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jeffswildwood

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08-09-2017 12:28 PM

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Lady’s and Gents (used loosely),

The beer swap is almost done, the surprise swap is gone and it’s time for the next swap. After much thinking and since I’m retired now, it’s my turn. Bear with me and let’s all have some fun!

This one is going to be a little different. The theme of this swap is a knife swap. I’ll explain the details later in this section but we are building knives. This should be a lot of fun and if you have not been in a swap before, this may the one to get in on.

A Note: This is in no way officially sponsored by, run by, or otherwise tied to “LumberJocks” as a company or organization, or to any of the parent or sibling holdings thereof. It is simply run by those of us who participate on LumberJocks.

Basic Details

If you have not participated in one of our LumberJocks Shop Made Swaps before, Welcome! It’s relatively simple; each participant makes their swap item(s) and will get a name and address via e-mail a few weeks before the shipping deadline to where they will be mailing their entry. Postage is to be paid by the sender. The LumberJock who you’re shipping to, as well as the one who is shipping to you, will be completely random. Unless there are special circumstances – like the need for international shipping – I will not influence who anyone is paired with.

Rules for this swap

- Teaser shots are allowed, but please do not post full in-progress or finished pictures until after the reveal date. Remember we want everyone to be surprised when they receive their package!
- A progress pic (sent to me) will be required NO LATER THAN the due date listed near the end of this post. The progress pic needs to show that you’ve put sufficient time and work into the project to be able to complete it by the ship date. I know things come up so if you don’t have a progress pic by the required date but are confident you’ll still be able to complete your tool(s) by the ship date, just e-mail me BEFORE the progress pic due date and we’ll make arrangements. Anyone who doesn’t e-mail me a progress pic or let me know why they haven’t by 11:59 pm EST on the due date will be dropped from the list of participants.

What we’re making

In the last two swaps, a knife swap has been a close second on the voting. I don’t know this for sure as I have not seen the polls but that’s what I heard. Anyway, it seems many people on here have expressed an interest in having one so here we go.

It’s time for all our wood working “forged in fire” champions to shine. Break out those forges and fires and get cooking. If you don’t do forging work there are many other options you can do. First there are many knife kits available. They cover a variety of price ranges and styles from simple steel kit to high priced damscus steel. These mostly just require putting on a handle. Think it’s easy? You may be fooled! Also if you found an old knife that has seen better days, recondition that rusty old work horse. Clean up the blade, new bolster and new scales. If you choose this route, make sure you get some “before” pics so your swap recipient can see what work you have put in. Just don’t want to make a standard knife? You’re in luck here also. I agree that a marking knife or carving knife is also a knife, right? I do wish to include one rule though. Whatever you choose to make, the scales or handle must be made of wood. Were wood workers right?

Bonus Items are completely optional and are not in any way required or expected. In past swaps, some folks include an extra “goody” along with their swap items. Bonus items do not have to be related to the swap theme, or even woodworking for that matter. If you like to turn pens and want to throw one in the box, great. Nobody’s expecting anything other than swap items though, so don’t feel any obligation whatsoever to add anything extra. It’s just something that I think has kind of evolved in past swaps so I wanted to address it up front.

How to sign up

Post below letting me know that you are in and then send an e-mail (lumberjocks2017knifeswap at g mail dot com) containing ALL of the following information:
- LumberJocks Username
- Real Name
- Email address
- Shipping Address, including country
- Let me know if you are not willing to ship internationally (so I can make sure I pair any non-US participants accordingly)

I won’t send a confirmation e-mail but will be keeping a list of confirmed participants below that I will update daily (weekdays). If you don’t see your name on the list within a day or two of e-mailing me, shoot me another e-mail or PM so I don’t miss anybody.

Progress pictures will also be sent to the above e-mail address no later than the due date given below.
Your recipient’s name and address will be sent to you from the same e-mail address so make sure it’s not caught by your spam filter.

