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    • (╯°-°)╯ ︵ ┻━┻

      11 months ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      I am feeling like some fucking kind of old salty bastard today.

    • Spruce Dagger

      11 months ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      Another long gap between journal posts.

      But I never really know what to write even when I know what I'm writing. So I'm just gonna sit here and stare at the screen for a while...


      Finished another knife, a dagger specifically, and actually it's been done for almost a month.  

      The blade was originally forged by Jake, oh about 10 years ago?  Some stuff sits around here for a loooong time.  I pulled the rough blade out one day earlier this season and decided to make something of it. 


      Shaped, hardened, polished, and sharpened the blade then started forging the guard.  Used wrought iron from an old shipwreck on one of the islands nearby.  Didn't get quite the style I originally had in mind but it would work just fine.


      We were given a large chunk of spruce burl from friend so decided that would make a striking handle for this piece. This part of the component might have the most time invested in it's creation, lots of carving.  


      This thing was leaking sap the entire time I was carving it. 


      Next came making the pommel, pretty much the same process as the guard, same material.  Once it was all assembled and put together I got started on the scabbard.


      Used some yellow cedar boards for the wood core, real soft, easy to carve.  Then lined the center with fleece to provide a snug fit and prevent scratching the blade. Wrapped it in leather, added some tooling and suspension rig with a little decorative "cookie".



      The last piece of the scabbard I made was the chape and ho-ly fuck was that pain in the ass to get right.


      Look upon this pile of failure. LOOK UPON IT!


      All just for this

      Once I got that sorted out everything was done and we sent it off to it's new owner, who bought it even though they saw it half way put together on the table.

      So among the fancier pieces I've done and one of the nicest to come out the shop.



      Take care!

    • 1 year ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      Got a persistent case of imposter syndrome, coupled with a lingering feeling that I acted like an asshole earlier, and the general sensation that everything is going to shit.  

      Must mean it's time for bed, what better hour is there to stew on these thoughts? 

    • Fire Dragon Mural

      1 year ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      I worked on a project that wasn't blacksmithing for a change of pace. 

      Jaron and I built a small wall onto part of our (should-be-structurally-condemned) workshop, earlier this year.  Jake decided he wanted some kind of "blacksmith" design on the wall, one: because it was just plain and boring, two: because the ringing of hammers and smell of smoke isn't enough to give most people a clue about what we're doing. 

      So I drew up a concept, ran it past Jake for approval, and gradually got to work. 


      Originally my plan was to scale the design up to the appropriate size on a larger piece of paper and then transfer it onto the wall. That endevor turned out to be a pain in the ass, to which I quickly decided "Fuck this mess", and put the design on the wall freehand. 


      It took a little while to get it down right: proper proportions, centering, cleaning the wood, ect.  Came together pretty quickly though, considering I had to do it in between forging and dealing with tourists.  The painting I took a good bit of time getting done. I spent 14 - 16 hours over the course of 3 days painting.  


      Made some minor adjustments to the original concept in the end. I had a good time working on this, found it relaxing to just take something slow for a change and be able to focus on details rather than production. For how this year has gone so far, I will gladly take a break, even if the break is technically more work.



      The poem at the bottom reads: 

      "Who wins wealth by iron

      Right early must rise

      Of the seas breezy brother

      Wind-holders must blast.

      Of furnace-gold glowing

      My stout hammer rings,

      While heat-feeding bellows

      A whistling storm stir."

      -Egil Skallagrimsson

      Jake insisted that I put my mark on the wall too (his is the Thor's hammer in the center if the anvil). So I did, signed at the bottom.


      The name of this piece is Eldur Höggormur - "Fire Serpent".

      Take care!

    • House Rooster Teeth

      1 year ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      I learned about this neat tool for doing leather work and decided to make my own. Guess it's called a "leather modeling tool" which is a bit of a mouthful.


      When you get something new you immediately want to use it, so I figured I'd do up a couple more bracers, seeing as there's not much to them. But what design am I gonna tool onto them? Not going to make an original design, I'd spend more time coming up with something than doing the actual  leather work.  

      Well there was one thing I've toyed with the idea of doing for a while, now seemed like a good time to act on it.  The sigil of the House Rooster Teeth shirt is just cool looking and fits the aesthetic of the bracers, the whole medieval/fantasy thing. 


      I cut the blanks for the bracers, then sized the sigil on my laptop before tracing it off the screen (I'm so professional), and transferring the design to the leather. 

      From there on out it's tooling and staining.  


      I think they turned out ok.



      Threw together a quick photo shoot for fun too.



      I'll be donating these to the 2018 Austin SideQuest charity auction.

      Take care!

    • Amalgamation

      1 year ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      I know that a couple of journals ago I said I'd be working on a bag, well that's just another project resigned to the back burner at this time. I know how disappointed you all must be about not getting a new journal about a leather bag and, well, that's just too bad, get over it.

      Instead, here's a new knife (oh wow. *Another* knife). 

      For this knife I didn't have a predetermined concept of what I wanted the end results to be when I first started forging this blade. So I just kinda pulled it together from other miscellaneous parts I had laying around.


      The brass guard was from my grandfather's shop  and my aunt gave it to me after he passed away, along with a few other things, thinking I could put it to use.


      The handle is leather, brass sheet, and wood. Don't know what kind of wood, found it in a box with some other pieces that I got from someone moving out of town. But it was a dark brown color and thought it'd go nicely with the brass.


      Once all the parts were together I started carving the wood segments to the desired shape. Only cut myself once during that process.


      Originally I intended to use brass for the end but didn't have the right stock or setup to make it work. So after a couple failed attempts I just decided to go with some mild steel.


