Joron093 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of The Forges

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from Ketchikan, AK

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    • Tis The Season...

      2 weeks ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      To be 'Merica!

      I'm somewhat ashamed of myself for using that choice of word.


      The tourist season is starting up, big cruise ships are coming in to port and spilling out thousands of people.  The bears are out harassing the school children, eagles are flying into power lines, and I'm behind a booth, doing my darndest to not burn and cut myself.


      So things are going per usual.


      There's a raptor center on location.


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      No, not that kind of raptor.  It's an organization that provides care and rehabilitation for bald eagles and other birds of prey. 


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      This one here is named Sitka.  They have and owl, falcon, hawk, and another bald eagle in their care at this facility.


      So we've got some pretty awesome stuff around us at work.


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      Already have few of the tour guides at the sanctuary that want to apprentice under us, so we got someone else to sweep the floor and chop wood, yes!


      Of course there's the knives too, we'll have the regular assortment of general utility and skinning, but we're going to be producing some bigger pieces this year as well.  Such as this bowie.  


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      It's a nice break from the regular and a chance to be a little more fancy.  


      Looking forward to new things to come.


      Take care!

    • EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!

      3 weeks ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      Giving a signal boost to a journal, How to: The RT Community Site, by our very own Keeper of Snarky Sarcasm, @Lamkia .  This guide does an exquisite job of explaining how to navigate the site, the various functions and tools available to users, suggestions for new members on how to get involved in the community, the works!  Check. It. Out!


      If you think of something important that would be good to add to the guide or have questions, let her know in the comments.


      Take care!

    • Fragile

      4 weeks ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      Just as a single straw can be all that it takes to break you down, so can a single straw be all that you need to hold yourself up and keep moving forward.

    • Banana Pie

      1 month ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      I tried out a new recipe today that I got from a cousin or maybe they're a second cousin?- Anyway! -it's from a family member.  Haven't made one quite like this before, rather than just plain dough, pecans are crushed and mixed in to make the crust of the pie.  After that part was ready the final steps involved layering a blend of cream cheese, pudding, bananas, and whipped cream.  

      It turned out pretty good if I do say so myself, but the others that partook of this treat said it was really good and that I should make it more often.

       

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       yum

      Take care.

    • TBT (Throw Back Thursday)

      1 month ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      That's still a thing. right?  Internet trends are so fleeting it's difficult to stay up to date on what's still considered relevant.  

      Anyway, I haven't done one before and I stumbled across an old photo while looking for something unrelated.


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      From the long ago time of 2011, when I had short hair, a stubby beard, and sword fighting was still a regular occurrence on a weekly basis.  


      So there you have it, a throw back on a Thursday.


      Take care.

    • Chef Knife

      1 month ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      Another custom knife order is done.


      This time it's a french kitchen knife for a local chef.  The blade measures approximately 10in (25.5cm) in length, with a caribou antler handle, and pewter poured.  The blade was forged and the handle done by my partner, I did the finish work on the blade and made the sheath.  Normally we don't leave the differential temper line on the blade when doing a pewter pour, thankfully there were no failures.  


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      So that's that.

      Take care!

    • Past Deeds

      1 month ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      Going through and cleaning out the house in preparation to move and came across some personal history.  My first "real" sword, made by me (with guidance from my dad) at the young age of... Well I don't rightly recall and that in itself might be telling enough.  The blade is a brace from a float plane, the guard a washer, and the handle is a deer antler.


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      Just one of those moments that stands out to me and I felt like sharing.
      Take care.

    • Revisited and Redone

      2 months ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      Both crests are done!  


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      These may very well be available for auction at RT SideQuest.


      I am very tempted to keep the last one, just because it turned out so darn nice.


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      It's so SHINY! (which, consequently, makes it difficult to take a decent picture of)

      There you have it, three pieces, old to new.

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      Take care!

    • Revisting and Redoing

      3 months ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      I just got my computer back after a week+ of it being at the fix-it place, so I'll post a journal of what I did while not hooked up to the internet.


      I finally caught hold that ever increasingly elusive bug of creative inspiration and thought I would take a crack at improving a past project.  


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      Since completing Pyrrha's crest the first time, I've wanted to make another one just so I could do it better, so I decided that I'm going to make two.


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      This time around I'm using a printout of the design for a template, last time it was done freehand and while it was similar to the source material, I wanted something more accurate.


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      So with a dremel tool, a nibbler, and some file work, the top layer is all good to go. 


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      This go around I made the clip on the back from scratch out of a strip of metal off an old cabinet door.


