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Saturday, April 2nd, 2005
3:12 am
[d_d_d]
The Lawnmower Blade Bowie "The Weekend Warrior"
Back when I was about 10 years old, my gandpa on my mom's side made a hunting knife from an old heavy sawblade.  After getting the dea from some one one the web (I think Don Fogg), I made this bowie from a lawnmower blade (lawnmower was a trashday find).  Some pretty bad pitting on the blade, but it doesn't by any means affect the performance (lopped a 1/2" dowling rod no troubles)  Pics are pre sharpening & handle epoxying/final sanding-shaping.


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Friday, April 1st, 2005
9:51 pm
[purpleusagichan]
hi to all
Hi there i join this communty a few weeks back and just now posting. *sigh* i've been kind of busy and kind of shy, so that why it taken so long.
Ummmm a little about myself. I'm a scupture major with concetration in metal arts (jewerly and metalsmithing ) at Universty of Houston (at my school they combined ceramics, jewerly and sculpture into one department: makes life intersting) and hope to graduate in the year 2007. I've been working with jewerly and metalsmithing for almost 2 years now. I would post some pictures of my work (as i've seen other people have done) but..... sadly i don't know how to do that in livejournal.
Right now in school, i'm working on a triangle metal purse that has been hydraulic pressed for metalsmithing and a "chopstick master" medailan in casting. Outside of class i'm fixing jewerly for a friend (my first offical commission yeaaaaaaa) and making a commissioned bellydancer kuchi.
i hope that i can get to know you all in this communtiy and learn from ya'll and also lend any help that i can in return.

Current Mood: blank
Tuesday, March 29th, 2005
5:00 pm
[nekochanlive]
question.
Anyone know of a good online place where I can buy annealed Tool steal stock? I want to make my own chasing and repousee tools and I know there isn't one local in my city, well that sells good quality. I would like to buy from somewhere that I know other people have bought from, and have used.

Thank you much!
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005
11:16 am
[d_d_d]
For the love of 1045...... *bangs head on desk*

anyone know if there is a good net lisitng of places that can doe metal castings..

I tried a few phonebook listing sites and I'm ready to drink a doubble PGGB.
*fumes*

How in the hell can a bloody phonebook not have listing for things pertaimning to metal industry, when I'm sitting in damnable SE Michigan.  I can almost chuck rocks through the windows of the big 3's HQs.
*fumes some more*
Wednesday, March 16th, 2005
1:09 pm
[d_d_d]
Ihova Witnesses suddenly didn't want to talk to me when I opened  the garagedoor wearing a shirt with "I solve problems through violence.", holding Ten-man in my righthand, the OHA propped up against a sawhorse behind me, and my forge roaring away.


"Uh.. We'll come back another time when you're less busy.."




anyone else wonder why Ihova Wintesses nearly always travel in pairs?

Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, March 8th, 2005
9:06 am
[d_d_d]
http://matweb.com/index.asp?ckck=1

in case you ever needed to know an arse load of info on a perticular material

such as  aluminium weighs (avg) .10lbs per cubic inch

so if a some kid asks "Can you make Cloud's Buster sword from FF7?"

you can say " Yeah, but even with aluminium, it'll weigh about 50lbs....."

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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005
6:10 pm
[d_d_d]
http://www.oldworldanvils.com/anvils/habermann.html

is it bad that a 465lb anvil makes me drool lustily?

and BTW, if anyone likes retro-ish lounge jazz ceck out  "Keepin' It Steel" by Amon Tobin.
Thursday, January 13th, 2005
7:34 am
[d_d_d]
Just a thought/random question, does anyone else loath fiberglass handles like i do?
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004
2:57 pm
[nekochanlive]
Hello, I'm new.
Just introducing myself. I am studing to be a silversmith right now, and decided to look into metalsmith communities on LJ. So I find myself here. Even though right now I am working in small scale, one of these days I would love to learn blacksmithing and such. I have always love armor especially sword making, until then I am just a jewler. Even though my feild of studyis specifically taught for jewlery, my peices tend to be more scuptual than wearable jewlery. Here are pictures of some of my work.

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Sorry if this was alot of pictures.
Monday, November 22nd, 2004
8:13 pm
[neurosynner]
The fringe apron blacksmith crew..
The traditional blacksmith's day in the UK is celebrated on November 23rd. It is known as "Old Clem's Night". The apprentices made an effigy of 'Old Clem', put him in a chair and carried him round the houses begging for beer and apples.

