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    I haven't posted a blog since mid-December. The 75 mentioned then has been completed some time ago and is awaiting somewhat better weather for delivery 40 miles up the road. I did receive the order for a 125 and I will be starting on that about Feb 16. I have also been building a special 125 for myself to use in R&D. It uses a custom 4" bore cylinder with internal modifications to improve air flows. It uses a 13" hammer head stroke instead of standard 11" to help me determine later in the year whether or not the steam hammer-like valving is more beneficial with more air space. It ought to be. In any case its early operation with standard back pressure throttling shows that its new-to-me ceramic five-port valve (with 40% better flow potential) in conjunction with the cylinder flow potential provides beastly top end power with traditional Iron Kiss control at light treadle.

    The hammer design is a thought extension of the work done in August-September-October where a second throttle valve on the inlet air was tried. Now I am using tie rods from the treadle to external throttle shaft levers on each side--one for exhaust throttling and one for intake throttling. This surmounts the complexity of running two valves with one throttle shaft and allows readily converted linkage to intake-only, exhaust-only, or both intake and exhaust throttling. Intake-only throttling uses less air to run any utility hammer, but then exhaust dumps to ambient. This provides a rather clunky behaviour at die contact such that planishing blows are sub-par compared to exhaust-only throttling where the treadle tends to determine the degree of pressure drop across the cylinder ports upon reciprocation.

    Some people decry back-pressure controlled utility hammers for their air compressor requirements in contrast to in-flow controlled versions. Point taken. Part of my tedious R&D program is learning how to merge the two approaches.

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    Hi everyone,

    This is my first post.

    I am a jeweler specializing in silver. To forge it, I require a steel block. Sterling silver is a soft metal. Sterling is weighed in grams. Hammers are weighed in ounces. This is vastly different from forging iron.

    The steel blocks I am using for forging have little mass, nor are they hard enough, even when hit with just a 16oz hammer.

    Can anyone direct me where I may buy a 20lb hardened steel billet? We use mandrels and pliers to shape precious metal; consequently, a horn only provides beauty, not function. So also, the hardy hole and pritchel hole is pointless. A flat working surface of 4x8 inches would be wonderful.

    Hoping someone can help.

    Thanks,
    J

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    Hi

    Its been awhile since I have been on i forge iron. I just thought I would tell my story so far.
    To start Im not really sure when blacksmithing seated itself in my mind. I do remember being 15 years old and heating old pipes I had found. Using wood stove in my car port and banging them on the ground with a claw hammer. Now the idea was to ''fold'' it time and time again and then make a sword out of the ''product''. The only source of information I had at the time was movies,tv and fantasy books. The internet was not so easy to come by like it is now. Especially for my mother who was a single mom with three kids. After many attemps at smithing with my wood stove and scraps from an old exfarmer I knew. I gave up nothing worked, I was just simply out matched by this new task. So I thought I would try to master something easyer " girls " once again I was out matched. I found myself 5 years later working in a city for a fast food joint and single. Now I was raised in a small town far north of the city and life never felt right in the city for me. My ex and I moved for her schooling and I stayed for the sake of staying I guess. A few months into being single I got a job farming for some great people in a farming town just west of the city. I farmed for just about six years and loved every bit of it. In that time I got to know an amazing woman and we married. After the birth of my first daughter I had to sadly quit farming the hours were far to long. As I had stated above my mother did everything herself. I wanted to be as helpful as I could, after finding a job at ford motor company. The parts selling life was more of a nine to five. Well fast forward 7 years and two more kids and bordom had set in. It felt like I was just going threw the paces something needed to change. One of those boring nights had settled in. Then out of no where my wife asks me ''whats wrong?'' I explain I just feel unmoved and stale. After many conversations she asks me ''When you were young did you have any dreams?'' Well there was this one thing I liked doing.....

    That night she asked me. How do you expect to teach our babys to follow their dreams? When you don't follow yours.
    The next morning I started looking online for courses.

    Thanks for reading most of the blogs after this will be about my journey in to smithing.
    I hope you like

    Maliwan

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    I am from Namibia in Africa and I would love to do an apprenticeship in Germany please anybody with info and contacts let me know it wil be much appriciatited.i would like to start in January next year

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    Alright, its time to upgrade the forge. Im thinking sheet steel with firebrick lining in a trapazoid shape. Hand crank blower but to start the fire, Im thinking propane. 4 ft long with adjustable slider for varied length. Feedback?

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    I have just recently started to design and file the spine of my knives and i was wondering if i could get some pointers with a picture of your work as a verifacation of legitamacy and maybe some new ideas ( with credit to the designs owner )

    p.s. ill poast a picture a.s.a.p.

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    I am just trying to get up to speed here.
    Thanks to all the crew here for keeping this site up and running.