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      Once it's all soldered together (that was bitch to figure out, I could tell you...) here's a side by side; new one on the left, old one on the right.  Still got one more to finish.


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      RT SideQuest does a charity auction right before RTX Austin, I was thinking of donating the two new pieces for that.


      That's all folks.


      Take care!

    • Completion

      3 months ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      The knife is done!  It changed design a few times through the process and somethings had to be fixed and corrected along the way but it has finally reached it's goal!


      I left off the last journal with the blade mostly done and ready to start on the the hilt.  First order of business for that is to make the habaki, the copper collar.  I used material from an old copper pipe. This process required some light hammering, soldering, and a lot of hand sanding.  Next I needed a spacer (seppa), I used the same copper for this as well.  I ended up making two all together to achieve a proper fit for the handle.


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      After all that was done I found some alder wood (I'm pretty sure it's alder) and started carving out the handle (tsuka).  I slotted the wood to fit the tang (nagako) on both pieces and then glued them together and drilled the whole for the wooden pin (mekugi).  Previous experience with the first tanto taught me that a belt sander could take off more than you want before you realized it so the shaping was done all by hand using some chisels and sand paper.  I did use a bandsaw though to get a rough outline of the handle first.DSC01159.jpg
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      Now that the handle is squared away I could get started on the sheath (saya).  The process for making the sheath is pretty much the same as the handle, only it took me far more time to carve, at least 10 hours.  Then some fine-tuning to make sure it all fit together.


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      With all that out of the way comes the difficult part, staining the wood.  Because all I can do at this point is spend a few minutes applying the stain and then wait till the next day to see if it came out ok.  So this went on for a while; put on stain, hurry-up-and-wait, sand down and re-apply.  I was pleased with how it turned out, I did not manage to avoid getting some very little nicks and dings in the surface during this time however.

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      Once that was over some tweaking need to be done to both the handle and sheath to make the blade fit properly (humidity and temperature change are a bitch).  I made the decision to changed the pin color later.


      I went a whipped together a little display stand in-between the staining phase, cause you don't want this thing just lying on the table.  I kept the design real simple, used alder for this too, painted it with a black acrylic, and added some felt for padding.


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      It's time for a very critical moment, detailing the sheath.  My original idea, before the blade was even finished, was to paint Ruby's crest with rose petals blowing down the length of the sheath. I tested some paint I had at home and wasn't quite happy with that, went out and bought some other paints and tested those.  They seemed to be close to what I was looking for, so I gave it a go.  It absolutely failed.


      I cleaned up the sheath and went back to the drawing board.  I decided on the moon.  Did a few tests with the paint, looked up some reference art work and then got to it.  



      Overall, I think it turned out ok.  


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      Thanks for looking.

      Take care!

  • Comments (10)

    • Lamkia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Snarky Sarcasm

      1 year ago

      Hello~
      Now that it was actually pointed out in the OCC, do you and Jaron have similar names out of pure coincidence or was it deliberate? I thought about it in passing before, but thought I would finally ask at the risk of sounding like an OCC newb.

      • Joron093 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of The Forges

        1 year ago

        Deliberate, I guess. He's my brother.

      • Lamkia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Snarky Sarcasm

        1 year ago

        Well then, that would make sense. Thanks!

        By the way, the items you have in your journals look really amazing. Those are some really nifty skills you've got~

      • Joron093 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of The Forges

        1 year ago

        Thank you!

    • Fly FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Blades

      1 year ago

      The site is playing tricks on me...

    • RoseMaryM FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold PYREverse Artist

      2 years ago

      I just wanted to say, the things you craft (like, the swords and the viking kit etc) are really damn awesome! Also those drawings/sketches in your gallery are super rad!
      I hope you have a good Valentines day!

      • Joron093 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of The Forges

        2 years ago

        Thank you! I hope yours was a day filled with joy!

    • Jaron097

      2 years ago

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    • TinaBobina FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Wubba Lubba Dub Dub

      2 years ago

      Gotta give the friend request portion of your profile a thumbs up.....even though people don't ever seem to read those things.

      • Joron093 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of The Forges

        2 years ago

        No kidding, you'd think people would at least check out the profile of the person that they're trying to friend. Thanks for the comment too, I never check this section often because, well, I don't get comments.

  • Questions answered by Joron093

    Thank you! I've been smithing for about six years now. Currently the one thing I favor the most out of what I've made is my first knife, it's not the prettiest or the most well made knife, but I've held on to it and have used it ever since. This knife marked the beginning of a new chapter in my life and is not something I would give up easily.