Important dates

In order to participate, you need to adhere to the dates below. Failure to do so will result in you getting dropped from the swap. If you can’t make one of the dates, please make sure to notify me immediately so that I can update my swap spreadsheet.
- Register for swap: September 1, 2017 (lots of time to figure out if you can handle the work load)
- Progress picture: October 1, 2017
- Ship date: November 1, 2017
- Reveal date: November 10, 2017. No final pics until this date. Let the recipient post a pic or two before the sender posts their “formal” pics and project entry. We may reveal earlier depending on if everyone receives their package.
-Closing date: November 14, 2017. Please post “reveal” photos by this date. Everyone’s anxious to post their projects and for the other participants to see what they made. If your recipient hasn’t posted reveal pics by this date, then it’s open season! Feel free to post your own pics in this thread and go ahead and post your project. (Unless there is a shipping SNAFU – then please wait for your recipient to get it and post a few pics)

Other Stuff:

When you post your projects, use the tag “September 2017 Knife swap” so we can all easily find the projects in one spot.

This is a collaborative learning experience for all of us so make use of this forum thread to share knowledge and ideas as well asking questions and getting advice. These swaps are about the journey more so than the destination!

(Thanks to Ripthorn and then Mark Kronell and then Mosquito and then HokieKen, and then ki7hy then woodworkjosh – much of the verbiage (including this) was plagiarized from their posts on the previous swaps)

Participants

jeffswildwood
Dave Polaschek
HokieKen
papadan
builyinbkyn
doubleG469
PPK
ki7hy
RichCMD
poospleasures
JHub
ToddJB
GR8HUNTER

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".


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jeffswildwood

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#1 posted 08-09-2017 12:39 PM

Welcome everyone. This is my first swap as moderator so wish me luck! I have been in other swaps such as the box swap, screwdriver swap, surprise swap and most recently, HokieKens beer swap so I have a basic idea how it’s done. I do know they are a lot of fun and a great learning experience.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 08-09-2017 12:45 PM

I’ll be in. Will send the email signing up from home this evening or tomorrow, as work doesn’t let me (easily) email from a non-work account.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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jeffswildwood

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#3 posted 08-09-2017 12:53 PM

Great Dave! I’ll be watching for it!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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jeffswildwood

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#4 posted 08-09-2017 08:16 PM

And now there’s two. Got your info Dave!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 08-09-2017 08:46 PM

I’ve almost got a clean spot on the workbench big enough to work on a knife, too. ;-) Once I package up everything for the beer swap, I’ll start on my “one to throw away” so I can work out all the bugs and actually have a knife I don’t feel bad about sending to someone else.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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PPK

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#6 posted 08-09-2017 08:49 PM

I’m warming up my wife to the idea right now. I haven’t participated in a swap before, but have always wanted to. I think I could manage to create something sharp and woody…

-- Pete

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jeffswildwood

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#7 posted 08-09-2017 08:58 PM

Dave I’m sure by the time you get from “one to throw away” to “one to send” it will be awesome!


I m warming up my wife to the idea right now. I haven t participated in a swap before, but have always wanted to. I think I could manage to create something sharp and woody…

- PPK


PPK, I was hesitant at first, but once I joined in I had a blast! There is usually a great group of wood workers in here. Come on, let’s make that sharp and woody knife!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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Dave Polaschek

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#8 posted 08-09-2017 11:09 PM

I’ve been in (the last) two swaps, and had a heckuva time, Pete. I would recommend it if you think you can find the time.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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poospleasures

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#9 posted 08-09-2017 11:33 PM

Hello,
I would like to join this knife swap. I make all wooden folding pocket knives. Just let me know how to proceed.
Thanks

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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jeffswildwood

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#10 posted 08-10-2017 12:14 AM

Vernon (poospleasures) just send me an e mail with your info in it. You have until Sept 1 to sign up. Then just start on your knife and join in on the fun. If you need more info you can send me a PM and I’ll help you out. :) Just curios, does all wooden mean a wooden blade?

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 08-10-2017 01:32 AM

I’m in Jeff. I’ll send you an e-mail later this week or you can just put me down. I think you have all my info.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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jeffswildwood

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#12 posted 08-10-2017 01:35 AM

I got you covered buddy, everything except e-mail. Just send it when you get a chance. I see your having fun on vacation :)

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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jeffswildwood

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#13 posted 08-10-2017 01:38 AM

Three! We got three, it’s catching on. Come on PPK and poospleasures, let’s join the fun!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#14 posted 08-10-2017 02:21 AM

OK, so send me a name, I’m ready to ship! ;-) I’m in for sure!

EDIT: Email sent, check your inbox Jeff. LOL

-- Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

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builtinbkyn

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#15 posted 08-10-2017 03:28 AM

I’m in too. Can I just send one from the knife block on my counter? They have wood handles :O

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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