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Post by Stanley76 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:22 pm

I own a tulwar from the Circle of Tipu Sultan. The thing is made of wootz steel and is still sharp as heck even though it is over 225 years old.
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Post by GaryInVA » Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:23 pm

I burnt my finger frying up some homemade Chinese dumplings.
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Post by hugodrax » Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:35 pm

Stanley76 wrote:
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I own a tulwar from the Circle of Tipu Sultan. The thing is made of wootz steel and is still sharp as heck even though it is over 225 years old.
Fail. Good spirit of the thread and all, but how the heck did Something from Mysore end up where you are? I care.
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Post by ReverendThom » Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:24 pm

UncleBob wrote:I had no idea that one could turn pens from tumbleweeds.

That is all.
Wut?

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Post by UncleBob » Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:00 pm

ReverendThom wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:24 pm
UncleBob wrote:I had no idea that one could turn pens from tumbleweeds.

That is all.
Wut?

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I went to a local woodturner club meeting today and someone was talking about collecting tumbleweeds from people because he used the wood for pens. Then I saw someone online talking about doing that as well. Here is an example of one from someone in Colorado, I believe:
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Post by Stanley76 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:13 am

hugodrax wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:35 pm
Stanley76 wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:22 pm
I own a tulwar from the Circle of Tipu Sultan. The thing is made of wootz steel and is still sharp as heck even though it is over 225 years old.
Fail. Good spirit of the thread and all, but how the heck did Something from Mysore end up where you are? I care.
I bought it from an American dealer, Faganarms. They certified it as having come from "the Bowden Collection" from London, and that it was wootz steel. Apparently it was part of some spoils of war from the siege of a fortress, Seringapatam, in 1799 where Tipu had holed up.

"When the morning of May 4th came, Tipu was told that the omens were not propitious. He tried to ward off misfortune by presenting the Hindu priests and Brahmins with a purse of gold, an elephant, a black bullock and two buffalo, a black nanny goat and a black coat and hat, but in vain."

God gives us free will to choose and apparently Tipu chose poorly. He was killed by the Brits when they took the fortress.

The tigers head on the guard indicates that it is from the Circle of Tipu Sultan. Apparently he would execute anybody who used a stylized tigers head on any weapon without his permission. Most of my swords are 19th century British cavalry sabers but I have some modern reproduction swords too, a couple of bastard swords and a hunting hanger. I love swords for some strange reason and have a small collection.

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Post by hugodrax » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:06 am

Stanley76 wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:13 am
hugodrax wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:35 pm
Stanley76 wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:22 pm
I own a tulwar from the Circle of Tipu Sultan. The thing is made of wootz steel and is still sharp as heck even though it is over 225 years old.
Fail. Good spirit of the thread and all, but how the heck did Something from Mysore end up where you are? I care.
I bought it from an American dealer, Faganarms. They certified it as having come from "the Bowden Collection" from London, and that it was wootz steel. Apparently it was part of some spoils of war from the siege of a fortress, Seringapatam, in 1799 where Tipu had holed up.

"When the morning of May 4th came, Tipu was told that the omens were not propitious. He tried to ward off misfortune by presenting the Hindu priests and Brahmins with a purse of gold, an elephant, a black bullock and two buffalo, a black nanny goat and a black coat and hat, but in vain."

God gives us free will to choose and apparently Tipu chose poorly. He was killed by the Brits when they took the fortress.

The tigers head on the guard indicates that it is from the Circle of Tipu Sultan. Apparently he would execute anybody who used a stylized tigers head on any weapon without his permission. Most of my swords are 19th century British cavalry sabers but I have some modern reproduction swords too, a couple of bastard swords and a hunting hanger. I love swords for some strange reason and have a small collection.

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Very nice. There is something very evocative in a blade. I like naval hangars and dirks.
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Post by coco » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:30 am

UncleBob wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:00 pm
ReverendThom wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:24 pm
UncleBob wrote:I had no idea that one could turn pens from tumbleweeds.

That is all.
Wut?

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I went to a local woodturner club meeting today and someone was talking about collecting tumbleweeds from people because he used the wood for pens. Then I saw someone online talking about doing that as well. Here is an example of one from someone in Colorado, I believe:
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Many years ago, people put wood and sometimes acrylic onto the lathe to turn pens and such. Suddenly, it became fashionable to turn other materials, particularly things embedded in clear or translucent acrylic; stuff like pine cones, cactus, feathers, breakfast cereals, goldfish (the cheesy cracker kind, not the swimmy kind), colored pencils, and the like soon were attempted. Now, the challenge is to turn something strange that no one else has done and then post it on Instagram. A mixture of yellow Virginia, burley, and cavendish in a light amber acrylic might make for a nice pen.

