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Eli Gautreaux
12-05-2009, 07:20 PM
Alright, this isn't nearly as easy as Ray makes it look ;)


Ray told me to practice forging by trying to do the dagger/spear bevel. Well, the bevel turned out okay, but that socket is something else, lol.

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i138/xamaneli/photo2.jpg

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i138/xamaneli/photo.jpg



I made it far enough along that it shouldn't go to waste --- my youngest daughter claimed it for herself, early Christmas I supposed. So we covered the crooked socket up and put a shaft on it.


http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i138/xamaneli/100_4510.jpg

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i138/xamaneli/100_4511.jpg

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She thinks it's swell :)

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i138/xamaneli/100_4517.jpg


Ray, THANKS for the tutorials. I'm going to keep practicing!

Raymond Richard
12-05-2009, 07:41 PM
Eli, It really didn t turn out bad!

stabber
12-05-2009, 08:18 PM
Nice job Eli!!

Nice Pheasant Tail too:)

Eli Gautreaux
12-05-2009, 08:19 PM
Thanks Ray,

I really underestimated how much material i needed for the socket. And I did it backwards, I did bevels/blade first -- mostly because I didn't have the bandsaw yet. I'll stick to the picture progression next time.

And how do you keep it centered???

stabber
12-05-2009, 08:35 PM
Ray Asked me about starting from the Blade too Eli. I do because I like working the longer piece of steel without the use of tongs2thumbs

Raymond Richard
12-05-2009, 08:53 PM
Thanks Ray,

I really underestimated how much material i needed for the socket. And I did it backwards, I did bevels/blade first -- mostly because I didn't have the bandsaw yet. I'll stick to the picture progression next time.

And how do you keep it centered???

Eli, Maybe next time 庸 遭う :bud:

Chuck Cook
12-06-2009, 10:41 AM
What is the tickness you are going for in the socket part of the spear? I have toughts of trying one myself.

Thanks

John M Cohea
12-06-2009, 12:31 PM
I think it looks pretty good Eli, and it seems that cute daughter of yours enjoys it!

mofretwell
12-06-2009, 12:53 PM
Eli,

Congratulations! For your first spear head, I'd say it is pretty great. If your daughter tires of it, you can send it to me. I'd display it proudly. It is the full equal of many old time spears that saw actual use. (Maybe you can try it on your next pig hunt.) :D

We cannot expect to be as good as Ray and his peers until we've paid our dues in sweat and mistakes. But it is so good to have Ray helping beginners like you, Peter, Steve, and me. The encouragement of a master is often the breeze that keeps the fire burning brightly.

I'm still in the dreaming stage. Your first spear makes me so jealous. I want to make one too. Now if my wife will just let me build one of those Wayne Goddard style one-brick forges in my tiny garage ....

Eli Gautreaux
12-06-2009, 03:42 PM
Thanks fellas. I'll have to post some pics of my little corner shop, lol. It's just enough room to have some fun.

Chuck I don't know what Ray would suggest, but I think the ones I saw at his place were about 1/8"??? But you better wait for him to chime in.

Raymond Richard
12-06-2009, 06:26 PM
What is the tickness you are going for in the socket part of the spear? I have toughts of trying one myself.

Thanks

Chuck, Actually the thinner the better. Take a look at a socket on a hoe or a rake. 1/32 of an inch at the big end of the socket would be ideal. Remember Im still trying to figure them out myself. :D

Im missing my forge............... You out to see me use chop sticks. :D

Peter Killgore
12-06-2009, 06:34 PM
Chuck, Actually the thinner the better. Take a look at a socket on a hoe or a rake. 1/32 of an inch at the big end of the socket would be ideal. Remember Im still trying to figure them out myself. :D

Im missing my forge............... You out to see me use chop sticks. :D

Have you caught a fly with them yet?:chasing cat:

First no light bulb and now no fly on that list!

Eli Gautreaux
12-06-2009, 07:02 PM
1/32 rebar, I could shape that with my pliers... Or my teeth :D

Eli Gautreaux
12-06-2009, 07:02 PM
What time is it over there Ray???

Chuck Cook
12-06-2009, 07:44 PM
Eli,
I should have said that I like your first spear. You are one tough man for thinking of forging hot steel with you teath.

Ray, thanks for the info.

Raymond Richard
12-06-2009, 09:00 PM
What time is it over there Ray???

Its Monday morning here. 11:55.The first night here I went to bed at 9:30pm and it was equal to 4:30am at home. It will probably take me a couple weeks to adjust once I get home. I will have some serrious jet lag.

Stuart Willis
12-07-2009, 05:22 AM
looks good Eli. Not bad at all

Phil Dwyer
12-07-2009, 01:05 PM
Looks good to me...and yes, I am wearing my glasses. Sure wouldn't want to come snooping around your backyard uninvited. Looks like you have well armed homeland guards ready for action!