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  1. Brian Thie

    Matchlock Axe/Pistol

    Oh My!!!!!I have been watching this build and am at a loss for words. Thank you so much for sharing -- I cannot imagine the thing of beauty this is going to become when it is finished as it is incredible right now!!! Brian
  2. Brian Thie

    Basket Weave Damascus in a Canister

    I have tried the cheese cutter, but the wire is too big to keep from smearing the pattern. Actually I have tried everything from thread to dental floss and so far than thin strand of copper has proven to yield the best results. Besides, my wife has a hard enough time buying me play dough whine...
  3. Brian Thie

    Basket Weave Damascus in a Canister

    I use the clay technique as well -- actually play dough :). What I have found best for cutting the billet is to take an old electrical cord that is made of stranded copper wire. Cut the insulation off the wire and use one strand of the wire to slice through the billet. The smooth wire and...
  4. Brian Thie

    Matchlock Axe/Pistol

    This is an incredible feat that you are completing Bruce! You certainly think on an impressive level. Thanks for taking the time to share this with us!!! Brian
  5. Brian Thie

    The Strauss Pirate 36 caliber

    Congrats on the Award Bruce. It is quite deserving. Brian
  6. Brian Thie

    The Strauss Pirate 36 caliber

    OK Bruce, I just have to ask -- If you have this piece completely apart after the engraving, could you take an expolded view shot? Not only do I love those exploded views, I think it better shows what all goes into one of these (literly) and allows the viewer to get a better appreciation of...
  7. Brian Thie

    The Strauss Pirate 36 caliber

    You continue to amaze Bruce! Thanks for taking us with you on this journey! Brian
  8. Brian Thie

    Ringed Gamblers Bowie

    I am at loss for words Bruce. I simply cannot describe how much I like this piece. Brian
  9. Brian Thie

    The Newell .45 cal front loader

    I do love these exploded views Bruce. It really gives an appreciation of what goes into one of these projects. While the end product is a fine pistol, the exploded views remind us that it is really an assemblage of indivudal hand crafted parts -- each a work of art in their own -- that...
  10. Brian Thie

    Hello from Illinois

    Welcome Pete What part of Illinois are you from? Brian
  11. Brian Thie

    Journeyman Knife to be auctioned at Blade

    Hello All As many of you know, the ABS auctions several knives at the Blade show. One of these knives is billed the Journeyman Knife of the Year. I am the maker of the 2010 Journeyman knife that will be auctioned at Blade Show and wanted to share it with you. The blade is ~12 1/4"...
  12. Brian Thie

    Damascus Coffin Handle

    Thanks for the feedback, I do appreciate it. Brian
  13. Brian Thie

    Damascus Coffin Handle

    Hello All This is a knife that I just finished up. I will have it at the Arkansas show this weekend. The blade is 8.2" long and overall of 13.1". The guard and butt are stainless with a sterling silver ferrule. The handle is blackwood. Thanks for looking Brian
  14. Brian Thie

    "W"s from Walla Walla

    I am really enjoying this process Bruce. Thanks for sharing. It looks like the earlier move with the squaring dies and the oval billets is paying off :) Brian
  15. Brian Thie

    The Newell .45 cal front loader

    This is an amazing thread Bruce!!! I have been sitting back watching this come together and learning along the way and as you are getting close to the end of this project I would like to say Thank You for taking the time to share this with us. It is very much appreciated! If I may, I...
  16. Brian Thie

    Found A Surface Grinder

    Shane That sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Other than what has been mentioned, make sure you have the capability to power it up. It is very likely 3 phase. Brian
  17. Brian Thie

    wooden sheath

    I do that around the community fire when we go camping. The looks I get when I say to someone "you are not going to burn that are you" is priceless. Brian
  18. Brian Thie

    Curly Koa Hunter

    Nice knife and a beautiful pice of wood. I find it difficult to capture the depth of the wood figure in a photo. I cant imagine what it looks like in person. Thanks for sharing Brian
  19. Brian Thie

    How About A Bruce Bump Blade Gallery

    With all the activities of life going on, and all the info being posted on the forums and web, it is difficult to get to everything. I wish I would have gotten to this thread sooner. Your work is just fantastic Bruce! I love the disassembled shot as much as the finished product! It really...
  20. Brian Thie


    Hi John When I used coal, I used to order it from Centar Forge in Burlington WI. It was very good coal, the problem was the shipping was about as much as the coal. You may try contacting Iron and Lace in Bentonsport. The smith there used to get together with several others and order by...