ThomasPowers

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About ThomasPowers

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  • Location Central NM/El Paso TX Area, USA
  • Interests Iron Smelting

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  • Location Central NM
  • Interests Iron smelting
  • Occupation bit herder

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  1. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Anvil . information   

    88 may be an inspector's stamp; most likely not tied to a year as few anvils were date stamped
  2. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Trying to get started smithing   

    A hole in the ground has been used as a forge for over 2000 years; it hasn't stopped lately!
  3. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Great big perkulator!   

    Would that be a sour mash percolator?  For making Irish Coffee?
  4. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Latest collaboration project..   

    Remember you generally have to make at least 6 to become good at it!
  5. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Latest collaboration project..   

    And then someday she will be dating and as a blacksmith you can strike terror into her boyfriends hearts!
     
    (leastways all my daughters' boyfriends were terrified of me I have been told; perhaps my books on the darker sides of medieval ironworking finally did come in handy!)
  6. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Great big perkulator!   

    Back in the old days when my Father used to work at  Bell Labs in Murray Hill  they once tried banning coffeemakers from the building and suddenly it seemed every lab had a mysterious set of glassware running a murky brow liquid from an erlenmeyer flask into beakers...caffeine will find a way!
  7. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Great big perkulator!   

    I really like the insulator!
  8. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Anvil . information   

    One important datum---what continent is it on?
  9. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Latest collaboration project..   

    I bet your "collaborator" did the labour on it!  Congratulations to you and your lady! (and to Alainn as well!)
  10. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Show me your anvil   

    I think Richard Postman should take a gander at that one, Irstswar!
  11. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: aspiring bladesmith   

    I sent the bladesmithing video to my kids and a couple of friends, my daughter said "he talks just like you do!"  So I guess I am a lame loser too...I have learned that when I meet video game "experts" the best thing is to not argue with them but to hand them a hammer and let them show off their expertise!  Mean and cruel I know but *very* entertaining---oh yes I do hand them a *soft* hammer so they can't damage the anvil face.
  12. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Can old cheap flatware be forged?   

    Yes you can forge stainless steel flatware; but it's limited by size and thickness as to what you can make from it.  (To a lot of us "old" silverware predates stainless steel silverware.)  The silver plated items do not forge well as they are often on a nickel silver or other base.
     
    Note that stainless steels generally are harder alloys to forge than plain steels.
  13. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: New anvil - Columbian?   

    Base as well, is it smooth under the heel?
  14. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: AUS-8?   

    Inconel tends to be a bit hard to work, with 52% Ni it would have a high scrap rate though.  We did use it for knife fittings before when we lucked across a bar they sold us at stainless prices.
     
    hightempmetals.com:  Hot Working
    Hot-working is carried out using a 2050°F (1121°C) maximum furnace temperature. Hot-cold working in the range 1700/1850°F (927/1010°C) will improve the strength of the forging if the service temperature is below about 1100°F (593°C). Prolonged soaking at the forging temperature is not desirable. The material should be given uniform reductions to avoid the formation of duplex grain structures.
  15. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Anvils can be cheap   

    and some places lower as seen by the 20 cents a pound buy price at the scrapyard in Polvadera NM