This is the start to one of my simple armillary sundials. Probably a donation to the local Creede Arts Council, but still TBD. I think there are about 4-5 of this style that I've made that are scattered across the US. This is the first of three sundials that I'll be forging this week - all of this style. Drawing out the gnomon by hand can take a couple of hours. The sundial is unique in that the gnomon and dial plate are forged as one piece; together the piece is just short of a meter long.
Last summer at Days of '92 someone overheard me whine about not having any flint and was using that as an excuse not to make any strikers. He kindly walked to his truck and gave me this rather large piece of what I believe is churt. So, I'm using the opportunity to get back into forging shape with some of these small projects, such as flint strikers. After some minor historical research, I found that there is quite a difference in the general shapes of flint strikers. The sexy, curvy looking one in the picture is a common Norse/Viking style. The chunky looking striker was common during Colonial times. You draw your own conclusions.
As most know, I don't forge weapons except to learn a new technique. However, I don't consider these kiridashi knives as weapons; they are more of a tool than weapon. They are great as marking tools for woodworking and for just sitting around, whittling, and contemplating the state of the world. Such as it is. These kiridashi are almost complete; the only thing missing is a chord wrap for the handle. Most of those sold on the internets don't include a wrap of any sort. The blue wrapped one was for a birthday present for a friend and local woodworker. The rest will be given as gifts for those who donated files or sold at the local Days of '92 here in Creede.
the Mad tinker
Just an archive of projects as they progress. Nothing really to see here. Move along ...