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About ThomasPowers

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    Central NM/El Paso TX Area, USA
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    Iron Smelting


  • Location
    Central NM
  • Interests
    Iron smelting
  • Occupation
    bit herder
  1. Start with stuff you will use and expand to stuff you can use and stop before the stuff you won't use...Supplying new smiths can help lower the pile too; but please remember the first criteria as they often won't be able to make those judgement calls
  2. An arched top is going to make things slide around more as you try hitting them. I generally try to use well worn rail which has the flat top and good work hardening. My suggestion: try it and is it seems stuff is always trying to escape flatten a section.
  3. AiA mentions a Hill stamped over Birmingham and mentions that the one he recorded didn't have a pritchel either. However Mr Postman has recorded very many more English Makers since his book came out.
  4. I was thinking the snout should be ringed so you could hang it up on display---way to pretty to go in a drawer or block!
  5. I'd make it the same size and the very slight shrinkage would be handy to make tooling easy to remove in your anvil's hardy hole. In the Victorian Farm their cartwright said to make a tyre 1/4" shorter for every foot in diameter so a 4' diameter wheel would be 1 inch shorter in circumference---when you are talking 1" hardy hole the shrinkage is not a lot.
  6. When I was in my early 20's my family went on vacation at a dude ranch and I was required to go as well. Got a lot of work done on my chainmail shirt as I was the only person my age not an employee. I used to wear it when trail riding and found out one of the guest horses was an old rodeo horse and had very bad memories of the jingling of spurs; probably PTSD, jingling that a mail shirt can make as you ride...luckily a mail shirt actually helps keep you in the saddle. The staff were more upset about it than I was...
  7. Yes I know that I have a "Non-Standard World View" to expect people to know anything about their own products---I've met folks selling anvils, new in a store , that didn't know the difference between cast iron and cast steel.
  8. Parkerizing and plating come to mind. However if it's going to be a using blade then a coating will get worn over time, Have you thought any of patination where further use just helps the process along. Some interesting work has been done with mustard (search on mustard and patina and knife or blade for some examples---or just patina and steel to see what else is available.)
  9. This is when a piece of horribly pitted and messed up steel from the scrap yard might actually be useful... Anyone try a needle scaler on hot metal for this sort of thing?
  10. Couple of those and a couple of RR spikes and you could make a set a spurs that would gag a vulture! On the other hand I have seen some very nice ones done using old farrier's rasps and filling the teeth with brazing and grinding flat.
  11. Typo, and perhaps I have seen different movies not to be discussed on this site,
  12. With the UK billet he's got a good start on a lot of the flags of the commonwealth!
  13. Or a design of anvil that doesn't have one. (note the "no step" which would also be a bit odd for a London pattern with a face and horn)
  14. I rather dislike folks who "collect things" rather than use them myself. I feel that things that were made to be used deserve to be used. I would prefer that people who don't know how to use them mess them up trying to learn on rare or pristine examples but that maight be the purist in me thinking that folks should learn something before going hog wild with hot iron.
  15. My Grandfather had the first Case dealership in Arkansas. The family has moved away from the implement business over time.