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  • Greetings from The Deep Woods

    Hi everyone. I’m glad I found this forum. It looks like there are a lot of people in here just like me.

    All my life I have been making things, and “building my own.” I’m the kind of guy that would rather make my own, or rebuild an old decrepit hunk of junk into a sleek new gleaming beauty.

    A couple years ago, I got into a serious motorcycle wreck. I had a nice supper with my son, and headed home. I remember turning down the road by the golf course, and then I woke up a week later in Dartmouth-Hitchcock. I was in a coma. I almost died. I come out if it with 13 broken bones, and a traumatic brain injury, kind of like the troops get from the roadside bombs in Iraq. It’s a good thing I was wearing a helmet and full leathers!

    The hospital bills were all resolved by the insurance, but I was now out of work, couldn’t walk, and busted up real bad. Worst of all, I had bills to pay. I had to sell something. It was either my guns, or my machinery. Many of my guns were left to me by my old man. All the rest took a long time to attain. Sell them? No way. So the machines went up on the market. They were all sold within a week on Craigslist.

    I ‘m retired GI. Been married 33 years. Got two kids, 27, and 30. I’m a second-gen machinist. My dad was a machinist. Neither of us ever seemed to get into a place with production, just prototyping and repair. I loved that the best. Standing there churning out part after part week after week is… death. Living death.

    Before I sold my gear, I was a custom knifemaker. I had to take a job for a few months to supplement my income. My knife sales had fallen off, and I was tiring of the daily grind. Its really hard to push yourself to stay in your shop and work when the sun is shining and your dog is sitting in the doorway with a look on his face that says, “Hey Dad, let’s go”!

    So here I am, somewhere around 90% rehabilitated, and I want to get back into knifemaking, and possibly making a few firearms. Here are a couple of my knives:



    The sheaths are by me also.




    So here I am. I feel like a soldier who has just met up with his old unit again. Good to be here!
    Sometimes the professional is hidebound by tradition while the skilled amateur, not knowing it can't be done blazes a new trail. -JCHannum

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    welcome

    Hey,
    Wel;come aboard! Good group and very knowledgeable! Fun time with the local interactions. Hope you enjoy it! Fred

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    • #3
      Hello Kibby

      Nicely done and nice leather too.

      Do I see Bocote, maple, mother of pearl and snakewood?

      ..one of mine

      "...do you not think you have enough machines?"

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Davidhcnc
        Hello Kibby

        Nicely done and nice leather too.

        Do I see Bocote, maple, mother of pearl and snakewood?

        ..one of mine

        A brother in arms! Nice folder you got there, David. I'm thinking I can make a few knives to help pay for a mill and a lathe. With those I can build a good belt grinder, and then WATCH OUT!
        Sometimes the professional is hidebound by tradition while the skilled amateur, not knowing it can't be done blazes a new trail. -JCHannum

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        • #5
          try these out,
          http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/...ad.php?t=23483
          http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/...ad.php?t=23381
          http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/...ad.php?t=22526
          http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/...ead.php?t=9758
          http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/...ad.php?t=22559
          theyre having the mother of all grinder builds. one gets built then they improve and build another. post your build here so i can take your link back to sft! pigpen

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          • #6
            Welcome to the forum. I think you'll like it. Not a lot of trouble makers here! Don't run off now. I'm fixing to get back to knife making as well after a 25 yers away from it. I am now collecting my goodies to build a 2x72" belt grinder. My one of years ago was a Wilton snag wheel grinder and I built around250-300 knives with it. Also did some gun engraving for several years but never really put the two together.

            Your stuff looks great! Hope to compare notes with you. Hope you enjoy your stay and maybe you can help me change folders
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            Thank you to our families of soldiers, many of whom have given so much more then the rest of us for the Freedom we enjoy.

            It is true, there is nothing free about freedom, don't be so quick to give it away.

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            • #7
              Nice work Kibby... and welcome.
              Wow... where did the time go. I could of swore I was only out there for an hour.

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              • #8
                Wow, those are some nice looking knives!
                Welcome aboard!

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                • #9
                  Kibby, those are some nice blades man. Glad you kept the guns, the machines can be replaced but not the family guns.

                  Sorry about the motorcycle accident. I love motorcycles but am scared of cars around me so I don't ride. My son and his wife are Harley riders, they have three of them.

                  I think you'll like this forum, it's like visiting a coffee shop or going to work without leaving your home.
                  It's only ink and paper

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                  • #10
                    Wow Kibby, very nice work!

                    Without giving away any "secrets" can you post some photos of a knife in various steps of production?

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                    • #11
                      Welcome to the forum Kibby,
                      Beautiful work!

                      Just what my ego needs, results I can only dream of, now once again, off to the garden to eat frozen worms.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mike Burdick
                        Wow Kibby, very nice work!

                        Without giving away any "secrets" can you post some photos of a knife in various steps of production?
                        There are no such thing as secrets in my mechanical world, Mike. We are nothing if we can't learn from each other. Give me a couple days to find some, and I'll post what I have.
                        Sometimes the professional is hidebound by tradition while the skilled amateur, not knowing it can't be done blazes a new trail. -JCHannum

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                        • #13
                          Thanks Kibby, I would appreciate that very much!

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                          • #14
                            Better late than never in joining the chorus of "welcome aboard". I would also be interested in seeing your build photos...the finished products sure do look nice.

                            David
                            David Kaiser
                            “You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.”
                            ― Robert A. Heinlein

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                            • #15
                              Hi Kibby and welcome to the forum. Lots of good people on this forum.

                              Nice work on the knives. Good therapy.

                              If I had to make a choice between selling my guns or my machinery, the machines would be gone. It's also a lot easier to relocate guns than machinery.

                              I also had a bike accident in '97 that took me out of productivity for a year or so. Mostly better now. Stay strong and remember this; that which does not kill me will make me stronger.

                              The time will come that you will look back on this as one of lifes speedbumps.

                              Brian
                              OPEN EYES, OPEN EARS, OPEN MIND

                              THINK HARDER

                              BETTER TO HAVE TOOLS YOU DON'T NEED THAN TO NEED TOOLS YOU DON'T HAVE

                              MY NAME IS BRIAN AND I AM A TOOLOHOLIC

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