Often a journeyman would be dressed as old clem and would give a speech with words along the lines of "
I am the real Saint Clement, the first founder of brass, iron, and steel from the ore. I have been to Mount AEtna, where the god Vulcan first built his forge, and forged the armor and thunderbolts for the god Jupiter. "

After carrying Old Clem round and 'firing the anvil', the lads took him to the door of the Public Bar, had their supper.

The supper would end with the singing by the company of the blacksmith's anthem, the song Twankydillo...

'Twankydillo'...

Here's a health to the jolly blacksmith, the best of all fellows
Who works at his anvil while the boy blows the bellows

Chorus
Which makes his bright hammer to rise and to fall
Here's to Old Cole and to Young Cole
And to Old Cole of all
Twankydillo, Twankydillo, Twankydillo-dillo-dillo-dillo
And a roaring pair of blow-pipes made from the green willow

Here's a health to the pretty boy, the one I love best
Who kindles a fire all in my own breast

Chorus

If a gentleman calls his horse to be shoed
He'll make no denial of one pot or two

Chorus

Here's a health from us all, to our sovereign the Queen
And to all the Royal family, whereever they're seen

Chorus
8:07 pm
[neurosynner]
Greetings and salutations ...
So I thought St. Clem's day eve would be a good time to update my LJ account and join some forging communities..

Looking forward to meeting some smiths here..

I enjoy historic preservation blacksmithing and being that the blacksmith of the middle ages was like the home depot of today I enjoy many different aspects of smithing and tool makeing rather than the attraction to cutler and sword.

I am partial to coal, coke and charcoal.

To me the art of the smith is a delicate dance and mastery of metal, fire, air, water and will ...

oh and if you couldnt tell by the photo .. I am a gal.

Hope to meet many of you soon ..
Monday, November 1st, 2004
6:37 pm
[cameronpotter]
Newbie
Hi all,

This is just an intro type thing.

I am into quite a lot of handmaking stuff, however, it is strictly a hobby.

My primary interest is in jewellery making, especially using enamels or mokume gane (ancient Japanese technique for the most attractive sword furniture you are likely to see) - feel free to ask if you want further explanation or advice.

I am also interested in knife making (both kitchen functional and artistic).

I have also dabbled in a bit of carpentry (have to for knife making) and also some blacksmithing - which lead me to knife making which lead me to jewellery making!


Cam

under
down

;o)
Friday, October 29th, 2004
8:13 am
[d_d_d]
I need recomendations on arch welders

something for heavy duty, and requires the least hassel.
Saturday, August 28th, 2004
7:52 pm
[steelbanger]
My first knife
I forged it from an old file. The handle is Mahogany, finished with Tung oil. The picture was taken in the woods behind my house.


Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, March 26th, 2004
2:17 am
[ray716]
Metal Magic
So.. since I helped form this group some months ago, i have been doing a lot of thinking about what the magic of metalsmithing actualy is. I have also been thinking on what we have lost, and what we might be able to regain by barrowing Ideas and traditions from other modern occult practices. Here are some of the ideas on HOW and WHY Metalsmithing is magical.. Please, Tell me what you think, and if i mised something, please feel free to add more.

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Current Mood: contemplative
Sunday, March 14th, 2004
12:26 pm
[steelbanger]
My latest project
I made equipment for my other hobby/passion. The rings and buckles are of 5/8 mild steel. For a finish, I dipped them at a black heat in peanut oil.
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Wednesday, March 10th, 2004
11:33 pm
[ray716]
Black smithing lore..
http://www.sacred-texts.com/etc/mhs/index.htm

Sacred-texts.com is FAST becoming one of my FAVORITE resourses.. Especialy after i found this... the link above is to one of the books they have on the site.. the first half of the book is devoted to the Lore of Horseshoues... And there is a full section on the Magick of Blacksmmithing! Deffently want to take a look..

**Droooool!!** Sadly.. it comes from a mainly western point of view.. but that's ok.. the Art of the craftsman is a VAST one. It is also one where most of it's magick is from the SECRESY of the information it's self..

In Troth,
Ray
Tuesday, February 24th, 2004
5:14 pm
[freyjasgydhia]
I Have A Technical Question
My eldest son is working on a project for school and is trying to discover if in the Middle Ages, or during the Viking Era there was a none animal material used in stringing bows, and if so what that material would have been. Can anyone help me out?? What would he check under if doing a web-search? Thank you for your help in advance.

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, February 18th, 2004
5:42 pm
[freyjasgydhia]
Come Check It Out..
Well everyone.. I just revamped rainbowbridge it is now a Scandinavian Folklore Community.. So, let's share stories, poems, inspiration galore!

Current Mood: accomplished
Saturday, February 7th, 2004
10:43 pm
[sobekptah]
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