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  2. It feels as though a conflict of personalities has the potential to stalemate what could be a good idea. This reminds me of another industry of which I've invested a large amount of time and money, the firearms industry, more so specifically, the SUPPRESSOR industry. Before any anti gunner rolls their eyes, hear me out. Suppressors, or silencers as their patent is actually called, use baffles of various sorts to expand, slow down, and cool off, explosive gases before they're launched into the outside atmosphere, which is part of which makes gunshots non hearing safe. The other being the action of the firearm, and the sonic crack of the projectile breaking the sound barrier, neither of which the silencer can help... But I digress, back to slowing down fast moving gases, and the mixing effect there of, inside of a tube, or pipe, or whatever other semantics you prefer... I'm going to go look at a few of mine now, and while I'm not going to risk destroying something that cost me a lot of money, a $200 tax stamp and registration there of to the BATFE, I actually don't think it would be hard to create a baffle system that would mix the gasses completely, but I do feel this would be best suited for a forced air system, it WILL slow down the velocity of gasses, and a hunch tells me that's counter productive to NA burners.
  3. Welcome to IFI, jhsmith! If you haven't yet, please READ THIS FIRST!!!
  4. Thank you! I finished up those knives and started a new board for my dad for his birthday.
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  6. I understand this is a very old thread. I did a search for Hoover anvil and this is the only thing I found so I will comment. Shoersdaughter said " I went through the shoeing course at Cal Poly in spring 1964, shoersdaughter is correct in what she said Ralph had the anvils cast and they came to the school as rough castings. There was a mill in the shop that was used to flatten the face of the anvil, then the person buying the anvil shaped the horn to their liking with a hand grinder and drilled the Pritchel Holes. Then we had a large gas forge set up outside with built up sides of fire brick. We hung the anvils from chain and a large bar and brought them to cherry red over the gas forge. They were then dunked in brine in a large tank. My anvil also has my name stamped into the side of the anvil, some of us did that and some didn't. Over fifty years of beating on the anvil and the horn is like it was the day it was new. Didn't get quite as good a temper on the face, but it has held up well. I don't know if Doug Butler has the story of this anvil in one of his books or not, but he was at the school when it all took place.
  7. Looks like a fantastic anvil in fantastic condition. I cant remember seeing one with a round hardie hole. Strange. But not the end of the world. Are you intending to use it or sell it?
  8. Luckily I am reading this at Lunch...My first summer camp, we were making "buddy burners" out of large tin cans. Our camp counselor was a city boy and was showing people how to build a fire in it by carefully layering up the twigs so tightly no air could get in and it wouldn't light. Me, I scrunched up some small stuff, shoved it in and lit it on the first match. I was cooking before anyone else and kindly shared my, working, cooktop with other campers---for a slice of bacon. Another campout we were surprised with -20 degF weather. I survived till morning in an unhappy state and as soon as it got light I crawled out and started to build a fire. First match I struck and there was a WALL of other campers around me---helped keep the wind off the fire as it was getting started good. Not long after a scout caught the bottoms of his sneakers on fire; very amusing until the heat transferred through to his feet---then EXTREMELY AMUSING! Last Christmas I made a small froe for a couple of my grandkids as they are about the age to start learning about fire; but didn't have any hatchet skills...
  9. When I started cooking on a campfires in Boy Scouts 10? My first lesson learned was SMALL FIRE! It wasn't many outings and I was teaching scouts how to fry an egg, make stew, biscuits on a stick, etc. I discovered you do NOT bury a dutch oven in the COALS first try! ASHES with a few coals underneath and a few on top bakes bread, up the count 2-3 to bake biscuits. Dad appointed me camp cook when we were camping, I cooked he cleaned. Soon Mother turned over the camper stove to me. It's just a knack and I got lots of practice. I didn't realize it till I made "rock" bread with a couple church members present. Whip up some bread dough, flour, salt, oil, yeast, mix and add enough warm water to make dough. Set bowl near enough to the fire to be warm but not hot. Half to an hour proof time and you pinch off balls, roll then flatten and slap it on a rock around the fire. Rock bread. Remove dough from dutch oven where it's been proofing, wipe it down with bacon drippings, etc. and get it smoking hot WHILE you kneed the dough ball with flour covered hands the smoosh it into the HOT dutch oven evenly put the lid on add a FEW coals and check in maybe 20 minutes. Didn't know I was making a version of what humans have been eating since they discovered ground dried grass seed and water makes bread. It was standard fare for the Roman Legions and if you leave out the yeast you're eating like Hebrews on the Exodus. The old way to leaven bread was to leave the dough often a wet mix that was later thickened with more flour containing salt and oil. Anyway, given a couple few hours enough yeast would settle on the dough to make a sponge and you had bread dough. I don't know why they didn't save some to use later or maybe the Hebrews on Exodus just didn't have an hour to let the dough rise. Yest is EVERYWHERE, It's what you're polishing off an apple to make it shine, rub an apple with flour or better yet, float one in your proposed sponge, yeast LOVES sugar and flour. Grapes are loaded with yeast that's why you only need to crush or press the juice out of them to make wine. Desert was apple slices and juice in the dough with a little cinnamon. Doesn't need sugar, apples are sweet enough especially if you crush the juice out of one. I've never roasted anything more elaborate than: rabbit, spruce hen, ptarmigan, small game. Much as I'm no fan of ketchup Pepsi and ketchup makes a darned good BBQ sauce. go figure. I'm getting carried away. Rest your eyes. Frosty The Lucky.
