John B

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  • Location Dawlish, Devon, UK


  • Location Starcross Devon UK
  • Biography over 40 years engineer and blacksmith
  • Interests promoting and passing on blacksmithing skills
  • Occupation Blacksmith
  1. Saturday February 13th, at Westpoint Forge we will be holding the general meeting to decide what the members want now that the Guild of Wrought Ironwork Craftsmen of Wessex have taken their courses and operations elesewhere.  This is an opportunity to start afresh and to make it what our members want it to be. If you would like to be a part of this, then come along and join in or just see what we have to offer. Currently there are plans for  a regular Three day Intensive Basic Blacksmith Skills courses, these items are the ones made at Westpoint, based on the skills needed to produce traditional projects.  More skills can be learnt on the Members days and other specific courses members may request . We also have scheduled in for the year a Monthly Members Day, held every second Saturday each month. To participate or contribute, why not come along and have your say, or just be curious and find out a little more.  To launch the new set up. we exhbited at a local craft show and received quite a lot of interest, here are some pictures from the show of items made at Westpoint.     If you can help or want to learn or use the facilities, come along and enjoy the day.  
  2. Can not identify this tool

    Also used to drill between joists or ribs and other confined spaces.
  3. Bolt Tongs size???

    I think it would be safe to assume the 4-5mm (3/16") would be the diameter of the bolt or material they were made for. You would require one the size of the shank of the spike you are going to be using,
  4. Could make it at a mutually convenient time if you have the bits, or phone or email me and we can sort something out.
  5. If you need any welding doing, we can arrange to do it at Westpoint on a members day or some other time, contact me if you want to take the opportunity.
  6. Leg vises see some serious action and need to be well anchored and stable to be effective,  If you are going to mount leg vises to them, it would be advisable to sink the log into the floor for stability, , A lot depends on how you intend to use them. Some fit in a base socket, whilst others have a foot/plate that you secure to a concrete floor, the top mountings are very varied,  Whatever you choose, they want to be positioned where you have quick and clear access around them. Have a good think and consider alternatives before making a decision, 
  7. The top one is what I know as a "cow mouth" or round nose chisel, used for cutting grooves for oilways or similar applications, The "metallugical graticules on my eyeballs" indicate that the material used was EN9, another give away is the octagonal section of the bar stock, this was the international convention for tool steel for many years so that it could be identified by eye when in stock, it also helped by the fact a company I served part of my apprevnticeship manufactured these.  Tyzacks can be  traced back to early 1700's, and made their own crucible steel, so exacly what that was is open to question, with marks etc the one you have there will be pre second world war as the company amalgamated with Isaac Nash of Stourbridge and name changed in 1942 to form Nash Tyzack Industries. Joseph Tyzack built a connection with the Isle-of-Man Steam Packet Boat Company. The three legged mark, which was required by this customer, was later adopted and registered with the Cutlers’ Company in 1847. The son Thomas was born in 1842 and become the Son in Tyzack and Son, hence the makers stamp with its three legs. 1885 was the time when falling home sales sent them overseas. Members of the family travelled to France, Germany, Russia, Australia, and other Commonwealth countries. About this time their product range was defined by one reference as “various types of single and double shear, blister, and other steels, all kinds of knives for reaping and mowing machines knives for chaff and turnip cutters, knives for paper mills and tobacco works, all sorts of irons for planing, tonguing and carving for woodworking machinery, saws, scythes, forks, files, and other similar goods. ..... Demands have come in, chiefly from New Zealand and Australia, for heavy parts of agricultural and other implements such as plough and share plates of various patterns, plough mould boards plough circular coulters, and skeith plates, harrow discs stripper teeth, cultivator knives, &c. The machine for which the stripper teeth and other parts are supplied is being made in large numbers in these Colonies. Tyzacks had from their earliest operations made their own steel by casting from crucibles using a process similar to Huntsman. These special high-speed steels were marked by the trade name “Nonpareil”. It was an early mark of quality and a constant standard was maintained. Emphasis on quality by means of a works laboratory employing analytical chemists was then an innovation and it enabled processes like tempering to be fully controlled. Hopefully this may help to answer your initial question, well at least for one of them. may also be useful  
  8. Saturday January 9th 2016 9.00am to 4.30pm sees the first Members Forging Day at Westpoint Forge home of the Blacksmiths and Metalworkers Association of the South West, now that the Guild of Wrought Ironwork Craftsmen of Wessex (AKA Blacksmiths have relocated to pastures new. It is intended to hold a members forging day on the second Saturday of every month for the rest of the year for members old and new to participate and to have their 'smithing problems solved.  As this is a new start, we will be holding a general meeting soon for all members or interested parties to come along and make suggestions as to how they would like these forging sessions to be formatted, and to form a small committee to help with the future development of what the BMASW do at Westpoint other than our main function of supporting and putting on the Metalwork Feature at the Devon County Show. or gives further details and dates of other courses and events proposed for this year. Look forward to seeing anyone from this site coming along and participating even if not BMASW members....yet.
  9. Made a YouTube video

    Hiltsbilt, You may find the pivot boss would be better positioned if you forged the handle rein from the opposite side to the one you have done previously on the jaw end, and not the same side as you seem to have done in the video. Still you got a good pair of working tongs, the next lot will be an improvement as you gain more confidence. Have fun and enjoy.
  10. bending Sq tube help ?

    Sorry, no pictures available, and it went to auction with most of my other tools when I retired some years ago now, so no chance of getting any. That description is a simple version, the one I made could also accommodate larger sections, but was a little more complicated.  
  11. bending Sq tube help ?

    I used to do these on a flypress in a jig, the finished item was a right angled bend on an arm supporting an outside lantern, some were quite short  mounted as a coach light, others were longer and could be used to mount a lantern on top of or beneath, the tube allowed for wiring to be kept out of view when items fitted in situ. Use your press. make a 2" dia x 1/2" thick disc to fit your press on an extension to allow for depth needed as your top tool, (Gives you 1" inside radius) For the bottom tool, Two pieces of angle iron with round spacing bars to set them parallel just a tad over the 1/2" width of the tube, these spacing bars pitched to fit the tube and top tool,  (1/2" + 2" + 1/2") and add the diameter of the spacer bar used to give you the centre dimension for them, Set up with the top tool in the centre of the gap between spacers and secure in position and you should be ready to go. When ready, heat your tube and press to 90 degrees You may have to mount the angles on a couple of pieces of channel if your press does not have an open base to allow for full depth of corner. Hope this makes sense.
  12. Anti-Rust?

    The higher polish on the finish, the more resistance to rust starting, then wax/oil regularly 
  13. Copper Roses - My first attempt

    Try taking the copper to a higher heat (orange), and then quench in clean cold water, that should help
  14. Show me your bottle Openers

    I just welded a handle on to an old adjustable wrench I had, I prefer the slotted one,  Another alternative is a flat bar with a series of square holes through that fit different size bars, limited by the fact you have to slide it over the end of the bar being twisted, you don't have that problem with the slotted one. Tap wrenches sometimes have problems as the heat gets transmitted into the adjusting screw on the sliding jaw, and they also tend to mar the corners of the workpiece
  15. Show me your bottle Openers

    These are simple twisting aids that may help, you could make something similar that would fit into the pritchel hole on your anvil, a second one can then be used to apply the twist.   Hope this is useful