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This thread is to post ideas/suggestions for future guild meeting content.
Suggestion for future meeting:
Bring in a couple experts on heat treating. We would have sessions on various aspects of heat treating such as:
- Heat treating basic over view
- forging - what temp to forge, how to cycle, quench oils,
- Stock removal - soak times, Cryo, quench methods
- heat treating for maximum steel performance
I'm not familiar with him. Could you please give me a little info?
I'll second that - this man is an amazing maker.Yes sir, He is a member of this guild as of today and makes some of the most beautiful folders I have seen. He is out of Hopkins, MO. I would strongly suggest a look at his Instagram or Facebook for representations of his work.
Those are reasonable ideas. There were a number of "newer" makers at the meeting and I'd bet that many of them would respond to topics such as you've listed. Thanks for your input.I don't feel like I have much of a say on topics since I missed the first two meetings and don't know what all was presented, but... as a non-blacksmith who buys blades to put handles on, I'd like to see a portion or "station" of each gathering devoted to handle-work and/or sheath making, tips on glue-up and epoxies, wood and other material selection. A couple of other ideas might be a seminar/discussion on blade design and what different styles are used for and why. I keep reading about stabilizing handle scales and don't really know what that entails, so that might be another topic. A demo on getting guards and pommels fitted properly might be good too. Just some thoughts...
While I agree that the meeting was great, viewing the grinding or kydex was a bit tough.
Something I'd like to propose, a camera setup for shared viewing. Thanks to modern tech, this is pretty simple and cheap.
1. Old cell phone or tablet with decent camera
1a. Tripod for the phone
2. Google Chromecast
3. 42" or larger TV, mounted on top of a ladder or tripod
4. PA speaker, wireless mic
I will begin by donating a Chromecast that I no longer use. I have the rest as well that I use for Shrine events, but can't leave them and might not make it to every meeting, clinic, class, etc.
These are not expensive, nor do they have to be top of the line. Tripods for phones are under $20. A 12" PA speaker, $130, wireless headset $25, find a TV at a garage sale or get one on clearance after Christmas. If someone replaces one of theirs, maybe the guild could buy it.