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Dag 16 : Hamers

And two hammers. In the workshop on a Saturday afternoon. And then people wonder why I want a normal job. Advertisements

Dag 16 : Hamers

And two hammers. In the workshop on a Saturday afternoon. And then people wonder why I want a normal job.

Dag 15 : Beitels

Chisels on black velvet background. First time this week I’ve been alone and I didn’t have to rush.

Dag 15 : Beitels

Chisels on black velvet background. First time this week I’ve been alone and I didn’t have to rush.

Dag 14 : Leatherman

Trying something technical today. Not too bad but lots of room for improvement. Just remember: “Practice don’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.” And thanks for the ideas, it will help a lot.

Dag 14 : Leatherman

Trying something technical today. Not too bad but lots of room for improvement. Just remember: “Practice don’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.” And thanks for the ideas, it will help a lot.

Dag 13 : Potjie

Another badly rushed late-night sketch just to get something done. I’m running out of ideas of what to sketch, any help will be appreciated.

Dag 13 : Potjie

Another badly rushed late-night sketch just to get something done. I’m running out of ideas of what to sketch, any help will be appreciated.

Dag 12 : Stoep

I refuse to accept any responsibilty.

Dag 12 : Stoep

I refuse to accept any responsibilty.

Dag 11 : Roos

A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.

Dag 11 : Roos

A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.

Dag 10 : Renoster

A little souvenir Rhino I bought many years ago. Badly executed, and rushed. It is now late Sunday evening and it wasn’t a nice day.(Like most sundays ) I promise myself now that tomorrow I will put in a lot

Dag 10 : Renoster

A little souvenir Rhino I bought many years ago. Badly executed, and rushed. It is now late Sunday evening and it wasn’t a nice day.(Like most sundays ) I promise myself now that tomorrow I will put in a lot

Dag 9 : Waaier

And a little glimpse into my bedroom, a light bought in a pawnshop and a fan a friend of mine threw out many years ago. This is not a good picture, I rushed it too much.

Dag 9 : Waaier

And a little glimpse into my bedroom, a light bought in a pawnshop and a fan a friend of mine threw out many years ago. This is not a good picture, I rushed it too much.

Dag 8 : Brandslang

I left the house just after seven this morning and went to the city for business. This firehose seemed like a good subject when I had some free time in a parking garage. Standing while drawing doesn’t make for good

Dag 8 : Brandslang

I left the house just after seven this morning and went to the city for business. This firehose seemed like a good subject when I had some free time in a parking garage. Standing while drawing doesn’t make for good

Dag 7 : Karee

Some leaves from Rhus Lancea. Interrupted by a delivery, I had to go and supervise. Still, I am happy with this one.

Dag 7 : Karee

Some leaves from Rhus Lancea. Interrupted by a delivery, I had to go and supervise. Still, I am happy with this one.

Dag 6 : Leeu

“The cat who rolled over” by the guy who thought the cat wouldn’t roll over. Worst sketch so far, the workshop cat on the office chair.

Dag 6 : Leeu

“The cat who rolled over” by the guy who thought the cat wouldn’t roll over. Worst sketch so far, the workshop cat on the office chair.

Dag 4 : Aambeeld

And a drawing of my little anvil. Not very succesful, the first layout drawing looked like something by Escher.

Dag 4 : Aambeeld

And a drawing of my little anvil. Not very succesful, the first layout drawing looked like something by Escher.

Dag 3 : Rietvlei dam

We spend the afternoon at the dam, my brother sailed for a bit and I read and drew this. And after yesterday’s fiasco with the wheels, today I chose a view with lots of tyres in it. It could have

Dag 3 : Rietvlei dam

We spend the afternoon at the dam, my brother sailed for a bit and I read and drew this. And after yesterday’s fiasco with the wheels, today I chose a view with lots of tyres in it. It could have

Dag 2 : Toermotor

And for today, a drawing of a toy roadster. I just can’t get the wheels right, but I’ll learn. I also designed and made the roadster.

Dag 2 : Toermotor

And for today, a drawing of a toy roadster. I just can’t get the wheels right, but I’ll learn. I also designed and made the roadster.

