Thanks Guys, glad you like the pics. Devin it was humbling to meet Ed and Hank, I did not know Matts work but spent a good deal of time talking with each of them about their work. In the talk they talked a good bit about the source of various patterns and their founders and credit where credit is due. It was very interesting and an education on the history of modern damascus, your name popped up a good few times. :groucho:
I will continue to take an interest in learning who did what. I've always felt it is fine and great to take influence as long as credit is given. After all not all make financial gain/survival by pattern development. Was great to hang out with these fellas anyway and all nerves quickly fell away and I have certainly made some new friends there, I really enjoyed my first deluge into powder, though my patterns came out a little muddy, these things take practice:) I have no idea what powders I can source in the uk, precious few I suspect, though I have found somewhere that sells iron power, manganese, carbon and some alloys so maybe I can make up my own mixtures. Or take the plunge on importing from your side of the pond.:)
Here are the 3 billets I was working on two powder and one layers. The Powder ones are not quite as crisp as I expected. I suspect there is a lot of art in placing and containing the powders so they do not move and fog boundaries. But Im going to keep squaring these to four for a while and see how it evolves. Interesting anyway and will deffo use the material for bolster stock or blade stock with a different edge material. Will keep you updated and to the group billet of billet which Grace has hold of, I look forward to seeing that one.