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
  1. Just a reminder to all who are interested and able to attend, St Clem's day celebration is this Saturday, November 21st  Finch Foundry is located in Devon, at Sticklepath, postcode EX20 2NW for the sat nav settings, The day starts at about 10.00am, and goes on until 4.30pm The water powered machinery will be run and demonstrated periodically throughout the day. Admission is free and there will be other activities taking place for those not so interested in the 'smithing, and there may even be the "firing of the anvil" just to keep you awake. There will be the Great Snail Race as usual for a bit of fun, This entails making a snail (shell, horns and a tail that is free standing) in the shortest possible time from 200mm of 10mm diameter bar which will be supplied.  The other competition is to make a candlestickof your own design from metal you supply within two hours. Judging for the competitions will be at 3.30pm, Cooked breakfast and suitable refreshments throughout the day for competitors. I look forward to seeing friends old and new there, it is usually a great day out, and most enjoyable even if the weather is not so good. Apologies for poor picture quality
  2. Norton fly press

    If you don't take up the option, let me know, would be great for Westpoint Forge so we can show how useful they are.
  3. Smithin Magician

    Hi CG, no, they are all the same stock width, they appear to be different because I was trying to show what the die does, The "narrow" ones are the equivelent of a side elevation in a drawing, showing the profiles of the top and bottom dies so you can associate them with the traditional tools used when a striker is available. The "wider" ones equate to a front elevation, showing the profiles across the die (front to back), The ones pictured, I use for round tenons. I have many more, but these are the ones I find most commonly used. Hope this clarifies the situation.
  4. Rheostat controls for Blower

    Hi Bob, Why use two things when one will do.? I would personally use the airgate to control the airflow and keep the rheostat as a curio. It is already showing signs of heat effects, and that may be asbestos being used for the insulation, and it is just another electrical thing to go wrong. Air flow is more rapid, direct and easily controlled with an airgate,  In the past I have used rheostats, but prefer air gates, but it's your choice. I still use rheostats, but on hand tools like the angle grinders when I have a wire brush fitted, I don't come away looking like a porcupine if the rpm's are reduced which is always a good thing. Whatever way you choose to go, have fun and enjoy yourself  
  5. For many years now this section of the groups forum has gone under the description Blacksmiths Guild UK  The Blacksmiths Guild was in fact two organisations, The Blacksmiths and Metalworkers Association of the South West (BMASW) and the Guild of Wrought Ironwork Craftsmen of Wessex(GWICW) The name Blacksmiths Guild was adopted and used by the GWICW because the full title would not fit into the domain register as it was too long. Westpoint Forge is home to and financed by the BMASW whose members established it in 1998, the first building was available on site and in use for the 2000 Devon County Show, which is the reason the BMASW was originally formed. It was also host to the International Blacksmiths Festival in 2014 when we were priviliged to have members from this site participate as well as visit. In 2004 the GWICW whose base was at Cannington College at Bridgwater had to move out due to circumstances, and were invited as guests to move to Westpoint, The time has now come that they are moving on again, and intending to use Kingston Maurward College at Dorchester as their base, see here for details The BMASW at Westpoint Forge will be carrying on with courses throughout the year, and will also be holding Members Days on the second Saturday of every month, for more details There will also be a website established for Westpoint Forge some time in the future, I don't know how this will effect this part of the Groups Forums, perhaps Glenn could clarify or assist ?
  6. Smithin Magician

    This is an old prototype version I made many years ago and still in use today,         This was my next version using flat plates for the front and back instead of the welded straps I used on the prototype (Material was what was available at that time) dimensions are in millimetres, 100mm  x  6mm MS plate used The dies are from 2" x 1" as I find this more useful for me.     The mounting is a flat plate that fits corner wise into the hardie hole on my anvil, I can also use it in a vise if the situation demands it, This mounting method presents the tool at 45 degrees to the anvil which I also find convenient for my puposes Dies are from Bright mild steel, some case hardened, some with an insert of or faced with spring steel and welded to the body, depending on their use. The striker button is some Hex section bar I had lying around, but could be any shape, it just prevents the top of the die from mushrooming and concentrates impact onto centre of it. You can also incorporate spacer buttons in the bottom die to give predetermined sizes for tenons etc Hope this is of some use, I am currently about to make some more to be used on the courses at Westpoint Forge (Exeter Devon UK) for the students to use and assess as they are most handy when you are working on your own, and don't have a striker  handy to assist you. Feel free to ask any questions you may have, this is just my version.
  7. Help with calculations.

    On sale here and near to you
  8. Fawcett Sheffield ?

    His works was situated in The Wicker, which was a centre for many forges and foundries as the River Don was used for water powering machinery. also had nearby canal and railway facilities to provide raw materials needed in steel manufacturing, 
  9. Commonly found in many books, here are some samples I made and had chrome plated, was not happy with finish and still have them somewhere in the scrap pile.     Have fun, silver soldering is for best quality job, bronze weld, the soft solder,  or forge weld them together.  
  10. As said in previous posts, flame cut blanks and enough for 8 pairs of hinges, must have been intended for 'forged' hinges as there is a tong to turn into the hinge's barrel to suit pintle. Good buy ! Good bye,
  11. Help with calculations.

    They are not trammel points, they are adjustable centres to check bars/shafts for straightness after being rectified under the press,   
  12. Help with calculations.

    I would concur with that opinion, Many years ago I was involved in making these, Mainly used for straightening shafts or pressing on interference parts in assemblies.  Smaller capacity ones are available and many other similar types, but most are not as robust as these.     They were that well made there are plenty still around and come up for sale regularly, Google in Laycock hydraulic press for sale  No need to reinvent the wheel, just use these as a basis for your design,and adapt. If you only want a small throat, then you don't even need the adjustable table. Convert the hydrauilics to powered instead of manual, The throat on these presses is adjusted by moving the handwheel on the Right hand side which raises the table to the desired height, using the four threaded bars, I would not think you require this facilty. If you want a chat, pop into Westpoint Forge on a course day, next one is Basic Blacksmiths Skills course on 13,14,15 November, or the members day forge in on December 19th, or I can arrange a date to suit.  
  13. Held a toolmaking day at Westpoint Forge last week, explained basic heat treatment and how to do it in the forge.                                                     All items shown are in as forged finish, file and emery cloth to clean up for tempering Made a hot cut chisel from an old farriers rasp, annealed, forged to shape, and can be used as forged Hot punch from a coil spring, use as forged finish. Cold chisel as forged, Struck end being forged to a chamfer to help prevent spalling,  Chisel's cutting end forged finish and lightly polished pre harden, then again after hardening so tempering colours can be seen, Centre punch as forged, struck end chamfered to help prevent spalling The picture of the centre punch I hope shows the tempering colour band