Joron093 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of The Forges

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from Ketchikan, AK

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    • Swords n' Squirrels n' Stuff!

      2 hours ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      You ever feel like you've been really busy but can't think of what it is that you've done?  That's what the past month has felt like to me, the last couple days have almost felt like a nice reprieve from that though. 

      I've *finished a knife to use for fighting (here's the start of the knife) that's been a long time coming and now that it is complete, I'm sorely disappointed in the final product: I assumed the steel I forged it out of was of better quality and that was a mistake, It does not want to harden at all. But that's ok, it doesn't need to hold an edge, all that is required of the knife is to have the ever living shit beaten out of it and not break, which it will do. 


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      Unfortunately during the process of the knife being finished today, it wound up being sunk about 6" into a stump, so now it's stuck, until the one true ruler comes to claim it!

      Or until someone with an axe or chainsaw comes by, whichever...


      There was a little red squirrel that visited the shop the other day, a very friendly little fella, something that isn't very common with most squirrels here, usually they keep their distance from people.  This guy though, I had a bag of bread I brought for breakfast, and Hansel (that's what we named the squirrel) jumps up onto my work table and starts to try taking off with my bread!  I had to pull the bag away from him.  I shared some pieces with him which he went off to eat, then a short while later he comes scampering across the floor and climbs my leg up to the table to get some more bread.  This went on for another half hour before he finally disappeared after the hammering started.  One of the gals that works at the sanctuary, where the smithy is setup, was talking with me over the course of Hansel's visiting and had an idea.  The next day she brings me a drawing. 


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      So now I'm a viking squirrel.  I thought this was pretty great.


      Jaron and I will be leaving for RTX in one week!  I'm so excited to get back down there, even more so than last year because now I know what it's like and because of the friends I'll get to see in person again (looking at you OCC).  Can't wait to hang out with everyone, it's honestly the only thing I've been looking forward to this year!    


      So until then


      Take care!

    • Bubble Net Feeding

      1 month ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      Sat down to eat some dinner tonight, after a long day at work, when I looked up and saw that I wasn't the only one having their evening meal.




      A couple of humpback whales were right out in front of the house, bubble net feeding.  They were out there for a good half hour, before making their way down the narrows.  

      This was a pleasant spectacle to witness, especially after work was such a bust, I feel a lot better after having watched this.


      Take care!

    • Tis The Season...

      1 month ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      To be 'Merica!

      I'm somewhat ashamed of myself for using that choice of word.


      The tourist season is starting up, big cruise ships are coming in to port and spilling out thousands of people.  The bears are out harassing the school children, eagles are flying into power lines, and I'm behind a booth, doing my darndest to not burn and cut myself.


      So things are going per usual.


      There's a raptor center on location.


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      No, not that kind of raptor.  It's an organization that provides care and rehabilitation for bald eagles and other birds of prey. 


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      This one here is named Sitka.  They have and owl, falcon, hawk, and another bald eagle in their care at this facility.


      So we've got some pretty awesome stuff around us at work.


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      Already have few of the tour guides at the sanctuary that want to apprentice under us, so we got someone else to sweep the floor and chop wood, yes!


      Of course there's the knives too, we'll have the regular assortment of general utility and skinning, but we're going to be producing some bigger pieces this year as well.  Such as this bowie.  


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      It's a nice break from the regular and a chance to be a little more fancy.  


      Looking forward to new things to come.


      Take care!

    • EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!

      2 months ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      Giving a signal boost to a journal, How to: The RT Community Site, by our very own Keeper of Snarky Sarcasm, @Lamkia .  This guide does an exquisite job of explaining how to navigate the site, the various functions and tools available to users, suggestions for new members on how to get involved in the community, the works!  Check. It. Out!


      If you think of something important that would be good to add to the guide or have questions, let her know in the comments.


      Take care!

    • Fragile

      2 months ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      Just as a single straw can be all that it takes to break you down, so can a single straw be all that you need to hold yourself up and keep moving forward.

