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Robert Yates

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Well I Generaly do not post many I finish out as they seem to get away well before I take photos of them thanks to my 8 yr old This one did not get away . I was a very fun project for me as I have been down and out for a very long time and I hate working in the cold . It will be off to its new owner very soon and I hope they will be pleased as I am with the out come of it .

 

Here is the info about it :

 

The Steel is My personal 5 Blend Steel in a star crushed Twisted patten ,

Bolsters: 416 SS

Handle : Israel Olive wood ,

Brass Pins W/ a Brass,copper,and SS Mosaic Pin .

 

External Link for better Photo .

http://imgur.com/pc371Us

double click and it will get bigger for viewing .

 

Enjoy folks Questions or Comments are always welcome .


Thank You & Best Regards

Sincerely,

Robert D. Yates , 13 & On Forge

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Does he/she sell them to classmates or give them away or.......? And what did you do to stop him/her this time? :D Nice piece BTW

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Yes , I did weld the Billet and do the forging to it as well ,along with the grinding and fit & finish . the HT I did at a friends as he has an oven and I do not .

 

Brother Dodge, she took the photo for me . and helps with sanding on some parts as well . She/ my Daughter is homeschooled and she does not sell or give them to any one .

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So glad that You are able to forge once again..I remember you telling us ynot long back that health problems kept you from that kind of work.

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Yes Rich I still have some Health issues that make it somewhat diffacult for me to forge .However, I was determaned to try to work past them and attempt to forge once again . I have had two surgeries one on my back and one on my neck and have been working on my physal strength or should I say to regain it and be able to function with a bit of griting my teeth and meds this billet and blade did take me quite a bit of time to compleat and had to be done over several months . I did find I could sit and forge with a leather apron covering my legs and chest and some addtional safety Eq to prevent getting spattered and burnt along with a rolling chair to help with getting around to forge and anvil. for me this is a big accomplishment just to be back in my shop and even more so to finaly put out a forged billit and Blade that I am not ashamed to say I did . There is One Person that a do chat with on the phone quite offten that has encouraged me to get back to doing some forging even if it is small stuff over a long pearod of time .

 

Thank you Brother (You Know who you are ) you have been a true Blessing to me and were my lil voice of encouragment while I did this project, everyday when I went to the shop not to give up . To me you are a true Friend and make the Smithing Community a Shining Light , May God richly bless you and your family as well as the things you touch in your endevors for being part of my life and such a grand inspration to me .

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Robert,

 

I can relate to the spinal issues; have had surgeries on mine as well. (1 neck and 2 back) It sounds like you have a great support system. I'm making efforts to make my forging and shop area ergonomically compatible to my own issues. Even consider lowering anvil and forge to be able to use in a sitting position.

 

I hope I didn't offend with my little humor (emphisis on little) about your photographer/helper :) I have 4 gransons ranging from 2 to 13 (and one more on the way) that I hope one or more become interested in blacksmithing.

 

Scott

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Hello Brother Scott,

 

you did not offend me at all, I seen the humor in the post you made and had to laugh as well . by a bit of redesigning the shop (lowering things ,not easy). However , a few friends helped out and made things go rather smoothly and moving things around so the chair would clear things . I did have to remember it was to help me and was not destroying what I had built but making it more functional for me as of now and to aid me in doing what I love to do and that is forging and shaping metal with my hands once again. I will admit it hit me hard when things were being cut down /shortened so I could sit and work and that got me down a bit until I relized this is what I needed to happen so I could get in the shop and work . Now it is on my time I do things and it is soooo much easier for me to do it . if that is what is stopping you Brother Scott give it ago and you will be happy once again as well as giving you the selfworth and up lifting your spirit or at least it did for me . 

 

Blessings and Best Regards

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Thank you folks for the complaments and encouragement . I am very happy to be able to get back in my shop once again and pittle about .

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Robert: Beyond feeling good you're back in the shop and turning out beautiful work you are an inspiration to all of us with issues. Never give up is a philosophy to live by. Again, glad you're back in the shop but don't you think you should maybe go outside to pittle? <grin>

 

Sorry, couldn't resist a straight line like that.

 

Frosty The Lucky.

