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You say that all the time Alexandr, don't you think you need a larger shop?

Frosty The Lucky.

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Had pleasure to do small repair to a piece a guys grandfather made while he was in a world war 2 work camp. Absolutely beautiful and finely crafted

also made some lawn art for the wife’s garden 

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Also made a treehouse lamp for our great room. 

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I like it all 58er! What's the story behind the iron hand reaching through the grate holding the umbrella? A piece like that has to have a story.

I can't pick a favorite, each is a stand alone . . . favorite.

Frosty The Lucky.

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The hand thing is actually a fountain........I guess a flashback from earlier days.......tried to upload video 

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Did the basic grinding on the tomahawk; all ready for heat treatment. 

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Quick vinegar etch to show the 1084 edge and mild body:

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The video uploaded as a link which is preferable. Cool fountain, I love it. 

The hawk is looking good John.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Excellent work John.  How is the side seam where it was welded?  Photo?  Looks great. 

I've been buying handles from crazy crow but they are not very good. Many are not symmetrical. 

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23 hours ago, Frosty said:

You say that all the time Alexandr, don't you think you need a larger shop?

 

23 hours ago, jlpservicesinc said:

Right on. 

Hi guys!

I have a big workshop. 9x25 meters, (30x82)

I work alone. There is a lot of work, so I have to do several projects at the same time, 5-6, sometimes up to 10.

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I just realized I posted my last days work in the "it followed me home" page. Sorry about that!  It was once again to wet in the forest to haul logs so I fired up the forge. I made a couple more page holders and a Nordic belt buckle (still need to make the belt) hopefully I'll sell this stuff at a decent price to help pay the bills!

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3 hours ago, alexandr said:

I have a big workshop. 9x25 meters, (30x82)

We were just joking with you a little Alexandr. Nobody's shop is open and spacious, they're all crowded especially when we're working on a project. We would all like to build a larger shop and fill it with more equipment and tools. 

I joke with folks I like.

Frosty The Lucky.

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All depends on how much storage room you have or want. 

the trailer at 8X10X10 is nearly ideal for the types of things I make in it.. For some extra room and storage 4ft longer would be great. 

With that said. the "REAL" shop will be 40X60ft closed space and 80ft overall.  Welding gases and metal storage area. 

Storage for the items not in use takes up a lot of space. 

Alexandr YOu use the space well and it seems as though you have a pretty good turn over..  It's the projects that come in and never seem to leave that can be a problem. 

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Getting some more dragonflies done. Should be done tomorrow. Getting ready for Thunder in the valley in Johnstown. Last minute event. Atleast I'll be able to take the portable forge. 

Things seem to be building as I get my name out there. Honestly it's a little scary. 

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9 hours ago, jlpservicesinc said:

How is the side seam where it was welded?  Photo? 

 

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9 hours ago, jlpservicesinc said:

I’ve been buying handles from crazy crow but they are not very good. Many are not symmetrical. 

I’m planning on making my own handle, as I still have lots of ash blanks from the tree we lost to EAB. 

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JHCC. thanks for the photo's.. 

  I used to make my own handles for sales items, (Like my eyes a little rounder/fuller) for hawks but now I buy them for a sales item. This gives people who don't make their own handles the ability to spend 15-20.00 on 4-5 handles and actually throw the thing..  the handles do break and being able to give them an easy source works out very well. 

 I used to tell people if and when the handle broke then can send it back to me for rehandling and sharpening I think it was 30.00 or something like that back in the day.. I have never had one come back, but I was also selling them for 60.00 complete for a straight wrapped eye.

Well, that is the idea anyhow.  A hawk eye shape is fairly standard now but with this said there is still variation both in handle shape and it eye shape so custom handles still exist. 

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Spent some quality time with a couple of angle grinders, grinding disk and flap sander, cleaning up the two stakes tools I'd made at a hammer in a few weeks ago. The lovely wife commented 'you don't usually polish that much'.

making a heading plate from one inch plate to make bottom tools with, after laying out the odd ball hardy hole size (7/8" go figure!) and drilling out the corners and then some, took a cape chisel to the webs, got as close to the line as I dared and then found a safe edge 'dreadnought" file, curved single teeth, to finish up the sides. 

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Made some new tongs. 3/4 bar, then welded 1/2 bar for reigns. Man, i love welding with coal. Still more shaping and the like. (and yeah i know need to pick up the scrap, but some it comes in handy) 

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Hardened my tomahawk.

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Tried to make another, failed miserably. But hey that is the learning curve. The worst part though is the edge is my first piece of "Damascus". 

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I am still going to grind an edge on it and etch it just to see what the pattern looks like. 

 

 

 

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Awesome fun all. 

Finished the 5 dragonflies and had an old art savy schoolmate in the shop. She was impressed with the setup. Ah. Connections to future stuff.crosses fingers. Already has a place for me at a local art festival. Forge and all.

 

 

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Daswulf,

They look great, I always enjoy seeing your creations and wait impatiently for the next one, I wish I had a fraction of your imagination.

 Les

 

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Thanks Les. I've been busy with a lot of other things lately but am itching to make some more bigger sculptures. 

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JHCC,

Your frame is looking good. I have one suggestion: add a vertical gusset between the two v shaped gussets on the top member  to ensure it doesn't  twist under load.

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