John B

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Dawlish, Devon, UK


  • Location Starcross Devon UK
  • Biography over 40 years engineer and blacksmith
  • Interests promoting and passing on blacksmithing skills
  • Occupation Blacksmith

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  1. John B added a post in a topic: Does smokeless coal work?   

    Often smokeless coal is not smokeless, just a different colour smoke, 
    There are many varieties of smokeless coal/fuels, what brand name is the stuff you are thinking of using sold under?
    The Monkton Forging coke is becoming no longer available relatively soon, and a lot of UK 'smiths are turning to a coal, semi smokeless (whatever that means) from an open cast pit in South Wales, Ffos-y-fran who supply a welsh dry steam coal, the large nut being most favoured. It is also cheaper than the Monkton forging coke should give you a local supplier, or Darch Fuels (among others) will palletize and have delivered to you. 
    If you don't want to upset the neighbours, use lumpwood charcoal.
    Have fun
  2. John B added a post in a topic: Tong suggestions   

    Try using typing correction fluid, if it's available where you are, a lot more visible than soapstone at a high heat 
  3. John B added a post in a topic: Vice height for filing   

    Filing is usuallya whitesmith/fitter/engineers operation rather than blacksmithing, the vise being suitable and positioned for the job being done, as a general rule fig 4 would be best practice for a 'smithing situation, also useful when using a hacksaw.
    Geometry of the body parts would dictate the best height, in this instance so you can achieve a flat face square to your stance. Similar rules apply to using a scythe or other hand powered tools in other industries/situations.
  4. John B added a post in a topic: Are these for a forge?   

    We have a number of blacksmiths in the area, Axminster is about 28 miles/45 km's from our training facility, you would have been most welcome to have a visit and a chat, maybe a play time too.
    Maybe next time?
  5. John B added a post in a topic: Are these for a forge?   

    It is always fascinating in historic places where visitors abound, playing guess what bit fits where, and what does it do and how do you use it.
    Some years ago I had a similar enquiry from someone in your part of the world NZ iirc who was in a group trying to bring an old industrial unit back to life and they too were trying to figure out what a similar item was, and how it was used. Sadly, i was not kept up to date with the progress, but these things are usually a very long in coming to fruition for various reasons, usually financial and red tape.
    Enjoy your curator's position for future generations to benefit from.
  6. John B added a post in a topic: Are these for a forge?   

    I'm pretty certain your informant was correct,  they appear to be side blast water cooled  tue irons/tuyeres, not particularly large, previous ones I have been involved with with inlet and outlet connection facilities were over three feet long, the size will depend on type of work being undertaken.
    These are industrial units, and were usually connected to a heat exchanger, commonly a coil within a large tank, the tank being fed through a ball valve arrangement, to maintain the water level, and the heated water could then be used for other purposes within the locality/facility.
    You mention 'your visitors'  so are these part of the industrial debris around a local heritage/visitor attraction, (Which may give somewhat of a clue as to what the secondary use for the heated water may have been used) or just people visiting where you have them?
  7. John B added a post in a topic: UK workshop rental prices   

    Hi Colleen, for levelling and assembling on uneven floors you can use hop ups/saw horse type supports, axle stands, wedges and spirit levels,  
  8. John B added a post in a topic: Do i have to be artistic to be a blacksmith?   

    Become a blacksmith first, then you will develop into being artistic as you go. You can qualify blacksmithing, but art is a perception.
  9. John B added a post in a topic: UK workshop rental prices   

    I was running hearth, drill, lathe, Blacker powerhammer, all in use at same time, then angle grinder, hand drills, spot welder, welding plant, oxy burning equipment, all were found to be acceptable.
    Also don' forget to emphasise that forging hot metal is less noisy than just bouncing off cold metal or the anvil, so if possible take a hearth and heat up the metal, make something as a souvenir for the testers.
  10. John B added a post in a topic: UK workshop rental prices   

    Hi Joel,
    Although I didn't "need" planning permission when I applied for it on a converted farm machinery storage shed, I nevertheless applied for it and it was granted with certain provisos, in my case, 8.00 am to 6.00pm no Sundays or Bank Holidays, 
    There was a complaint after a couple of years from a neighbour and the Sound levels were tested, and they were found to be not excessive, 
    I had checked it with a decibal counter and it was below 90dcb's, however the decibel measurement is not discussed, it hinged on "acceptable" levels,, and mine were thought to be well in limits. The interesting outcome was that although I had planning permission restrictions (as a business) I could forge outside those times as a hobby.
    Complaining neighbour later had a restraining order put on them for excessive noise from radios etc. Ironic or what.
    If the tenant is in a tied cottage, then that opens up other avenues.
    Good luck with the outcome.
  11. John B added a post in a topic: New guy kinda   

    Hi Stephen, Welcome to the site and enjoy your new hobby. Check out the Blacksmiths Guild UK in the Groups section, and also our website to see what we have going on,.
    We are not far from Exeter airport or the ports of Plymouth and Weymouth,  If you are venturing over here we would be glad to see if we can help you in any way.
    Have fun !
  12. John B added a post in a topic: Tension VS Compression bracing   

    Function of the finished item is paramount. and the design of the component parts and their layout should reflect this
    To Quote HW 
     An example might be an L-shaped sign bracket hung on a wall.  A support bar that forms a closed triangle would therefore hold more load if the hypotenuse was on the upper side.
    However, in decorative blacksmithing, we should also consider the fasteners and other elements as potential failure points. 
    A bracket like this may hold more load, however there would be more leverage on the upper mounting point which could prove a potential safety problem, 
  13. John B added a post in a topic: Hello from across the pond!   

    Hi Matt, Welcome to the site, put in your location and there has to be someone who can help near you. 
    Check out the Blacksmiths Guild UK in the groups section. We have numerous sledge hammer heads, forging stakes and other useful items that can be purchased by members, Plus other help we can give.
    Enjoy your new addiction.
  14. John B added a post in a topic: Guild AGM 2015   

    We will be holding the Guilds AGM at Westpoint EX51DJ on Saturday March 28th at 11.00am  there will be a buffet lunch available after, bring along any tools or other blacksmith related stuff to sell or trade,  forging and demo's through the afternoon and an evening BBQ and hoolie with Merv and friends. Day will start at 09.00am for putting up marquee and setting out stuff, refreshments and bacon butties available. 
    After the business part of the meeting Terry Clarke will be informing us about the 2016 Ypres Cenotaph of remembrance  project, and Sally Clarke will be talking about the Worshipful Company's Tonypandy award.
    After the IBF, this is a crucial time in developing the future of the guild, so if you want to be part of that, come along and join us, Sunday will be a forge in day, 
    I also have details of a load of surface rusted steel going begging, if anyone is interested pm me.
  15. John B added a post in a topic: 6x4 headache saw?   

    ​You can walk away if you choose to, but keep an ear out for when the blade jams
    and if you don't catch it in time the motor overheats and the thing catches fire,
    As for swivelling arms, it can take as long to set up as a swivelling vice, and the structure of the bandsaw is somewhat flimsy 
    Have you considered using an chopsaw for mitres or even cut off, the local farriers use these and they are surprisingly good, more info here