Dag 1 : Skaaf

I haven’t sketched in years, and decided this year to do sketches every day. My rules for myself are: do not exceed 30 minutes (teatime at work in the morning), and I am not allowed to erase anything. So this

Dag 1 : Skaaf

I haven’t sketched in years, and decided this year to do sketches every day. My rules for myself are: do not exceed 30 minutes (teatime at work in the morning), and I am not allowed to erase anything. So this

Testing

Let me see if this is still working…

Testing

Let me see if this is still working…

Dag 29 : Nou’s ek klaar

And that’s it for this month. I’m now going to relax, after I’ve done stocktaking tomorrow and handed in my assignment. I’ve learned a lot, saw some very nice things and if I didn’t like or commented on your thing,

Dag 29 : Nou’s ek klaar

And that’s it for this month. I’m now going to relax, after I’ve done stocktaking tomorrow and handed in my assignment. I’ve learned a lot, saw some very nice things and if I didn’t like or commented on your thing,

Dag 28 : hande af

And this knife has now got it’s final rough grind, the handle has been bored out and the tang epoxied into the handle. I’m rushing things now and doing it out of order, because I want this knife finished tomorrow,

Dag 28 : hande af

And this knife has now got it’s final rough grind, the handle has been bored out and the tang epoxied into the handle. I’m rushing things now and doing it out of order, because I want this knife finished tomorrow,

Dag 27 : Bak messe

This morning I suddenly realised I have 3 days left to finish a knife, and that is not much. So I selected these blades and hardened them, heating in the forge and quenching them in oil. They are now in the oven

Dag 27 : Bak messe

This morning I suddenly realised I have 3 days left to finish a knife, and that is not much. So I selected these blades and hardened them, heating in the forge and quenching them in oil. They are now in the oven

Dag 26 : Jeep

Don’t shoot until you can see the whites of their eyes.

Dag 26 : Jeep

Don’t shoot until you can see the whites of their eyes.

Dag 25 : Mannetjies

And occasionally I have to do things that doesn’t include knives but at least can pay for the coal I use. My little army. 126 dowels with heads.  

Dag 25 : Mannetjies

And occasionally I have to do things that doesn’t include knives but at least can pay for the coal I use. My little army. 126 dowels with heads.  

Dag 24 : Gooimes

Thought I was going to do a nice small little project today, and thought that this style is easy and wouldn’t take much effort. I was wrong, drawing out that pigtail is a big job, and then I went and

Dag 24 : Gooimes

Thought I was going to do a nice small little project today, and thought that this style is easy and wouldn’t take much effort. I was wrong, drawing out that pigtail is a big job, and then I went and

Dag 23 : En jy noem dit ‘n mes?

I realised I haven’t lit the forge since Saturday so I just had to. As part of my program to learn how to forge a knife as accurately as possible, this little piece of steel, lighty ground just to show

Dag 23 : En jy noem dit ‘n mes?

I realised I haven’t lit the forge since Saturday so I just had to. As part of my program to learn how to forge a knife as accurately as possible, this little piece of steel, lighty ground just to show

Dag 22 : Afkoeltenk

And as part of my program to do everything as complicated as possible, my version of a quench tank. Using an old paint tin or something similar just doesn’t do it for me, and my local scrap yard only have

Dag 22 : Afkoeltenk

And as part of my program to do everything as complicated as possible, my version of a quench tank. Using an old paint tin or something similar just doesn’t do it for me, and my local scrap yard only have

Dag 21 : Virtuele Gladius

I had to work overtime again today, so my virtual sword project is going on nicely. It may not look like much, but the bottom gray sword is a complete 3D rendered sword, accurate  in all dimensions and tapered all

Dag 21 : Virtuele Gladius

I had to work overtime again today, so my virtual sword project is going on nicely. It may not look like much, but the bottom gray sword is a complete 3D rendered sword, accurate  in all dimensions and tapered all

Dag 20 : Vorm

Made a template today from an old sheet of painted masonite. It doesn’t seem much but I was tired, and this needed to be done.

Dag 20 : Vorm

Made a template today from an old sheet of painted masonite. It doesn’t seem much but I was tired, and this needed to be done.

Dag 19 : Karretjies

No knives today, started to make some toy jeeps and getting on very well. A bit of routing and sanding and then to be painted.

Dag 19 : Karretjies

No knives today, started to make some toy jeeps and getting on very well. A bit of routing and sanding and then to be painted.

Dag 18 : Nog ‘n mes.

And I forged another knife, this time keeping a very close eye on my hammer techniques and I had a good result. Grinding was very easy this time around, even though my belts are dull by now. Profile is as forged.

Dag 18 : Nog ‘n mes.