    • Banana Pie

      2 months ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      I tried out a new recipe today that I got from a cousin or maybe they're a second cousin?- Anyway! -it's from a family member.  Haven't made one quite like this before, rather than just plain dough, pecans are crushed and mixed in to make the crust of the pie.  After that part was ready the final steps involved layering a blend of cream cheese, pudding, bananas, and whipped cream.  

      It turned out pretty good if I do say so myself, but the others that partook of this treat said it was really good and that I should make it more often.

       

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       yum

      Take care.

    • TBT (Throw Back Thursday)

      2 months ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      That's still a thing. right?  Internet trends are so fleeting it's difficult to stay up to date on what's still considered relevant.  

      Anyway, I haven't done one before and I stumbled across an old photo while looking for something unrelated.


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      From the long ago time of 2011, when I had short hair, a stubby beard, and sword fighting was still a regular occurrence on a weekly basis.  


      So there you have it, a throw back on a Thursday.


      Take care.

    • Chef Knife

      2 months ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      Another custom knife order is done.


      This time it's a french kitchen knife for a local chef.  The blade measures approximately 10in (25.5cm) in length, with a caribou antler handle, and pewter poured.  The blade was forged and the handle done by my partner, I did the finish work on the blade and made the sheath.  Normally we don't leave the differential temper line on the blade when doing a pewter pour, thankfully there were no failures.  


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      So that's that.

      Take care!

    • Past Deeds

      2 months ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      Going through and cleaning out the house in preparation to move and came across some personal history.  My first "real" sword, made by me (with guidance from my dad) at the young age of... Well I don't rightly recall and that in itself might be telling enough.  The blade is a brace from a float plane, the guard a washer, and the handle is a deer antler.


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      Just one of those moments that stands out to me and I felt like sharing.
      Take care.

    • Revisited and Redone

      3 months ago

      Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

      Both crests are done!  


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      These may very well be available for auction at RT SideQuest.


      I am very tempted to keep the last one, just because it turned out so darn nice.


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      It's so SHINY! (which, consequently, makes it difficult to take a decent picture of)

      There you have it, three pieces, old to new.

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      Take care!

  • Comments (10)

    • Lamkia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Snarky Sarcasm

      1 year ago

      Hello~
      Now that it was actually pointed out in the OCC, do you and Jaron have similar names out of pure coincidence or was it deliberate? I thought about it in passing before, but thought I would finally ask at the risk of sounding like an OCC newb.

      • Joron093 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of The Forges

        1 year ago

        Deliberate, I guess. He's my brother.

      • Lamkia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Snarky Sarcasm

        1 year ago

        Well then, that would make sense. Thanks!

        By the way, the items you have in your journals look really amazing. Those are some really nifty skills you've got~

      • Joron093 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of The Forges

        1 year ago

        Thank you!

    • Fly FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Blades

      1 year ago

      The site is playing tricks on me...

    • RoseMaryM FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold PYREverse Artist

      2 years ago

      I just wanted to say, the things you craft (like, the swords and the viking kit etc) are really damn awesome! Also those drawings/sketches in your gallery are super rad!
      I hope you have a good Valentines day!

      • Joron093 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of The Forges

        2 years ago

        Thank you! I hope yours was a day filled with joy!

    • Jaron097

      2 years ago

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    • TinaBobina FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Wubba Lubba Dub Dub

      2 years ago

      Gotta give the friend request portion of your profile a thumbs up.....even though people don't ever seem to read those things.

      • Joron093 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of The Forges

        2 years ago

        No kidding, you'd think people would at least check out the profile of the person that they're trying to friend. Thanks for the comment too, I never check this section often because, well, I don't get comments.

  • Questions answered by Joron093

    Thank you! I've been smithing for about six years now. Currently the one thing I favor the most out of what I've made is my first knife, it's not the prettiest or the most well made knife, but I've held on to it and have used it ever since. This knife marked the beginning of a new chapter in my life and is not something I would give up easily.