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Sunday, March 4th, 2012
2:32 am
Sorry for the unintended delay
I've been away from LJ for a VERY long time. I did not realize that someone had posted spam. Sorry about that. I've deleted the post. If anyone still uses this forum, please continue. If not, it will still be here for those wishing to view the older posts.

In Troth,

Friday, September 19th, 2008
2:33 pm
Yes, we are still active
Yes, the list is still active (ish)  It's not a busy list by any means, but people do drop in on occasion.

Thursday, September 11th, 2008
7:19 am
Is this group still active?
I saw that the last post was in May of this year....just checking to see if this group is still an active one.  Certainly, it seems like the kind of place I want to hang around in... 8)

Current Mood: chipper
Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
6:42 pm
 Hi, I have just joined as this community looks absolutly fascinating! 
*hopnig to learn a lot*
Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
6:31 pm
Domestic Cults, Land Spirits, and the Worship of House-Wights

Here is an article I wrote regarding the ancient and modern realities of wight-ecology, cults devoted to house-wights or spirits, and the necessity of these things, unless you want your house subjected to "Husing Hate".


Friday, March 9th, 2007
10:41 am
I just joined..
I was curious, has anyone here tried to forge meteorite iron? Any guesses on which type to pick? Meteorites were used before extracting iron so I am curious to experiment and wonder about meteorite iron's effect on the fey.
Saturday, February 24th, 2007
4:18 pm
forge flux
Last weekend my forge was so filled with borax flux it started blowing wisps of it around the shop to settle on things in small drifts. Kind of making my own rockwool type insulation, I thought it was interesting, anyone else have that happen to them? Also it is much hotter now that I rebuilt it and in letting the flux build up so much I ruined several billets, good lesson I guess.
2:20 am
Good day to the forge!
Good Day!

I wrote a short article on the spiritual dimension of smith-craft that I wanted to share with you all.


Courage and Honor:

Thursday, September 28th, 2006
9:36 am
Here's an idea for an art project. I want to construct a hanging metal sign. The support will be a basic pole with an arm on it that I can construct at my forge. The sign I want to be a piece of sheet metal that I've cut holes and lines through to form the Japanese kanji for rain. It will hang from the crossbar of the pole from two supports on either side of the top and will be able to swing forward and backward in the wind. I suppose snow might be more appropriate at this point here in Wisconsin; maybe that will be my second one. Maybe I'll make them interchangeable; that would be kind of neat.

Anyway, I've never done work with sheet metal, or even really thought about it. What's the best way to do that sort of thing? Do you cut out pieces with a torch? What kind or torch would I need? I have a feeling the little propane one I have wouldn't do the trick if I'm using sheet steel. Speaking of what I'm using, what's a good compromise between durability against weathering and expense and ease to work with? I certainly don't mind if it turns colors and begins to rust a bit as long as it stays in one piece for a good long time. Notable signs of weathering would be part of the aesthetic I'm going for anyway.

This just came to mind this morning, and it's not something I've ever really done before, so I thought I'd just throw the idea out and ask for comments, any comments. I'll ask my grandfather too when next I see him since he's been working metal longer than I've been alive and will probably have good ideas, but more perspectives never hurt.


(Cross posted to metalsmiths and my personal journal.)

Current Mood: creative
Wednesday, September 6th, 2006
11:50 am
Armor circa 1560
Thought some members might be interested in this:


An armor by Peter Von Speyer, circa 1560, made for Arch Duke Joachim II.
Sunday, April 9th, 2006
10:07 pm
NW blacksmiths and metal workers
Anyone interested in creative metal work, blacksmithing, repousse, etc. in the northwest area is encouraged to attend the upcoming conference hosted by the northwest chapter of ABANA. (artist blacksmith association of north america)

Some if not most of the Northwests most creative and talented metalworkers will be in one place for you to learn from. There are hands on workshops for beginners and lectures for the more advanced going simultaneously all weekend. Also open forge into the wee hours of the night, it is great fun, hope to see you there.

Here is the info:Collapse )
Sunday, January 22nd, 2006
6:40 pm
Okay this community has been dead for awhile.
anyways I work as a monitor at my schools Metals and jewelry studio. We have so many girls here that don't follow the dress code and constently come in wearing flip flop shoes,high heeled shoes, tank tops, cloths in other words that are really appropriete here. So I am wondering if anyone here has pictures of injuries that they would like to share with me. The shop manager and I want to make a wall of injuries to show these girls that Metalsmiting is not a place for princesses to wear their pretty shoes.
Saturday, January 21st, 2006
4:54 pm
i'm currently living in SE Texas. i started making knives a year or so ago. i've modified knives though, since i was a kid, to get them the way i wanted them.
most of my knives are made from scrap material, both the blade and the handle. i did buy a stick of welding rod for rivets and on my earliest knives used some small bolts and nuts i had floating around. since then i've added glue for reinforcement to the rivets, i buy the glue. : )

i had a small in ground forge for softening the metal scraps for easier working. hurricane rita screwed that up so i'm back to doing it the hard way with hard metal. come summer i hope to get my little ground forge rebuilt. i was just starting to research heat treatment and tempering and all that but for now will continue to send in my blades to a supply company for heat treating.

