A lot of times I just found myself thinking to myself, either trying to engrave what I learned deep into my brain for future reference, or brainstorm on things to improve on and how. As much as I'd love to say that one particular thing changed my approach so drastically, it didn't turn out that way (and I never intended for it to either). Murray's approach and techniques are so far out there in terms of skill and style that it would be difficult for anybody to "copy" them for lack of a better word. For example, I'd say the biggest thing that distinguishes Murray from most other makers over here is how much Murray uses the forge and to what degree. To replicate the effectiveness and efficiency of his process would take decades of guided, proper practice. He forges out kitchen knife blanks in about 3 minutes for crying out loud... I can even imagine that his heat control is actually at such a level that it could be consistently quantified too.
Thats the most awesome thing I've read in awhile...
Sounds like you had a great time. SO JEALOUS
What a great experience
Knives, planes, and guns. Pretty cool.
One thing that caught my attention was that Murray was never wearing any safety glasses when hammering or grinding.
hehe murray will forge without eye protection, neck knife around his neck, gun on his waist, what a badass. Don't they always say don't operate machinery with a tie, or something around your neck? who cares he can do what he wants. He should be smoking a cigar and drinking a scotch while he's at it.
Sounds like an awesome trip and you missed the nasty weather that has been plaguing us.
Just because they make it in your size doesn't mean you should wear it...
wow. That's pretty badass. Thanks for sharing.