Nope, not leaving. Sorry ;-)
Just changing, although I can’t actually change my nickname.
The last couple years have seen many tumultuous changes in my personal life, and one result is that I decided I had to get rid of some old things and bring in some new things.
2018 was a good year for skydiving and after making about 20 awesome jumps last year, bringing my total to 401, I decided to hang up my gear and call it a day. Well, sell my gear actually.
Took the proceeds, added some more on top, and have outfitted myself to do some blacksmithing. Forge, anvil, bench grinder, heat treat kiln, and various other smithing necessities. One thing I learned here in LC is that I just love making stuff. LOVE it! Making stuff kept me sane the last couple years. Without it I’d be gone. Or drunk. Same thing for me.
I love making stuff so much that I don’t wanna limit myself to guitars, or even to wood.
It’ll be interesting to see where I might be able to cross over and make some metal parts for guitars. Most likely decorative, but maybe functional as well. Time will tell.
Anyway, ordered up all my “stuff” this week and will be receiving it here and there over the next few weeks. I have a bass build I need to wrap before I dive in, but soon.
Anyway, I guess I’m Earthjerk now. Same ol jerk, new hobby ;-)
I am looking for on-line smithing communities. Ive found many, but none yet that make me want to stay.
MLP sets a really high bar
I'm learing welding too. I just bought an affordable stick welder and a box of 6010 electrodes. No money left for classes so I'm going to have to mess some shit up for a while. I mostly plan to use it (at first) to weld handles onto things for forging, or welding different steels together for making damascus
I've been told that the skydiving accidents tend to center around certain numbers of jumps made. I know 100 was one, but there are others. The 400 stuck in my mind (what's left of it) as another marker.
For tacking stuff flat on a table the 7018 will be easy. It’s when you start welding up hill or upside down it gets more difficult. Out of position (6010 can run downhill) may be slightly less challenging. It’s all about machine set up. A mig with solid wire is probably more up your alley for what you want to do. Clean and easier to learn. If you’re welding outside, stick is where it’s at. Inside a shop, mig is king.I read somewhere that 6010 is easier for newbs to learn on...
For tacking stuff flat on a table the 7018 will be easy. It’s when you start welding up hill or upside down it gets more difficult. Out of position (6010 can run downhill) may be slightly less challenging. It’s all about machine set up. A mig with solid wire is probably more up your alley for what you want to do. Clean and easier to learn. If you’re welding outside, stick is where it’s at. Inside a shop, mig is king.
Of course there’s always accept-ions to the rule. But hobby welders do well with a squirt gun.
What’s your welder budget. Might be able to steer you in the right direction. Lots of great multi process welders these days. Inverter technology is awesome.Yeah, mig is where I’d prefer to be, but for starting out the buy-in for a decent stick machine is less than getting set up for mig. I’ll get there eventually, but I have a fixed budget out of which I need to get a lot of stuff. The bulk of my funds went to the forge, anvil, 2x72 belt grinder, and heat treat oven. Everything else I get will gonna be “budget” buys that will hopefully get upgraded at a later date...
What’s your welder budget. Might be able to steer you in the right direction. Lots of great multi process welders these days. Inverter technology is awesome.
Chris, as you well know, I'm a fan of metal working in conjunction with woodworking.
Feeling some serious envy over here. I've been messing with some kit knives (no smithing for me, sadly), and using my cheapo 4" belt sander ... a ridiculously poor substitute for a proper monster like that!
There’s no truth to what you heard. There is no specific number where you are more at risk.
Risk factors in skydiving are different for everyone, depending on how anal they are about their own safety, the quality of their equipment and the care they take maintaining it, how frequently they participate in the sport, and which particular discipline in skydiving they participate in (RW, FF, CRW, wing suits, etc). Some are riskier than others.
Contrary to what you might think, people that jump more often are statistically safer. Being current in your skills is a big factor in mitigating risk.
Jump numbers have no bearing on that, and there is no correlation between particular numbers and fatal accidents.
If you still associate with the source of that news, you can let them know they are incorrect
FTR, 401 jumps would not be considered a particularly large number of jumps. Most of the people I jump with have considerably more.