Category Archives: Crafts

Notes on Making a Portable Sword Rack

This inexpensive rack is made from a couple “common boards”, each roughly 1” thick. Standard utility hinges are used to make it collapsible and a chain prevents it from opening too far when placed on a smooth surface. One one … Continue reading

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Pendulum Pell Original Video

This is the video by Jeremy Loose that inspired me to start this project. And here is an example of the presenter’s current work.

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Pendulum Pells v3

New revision of our pendulum pell. It uses plastic plugs for the top cap. The center rod is forged on the bottom, allowing a larger hole to be drilled and a screw together key chain to suspend the ring. The … Continue reading

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Pendulum Pell mk. 2

The second version of my pendulum pell has a smaller steel ball. I also used a piece of water pipe instead of fence post. The problem with the fence post is that it is galvanized, making impossible to weld safely. … Continue reading

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Video Taping Tips

Things I recently learned: Do most of your talking without a mask. It’s easier to hear, especially if you don’t have a dedicated microphone. After speaking, allow a 3 second pause before bending down to put on your mask or … Continue reading

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First Forged Letter Opener

Made from… some random hunk of steel the instructor gave me. Some cracking in and near the twist, but several people had that problem so we were told it was probably a flaw in the billet. I cheated a bit … Continue reading

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Straight Sided, Flat Bottom Wooden Bowls

For reasons I can’t figure out, the sacrificial wood method of mounting the bowl blanks that served me so well in the past just isn’t working for me any more. So I’ve begun to experiment with using chuck turning techniques … Continue reading

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Letter Opener

The acrylic handle was turned on a wood lathe at MakerPlace. Brass fittings are from a kit sold by Rockler. Originally I made it using traditional chisels, but that led to the handle chipping. I cut off the damaged portion, … Continue reading

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Sword Hilt with a Green Hot Patina

The hilt and pommel cleaned and prepared using a sand blaster. Then heated with a propane torch attached to a MAP-Pro tank. To check the temperature, dip a chip brush into some water then dab onto the metal. It should … Continue reading

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Blacksmithing – First Project

This is the first project I ever made. I did this during a one-hour class offered by the SCA a few years ago. It is just shy of 4 3/4”.

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