I gathered I was able to gather enough spalted wood to make allot of handles. I have already placed a few in the vacuum chamber and they are drying now. Figured I would give it a few days to dry well.
I had found a rather large piece of spalted wood and took it to a lumber company to cut it for me as it was too large for my saws and in the process of talking to the guy and getting to know each other, he gave me several huge chunks of exotic walnut and a old saw blade. Both are about 3+ inches thick 10" wide and 30" long. What a score that was... beautiful pieces with a lot of character! Both pieces had been sitting in his shop for 15 years or so and so I do not have to worry about drying/curing them at all. He is also going to save any old band saw blades and circular saw blades for me for the next time I stop over. Great guy!
All the hot weather we have had over the last week or so since you came over to visit has not let me work on the forge at all till tonight. Shaped up several blades. Gets that hot again and I will grind them up a bit and set them aside for a rainy day.
Once I figure out my new phone, I will take a few pics and post them.
I was able to locate those two knives I had thought stolen....come to find out, my buddy had stopped by and was looking at them and had left them on his truck seat. They had slid under the back of the seat and he found them when cleaning his truck. He brought them to me the next day. I feel allot better now that I have them back. A lot of work went into those knives.
I can not wait till we can hook up again and maybe we can hit the forge together and see what we can learn from each other. I enjoyed the visit as I have no one around here that shares my interest in forging blades. Talk to you later.

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I had found a rather large piece of spalted wood and took it to a lumber company to cut it for me as it was too large for my saws and in the process of talking to the guy and getting to know each other, he gave me several huge chunks of exotic walnut and a old saw blade. Both are about 3+ inches thick 10" wide and 30" long. What a score that was... beautiful pieces with a lot of character! Both pieces had been sitting in his shop for 15 years or so and so I do not have to worry about drying/curing them at all. He is also going to save any old band saw blades and circular saw blades for me for the next time I stop over. Great guy!


It sounds like you met the saw filer! He can be a good source for you. I am a filer at a local mill. I only deal in bands though. Good steel there.
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