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  2. Picked up this anvil in Milwaukee to get me started in blacksmithing. No room to make a permanent setup, so wanted an anvil easy to store tucked away inside until I am ready to bring it out. Next I will start to build a small propane forge. Rebound seemed pretty good, dropping a bearing from 10" it would bounce between 8.5"and 9" over majority of the face. 'JAW' appears twice on the bottom and once on the back, what does this mean?
  3. Yesterday
  4. Of course, if your scroll former is irregular, your scrolls will be too.
  5. In addition to doing some corrective work on a hammerhead and straightening some sections of coil spring for punches (currently annealing in the hot box and therefore not shown), I made a fork (which still needs some filing): Modified some old twist tongs that never really worked into a pair punch-and-chisel tongs: And made a scroll former and a test scroll: (based on the discussion HERE).
  6. I got this hammer because the Bradley just doesn't seem to like punching holes. It is great for everything else, but it's short stroke and soft first blow just dont make for good results with tall tools. So today I punched the first hole on the 250. I definately need to upgrade all my tooling. My tongs aren't the right size, I dont have punches or drifts really, and seem to have lost at least half of my power hammer tools somewhere on my journeys...
  7. Barn find I was given two blowers and a forge that were my grandfather's and uncle's. I do not know who which one owned which blower or the forge. They have been stored in a barn for over 50 years. Both turn great, are very smooth with no grinding noise, I can turn both by hand using the end of the shaft, but both are missing the counterbalanced crank handles. If anyone knows of replacement parts for sale or can provide the crank length and weight of the counterbalance so I can build them I would appreciate it. I would prefer to have original manufacturer's parts for them, but will make them if original is not available. Thanks, Les P.S. If the pictures are too large please point me towards the directions to resize them, I tried to find them to check size, but I am not very good on a computer and couldn't find it. .
  8. Frosty

    Fulton vise?

    The anvil shaped face and "horn" on vises is NOT suitable for forging, the vise will break under any real use. Light use is okay, think straightening nails and such. Frosty The Lucky.
  9. Aside from if anyone has more knowledge, I would spark test it and test heat treat a piece before going through the trouble of making blades from it if that was your intention.
  10. Hey guys. I was just wondering what this stuff is made out of. I came across one today, and this sucker is about 40lbs. Ive seen a few discussions about it, and some say 5160, and others around 1075 considering it apparently takes a good hamon? Any response would be great!
  11. Not sure if I missed something or not, but I bought the new kinyon hammer plans from a guy named Paul, I guess he is the one who has updated the plans over the years. His email is [email protected]
  12. Had some time in the shop today. Almost finished with the door guides.
  13. Johnnyd, I always suggest reading this to get the best out of the forum. READ THIS FIRST
  14. Frosty....Your story crushed my heart. I'm sad, but I'm not. If my pets can't get in I don't wanna go. Twilight zone episode.. Here's 1 of 2 cats
  15. Depending on when the Peddinghaus was bought plays into many factors as to the quality of the finished work. It seems that many were not finished past a certain depth of the hole. I think they might have switched to a shorter drill bit and a shorter broach. This leaves the bottom of the hole unfinished. The #12 I bought a few years ago also have this same problem and you can see where they tried to drill it by flipping it over and chasing the original hole with little success.. I will be installing a second Hardie hole.. as I miss this on the left side of the anvil..
  16. This is the best advice I can think of too. ABANA has some excellent on line tutorials. Beware of You Tube experts unless they are endorsed by members here. A collection of blacksmithing links on YouTube - Reference Materials - I Forge Iron https://www.iforgeiron.com/topic/52373-how-to-watch-a-youtube-video-collaboration/
  17. If we get to Thailand I'll be sure to look you up. I'll do my best on a blade but no promises. The Seax is getting a Myrtle wood handle, I've had it on a shelf since the mid '90s for knife handles. Shortly later I discovered I'm not really a bladesmith guy. Forge the preform is no problem but I didn't have the skill sets nor desire to learn them at the time. My experience associating with that character pretty well . . . Nevermind. I have the grinder and would like to play with pattern welds, see what I can develop. What I make with it . . . ? Frosty The Lucky.
  18. Beautiful work on all of the above, but that bigger cutting board really is exquisite.
  19. I love this forum, great advice on blacksmithing and sound marriage guidance counselling! Thank you again gentlemen! We’re OK again I’m still chuckling at that
  20. Join ABANA and join the New York Designer Blacksmiths. Go to every meet, hammer in and conference that you can.
  21. Omnislug

    Fulton vise?

    hadn't thought of that, good idea! Thanks JHCC!
  22. JHCC

    Fulton vise?

    Searching "Sold" listings on eBay will give you a decent idea of what people have actually paid for such things in the past (as opposed to what people are trying to get for them in the present).
  23. Welcome to IFI! If you haven't yet, please READ THIS FIRST!!! Without knowing where you are in the world, it's hard to know what resources are available to you, so please add that to your profile settings. Please note that most working smiths aren't likely to be interested in investing their valuable time with no return beyond unskilled labor. There are free resources available (this forum, for example), but most hands-on learning experiences are likely to cost you some cash. There are some good discussions here about apprenticeships and how best to get started as a beginner; there's a lot to learn there.
  24. Hello All, I am really interested in blacksmithing and would like a crash course for beginners or shadow a seasoned blacksmith. Willing to be free labor for the in exchange for knowledge. I am in Syracuse NY area.
  25. Omnislug

    Fulton vise?

    I got a old fulton vise with a small anvil on it, horn and all, I'll try and post a pic later..I was wondering how old this one is and if it's worth anything, though I will definitely not be selling it
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