Self Reliance

Strike Anywhere Matches

Strike Anywhere Matches:         I  have had some difficulty actually figuring out how to write one of these “blogs” on our SRE website as I am old enough to be a bit technically challenged regarding computers. However,  I felt it was time to do something reminiscent of what Thomas Paine and other outspoken colonists felt […]

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Tomorrow is Pi Day

March 13th, 2017 The time just flies by. Struggling all winter to finish projects, keep the shop fairly organized, all the while attempting to take steps toward improving our products and process so we can be ready to take more orders and actually do some real marketing to those who haven’t found our website. I’ve […]

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2016 is here, and it’d dang cold

January 9, 2016 The holiday season has been a whirlwind of distractions, with SOME work getting done, but not nearly as much as I would like. Having family and friends visit is wonderful, but when even my solitary days are too short to make the kind of dent in my to-do list that I want, […]

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August 25, my niece is 10 months old today

This has been the most humid summer ever, but thankfully, the days are beginning to get shorter and cooler. Work on everything in the shop has been a little slow, because I tend to take more time on individual projects than I should.  Final metalwork on the new batch of Anubis tomahawks should be concluding […]

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July twenty five and the heat is high

It feels like it might be a summer of record temperatures here in the middle of North Carolina. Because the shop is an uninsulated steel Quonset hut, it is necessary to run the exhaust fan as long as the sun is out, because an incredible amount of solar energy transfers into the steel, and radiates […]

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Two Days late on this one: heat is distracting

Greetings all: Since returning from Blade Show at the beginning of the month, I’ve been trying to finish up tomahawks, and complete work that I had been hurrying to finish before the show, but didn’t.  Now, the hottest, most humid days of our North Carolina summer are arriving, so working in the shop is pretty […]

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April showers brought May rain

BUT!  I got a lot of cerakoting done while the weather was good. Now I’m moving onto sheath and more handle work.  The CNC router is back up and running, and this weekend, after shipping some swords and tomahawks, we’ll be working on a vacuum hold down table that also may be useful for thermoforming […]

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April Showers ended a Cerakoting binge

Howdy, I’m super busy lately.  Cerakoting blades, getting logos put on and mounting handles.  Those who have tomahawks with payments in should expect delivery very soon. This weekend we’ll make black micarta grips, and try to get started on some sheaths.  The CNC vacuum hold down table is also a priority and we hope to […]

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Birthdays can be great if nobody can guess your age

3-26-16 Yesterday, I turned 36 years old.  One of the traditions I started for myself on my birthdays since age 30 is to do as many consecutive pull-ups as I am years old, plus one to grow on.  Last night, after a bit of feasting, drinking, and monkeying around in the shop with friends, I […]

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A slow, hard couple of weeks

3-16-16 Heat treated blades are getting handles fitted. The tomahawks and knives that had been heat treated improperly twice are being annealed by our reliable heat treatment vendor American Metal Treating.  When they return home, I will straighten them, make sure everything about them is as perfect as it can be, and then send them […]

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