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When all else fails, destruct test [Jun. 19th, 2013|11:01 pm]
Doug Ayen
When all else fails, destruct test.

I took the smallest, thinnest wheel, one I'd not bother to much with anyway, put it in a vice, and bent it. It bent, no cracks. Thinking it might have been tempered too soft somehow, I tried to re-harden with the heat treat furnace, slapping on a thick layer of furnace cement, heating, quenching -- and again it bent without cracks. I pounded it out on the anvil, clayed it up again, fired up the forge, and heated until it was at the temperature I'm used to seeing. I heard it crack in the water, forgoing the uber-expensive quenching oil, and when I pulled it, I saw it had warped under the stresses. Back to the vice, on a bend it cracked about a quarter inch in from the edge, but the middle was still soft. I ground off the refractory, gave it a quick polish in a few spots, and etched in hot vinegar.

destructetch
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Building a better pizza cutter, the third wave [Jun. 5th, 2013|12:41 am]
Doug Ayen

Series 1 was the original, in use in my kitchen for several years -- lacewood handle, damascus blade; series 2 was the last set, with 3 useable blades and 2 completed cutters. TIme for series 3.


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Cable Damascus Kukri [Apr. 20th, 2013|10:56 pm]
Doug Ayen
So, I made a cable damascus kukri.

This is a knife I've been envisioning for years. To me, somehow, the combination of the pattern in welded cable just seemed to match the curves.

Pics and details behind the cut

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Cube coathook in patina'd stainless [Feb. 26th, 2013|09:56 pm]
Doug Ayen
I realized I wanted a place to hang my coat in my cube, so I decided to make one. It's made from stainless hex stock, twisted and scrolled. From igniting the forge to polishing up the highlights took about 2.5 hours.

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Employed again -- Sr. Network Operations Engineer [Feb. 26th, 2013|09:48 pm]
Doug Ayen
Found a job, which I started on Monday. Sr. Network Operations Engineer at Carpathia Hosting.
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Updated resume [Jan. 9th, 2013|12:55 pm]
Doug Ayen
Updated the resume and made it publicly available.

http://www.homeport.org/~ayen/ayenresume.docx

http://www.homeport.org./~ayen/ayenresume.rtf

Feedback and job leads, as always, are appreciated.
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A good day: yardwork, heat treat oven progress. [Oct. 20th, 2012|04:53 pm]
Doug Ayen
I woke up this morning feeling like actually doing something, and managed pretty spectacularly.

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forge time [Oct. 14th, 2012|06:05 pm]
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Took a trip this morning to a local flea market, mowed, then hit the workshop. Also, a couple of pics behind the cut.

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tap-tap-tap, is this thing on? Shop time [Oct. 4th, 2012|05:46 pm]
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For the first time in far longer than I'd like, I got some shop time in today. None of this "knife in one day" nonsense, not yet at least, but I got three projects moved along.
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Storm writeup [Jun. 30th, 2012|08:03 pm]
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I survived, at least so far -- still no power, so no well, no AC, no TV. Yes, I have Internet, some things are important. A writeup of what I experienced (it was spectacular) and some musings below the cut.
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