Vehicle ToDo List

The truck I’ll be taking is a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. I’m the truck’s 3rd owner and the previous owner really let her go. It has 201k miles on it and required a *lot* of work to get it safe to drive. Got the truck back from the shop. I decided it was best to have a real mechanic go over it and then fix/replace things that I would have no idea (or business) how to do. So the following has been done. – Complete frontend work (cv joints, boots, rack and pinion, tie rods, etc) – All belts (timing, ac, …

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5/21/2018

On 5/21/2018 I will be traveling from my home in North Carolina to Fairbanks Alaska and then on to Prudhoe Bay and the Arctic Circle. The Why Growing up my dad talked about how beautiful (and cold) Alaska is and I’ve see numerous pictures and documentaries over the years on Alaska and a combination of those things has had this trip in my mind for several years. The How This part is still very much in flux. More updates as I make them! Why Are You Telling Us About Something That Is Happening 2 Years From Now?! Well, this is …

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21 Depression Truths

I normally don’t like sites of this type because of their clickbait-y links. But this one definitely struck a chord. 21 Depression Truths If you’ve read my blog archives you’ve probably come across some posts about my own dealings with depression. It sucks and it’s something I still deal with on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis. I’m still not taking meds, not because I don’t believe in them but because through talk therapy I’ve developed tools to cope with depression. Some days are better than others. When I catch it early it’s a lot easier to get out of that …

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Banging Some Metal

Just a few pics of some things I’ve been working on in the shop. Starting with a piece of A36. Not ideal for a knife at all because of its low carbon content (aka it won’t harden/temper properly) but it gives me some practice on shaping. Reducing the edge down. Forging the tip. Looking more like a knife. The spine. Here’s one that’s finished. It’s made out of an old farrier’s rasp with an oak handle and brass pins. Before and after. Overall I’m pretty happy with the the rasp knife came out, especially since it’s the first knife I’ve …

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Some Forge Work

Since I have the shop setup I’ve been trying to get out there daily for a least an hour and work on *something*…Some days it happens and some days it doesn’t. Here’s a few pics of what I’ve been working on. This is the initial drawing out of the original round bar stock. It started off as 3/4in round. After sanding and shaping. Brought up to non-magnetic heat and then quenched in canola oil. Tomorrow I’ll draw some of the hardness out by tempering so it won’t shatter when I try to use it. After that, if I’ve done everything …

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I Have A Maker’s Mark!

I’ve gotten fairly serious about blacksmithing and knifemaking in the last several months. So much so that I decided I wanted a way to mark the things I make. On the recommendation of a designer who’s blog I read, I contacted Josh Ford and he worked with me to get the mark I was looking for. Here’s what he came up with based on my input. Definitely digging it! Keep an eye out for more posts about this and check out my instagram since I post a lot of shop pics there. In the coming months I’ll get this design …

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A Picture Post

This is my new workshop. I haven’t been this excited about something in a *really* long time! I’m waiting for the builder to do a few final things and then I can move in and start setting up. The two windows together were an addon so my mom could setup her art studio…From what I can gather she’s pretty excited about it too 🙂 Footers dug out More after the jump

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Some Motivation

I don’t normally post the motivational poster type sayings because most of them just really annoy me. But I found on that really resonates with me so I’m sharing it here if for no other reason than to just have it around where I can find it. If you can’t make out what the text is here’s a copy of it. “Motivation comes from within; there’s no supplement, secret or substitute for the power of the mind to control the body. The only thing holding you back from being the person you want to be, is yourself. No matter your …

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An Ax To Grind

I like sharp things. Axes, knives, swords (high quality and *not* the cheap knock offs that seem to be everywhere) it doesn’t really matter. Since getting back into blacksmithing I look at them all very differently. How’re they made, what kind of steel is used, is it all high carbon steel or was the bit welded in? I’ve also recently had the urge to create things from leather, steel, copper etc. So I ordered a Cold Steel Tomahawk from Amazon so I could play around with some ideas I had. Lots of pics after the jump.

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