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Cheers From Calgary

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by graymac, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. graymac

    graymac New Member

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    Good day everyone.
    I have an extensive background in custom metal fabricating in stainless, copper and steel for high end homes and commercial restaurants. Recently took a liking to knife making during down times with work. Made 6 knives from old rasps, files and saw blades and really enjoy the sport.
    Looking to build a better arsenal of tools to ease the job.
    currently have 1x30 belt sander, drill press, hand grinders, bench grinders, tig/arc/mig welders.
    Have done my forging in a wood stove in the shop.
    Looking to equip myself a little better as i can see the relationship that I can also use these tools for my custom work as well.

    builds I am planning.
    -belt sander
    -polishing wheels on bench grinder
    - gas forge
    Looking forward to this adventure as I have been doing lots of snooping on this site and it is full of great info and seems like great people sharing thoughts and advice.
    pics are of the first few I have made.
    My father past away in October so I used some old things of his from his shop to make the knives and blades for my brothers. (saw blade, file, leather sheaths from his cowboy boots, some wood scraps, .22 shells for pins)

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    Icho- Staff Member

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    Welcome Graymac. Sorry for your loss. That is a great idea using those things to make knives for your brothers. You're off to a great start. Keep them coming.
     
  3. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Welcome to the forum! From one Albertan to another, we're pegged to be the fastest growing economy in Canada in 2017...I guess they mean once you've hit the bottom you can't anywhere but up.

    Well crafted pieces. Nice to see some organic designs and leather work too. I think you've found your calling (in between jobs of course) ;)

    Dan
     
  4. ETremblay253

    ETremblay253 New Member

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    Your knife looks cool i like when they have a meaning and a story keep up the good work.
     
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    ETremblay253 New Member

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    Dan, im not sure if your going to be the fastest growing economy in 2017 in think were on a good start here in the Iron Ore mining we are just getting out of a pretty bad slump where the Iron went from 159$ a ton to 39$. Two mine closure and lots of bad days. but for 2017 we are selling a ton a over 90$. Mines are picking back up and the rumours starting to feel more real. im very happy since i was loosing over 250k in equity in my home :S But i do hope that alberta picks up as well because when alberta goes well we all go well. i lived off the oil sands money for 10 years and they were very good years hahah.
     
  6. graymac

    graymac New Member

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    Thanks for the compliments guys.
    True things are slow here but I install commercial kitchens also. There are always lots of stores going up and changing. The decorative metal work in high end homes seems to pick up when things are slow too. Funny people always find money to eat out and build huge houses. I have days at a time waiting for sites to be ready so I figured this is a great way to fill in the time......and keeps me out of trouble:whistling
    There are fantastic knives on here. Metal porn lol
     
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  7. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Welcome Graymac. Sorry for your loss. It's cool that you are using some of his things. It's like memorializing him. I did the same with my father inlaw. I love how the rasps look like scales once they're ground out. I have to say that after the grinders, the portable metal band saw has been a life saver. It's amazing how much you save in grinder disks.
     

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