I hadn’t been to the dentist in a long time. Then, last December, I had all my wisdom teeth out, and the dentist mentioned that I had some fillings that needed to be addressed. So I finally got around to getting them filled, and one of my teeth had cracked (no wonder it hurt when I bit things), so I was going to get a crown, but then the root was bad, so I got a root canal, and am still waiting on the final crown. I also learned that I clench my teeth a lot when I am stressed, so I am trying not to do that , despite the occasional work and home stress.
I still haven’t managed to fire up the forge this YEAR, although I have some ideas. I figured I should probably make some progress on finishing the knives that have been in progress for a long time. Lately I’ve been able to use the excuse that it was over 100 degrees outside, and getting even warmer in front of a couple thousand degree fire wasn’t all that appealing, but the rains finally showed up yesterday, so it has cooled off a bit now.
I did pick up some W2 that I am anxious to try out, since I’ve seen people make such nice temper lines with it. Gives me grand ideas for fancy things, but I should probably stick with something a little smaller to start off with.
I’ve almost made progress on a few of them, but have run into some errors – like forgetting to add the hardener to the inlace on a cholla handled dagger >:-( I run into those memory lapses all too often. I think it is because when I do get to work in the shop, I try to do about 15 things at once, and then I make mistakes. Sigh.
I did manage to finish up the handle on the Spyderco Mule (CruWear). I like Manzanita a lot, looks pretty J
And I made another Bighorn – this one in Damascus and Desert Ironwood. Fancy!
I also have ALMOST finished AR63 – Just needs its number and design mark. And a couple more coats of finish. And some final touches on the edge of course.
AR63. Koa with steel pins. CruForge V Tanto.
In the lathe-y world of wood turning, I picked up some stylus kits for the iPad world and made a few of them, and a stylus pen too. Haven’t had a chance to get to the new bolt-action pen kits though. Maybe next week.
Erica got a fancy new toy (I mean tool) though – a 40W laser cutter. Too bad it doesn’t work on metal. It’s pretty cool though, it cuts and engraves lots of things. So in theory, I could laser engrave stuff on handles and sheaths, but I haven’t tried it yet. We also have a piece of anodized titanium (courtesy of Pat Pruitt – who does lots of cool things with metal – check out his site), that we are going to try, to see if the laser will do anything to the stuff.
That's all for now folks.