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  2. dogblazer9598

    Should I buy this old anvil?

    that anvil looks just like one that's on craigslist in Albany n.y.
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  4. sfeile

    Classwork

    I'm curious as to how you got such a smooth and even blade slot in a knap-able material. What material is it and how did you do that?
  5. Yeah, but he's not going to tell us, is he? So we have to guess!
  6. ausfire

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Thanks Vaughn and Anvil for the suggestions. Seems those springs are quite useful. I'll have to find a few more. I have seen a few pics of those flint strikers, but I know little of their use. I don't think many people here would know what they are. You're into full production mode with the dragonflies, Das. I know they do sell well. I guess you have been doing the rounds of the op shops to find all those knives. Those nine dragonflies will fly off the shelves at your first show.
  7. Lupercal

    First forge

    Thanks guys! I'll start looking into side last forges.
  8. Frosty

    1st Ones from Our New studio

    ALRIGHT, Jim's back in action! I love the way you develop patterns. Beautiful stuff. Frosty The Lucky.
  9. Frosty

    It followed me home

    The snips are compound lever snips, for heavy or tough sheet. No, don't use them on hot metal they need to be hard to work properly. Everything else is covered. Frosty The Lucky.
  10. Frosty

    First forge

    Welcome aboard Lupercal, glad to have you. If you'll put your general location in the header you might be surprised how many of the gang live within visiting distance. Ditto Charles advice, medieval is side blast charcoal forges. Do a little reading here, there are tens of thousands of posts organized in hundreds of categories and sub categories. Skim the category subjects, pick one that interests you and skim the thread titles till you find one you're interested in then skim the posts. THEN do some sit down reading. The site is just too huge to sit down and read. Chelonian: Do you think you should maybe know a LITTLE about a subject before you start giving advice? I don't want to discourage you from helping folks but passing on stuff you don't understand isn't really helping. Most of the junk you see on Youtube is . . . "stuff" passed on by folk with no more expertise than a camera and ISP. The only place plaster of Paris has in a blacksmith shop is the walls and molding. It can be dangerous in a forge, not as dangerous as Portland Cement but still worthless as a refractory. Please don't go away, we want you to be successful in the craft, I LOVE seeing the eye candy folks post pictures of here and would DOUBLE LOVE to see what your imagination and hands bring to be. Give the method for reading the site I suggested to Lupercal a try. Once you get a handle on the jargon and some of the processes you'll be able to ask good questions and understand our answers. Frosty The Lucky.
  11. Frosty

    NE Tennessee Hobbyist

    Welcome aboard, glad to have you. You sure do have a lot going on you NEED a hobby to take your mind off things. Maybe their rifles need to be zeroed? Unless they're sextuplets a couple have to be old enough to hunt for the pot, the others can tend the garden. I mean REALLY, what's happened to Tennesseeans since Davy kilt a bar when he was only 3? Coal or charcoal is WAY less expensive than oxy acet though you'll want the torch for closely localized heats. I'm mostly a propane forge guy though solid fuels have serious benefits, they all have their up and down sides. What do you want to make? Frosty The Lucky.
  12. Charles R. Stevens

    First forge

    Well most medieval forging was done with charcoal, coal was the new dangled fuel and fairly used in Europe. Might I recommend looking at the Just a box of dirt pined post in solid fuel forges, go and look at the illustrated information on sideblast forges and then look at the mark III JABOD forge. This will help you get your midieval forge up and going. I would also look at the pined post about improvised anvils. A 4” square block is much more midieval than a London pattern. Chelonian, I would recommend against plaster of Paris and sand for refractory. Unlike YouTube IFI is an interactive pier revued document. Any bad advice will quickly be corrected. If you see somthing in YouTube I highly recommend you come here and ask us what we think. The bread pan is riminisant of the tim lively forge, just smaller and he used adobe clay. I would suggest yours is to small to safely contain hot coals. I would direct you to goodly Tim lively wash tub forge or go to the stickies and look at the JABOD forge and look at the JAPOB forges. These are safer, faster to build, cheaper and more fuel efecent
  13. stevomiller

    Should I buy this old anvil?