A cob impregnated with clear acrylic and with a briar liner might give good smokes for a lifetime and that much sought after yokel aesthetic.
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Post by Hovannes » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:54 am

We got invited to a Superbowl party. That hasn't happened in years.
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Post by GaryInVA » Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:50 pm

Hovannes wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:54 am
We got invited to a Superbowl party. That hasn't happened in years.
What is this "Superbowl" you speak of?
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Post by Hovannes » Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:56 pm

GaryInVA wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:50 pm
Hovannes wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:54 am
We got invited to a Superbowl party. That hasn't happened in years.
What is this "Superbowl" you speak of?
A TV program where they interrupt sometimes amusing commercials with lackluster football and every one drinks beer and eats home made fast food.
A curious cultural phenomenon
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Post by mont974x4 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:58 pm

Hovannes wrote:
GaryInVA wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:50 pm
Hovannes wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:54 am
We got invited to a Superbowl party. That hasn't happened in years.
What is this "Superbowl" you speak of?
A TV program where they interrupt sometimes amusing commercials with lackluster football and every one drinks beer and eats home made fast food.
A curious cultural phenomenon
It’s essentially a second Thanksgiving then?


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Post by Hovannes » Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:03 pm

mont974x4 wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:58 pm
Hovannes wrote:
GaryInVA wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:50 pm
Hovannes wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:54 am
We got invited to a Superbowl party. That hasn't happened in years.
What is this "Superbowl" you speak of?
A TV program where they interrupt sometimes amusing commercials with lackluster football and every one drinks beer and eats home made fast food.
A curious cultural phenomenon
It’s essentially a second Thanksgiving then?


Hello FredS
Not quite.
Instead of the guests playing football on the front lawn, the turkeys play football in a stadium.
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Post by Fainn » Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:35 pm

Super bowel Sunday. Not that I care.

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Post by ReverendThom » Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:53 pm

UncleBob wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:00 pm
ReverendThom wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:24 pm
UncleBob wrote:I had no idea that one could turn pens from tumbleweeds.

That is all.
Wut?

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I went to a local woodturner club meeting today and someone was talking about collecting tumbleweeds from people because he used the wood for pens. Then I saw someone online talking about doing that as well. Here is an example of one from someone in Colorado, I believe:
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Post by Stanley76 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:57 pm

One time I tried to dry and and smoke some plug chewing tobacco, I think it was Cannonball or it might have been Days Work. Anyway it was one of the most horrible experiences I have ever had. This happened back around 2011 and is possibly the reason I disappeared for eight years.
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Post by ReverendThom » Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:01 pm

coco wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:30 am
UncleBob wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:00 pm
ReverendThom wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:24 pm
UncleBob wrote:I had no idea that one could turn pens from tumbleweeds.

That is all.
Wut?

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I went to a local woodturner club meeting today and someone was talking about collecting tumbleweeds from people because he used the wood for pens. Then I saw someone online talking about doing that as well. Here is an example of one from someone in Colorado, I believe:
Image
Many years ago, people put wood and sometimes acrylic onto the lathe to turn pens and such. Suddenly, it became fashionable to turn other materials, particularly things embedded in clear or translucent acrylic; stuff like pine cones, cactus, feathers, breakfast cereals, goldfish (the cheesy cracker kind, not the swimmy kind), colored pencils, and the like soon were attempted. Now, the challenge is to turn something strange that no one else has done and then post it on Instagram. A mixture of yellow Virginia, burley, and cavendish in a light amber acrylic might make for a nice pen.

A cob impregnated with clear acrylic and with a briar liner might give good smokes for a lifetime and that much sought after yokel aesthetic.
hmmmmmm
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Post by coco » Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:41 pm

ReverendThom wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:01 pm
coco wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:30 am
UncleBob wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:00 pm
ReverendThom wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:24 pm
UncleBob wrote:I had no idea that one could turn pens from tumbleweeds.

That is all.
Wut?

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I went to a local woodturner club meeting today and someone was talking about collecting tumbleweeds from people because he used the wood for pens. Then I saw someone online talking about doing that as well. Here is an example of one from someone in Colorado, I believe:
Image
Many years ago, people put wood and sometimes acrylic onto the lathe to turn pens and such. Suddenly, it became fashionable to turn other materials, particularly things embedded in clear or translucent acrylic; stuff like pine cones, cactus, feathers, breakfast cereals, goldfish (the cheesy cracker kind, not the swimmy kind), colored pencils, and the like soon were attempted. Now, the challenge is to turn something strange that no one else has done and then post it on Instagram. A mixture of yellow Virginia, burley, and cavendish in a light amber acrylic might make for a nice pen.

A cob impregnated with clear acrylic and with a briar liner might give good smokes for a lifetime and that much sought after yokel aesthetic.
hmmmmmm
Here in the States you can get a two-part clear acrylic at the big box craft stores pretty cheaply. Casting the brass tubes into the blanks rather than drilling would be the way to go with translucent acrylic, I think.

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Post by Del » Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:58 pm

UncleBob wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:00 pm
ReverendThom wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:24 pm
UncleBob wrote:I had no idea that one could turn pens from tumbleweeds.

That is all.
Wut?

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I went to a local woodturner club meeting today and someone was talking about collecting tumbleweeds from people because he used the wood for pens. Then I saw someone online talking about doing that as well. Here is an example of one from someone in Colorado, I believe:
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Post by hugodrax » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:22 pm

Del wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:58 pm
UncleBob wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:00 pm
ReverendThom wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:24 pm
UncleBob wrote:I had no idea that one could turn pens from tumbleweeds.

That is all.
Wut?

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I went to a local woodturner club meeting today and someone was talking about collecting tumbleweeds from people because he used the wood for pens. Then I saw someone online talking about doing that as well. Here is an example of one from someone in Colorado, I believe:
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