Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

from Ketchikan, AK

  • Activity

    • Banana Pie

      2 days ago


      I tried out a new recipe today that I got from a cousin or maybe they're a second cousin?- Anyway! -it's from a family member.  Haven't made one quite like this before, rather than just plain dough, pecans are crushed and mixed in to make the crust of the pie.  After that part was ready the final steps involved layering a blend of cream cheese, pudding, bananas, and whipped cream.  

      It turned out pretty good if I do say so myself, but the others that partook of this treat said it was really good and that I should make it more often.





      Take care.

    • TBT (Throw Back Thursday)

      1 week ago


      That's still a thing. right?  Internet trends are so fleeting it's difficult to stay up to date on what's still considered relevant.  

      Anyway, I haven't done one before and I stumbled across an old photo while looking for something unrelated.


      From the long ago time of 2011, when I had short hair, a stubby beard, and sword fighting was still a regular occurrence on a weekly basis.  

      So there you have it, a throw back on a Thursday.

      Take care.

    • Chef Knife

      2 weeks ago


      Another custom knife order is done.

      This time it's a french kitchen knife for a local chef.  The blade measures approximately 10in (25.5cm) in length, with a caribou antler handle, and pewter poured.  The blade was forged and the handle done by my partner, I did the finish work on the blade and made the sheath.  Normally we don't leave the differential temper line on the blade when doing a pewter pour, thankfully there were no failures.  



      So that's that.

      Take care!

    • Past Deeds

      3 weeks ago


      Going through and cleaning out the house in preparation to move and came across some personal history.  My first "real" sword, made by me (with guidance from my dad) at the young age of... Well I don't rightly recall and that in itself might be telling enough.  The blade is a brace from a float plane, the guard a washer, and the handle is a deer antler.


      Just one of those moments that stands out to me and I felt like sharing.
      Take care.

    • Revisited and Redone

      1 month ago


      Both crests are done!  


      These may very well be available for auction at RT SideQuest.

      I am very tempted to keep the last one, just because it turned out so darn nice.


      It's so SHINY! (which, consequently, makes it difficult to take a decent picture of)

      There you have it, three pieces, old to new.


      Take care!

    • Revisting and Redoing

      2 months ago


      I just got my computer back after a week+ of it being at the fix-it place, so I'll post a journal of what I did while not hooked up to the internet.

      I finally caught hold that ever increasingly elusive bug of creative inspiration and thought I would take a crack at improving a past project.  


      Since completing Pyrrha's crest the first time, I've wanted to make another one just so I could do it better, so I decided that I'm going to make two.


      This time around I'm using a printout of the design for a template, last time it was done freehand and while it was similar to the source material, I wanted something more accurate.


      So with a dremel tool, a nibbler, and some file work, the top layer is all good to go. 


      This go around I made the clip on the back from scratch out of a strip of metal off an old cabinet door.


      Once it's all soldered together (that was bitch to figure out, I could tell you...) here's a side by side; new one on the left, old one on the right.  Still got one more to finish.


      RT SideQuest does a charity auction right before RTX Austin, I was thinking of donating the two new pieces for that.

      That's all folks.

      Take care!

    • Completion

      2 months ago


      The knife is done!  It changed design a few times through the process and somethings had to be fixed and corrected along the way but it has finally reached it's goal!

      I left off the last journal with the blade mostly done and ready to start on the the hilt.  First order of business for that is to make the habaki, the copper collar.  I used material from an old copper pipe. This process required some light hammering, soldering, and a lot of hand sanding.  Next I needed a spacer (seppa), I used the same copper for this as well.  I ended up making two all together to achieve a proper fit for the handle.



      After all that was done I found some alder wood (I'm pretty sure it's alder) and started carving out the handle (tsuka).  I slotted the wood to fit the tang (nagako) on both pieces and then glued them together and drilled the whole for the wooden pin (mekugi).  Previous experience with the first tanto taught me that a belt sander could take off more than you want before you realized it so the shaping was done all by hand using some chisels and sand paper.  I did use a bandsaw though to get a rough outline of the handle first.DSC01159.jpg

      Now that the handle is squared away I could get started on the sheath (saya).  The process for making the sheath is pretty much the same as the handle, only it took me far more time to carve, at least 10 hours.  Then some fine-tuning to make sure it all fit together.



      With all that out of the way comes the difficult part, staining the wood.  Because all I can do at this point is spend a few minutes applying the stain and then wait till the next day to see if it came out ok.  So this went on for a while; put on stain, hurry-up-and-wait, sand down and re-apply.  I was pleased with how it turned out, I did not manage to avoid getting some very little nicks and dings in the surface during this time however.



      Once that was over some tweaking need to be done to both the handle and sheath to make the blade fit properly (humidity and temperature change are a bitch).  I made the decision to changed the pin color later.