    Woof Woof! Anyways, Id really check that beast out closely, and personally I’d be hesitant to pay $150 for it. Looks to have been used hard for most it’s life (but not necessarily abused tho). The sweet spot is saddled and the tail is recurved down, besides the chunk of face that delaminated and broke off from the hardy hole to the heel. Maybe lots of sledge work done on it. However the edges are relatively intact, as if for most its life whomever used it knew what they were doing, or at least had good aim.
  14. Tkunkel, I have been learning along the way and each show it better than the last. It certainly is a learning experience. What is a great seller at one show might not be at the next, or it will. Have extra eitherway. Lol. All in all have fun and make contacts. I was put off with the business card size tags but with my printer and a program made smaller tags with my name and website where they can contact me. Stickers look cheap or do or wont come off. For multiple items a smaller placque or tag works for multiples. Yes, get vertical. Dont block yourself tho. You need to be there and answer questions and interact. Have your buisness cards in plain view. There are lots of things to learn going out and selling. Take what you learn to the next show and hope for the best lol. Thank you for sharing as well. I thank all for the great advice I've recieved here. Still working on it as I can.
  15. stevomiller

    Identification of Champion Blower

    Man Irondragon, you done went and done good! That blower is in wonderful shape and you got it for a good price to boot! Congratulations!
  16. Zeke Zabo

    It followed me home

    Thank you gents. I haven't done much welding and knew the vice grips were sorta job specific, but I'll put them to a good alternative use. I never saw a levered snip before and it is better than the snip above it. It needs sharping and i'll search here for the best way. The flea market was great (Kane County, il) and almost everything I bought averaged about a buck. I did find one large (2 lb?) ball peen and dropped $7 as it fit a need. Regards, Zeke
  17. Nice stand. Complicated but I like it. You could do without the anvil and use the stand by itself. The anvil anchoring needs beefing up I reckon ... The best part of your post is a typo further up. I will not tell you what it is
  18. Hello: Well after 7 months of down time I have just finished the first few from my first batch of blades made down in our new Florida studio..all are PW... 5 bovine ivory and 1 Red Deer antler. Didn't turn out too bad considering I am so out of practice.. Thought I would share..these go up on my website tonight. JPH
  19. Daswulf, thanks to you and many others for sharing your sales booth experiences. I dug around and found some photos of displays I had used for my wife to take to farmers markets/craftsales in 2012 and 2015. Lots of trial and error with signage, labelling and product mix. My wife and I found that the wood background got peoples attention. I am in the process of making a story board for a bottle opener, to better explain the time and processes involved. Too many people seem to have some sort of sticker shock but it is always nice to get the customers who appreciate and buy and who are excited to gift themselves or others! I did my first holiday craft fair by myself last December. Need to get photos of that included. Had learned from previous experience to have better signage. Tried string labels and found them ok for the time I had. I like the idea of combo bizcard/pricetag. I don't like stickers or the ones I have tried, as they tend to unstick. I had a credit card reader, which we knew from previous experience increased sales. It was a good experience, lots of adrenaline getting prepared, set up, made new contacts, shared/gained info from other vendors about how this show compared with others. Money was so-so for the time but the experience was worth it.
  20. Daswulf

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Can't even remember how many I have made now but I'm all out of dragonflies. So I started 9 more for upcoming shows.
  21. Paragon

    Soft Firebrick Retailer?

    Hop on Google maps (seems better than Bing for this in my area) and search for 'refractory' in your area.
  22. anvil

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Also that spring is a good size for engraving and repousse tools
  23. Irondragon Forge & Clay

    Looking at my first anvil

    Welcome... have you read this yet? It will help you get the best out of the forum. https://www.iforgeiron.com/topic/53873-read-this-first/ Looks like a good serviceable anvil, provided it passes the rebound & ring test Lou L outlined.
  24. VaughnT

    What did you do in the shop today?

    If it's a spring, it'll make a good blade. At that size, it's almost perfect for those little knives woodworker's like to use to mark their cuts. I'd cut off a few 2.4" sections and make flint striker pendants for folks. Dress the ends so they don't look so "saw cut" and drill a hole for a lanyard. Boom, instant entry-level striker that folks can use as a zipper pull or necklace pendant.
  25. Excellent work on the stand, and I like the fact that you've built in so many sturdy mounting points for possible attachments/accessories. Do you have any specific add-ons or connections with other equipment in mind? Al (Steamboat)
  26. I can’t tell the make based on those pictures. The smoothly rounded feet aren’t familiar to me but I’m certain someone here has more insight on it. My first thought is that it is a modern Russian, Chinese or otherwise less traditional country of origin. The maker’s mark would be on the other side. Either way, those dimensions tell me it’s a 300 pound anvil or close. But, once again, there are people on here who would be much more accurate in that estimation as well. In the end, you need to see it and test the rebound by dropping a large ball bearing on it. It should rebound 7.5 inches or more being dropped from ten inches. More is much better. It should also have a clear ring with no buzzing. Good luck!
  27. Chelonian

    First forge

    As a fellow beginner, I'd recommend this. It's worked great for me so far for making small hooks, house numbers, and pantry handles: It's a bread pan with a square tube going through it, and a 50/50 mix of Plaster of Paris and play sand as a refractory. I did not come up with this design myself, and if you want more details on (link does not work) I then used this blower that I made as an air supply: https://www.iforgeiron.com/topic/60184-beginner-blower-idea/ Hope this helps!
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