the only power tool i use currently is a dremel tool (rotary tool). everything else is completely by hand. it takes some time and there are things that would be a lot easier and more consistent if i had a belt sander and a grinder and so on, eventually i will.

i make small knives. fixed knives, no folders. my smallest is a neck knife which i love dearly and the largest is one of my throwing knives.
i also make the sheaths for the non-throwing knives but i'm not really that much into the leather work so the sheaths are functional but not beautiful.

hope there are other metal workers here i can learn from and other knife workers here i can enthuse with.

oh yeah, the userpic is a lefthanded push knife made from an old gate hinge and a hickory knot. it's isn't useful per se, but it's beautiful to see and to hold.
Sunday, October 9th, 2005
4:38 pm
Any blacksmiths in the NW area?
Anyone serious about blacksmithing located in or around Washington simply MUST attend this conference next weekend. Many of the areas most skilled craftsman will be there for you to learn from. To be a guest I think you have to have a paid member "sponsor" you, but they were very laid back about it at the last one I attended. There is also free tent camping, with shower facilities or $15 for RV hook ups.

Fall NWBA Conference
October 14 - 15- 16 2005
Skagit County Fairgrounds Mt. Vernon WA

Our Guest Demonstrator is John Adolph, from Maple Ridge B.C. Canada. He will be demonstrating his unique Flame Bending techniques using an oxy-propane torch with an air water mist. He will demonstrate his Hand Hammer techniques and make Timber tongs, rings and links, hooks and shackles, marlin spikes and boom dogs. He will also hot punch hammer eyes. He will give a metalurgy and welding lecture featuring slides and transparancies. He has alot of knowledge, so bring your notebooks.

We are also pleased to have Steve Lopes and his crew as our Local Demonstrator. Steve is from Port Townsend WA. He will demonstrate various types of light fixtures and discuss the U.L. listing. He will demonstrate pnematic repousse involving large scale copper panels.

We are pleased to have Matt Sabo, Bill Apple, and Lauren Osmolski as our classroom workshop teachers. Look for sign up sheets at registration. The classes are by lottery, make sure your name is in it.

As a bonus we are very excited to have Jerry Henderson and Louie Raffloer again volunteering run their repoussee workshops. These will be open and ongoing thruout the weekend so make sure you check it out.

member $ 60.00
guest $ 20.00

Safety Glasses are required at all Demos, Classes, Workshops, and Midnight Madness

Space will be provided in a heated building for all Gallery items. The Gallery was a little lacking at the last conference. Great stuff but not enough. Let’s see what you got, finished or not.

Remember your Auction Item.
Thursday, June 16th, 2005
11:11 am
Plants can grow in coal.
I went outside just a few minutes ago to inspect my forge area. I start tidying things up and I notice that there was a small plant about an inch tall growing in my forge. I then notice that there are about six other small plants growing there as well. It was by far the strangest experience I've had with my forge.
Tuesday, May 24th, 2005
10:20 pm
Does anyone have a quick and dirty zinc electroplating method using easily obtainable materials, my fall back is my quick and dirty copper plating with pool chemicals and a battery charger, which works... but there is all these (solid) zinc siding scrap at work and then everything would color match too, any ideas?
Tuesday, April 12th, 2005
7:42 am
Anyone know of tutorials for european sword handles?  I tired Googling and ended up with lots of Japanese sword tutorials, and boffer weapon tutorials.  Mostly I need info on the voodoo tricks used to put put the leather over the wood (ie. stiching & shrinking methods)
Tuesday, April 5th, 2005
4:18 pm
Sunday, April 3rd, 2005
12:30 pm
my piece in the student show
Hi there again. thank you all for helping figure out how to post pictures and now i can post my first picture . yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa this is one of my metalsmithing pieces that i did last summester and got into the student show at my campus's art gallery. Its made out of serling silver, with amethyst stones. Also i did i butler finish on it.(first time too) and here it is:
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Current Mood: energetic
Saturday, April 2nd, 2005
3:12 am
Long Time No Post...
Greetings my friends and Fellow Crafts people!

I am sorry i havn't been around that much, but i am very glad to see that the Community has been active! Lets just say that i have had a lot of stuff happening in my life recently that has made it difficult to focus on much of anything at all... I am going to try to get back on track and get back to doing things that i have forgotten about or neglected..

So, on that note... I am currently working on making some Bronze knives as well as some in Titanium... I am thinking of trying Alluminum but i am not sure if i can work harden it enough to get a nice edge or not.. we shall see.. Other notes, through some experimentation and meditation i am starting to see how to weave runes into not only mundain craft work but also making tools and talismens. It's quite exciteing really!

Well, i have probly rambled on long enough..

In Troth,

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