jmccustomknives
I've been invited to demonstrate at this event.  Getting some practice on the demo equipment.  In my experience a demo should be short.  The leather awls and horse shoe hearts are in, they take less than 10 mins.  The knife was forged from a coil spring.  It took 40 mins.  I guess I'll just start from bar stock to speed things along.  lol.  003.JPG 

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theengel
40 minutes?  That would take me like 5 hours.
Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?
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Hank Rearden
Last year was my first time demonstrating. A Big "Thank you" to a seasoned smith David Einhorn for coming by and giving me some pointers. I was able to get a connection going with the observers. It was rainy and the crowds were small. That took off the pressure some what. I didn't really make anything. I wasn't there to sell. Trying a start to finish project with me could be a hit or miss. Especially if it looked awful. That's how I seem forge.

So I just demonstrated techniques. That was huge with the audience. Because I could ask a question to engage them. Like: what do you think will happen if I pour water on one end and cool it before twisting? I was using some square stock? Of course it's different rates of twist. That was a winner. I also did some fullering on the anvils edge and horn. It was a day of practice for me and getting my feet wet with observers.

So if you're asking for ideas this is my submission.

This year I have another smith who actually did some demonstrations this week. We'll be hitting the anvil on the 20th of this month.
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jmccustomknives
Your right Hank, even though I've been invited as a bladesmith I've included the hearts  (bending and drawing) and the awls (bending, drawing, squaring, tapering and twisting) and those can be done in less than 10 minutes.  I'll also do a bushcraft knife and a Bowie.  I think for the heart I'll put a bucket out front and people can put their names in and when I finish I'll draw a name and they win my heart.  lol. 

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Galt's Glutch Forge
That's a great idea to have the drawing.
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jmccustomknives
Listingtycoon wrote:
That's a great idea to have the drawing.

Or a sneaky way to get them to stay and watch.  [sneaky]

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NorrinRadd
Nice work! where is the festival going to be?
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jmccustomknives
NorrinRadd wrote:
Nice work! where is the festival going to be?


Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville Alabama.

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jmccustomknives
Here was the demo set up in Jacksonville, Alabama.  I had a feeling it would be out in the open so I went to the thrift store and found a patio umbrella.[idea]  Worked pretty good, well until a gust of wind late in the afternoon split that cheap 2x4 mount I had it in. [eek]  I knew I should have used steel.  [mad]



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theengel
So did you get a lot of people who watched you through an entire project?
Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?
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jmccustomknives
theengel wrote:
So did you get a lot of people who watched you through an entire project?


Yes, but the crowd was very small for the event.  They scheduled the event to coincide with another event thinking the families would come.  It didn't really happen.  I did make the local paper though.  [biggrin]

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Hank Rearden
Looked like a perfect day to be outside. I also like the umbrella idea. The tape line looked appropriate as well. Glad you got out in the public to do the craft.
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