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Very nice. Is that a hollow grind on the blade?

Yes Eddie it is . it was ground with an 8 inch wheel (cross cut on the wheel) it keeps things quite cool with steeland handle material as well.

 

Robert: Beyond feeling good you're back in the shop and turning out beautiful work you are an inspiration to all of us with issues. Never give up is a philosophy to live by. Again, glad you're back in the shop but don't you think you should maybe go outside to pittle? <grin>

 

Sorry, couldn't resist a straight line like that.

 

Frosty The Lucky.

Hello Brother Frosty, as with most Vets that have been injured being so young with or without children I hit an all time low because I could not do what I once did in life before I was hurt . my selfworth was gone and I just wanted to crawl under a rock and die . However , there were many Brothers & Sisters in arms that had been hurt much more then I and they were doing things with their life and in their life that many folks would not even try to do being Healthy . Yes while I have to do things much slower and in sets I relized I can do them in my own time .

 

Pittling is a Southren term of taking ones time to do what most do in a very short amount of time making the "pittler look bad" However in my case it has given me a reason to live and function once again doing what I love . (Yes I couaght the jest of pittling outside and had a good laugh with it too . )  I have a few more in the works that need to finish up with as the weather premits and hope to post them as well for folks to see what I have been up too as of late .

 

Many Blessings and Best Regards

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Here up north, Pittling is what the dog does on the floor when he can not get let outside in time.

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Beautiful work Robert !! Seems as though pittling about suits you quite well. Keep up the hard work, the extra effort required to accomplish what you've done shines through in your finished work.

 

By the way, the northern equivalent (New England) to  "pittle about" is Dubbing around, it's obviously not a bad thing. :) 

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Gorgeous knife. Please continue to make and share more.Sitting down or standing up you certainly have the eye and talent for it.

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Thank you Folks, I am now enjoying being back in my shop and a ton less stressed, grouchey, and even feel better then having to lay about and do very lilttle due to pain that was ruling my life for so long .

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Robert it might encourage you to note that there is a european smithing tradition where they sit down to work at the powerhammer---you're not wimping out----you are just being all pretentious and "international jet setter"  As I recall there are some pictures showing this in Manfred Sachse's Damascus Steel book. 

 

I have a chronic disease myself and have done some experimenting on how to modify my set up to deal with possible complications in the future including how to forge sitting down---a good thick leather apron was a big help!

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Robert it might encourage you to note that there is a european smithing tradition where they sit down to work at the powerhammer---you're not wimping out----you are just being all pretentious and "international jet setter"  As I recall there are some pictures showing this in Manfred Sachse's Damascus Steel book. 

 

I have a chronic disease myself and have done some experimenting on how to modify my set up to deal with possible complications in the future including how to forge sitting down---a good thick leather apron was a big help!

Hello Brother Thomas,

 

Yes you are correct both the European smiting tradition & Japanese traditions Sit and forge and use power hammers that are designed to be used while sitting and is what prompted me to redesign my shop (still a WIP ) to make things easier as well as functional for me . I know folks love photos and it will be when I get things done. 

 I will take a photo of my Old Welding Jacket (Leather of course) I did a bit of painting on the back for decoration I also washed it in the washer to get it clean,(Sprayed with a cleaner called "Awesome".) However, the most important thing I did was dump a 1/3 of a bottle of Fabric softener in the rinse cycle this made the leather jacket feel more like a fleece jacket (Super Soft) and easy to work in .

To protect my waist & legs I did the same thing (washing & softening them) to a custom set of chaps and Spats. Many folks may think with all the leather one cannot work well with the weight & being hot, yet it is all thin and suede type leather and functions very well and is relatively cool to work in .  I also had to get a face shield for working close to the forge and hammering at the anvil .other being a bit tired due to building strength back it is working well I just have to relearn how to do things a bit ( while in the sitting passion) Not really that hard either . it has made a massive difference in my ability to be in my shop once again and I am very happy for this . Thank you Brother Thomas for the words of encouragement and Blessings & Best Regards to you and your family.

 

Brother Yates......a nice clean piece , very we'll done indeed

E'llo Brother Rob,

 

Thank you and Best Regards & Blessings to you and your family as well .

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