      Now that the dagger was fully assembled I could move on to making the scabbard. Which happened to be a pallet board we were going to burn for fuel.  Carved out a relief for the blade, lined it with felt and glued the two halves together.


      Then some more cutting, some more carving, and then some leather wrapping. Went and added a little bit of detailing too. Had an old chape, from a kukri sheath, lying around, so I put that on and made a matching topmount.



      And it's done, there you go!

      Take care!

    • Shower Thoughts

      1 year ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      Wasn't actually taking a shower when thinking about this...

      I'm drawing parallels between depression and infatuation (or maybe love? Eh, depends on one's definition, lets stick with the former).  Depression is like being trapped at the bottom of the ocean, slowly running out of air, with seemingly no means of escape. Infatuation is like falling through the sky, not really sure of how you got there, and not certain of when or how hard you'll land. 

      Both feelings are intense and can be painful: the crushing weight of darkness, and the uncertainty of a sudden crash.  

      Depression is undoubtably the worst of the two, little hope can be gleamed while drowning. At least with infatuation one could pretend to be flying as they fall.

      Well there's some nonsensical ramblings for you all, just in case you felt like your day needed some clutter.

      Take care.

    • Bracers

      1 year ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      Ooooh... How do I start this one off? 

      I made another thing, technically two things, a pair, if you will. These don't actually serve any practical purpose, like the apron, they were just fun to make.  

      Started off by deciding on a pattern, I picked one I used for a previous build and cut out the blanks. That was the easy part. Creating the central design took me the better part of a day before I had something that pleased me.


      When it comes to creating original designs that are intended to capture the essence of a culture, the various Nordic art styles throw me for a loop. I'm used to the Northwest coast native art where they have basic guidelines and shapes that are used in almost all their art.  The Nordic styles either have very intricate and complex guidelines or none at all that I can tell. Being my own worst critic, I'm never sure if what I've cooked up captures the look I want. 

      I spent the next day and a half bashing my head against the wall in an effort to dream up a boarder design. Eventually I settled on a simple braided knot thing. 


      I did the tooling, punched some lace holes, and scored the edges for stitching later. 

      Choosing what colors to dye this.

      Didn't do anything really dazzling as the color goes, stuck with only two, dark and light brown. Ideally I would have used an antique gel to make the designs pop more, basically weathering, but I don't have any of that (yet). To try and replicate the antique finish I applied the dark brown dye to all the little nooks and edges and then quickly wiped it away. There was not a whole lot of improvementamd I risked completely fucking it up.


      Next step was sewing on a liner to the underside (which may have been a mistake) and setting the grommets for the lace holes.  


      That's pretty it for this, I'll do another pair of bracers at some point later on. Next though I think I'll be making a new bag.

      Take care!

    • Two New Journals...

      1 year ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      ... In as many weeks.

      I had some materials stored away, taking up space, and collecting dust. So figured might as well do something with them. Needed to be something practical and useful though, I have a difficult time justifying to myself doing anything that doesn't serve a purpose. 

      I settled on making a new apron for myself (an apron, wow, aren't you exciting /s). There are several already in the shop, one currently being used as a cover for the quench tank, another that doesn't quite fit all that great, and Jake's. Making my own is more of a selfish act of wanting something that fits comfortably and that I won't be lending out to others. Those of you that work with your own tools know the anxiety of lending them to others or using ones that are shared by a community, it sucks.

      Moving on. 

      I picked some old leather, dont have a piece large enough to do the body in one piece and had to stitch together multiple parts.  That was pretty straight forward, I wish making clothing was as easy.


      The leather work was the simple part, forging the buckles was a bitch though. There are far more manageable ways I could have gone about this, such as buy the buckles, or choosing a simpler design but what's life without a challenge that breaks you? Preferable.

      Anyway, this is the reault of my second trial, more or less what I was going for. I came up with this design on my own. Not to say I inveted or did this before anyone else, just that I wasn't influenced by a preexisting concept.

      One down...


      Two more to go.


      With the buckles done I need to have some belts and straps to go with them. Nothing complicated about that process, just making sure to get the correct measurements...


      ... And assembling it all into a suitable configuration. Two buckles at the top and one at the waist. Fits nice and can be adjusted to a considerable degree.


      (Fuckin' embodiement of sunshine and rainbows right there). 

      That does it for this one. Planning out another project so shouldn't be too long before I post again.

      Take care! 

    • Yes, this account is still active

      1 year ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      Haven't bothered to post a journal for a while. Not because I've been too busy or not busy enough, just didn't feel as though I had enough of anything that was worth sharing on here. 

      I built up a backlog of things though so might as well share that.

      The new show Master and Apprentice, hosted by Marcus and Adam, ran its first season finale. Great show, they go over a variety of techniques for prop building. One of the episodes was designing and building a custom lightsaber, I caught the creative bug from that one and made my own lightsaber hilt.



      If you have an interest in prop building, are looking for some creative inspiration, or just want to watch some cool crafting give the show look.

      In the metal working realm of things it has been business as usual. I made a folding knife for my grandpa as a Christmas present. 



      Been some years since the last one of those I forged but I was happy with how it turned out for the most part.

      I felt the need to add some flair to my questionable sense of style, so I made some new beard beads out of copper wire to wear. 



      And that's it for this journal.

      Take care!

  • Comments (10)

    • Lamkia

      3 years ago

      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

        3 years ago

        Deliberate, I guess. He's my brother.

      • Lamkia

        3 years 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

        3 years ago

        Thank you!

    • Fly Keeper of Blades

      3 years 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

      4 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

        4 years ago

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

    • Jaron097 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Achievements

      4 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

      4 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

        4 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

    No power hammer is involved. All the forging is done by hand, the shaping, the profiling.  There is typically very little grinding done to the blades when finishing them.

    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.