  10. My experience is much like Dan's, I think I've mentioned sifting the aggregate out of Kastolite and rodding it between the crayons. I vibrated it aggressively AFTER getting the refractory to the bottom of the molds. The vibration causes small aggregate to settle into spaces and voids between larger aggregate and corners AND causes air bubbles to rise to the surface. The mechanics of vibrating a concrete in this manner is to literally cause liquefaction so the mix can flow downwards and bubbles and excess moisture can be driven up and out. Rodding down is an art, too much force can make things worse, the aggregate particles are all crushed material so they WILL key together and form bridges and caverns with the spaces where material may flow in to fill them blocked by smaller particles keying together. Rod gently, if it fights you, STOP and go to vibration or a mallet. A mallet should be applied laterally, no more than one or two HORIZONTAL blows on each side. Do NOT work opposite sides, work around the mold 90* impacts do a better job of dislodging key'd particles. Getting good flow of refractory into the mold is my main concern with using lots of small outlets in the same size burner face. You're getting darned good results Dan, what sieve size are you using? I just used a kitchen colander. Frosty The Lucky.
  11. The dental burrs are great in Dremel tools/
  12. Welcome to IFI! If you haven't yet, please READ THIS FIRST!!! Please add your location to your profile settings; where you are in the world may have some bearing on what makes of anvils are typically available locally. That said, you have an interesting anvil there. Possibly made in or near Sheffield, England some time in the 19th century. The face looks like it's in good condition, although the hardy hole looks oddly rounded. The weight stamp would indicate 348 lbs new, which is pretty beefy. So long as the ring and the rebound are good, that's a pretty darn good anvil, and you can't beat the price.
  13. It almost looks like a torch cut that's been filled in. But that could just be my imagination.
  14. Can you find something similar to what you want to build that is doing quite well and use it as a model to evaluate materials against?
  15. Hi all, my grandad gave me his old anvil today and I have no idea what make it is. Can anyone identify it for me? I’ve attached some pictures. I wire brushed it to get rid of all the rust
  16. thank you for the valuable suggestions, an engineer friend of mine suggested me to use for the frame structure instead of the profiled H-beam metal tubes at least 100 mm in section, he believes very tenacious and light what you think? today the sirocco wind from the African desert is blowing at more than 100 / km / h has broken some torn up trees billboards damaged roofs, I have to evaluate the structure of the supporting frame and the anchoring base, I think we need large concrete plinths, what do you think you? thanks anyway for some valuable advice, I will certainly treasure it, thanks
  17. A guy my dad served with gave me a rack of bull moose antlers, I had them forever until my mom donated them to the hope harbor... he was always giving me moose and caribou , bear jerky... my dad shot a bull caribou somewhere they flew out to, the meat was too gamey to eat, we didn't know how to properly prepare it like the natives... he flew to Kodiak island got dropped for 7 days with 2 guys he worked with and bagged a grizzly, also got a black bear on a different trip, they never used a guide...they just got dropped and picked up 7 days later... you know they got hunting rules about the way you fly in on bull hearts and can t land a certain distance from them, can t hunt them for a certain AMOUNT of time from landing... any how, he never took me, we did go after one while picking blueberries, and the rivers we crossed going up this mountain were fast and ice cold... we did go on a tarmagan hunt by tarmagan lake I think it was... was it tarmagan, that they used to call stupid chickens? We fished them king salmons out of goose creek plenty, big 45 lb kings, we took our gear to the truck and came back for our catch on the bank and a bear had taken them we, seen him across the river... also fished the humps, pink hump back salmon... I got one of those mounted... my old man got his grossly and black bears rug mounted with the heads still full, and the skulls sat on our table in the gun room, someone stole the skulls out of packing during the move.
