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shop time [Jun. 21st, 2013|12:54 am]
Doug Ayen
I wasn't sure I'd get any shop time in tonight, was feeling kinda tired after work, but after a light dinner I decided to give it a shot. On the pizza wheel front, I tried using the heat-treat oven again, but quenching in water. Result: the test piece hardened all the way through, even under a quarter inch of refractory on each side. When I did the bend test, it just broke into two large and a couple of small pieces. Since it's clear this will be a hands-on heat treat method for at least the near future, I did the other two test pieces by hand in the gas forge. They're etching now in hot vinegar.

While waiting for the furnace to come up, inspiration struck, and I made a knife. Details and pics later, but I got the grinding and polishing done, and even made the handle, which is getting it's first coat of finish now. I'll mate the two pieces tomorrow, then do the final finishing and see if I can get this done by Saturday.
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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.

Pics behind the cut.

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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]
Doug Ayen
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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