      I went a whipped together a little display stand in-between the staining phase, cause you don't want this thing just lying on the table.  I kept the design real simple, used alder for this too, painted it with a black acrylic, and added some felt for padding.


      It's time for a very critical moment, detailing the sheath.  My original idea, before the blade was even finished, was to paint Ruby's crest with rose petals blowing down the length of the sheath. I tested some paint I had at home and wasn't quite happy with that, went out and bought some other paints and tested those.  They seemed to be close to what I was looking for, so I gave it a go.  It absolutely failed.

      I cleaned up the sheath and went back to the drawing board.  I decided on the moon.  Did a few tests with the paint, looked up some reference art work and then got to it.  

      Overall, I think it turned out ok.  



      Thanks for looking.

      Take care!

    • Back to the Forge

      3 months ago


      I haven't posted a journal here in a while so I'm going to fix that.

      Been on a break from the shop since Christmas; resting up, collecting my thoughts, making plans for the coming year, putting off a new cosplay, questioning my decisions, succumbing to self deprecation...

      Seeing as I can't be left alone with my thoughts for any length of time, I've gone back to the shop and started stocking up on knives again.  

      I have taken some time for personal projects as well, I spent a few days making a knife similar in appearance to a Japanese Tanto.  It was fun to build and gave me a new appreciation for those that specialize in this particular field.



      Because I enjoyed the process of crafting this one so much, I'm going ahead and doing another one, this time with a little more care and attention to detail in making it fancy.
      I forged this new one out of half a file (the other half was already made into another knife).

      This is it forged to shape with a hammer.

      Here it's been ground to shape, hardened, and then tempered.

      Now sharpened and polished.

      And finally diferentially tempered.

      So the blade itself is done at this point except drilling a hole for the mekugi, which I'll do after I get to working on the handle and square that away.

      I have also finally, after all these years, made myself a maker's mark aka fire mark, to sign my work with.  You can see it on the tang of the knife in the pictures above but here's a proper one of what it looks like.


      Here is the actual stamp used to mark. 

      So that's it, this is what I've been doing to start off this new year.  I'll be back with another journal once this knife is done, my plan for it is a special one that may relate to RT in some way.

      Take care, all of you!

    • I don't got a clever title for this one.

      4 months ago


      Using Rooster Teeth for creative inspiration today and doing some work; a leather wrist cuff with a stylized rooster head, influenced by Nordic and fantasy designs.  Haven’t quite settled on a design for the “Teeth” yet. 



      I’ve got this silly vision of a Rooster Teeth themed, Game of Thrones styled kit, that’s been bouncing around my head for the past… however long, since seeing the House Rooster Teeth shirt I think.  This is me just tinkering around with the concept.


      5 months ago


      I've enjoyed playing various genres of video games over multiple platforms for many years.  I've had great times, whether it was spent building up a formidable team of Pokemon, competing in a 4 player match of Super Smash Bros on the couch with friends or online, trading shots with them in Halo.  

      Now though I feel that the appeal of video games has worn off on me some how. Single player campaigns have become an arduous grind and finding the time for a multiplayer session is uncommon.  

      Maybe this is what growing up feels like; having your childhood amusements slip through your grasp as you try desperately to cling to them.  

      What the shit life?

  • Comments (10)

    • Lamkia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Snarky Sarcasm

      1 year ago

      Now that it was actually pointed out in the OCC, do you and Jaron have similar names out of pure coincidence or was it deliberate? I thought about it in passing before, but thought I would finally ask at the risk of sounding like an OCC newb.

      • Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

        1 year ago

        Deliberate, I guess. He's my brother.

      • Lamkia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Snarky Sarcasm

        1 year ago

        Well then, that would make sense. Thanks!

        By the way, the items you have in your journals look really amazing. Those are some really nifty skills you've got~

      • Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

        1 year ago

        Thank you!

    • Fly FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Blades

      1 year ago

      The site is playing tricks on me...

    • RoseMaryM FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold PYREverse Artist

      2 years ago

      I just wanted to say, the things you craft (like, the swords and the viking kit etc) are really damn awesome! Also those drawings/sketches in your gallery are super rad!
      I hope you have a good Valentines day!

      • Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

        2 years ago

        Thank you! I hope yours was a day filled with joy!

    • Jaron097

      2 years ago

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    • TinaBobina FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Wubba Lubba Dub Dub

      2 years ago

      Gotta give the friend request portion of your profile a thumbs up.....even though people don't ever seem to read those things.

      • Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

        2 years ago

        No kidding, you'd think people would at least check out the profile of the person that they're trying to friend. Thanks for the comment too, I never check this section often because, well, I don't get comments.

  • Questions answered by Joron093

    Thank you! I've been smithing for about six years now. Currently the one thing I favor the most out of what I've made is my first knife, it's not the prettiest or the most well made knife, but I've held on to it and have used it ever since. This knife marked the beginning of a new chapter in my life and is not something I would give up easily.