And I forged another knife, this time keeping a very close eye on my hammer techniques and I had a good result. Grinding was very easy this time around, even though my belts are dull by now. Profile is as forged.

Dag 17 : Warm mes

We had a massive rainstorm today, wind, hail and thunder. Since we close early on a Friday, I offered the employees who walk home the opportunity to stay working and leave early next week some day since they can’t go

Dag 17 : Warm mes

We had a massive rainstorm today, wind, hail and thunder. Since we close early on a Friday, I offered the employees who walk home the opportunity to stay working and leave early next week some day since they can’t go

Dag 16 : Virtuele mes

Learned about a new medical condition today: Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. This tissue is called the plantar fascia. It connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch

Dag 16 : Virtuele mes

Learned about a new medical condition today: Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. This tissue is called the plantar fascia. It connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch

Dag 15 : Amperse mes

And in an act of raw courage and detemination I went down to the workshop at eight o’clock tonight and lit the forge. A piece of ball-bearing casing were the victim, and it were hammered into submission. For the first

Dag 15 : Amperse mes

And in an act of raw courage and detemination I went down to the workshop at eight o’clock tonight and lit the forge. A piece of ball-bearing casing were the victim, and it were hammered into submission. For the first

Dag 14 : Touchmark

And I fiddled around and started to design a touchmark today. It is to be punched on the knives I make and identify it as mine. Scribbling my initials on a piece of paper, I photographed it and selected the best looking.

Dag 14 : Touchmark

And I fiddled around and started to design a touchmark today. It is to be punched on the knives I make and identify it as mine. Scribbling my initials on a piece of paper, I photographed it and selected the best looking.

Dag 13 : Trekmes

And I started to make a drawknife today. I managed to burn off one arm, but will weld on an extension later. One of those days anyway, should have spend more time at the forge, 10 minutes at the forge

Dag 13 : Trekmes

And I started to make a drawknife today. I managed to burn off one arm, but will weld on an extension later. One of those days anyway, should have spend more time at the forge, 10 minutes at the forge

Dag 12 : Goo

Sunday evening, and I’m not up to make another knife today, so I made some goo. It’s a blacksmith’s recipe to finish interior steelwork, 1 part wax, 1 part turpentine and 1/2 part linseed oil. Melt the wax and ad

Dag 12 : Goo

Sunday evening, and I’m not up to make another knife today, so I made some goo. It’s a blacksmith’s recipe to finish interior steelwork, 1 part wax, 1 part turpentine and 1/2 part linseed oil. Melt the wax and ad

Dag 11 : Harder mes

Went to a Bladesmith get together today and got a lecture on how to do a partial edge quench on a blade. Hopefully when everything has been polished and etched it will give me a nice hamon. So this is

Dag 11 : Harder mes

Went to a Bladesmith get together today and got a lecture on how to do a partial edge quench on a blade. Hopefully when everything has been polished and etched it will give me a nice hamon. So this is

Dag 10 : Nog een

And another Tanto, this time with some more thought given to the process before I started. I did much more effort with the grinding, but the consistent bevels continue to elude me. I think I should practise on wood. Total

Dag 10 : Nog een

And another Tanto, this time with some more thought given to the process before I started. I did much more effort with the grinding, but the consistent bevels continue to elude me. I think I should practise on wood. Total

Dag 9 : Tanto

I thought today was time to go Oriental, so I decided to make a Tanto. A few easy steps to get a knife like this: Take a piece of leaf spring and put it in the forge. Run to the computer,

Dag 9 : Tanto

I thought today was time to go Oriental, so I decided to make a Tanto. A few easy steps to get a knife like this: Take a piece of leaf spring and put it in the forge. Run to the computer,

Dag 8 : Filet mes

A piece of steel as I picked it up clearly said to me: “I want to become a filet knife,” so here she is. A bit of advice to myself, do not try to learn hollow grinding on a curved

Dag 8 : Filet mes

A piece of steel as I picked it up clearly said to me: “I want to become a filet knife,” so here she is. A bit of advice to myself, do not try to learn hollow grinding on a curved

Dag 7 : Bosmes

I was planning something completely different, but while forging this shape started to appear out of the hot steel, and it looked good enough so that I finished it like this. Flat grind, spring steel. I really must learn to

Dag 7 : Bosmes

I was planning something completely different, but while forging this shape started to appear out of the hot steel, and it looked good enough so that I finished it like this. Flat grind, spring steel. I really must learn to