stupid blacksmith tricks

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I attended a hammer in on friday night, and did something stupid while showing off. I kissed my tongs after finishing a forging, and put a huge burn on my lips....

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Thanks Stewart! At least I'm not alone in doing stupid things. I consider you good company. :P Man, that looks like it hurts. Hope it heals quick.

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Oh Stewart! Fortunately lips heal fast but hurt though you know that. Fortunately it wasn't a really dangerous stupid stunt so I'll go ahead and laugh. Nothing beats a little laugh before bed.

Seriously glad it wasn't worse and we all pull these every now and then. Heck I wouldn't even slap crap out of you, the laughter would be punishment enough.

Frosty The Lucky.

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**Safety Note** after you use your tongs they should do a little dance in the slack tub first---then you Kiss them :rolleyes:
OR hand them to the next smith thats @ the forge
something I see often smiths not cooling tongs much !

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DO NOT kiss your power hammer while using it if you have one. I usually hurt myself when I'm showing someone what not to do :)

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STewart, do we call you "hot lips" now?

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colleen !! you beat me to it!!!! :)
stewart - you twit ;)

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some like'em HOT..... "Doc.......it REALLY hurts when I kiss my tongs"..........reply......"Don't DO THAT" ;)

hope ya heal fast.

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**Safety Note** after you use you're tongs they should do a little dance in the slack tub first---then you Kiss them :rolleyes:
OR hand them to the next smith thats @ the forge
something I see often smiths not cooling tongs much !

Tongs are often made from spring and not a good idea to quench, as they may crack. Best to not let them get so hot as to need to cool.
I had the bad habit of cooling tongs, that was how I was taught so I thought it was the right thing to do. I got a good scolding from Brian Brazeal for quenching a pair of his tongs- have not done it since.

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How long does it take to kiss a pair of tongs??? Why'd the chicken cross the ..... nevermind!

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you ever notice how students want to hand you the hot end of the tongs?

I don't kiss my tools; my wife is already suspicious of them and refers to my anvils as my "harem"...

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I regularly quench my tongs. They are mild steel and I'm not worried about cracking them. Sorry about your lip but :lol:sorry .

I did wipe the sweat from my brow with the back of my forearm on my tong hand and branded my opposite arm nicely as I reached across :blink: . I feel your pain but still :lol:sorry.

Hope you heal quick.

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I had a friend who wanted to make a nail header once at SOFA, after a morning of doing a lot of work on it in a post vise he leaned his arm on the top of the vise and belonged to the Double Bar Ranch for a while!

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I was putting a point on a rotiserrie, and had pulled the piece too far back from the far edge. Caught the edge of my 3 pound cross pein on the anvil, it jumped up and kissed me, right in the forehead above my right eye. I have a 3 corner scar about a half inch above my eye to this day. On the up side the trip to and trough the emergency was 45 minutes, including 3 stitches.

It is awesome going to a new job with stitches in your forehead. Stupid stupid stupid. Stop when your tired, and safety glasses are a must.

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A mentor of mine,(but NOT in this) Slim Spurling used to wag his hand back and forth, in between blows in his 50# LG at very low bpm..... :unsure: .....I thought it was about as smart as lifting a 400lb anvil off the ground to put in a pickup truck......He never paid the price so I guess he was the winner, of what I'll never know...........Newbies......... DON'T even think about it! :angry:

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All tricks noted and put in the "WILL NOT TRY" file. :o

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Speaking of lifting anvils. I recently talked to an old friend, I hadn't spoken with in, gosh...25 years. We both worked for a Mr Lloyd Hammond who recently passed so I got a hold of him to let him know......We talked about old times and he mentioned chronic pain in his back.........One afternoon in Lloyds shop we had a few cold ones after hours and I made the bet if he lift my 500lb Columbian and put it in his truck he could have it........Steve is not real big but was wiry beyond belief and he actually lifted the thing before he threw in the towel.........He reckons the pain started around that time............

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Speaking of lifting anvils. I recently talked to an old friend, I hadn't spoken with in, gosh...25 years. We both worked for a Mr Lloyd Hammond who recently passed so I got a hold of him to let him know......We talked about old times and he mentioned chronic pain in his back.........One afternoon in Lloyds shop we had a few cold ones after hours and I made the bet if he lift my 500lb Columbian and put it in his truck he could have it........Steve is not real big but was wiry beyond belief and he actually lifted the thing before he threw in the towel.........He reckons the pain started around that time............


I probably would have tried that myself too!

Phil

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Hey Stu, injections are better for getting the "Anjelina Jolie" swollen lip look, if I were you I would go that route next time!

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Still LMAO, ....so hot lips,..... Did you learn anything new on Friday ? Are you bringing your lips to Peters Valley ?

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what is happening in peters valley?

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Spring Meet........new jersey,...... Penn, NY, Conn. ( who ever shows up )

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Hot Lips!
I needed a smile to day. Ya gave me one.
I toasted a piece of bread over an open fire (on a Fork)

Don't ask me how I know, but "dont try to clean the rest of the bread off of the fork right after you pull it from the fire!"
The person who did that had lips that looked just like yours! :unsure:
It took a few days for me that person to heal.

Thanks for the laugh Stewart!!

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