    I am off to the shop to finish up some more repoussé tools and work out the bugs on my big kinetic piece that will be going to Texas in the spring.

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    I have a large block of mild steel and a thick 4140 plate and I have been wondering if I should do a full penetration weld to secure it of if I should just bevel the edges and weld it that way. Any help or ideas are welcome.

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    Hello all,
    I can honestly say that the idea of blacksmithing has always been somewhat of a fascination growing up. but to put dream into practice never felt possible. Well it was a lot easier than I expected to say the least. During an event held at my town square one of the elders of my church brought his portable forge and allowed me to “tinker” a bit. Boom…. I was hooked, this has been only months ago and yet it feels like years already. After several failed forges, the one in the pictures is the final forge and works like a dream. I have turned out several different projects and spent a lot of time getting some of the basics down sort of. I.e. drawing out the metal, hot cutting, and trying to make some tools to make life easier. I have walked away pissed off and confused multiple times but for some reason, blacksmithing is the only thing I can focus on.. I feel that if I can become even novice in this skill I can in some way although it may be small help preserve and teach this ancient craft of our ancestors. Unfortunately the man who I had hoped would be a mentor has been battling a constant “I’m just not feeling well” since I became fascinated with this craft, and so I have spent a lot of the time trying to teach myself. Gene Knight is a 3rd generation blacksmith and has tools older than I can trace my family’s heritage. There is an article called iron will about him, it shows small previews of his shop, but man is that place like an all you can eat buffet… I hope to continue as a blacksmith and hopefully become good at this craft, any word of encouragement or knowledge would be more than appreciated. blogentry-47963-0-01241300-1384830021_thblogentry-47963-0-22047700-1384830024_th blogentry-47963-0-57093600-1384830117_th The blade is my "first" project and by that i mean first thing that's taken longer than a few hrs. hooks pokers exc.... The anvil well that is my baby, almost landed me a divorce, bt i still feel that it was a steal and i couldn't allow it to pass me bye.

  2. With an overnight soak in diesel fuel now it is time for the magic. Note; diesel fuel did not remove the rust as expected. It did however make he grease and grime removal tons easier. Also things seemed to move easier after the soak than they did before.


    . Removed screws on outside of fan housing. So far just like a Champion blower.


    Here is the fan in its crusted glory. Of Great note it is only held with a tension screw. I don't have to take the entire thing apart to get the fan off!!! sweet

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    Now that the fan is off I took the 3 bolts on the handle side out. There are 2 short and one long. With these out the cover slides up and off.

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    Next photo shows the guts of the machine. Its just gears, no ungodly ball bearings and races and no dang worm drive.

    This picture you can see the non metallic gear( 1 o'clock position). It looks and feels like wood, but people have told me that it is actually a laminate.
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    Next its time to take the inside bracket off. There are 3 bolts low down in the housing. These came out fairly easy. The laminate gear came out with the housing. It is pinned in by a smaller gear and a bracket. 2 more bolts and the bracket comes off and the gears are free.

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    Looking at the laminate gear with something that I know i perfectly round. It looks good thank goodness.

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    more coming when time permits

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    basically, i was makeing a trowing knife a while ago, and my anvil just split don the center, im really sorry i cant pay much if any, but i can trade for a ton of extra stock that i have. im 13 and this is as close to a job as i can get, and all projects are currently haulted due to this devastating kick in the jaw... can any one please help me?

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    Just made these. Would like to know how to put silver initials on band, can anyone help.

    cheers

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    Good little cutter.

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    Growing up in rural Iowa/Minnesota/South Dakota there isn't much to do. So a kid is left to his imagination and resources to have fun. Mine revolved around the middle ages. Knights, castles, and glorious battle were playing out in my wandering mind. I used to make all sorts of weapons. I absolutely loved my legos, especially the castle ones. So naturally when I grew up the weapons began getting more elaborate. It was not long before I was teaching myself how to maille.
    I graduated into the work force, getting a position in fabrication. I was originally hired for welding but in retrospect am glad they moved me in to the fab department. I worked saws, drills, punches, shears, brake presses, and plasma centers. I really enjoyed the work but did not enjoy the dirty work. An opportunity arose to start up a partnership computer repair company and I decided to take it.

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    Me, back in high school with my industrial strength ash tray with removable central core for dumping. Can you guess what I called it?

    Some time later and changes with life made me decide to leave the partnership. A marriage and a move always mix life up a bit. I eventually find myself working metal again. Now at a job shop, running screw machines and CNCs. Now with all the new resources at my disposal, I can't help but follow after my old passions. The oldest running one is to complete my outfit/garb. The chainmail I started way back in high school is now almost complete. All that is left on the hauberk is the armpits. The most troubling pieces were the ones that required more... complex workmanship. I, with the help of some very talented individuals on this site, will get the job done and I just wanted to document my journey along the way.
    May God bless you and keep you in his care.