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  1. I just ran into a picture of this amazing carved vase done by Dixie Biggs -- called "When the Bough Breaks" -- carved from Australian brown mallee burl (with probably African blackwood for the rim). I don't know the exact measurements but if it follows the others in her series, it's probably about 6" in diameter or less. It really sings to me. Oh yeah - her website: Dixie Biggs galleries -- Dwight
  2. Rik posted this in another forum, but I tought it would be a great piece to see here also. Rik's description: "The First one is a nature theme number 3 called "Thunderbird" one of the differences between a Raven or an Eagle is sometimes the Thunderbird is dipicted with curly horns. Its 4 inch'ish blade is edge quenched carved/textured 1084. The handle came from a 100 year old Alaskan Yellow Cedar tree (it has a wonderful spice scent when working it) The Northwest Coast Indians used it for all types of Art including very cool masks. I was going to even distress the handle even more by throwing it around and denting and hopefully breaking a piece of the horn off! But she who must be obeyed said "no"." Hopefully I haven't embarassed Rik. -- Dwight
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    Making scrapers

    Randal, I would love to see your benchtop heat treatment setup and techniques. BTW, that W-1 kogatana leading off your gallery is really a sweet piece. -- Dwight
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    I doubt you can do much with a normal file. Impulse hardening basically does a flash heating by electric current and very fast cooling of the teeth -- resulting in a very hard surface (basically the maximum untempered hardness reachable by the steel used). However the hardened region normally penetrates somewhat less than half the thickness of the metal (for toughness - otherwise the teeth would be very brittle). The steel of the body of the saw is likely to be fairly soft - usually no more than a mild spring temper. Unfortunately, most diamond hones I've seen that would be suitable would cost as much or more than the saw. -- Dwight