  18. Common problem, a wealth of fixes. I have noticed that blacksmithing tends to enhance folks creativity and problem solving skills as there is generally not "one way" to accomplish things and smiths are encouraged to work on "local optimization". (The smith that used a monkey to crank his blower is a good example---I hear they work for peanuts!)
  19. Les L

    Barn Find

    That's the best part of travelling, unfortunately my travel for work doesn't give me the time to visit, but that will change in a few months when it will be for my enjoyment and I will be setting the schedules. I hope to be able to meet and visit with some of you on IFI in the near future.
  20. I cut some big rubber bands from an innertube (just cut straight across to make a ring) and wrapped those around the handle next to the knobs.
  21. It's was towards Seward, probably the Kenai peninsula... I know when we took a fairy on the move to Alaska, it was 3 days and we seen glaciers and it was unbelievable, to roll into that type of scenery, coming from hot humid Georgia at the time.we also went somewhere when my grandparents visited, we took a train to a small mining village and we gold panned, which we went gold panning other places as well... I'm curious what's in ur picture? My eyes aren't as sharp as they once were... Oh I see it's a female moose... these were all over cherry hill, people would call the guys in the navy blue van trucks and they would come out and attempt to trans them and move them to the back side of base...i seen her back there, I thought she was a cow ...whoops...i watched some guys wirh my friend try to trans a tall lanky calf one time and when they shot him in the back hip, he turned straight towards me, I turned my bike around and he pursued to follow me all the way to my house at a very generously slow trot, I was so scared... i imagine he was pretty scared, just trying to eat and the he got stung in the hiney...
  22. I made rough split crosses and nails for my three kids for Easter. I left the crosses rough because I wanted them to be reminded that the cross wasn't done nice pretty thing, hopefully helping remind them of the sacrifice that was done for all of us to be free. I made the nails to help with that reminder.
  23. Thanks, Das. I was talking with a donor some months back who was complaining about the lack of period-correct forks for American Revolution reenactors (her husband is a member of a fife-and-drum corps and sews all their reenacting clothes by hand!), and then I saw an old fork in an antique shop that inspired me to give this a try. Here’s a photo of that original. I love the decoration, which is all done with the corner of a chisel.
  24. I'll leave the suckers to the MIG welder and stick with regular old mild steel for the tentacles. Nice fork John. The tines turned out great.
  25. We should start calling you the dragon dentist. Very cool.
  26. I would love to build a shop, as I don't even have as much as a carport to work in. That is why all my machine shop equipment still sits at my parent's estate. I am near an industrial area, and asked my power company about power for a shop. Turns out I have a switch across the street, and I can get 480V which would be excellent for my big welders. $12,000 to run it under the street, and install a 75kw transformer. This was at the height of the metals market, so not sure what the cost would be today.
  27. *We* could talk for days; there were "can openers" but very specialized weapons used by specialized people---like modern snipers. Some people also get mislead by "Bearing Swords" hugely over sized versions that were only used in Parades or displayed to show the Might or Right of the crown or an office of the crown. But Hollywood is to blame for a lot of common misconceptions----Remember "The 13th Warrior" when they showed AB's character as not being able to pick up and swing a sword that WOULD have weighed about as much as a 2 liter bottle of soda? Then had him grind off the only hardenable part to make it into a style not used for centuries later? (Using a grindstone not used for centuries later too.) Or in "Pirates of the Caribbean" when they are making a big fuss about "folded steel"---when the cooks knives may have been folded steel (shear steel) as well? We inherited a lot of this from the Victorians and what I call "Wish Fulfillment" documentation. Reading the original sources and you hear of folks vaulting into the saddle in full armour or even swimming a moat in maille. The easiest way to identify whether an ax was used for chopping wood or for chopping people is that the wood cutting axes generally were heavier. Most soldiers in early medieval armies were peasant levies armed with spear. Swords and armour were a mark of Nobility who trained for warfare as a major part of their life.
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