Apr 23
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I was invited to answer some question for : (via DIY Blacksmithing: Ask A Blacksmith with Josh Weston)

For this installment of Ask A Blacksmith, I got in touch with Josh Weston through the Etsy Blacksmiths Team. He was kind enough to answer 7 questions all about his experience as a blacksmith. I think you’ll enjoy what he has to say about it.

I was invited to answer some question for :
(via DIY Blacksmithing: Ask A Blacksmith with Josh Weston)

For this installment of Ask A Blacksmith, I got in touch with Josh Weston through the Etsy Blacksmiths Team. He was kind enough to answer 7 questions all about his experience as a blacksmith. I think you’ll enjoy what he has to say about it.

Apr 20
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I make my own ham glaze. I use orange juice as a base with brown sugar, maple syrup, honey (not pictured). I get the sugars nicely dissolved into the juice and then add in liquor. I usually use rum but since I’ve been doing some work with Virgil Kaine I figured I would give it a try. I free pour until the flavor shows in the juice. Then I balance it with nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice and most importantly cloves. I let it burn the alcohol off and then pour it in the crockpot with the ham making sure to get it inside the ham cuts to give a well rounded flavoring.

I make my own ham glaze. I use orange juice as a base with brown sugar, maple syrup, honey (not pictured). I get the sugars nicely dissolved into the juice and then add in liquor. I usually use rum but since I’ve been doing some work with Virgil Kaine I figured I would give it a try. I free pour until the flavor shows in the juice. Then I balance it with nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice and most importantly cloves. I let it burn the alcohol off and then pour it in the crockpot with the ham making sure to get it inside the ham cuts to give a well rounded flavoring.

Apr 19
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Buffalo Horn and Copper Hair Slide:

Stick your hair bun or pin your hair back with this copper hair stick and buffalo horn ring in my Etsy shop. 6 inch copper stick rod fits through a 2.5” buffalo horn ring with a 1.75” opening.

This is an easy way to achieve that period look with your hair. Works best with medium to long hair.

This was a fun piece to make. I happened to find some sweet Buffalo Horn pieces at the flea market this morning and quickly whipped out a proof of concept by request. I was just asked about one of these last night and then I happened to find the Buffalo horn at the market today. Karma?

Apr 18
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A collection of items I made a while back. All of these are sold expect for one steak turner.

A collection of items I made a while back. All of these are sold expect for one steak turner.

Apr 16
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gastrogirl:

peanut butter cake with chocolate frosting.

I gave up peanut butter for Lent. I want this to be my Easter dinner.

gastrogirl:

peanut butter cake with chocolate frosting.

I gave up peanut butter for Lent. I want this to be my Easter dinner.

(via everyoneattack)

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I got this in the mail from a now long-time tumblr friend, jkjkjkjkjkjkjkjkjkjk. I love the quote! This will be permanently hanging in my shop to scare away the DIY insecurities and second guessing work I do as a craftsman. Thanks for the note, very good timing with it being my 6 year tumblr birthday.

I got this in the mail from a now long-time tumblr friend, jkjkjkjkjkjkjkjkjkjk. I love the quote! This will be permanently hanging in my shop to scare away the DIY insecurities and second guessing work I do as a craftsman. Thanks for the note, very good timing with it being my 6 year tumblr birthday.

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rashystreakers turned 6 today!
Wow, has it really been that long? We’ve been through a lot with no plans of slowing down any time soon. Thanks to all the fans and followers!
In celebration here is a list of some prominent things I’ve enjoyed/experienced on tumblr:
FUCKYEAHSHARKS vs. FUCKYEAHCATS (I sided with sharks and lost but it was a good time)
tumblarity (boy do I miss that hot mess)
I used to post using primarily an email address because mobile phones sucked so much back when I started
mareen Fischenger’s blog was my initial tumblr inspiration/crush
My custom theme was once a staff pic before it became totally outdated

rashystreakers turned 6 today!

Wow, has it really been that long? We’ve been through a lot with no plans of slowing down any time soon. Thanks to all the fans and followers!

In celebration here is a list of some prominent things I’ve enjoyed/experienced on tumblr:

  1. FUCKYEAHSHARKS vs. FUCKYEAHCATS (I sided with sharks and lost but it was a good time)
  2. tumblarity (boy do I miss that hot mess)
  3. I used to post using primarily an email address because mobile phones sucked so much back when I started
  4. mareen Fischenger’s blog was my initial tumblr inspiration/crush
  5. My custom theme was once a staff pic before it became totally outdated

(Source: assets)

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I love it when my axes make the rounds.

I love it when my axes make the rounds.

(via carvingarcher)

Apr 15
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roritx:

No matter on which side of the debate you stand there is something inherently wrong with a few multi-national corporations trying to buy control of our worlds seed supply. When saving your own seed from plants you grew makes you a lawbreaker I say that is the line in the sand.
They are engineering their seed to promote the industry wide use of chemical pesticides on the commercial farms under the guise of “helping” the farmer but this too is backfiring. Mother Nature can not be controlled. The very bugs they seek to control are evolving into new threats. What do I think when I see GMO? I see a red flag that says this ingredient/ vegetable has been drenched in chemicals from seed stage through growing and some (potatoes) during harvest. I see a product that is contributing to colony collapse disorder. If the bees go so do we.
Monsanto shareholders were given the opportunity at the latest annual meeting to vote on getting behind the GMO labeling effort. A mere 4% voted for the proposal.
I grow using organic methods and I do my best to use heirloom seed which I save for the next year. Does this mean I don’t grow a few hybrids? No, I do once in awhile. Hybrid does not mean GMO. You can be sure though when I do I buy only varieties not owned, patented or distributed by Monsanto, Seminis, et al supplied retailers. Those old time varieties your grandparents grew for years and years you buy from the big box stores Big Boy, Better Boy,etc. have been bought out and added to a corporate stable. No they are not GMO but why do a few companies feel the need to own it all?
Control the food supply Control the world
PS: yes, I am aware potatoes are not GMO as of yet but conventionally grown commercial potatoes receive three doses of chemicals during their growing season. Once at planting, once during growth and again at harvest.

roritx:

No matter on which side of the debate you stand there is something inherently wrong with a few multi-national corporations trying to buy control of our worlds seed supply. When saving your own seed from plants you grew makes you a lawbreaker I say that is the line in the sand.

They are engineering their seed to promote the industry wide use of chemical pesticides on the commercial farms under the guise of “helping” the farmer but this too is backfiring. Mother Nature can not be controlled. The very bugs they seek to control are evolving into new threats. What do I think when I see GMO? I see a red flag that says this ingredient/ vegetable has been drenched in chemicals from seed stage through growing and some (potatoes) during harvest. I see a product that is contributing to colony collapse disorder. If the bees go so do we.

Monsanto shareholders were given the opportunity at the latest annual meeting to vote on getting behind the GMO labeling effort. A mere 4% voted for the proposal.

I grow using organic methods and I do my best to use heirloom seed which I save for the next year. Does this mean I don’t grow a few hybrids? No, I do once in awhile. Hybrid does not mean GMO. You can be sure though when I do I buy only varieties not owned, patented or distributed by Monsanto, Seminis, et al supplied retailers. Those old time varieties your grandparents grew for years and years you buy from the big box stores Big Boy, Better Boy,etc. have been bought out and added to a corporate stable. No they are not GMO but why do a few companies feel the need to own it all?

Control the food supply
Control the world

PS: yes, I am aware potatoes are not GMO as of yet but conventionally grown commercial potatoes receive three doses of chemicals during their growing season. Once at planting, once during growth and again at harvest.

(via gmsurvival)

Apr 12
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