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John Page
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Fragments
Across the gentle passage of time, change comes more slowly than often we realise unless thrust upon a great circumstance of uncertainty. Yet looking back over where we once were and where we have become, there can come a place which holds the mind affixed ...

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The Serpent Spear
With the opportunity to work in an old shop as a living historian, inspiration has taken its hold over me to begin pursuing a number of projects which have been brewing in the years that I have been without a regular place to light the forge. More, doing so...

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Introduction to Forge Welding
Forge welding, the process of using heat and force to fuse separate pieces of metal, is one of the fundamental joinery skills a blacksmith possesses which is unique to the trade. Unlike conventional welding, there is no filler material and the weld surface ...

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The Road
Another year has come and gone, and with it parts of us we might never have noticed had it not been for that silent reflection that comes from the open road. What people fail to realise is that the world is only as small as we permit. There will always be a...

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Wayfaerer
"It doesn't matter how many times you leave, it will always hurt to come back and remember what you once had and who you once were. Then it will hurt just as much to leave again, and so it goes over and over again. Once you've started to leave, you will run...

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Leather Toolbag Preservation
Recently, I was able to begin working in a traditional blacksmith's shop on one of California's state parks, and part of the involvement as a demonstrator/educator means I must also wear traditional ~1860s era clothing. Since there are a good many tools whi...

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The Luthier: Part XIV- Conclusion
It has been a few long months now since there has been any update on this project. For several of those, the fret markers were on order, but now that they have arrived, it's finally time to bring this project to a close. I posted the first part of this proc...

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The Silent Kingdom
There lies about the land a poetry which defies words- transcends them- which bleeds the heard before a single word is spoken. And in that silence, whether together or alone in the world and sharing only in the company of a wayward mind, the land spreads it...

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Engraved Wire Inlay
Chasing, engraving, and inlay, as techniques applied to metalwork, for a long while have given me great hesitation to begin learning due to their demand for precise tools and the diminutive scale of the work. Earlier this year, a good friend of mine showed ...

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Bookbinding Revisited
A few years back, I journeyed down the road towards binding books by hand, and although the result was I suppose successful the entire experience was not wholly satisfactory. Due to the thickness of the spine and general inexperience, there were a few piece...
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