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 Solar Powered Shop   

    seems like a engine powered welder with a 110 plug would suit you much better
  2. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic First knife...   

    Tempering tongs, using a torch (even propane) with the edge in a pan of water, thick slab of steel heated red hot that was a bit shorter than the blade so the tip can project off it and stay cooler.  I've used them all to good effect. Great to hear that you measured the oven and figured a way to deal with swings.  Oven knobs are notorious for being inaccurate.
  3. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic 2 new blowers   

    Definitely post American Civil War and way post English Civil War but pre Spanish Civil War
  4. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic What materials to forge for a beginner?   

    I get mine from the scrap yard and get a receipt saying I bought XYZ spikes on it.
  5. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic Dwarf forging press   

    Aha; it's obviously intended to break dwarfbread into pieces suitable for throwing at enemies!
  6. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic steel identification   

    Why would you think there was only 1 alloy used?  
  7. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic Blacksmithing as Therapy for Veterans.   

    I had two vets on disability at the forge yesterday (and a non-vet on disability at the forge today) as much as the ABS school would be nice you don't need it to get started forging!  Find the local group and jump in!
  8. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic Forge Idea   

    Dagr8tim  in Columbus Ohio go talk with Adlai and Terry over at the Idea Foundry about forges and smithing; tell them that Thomas Powers sent you. (Ask Adlai about the time he made a forge from a semi brakedrum!)  Start going to the SOFA meetings---we used to carpool from Columbus to Troy to hold down the cost of going.
  9. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic trading policy?   

    well C2H6O/CH3CH2OH helps too...
     
  10. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic 25 lb Mayer pics   

    As mayers and little giants are close you may want to contact the feller that bought the LG business off of Sid.
  11. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic Another reason to protect your hearing   

    Memo to self: never camp near Frosty or Charles!
  12. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic Dwarf forging press   

    How big a dwarf do you plan to stick in there?
  13. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic Need Help Identifying an old Anvil I recently bought   

    I wouldn't be surprised if it said Peter Wright on it under the crud.  The CWT weight does nail it down as English and the other most common English brand over here, Mousehole, had thicker waists.  Now there has been well over 250 English anvil makers found; but the heavy hitters were PW and MH
  14. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic First knife...   

    Are you using an oven thermometer to double check the actual temps at where you place the blade/test sample?
    What is appropriate depends a LOT on the end user; I like to do a whole blade temper a couple of times and then temper the back of the blade a bit further.  On the other hand I've dug a firepit with a pattern welded blade before; when I saw the winces I pointed out that I had made the blade and so I couldn't do anything to it I couldn't fix---(even if the fix was welding up a new blade...)
  15. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic Forge Idea   

    Extra depth helps in charcoal if you have the sides shaped so you don't waste it and it funnels down automatically. IIRC Weygers book has a picture of an adobe charcoal forge designed that way that he saw smiths in a 3rd world country using.