• Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited


About ThomasPowers

  • Rank
    Senior Moment Member; Master Curmudgeon

Profile Information

  • Gender Not Telling
  • Location Central NM/El Paso TX Area, USA
  • Interests Iron Smelting


  • Location Central NM
  • Interests Iron smelting
  • Occupation bit herder
  1. Smith book id?

    Sorry no guesses: I have it in my hands and it says the original copyright was MCMXXVIII  1928; the Bonanza Books reprint was 1989 isbn 0-517-27793-X 
  2. Smith book id?

    "Early American Wrought Iron" Three volumes in one Albert H. Sonn  those are the Hudson River Chains drawings.
  3. Billy Merrit

    I'll ring mine with the cadence Emmert Studebaker once taught me.  Billy was an awesome pattern welded steel forger.  I learned a lot from the time he demo'd at the IBA conference and looking at his display table(s) at Quad-State. Fair winds and safe travels Billy!
  4. Can this be ID'd?

    it's folks still weighing themselves in stone that throws me for a loop....
  5. Broke Newbie with Anvil Envy

    Heat was a big expensive issue; (warping could be fixed in the forge) The big problem was that casting leaves the material in a possibly very bad state---large weak crystals.  In earlier times the method of refining the grain structure of steel was by extensive forging.  So you were better off that even when you cast steel, you cast an ingot and forge it down to the sword.
  6. Wrought iron style headboard

    On this side of the pond it's not associated with Georgian; could as easily be Art Nouveau or cheap cold fabbed patio furniture. As I said with linens: the material they were made from has now been used to refer to the types of items made even if the material is now different.  What is the group term you use for sheets and towels pillowcases and "bed linens" when they are not made from linen?
  7. Wrought iron style headboard

    As I recall the Bridge at Ironbridge gorge used mortoises, tenons and wedges not collars and it was cast iron.  When my parents told me they were taking me to England for a vacation and where did I want to go---"Ironbridge Gorge" was at the top of my list---yea Abraham Darby! Wrought iron is both a material and a subset of things made from steel.  The term for the items derived from the material they used to be made from.  Very much like when you buy "linens" at the department store they are no longer made of linen, (you're lucky to get 100% cotton!") but they were once all made from linen and hence are called linens. Hence even on a smithing website we often refer to "real" wrought iron to specify the material; other times we expect it's clear through context.
  8. Is it worth it?

    Ask him how hard did his grandfather switch his dad for messing up his anvil!---and offer $300 in hundreds and only show a few one dollar bills and perhaps a 5 "lunch money" in your wallet.  You can have extra money in a pocket...
  9. Broke Newbie with Anvil Envy

    Well I really prefer the scrapyards surrounded by a mob of angry locals waving pitchforks and torches while the proprietor is googling "fastest way to the border" and needs cash *fast*; but that looks like a nice one anyway.
  10. Fuel Cost

    I think that was US$5 spent on gas not  price of gas...
  11. Wrought iron style headboard

    Remember any design for a gate is a design for a headboard too....  Have you looked through the COSIRA blacksmithing books with that in mind?  I have a shelf of books that have "Ironwork" in their title (or similar in Spanish, French, German)  most have  designs that could be converted into a bedstead.
  12. Hammer blows

    Now if hammer control is a problem practice hitting at the same place on the anvil face and *MOVE THE WORKPIECE* across that hammer zone.  Many folks are better pulling or pushing a piece evenly than they are moving the hammer's impact location smoothly.
  13. Wrought iron style headboard

    There are literally hundreds of wrought iron styles; Which one? Do they need reinforcing with a weld---Yes, No, Maybe depending on information not provided. Steel is quite strong in small cross sections in tension but will bend when stress is applied sideways. (a typical cheap steel is rated at 36000 psi yield strength) If you want strength and visual mass yet lightness you need to look into using hollow forms: pipe and tubing.  Which can be forged amazingly well with practice.  
  14. Can this be ID'd?

    most likely dates after the UK went on the metric system; so probably after 1965  (Though that was not a hard cutover by any means!)
  15. Handy New Doo-dad

    springs on them tend to lose their temper with time forging.  They are replaceable though.