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  1. Meetings are also posted in the Clinker Breaker. Click on “Meetings” for maps. March Meetings NE: Mar 4: Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts, Barberville SE: Mar 18: 10am to 3 pm. Tanah Keeta Boy Scout Camp, 8501 SE Boy Scout Rd, Tequesta FL 33469 NE & NW: Mar 25: Combined Statewide Regional Meeting at the Dudley Farm Historic Park, Newberry Rd, Newberry
  2. NOW IS THE TIME to be reading. Use the time that will later be dedicated to track to study blacksmithing before track season. At 15 you still have the energy to do everything, so break out a couple of hours each day and blacksmith, whether it is reading, researching on the computer, playing with modeling clay, or cleaning out a space for a shop. At the end of a week you will have accumulated 10-12 hours of time, information, and knowledge, EACK WEEK !! Now if you count March, April, and May until summer gets here, you will have 120-145 hours. If you count 40 hours in a work week that is over 3 full weeks of blacksmithing. Your call. I do hope you thanked your uncle for the anvil find. Ask him to keep looking. Look up TPAAAT and put it to use for finding tools and anvils.
  3. The anvil appears to be cast, light weight, and hollow. Why wait until summer for a forge? Find a fuel in your area that is cheap, and plentiful and build a forge to use that fuel. The forge section on IForgeIron should give you many ideas.
  4. Blacksmith Organization of Arkansas (BOA) has not been updated for 2017. May want to PM arkie to see when they are holding meetings.
  5. The thread is closed as the anvil was sold. .
  6. Something for the kitchen. Make it big, small, simple, complex, that is up to you.
  7. A suggestion was made to open a new section What Can I Make. This will give all levels of blacksmiths a topic, or theme, and the freedom to run with the idea. Make anything that fits the theme, big, small, simple, complex, it is up to you. We will have a new theme each month. There is no time limit for the theme, so you may build and add your project at any point. Other folks may like your work and want to make one, so please post photos of the build as well as details such as stock used, tools used, and other information you feel would be helpful. And of course photos of the finished project. Let the fun begin.
  8. Let us think about this information for a moment. Steel covered with a coating of zinc makes the steel more susceptible to corrosion? Then why coat it? A buildup of rust leads to the release of lead. So where did the lead come from? Wikipedia: Galvanizing is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron, to prevent rusting. Although galvanizing will inhibit attack of the underlying steel, rusting will be inevitable after some decades of exposure to weather, especially if exposed to acidic conditions. For example, corrugated iron sheet roofing will start to degrade within a few years despite the protective action of the zinc coating. A discussion on zinc can be found through out the IForgeIron site.
  9. WD-40 is the trademark name of a penetrating oil and water-displacing spray. The spray is manufactured by the San Diego, California–based WD-40 Company. WD-40 was developed in 1953 by Norman Larsen, founder of the Rocket Chemical Company, in San Diego, California. "WD-40" is abbreviated from the term "Water Displacement, 40th formula", suggesting it was the result of Larsen's 40th attempt to create the product. The spray, composed of various hydrocarbons, was originally designed to be used by Convair to protect the outer skin and, more importantly, the paper-thin balloon tanks of the Atlas missile from rust and corrosion. These stainless steel fuel tanks were so fragile that when empty they had to be kept inflated with nitrogen to prevent them from collapsing.
  10. Australians can suffer from island syndrome at times. It is just a bigger island. (grin)
  11. Try wiping the anvil with ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid) every time you leave. It will not interfere with the next forge session and will provide a barrier to make the water run off. There are some shops that collect water when the weather changes. Others do not. As mentioned a small fan may help.
  12. American dollars depends on your location and the location of the anvil. If the anvil is located in one part of the world and needs shopped to another part of the world, shipping could cost more then the anvil. Where are you located, as it makes a difference.
  13. Close the ash dump at the bottom. Remember to clean it early and often as the ash can build up. Now that all your air goes to the fire, disconnect the flex metal pipe from the blower. Leave a 3-4 inch air gap and aim the blower toward the pipe for more air, and not so much aim to the pipe for less air. Fuel does not make the fire hot, air makes the fire hot. Adjust the air as needed for YOUR fire and forge. The fire ball should be about the size of a melon with additional fuel over that. Your metal should go into the fire ball about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way up the fire ball. There are many ways to attach things. One of the problems you may encounter is trying to attach a 3 inch diameter flex pipe and Y to the brake rotor. I would suggest a piece of heavy metal (1/8 inch is plenty) in the bottom of the rotor. Next get some auto exhaust and form up a T . Attach the flex pipe to the branch of the T, and leave the down pipe 12-16 inches long. Drill a 1/4 inch hole about 1 inch down from the top of the T, insert it into the hole in the plate, and put a piece of 1/4 inch rod, or metal through the hole to hold it in place as well as act as a grate. Bricks can be used to make the fire deeper. I can use coal dust with this set up.
  14. Find one YOU like and build it so you can get started. Then you can do more research and either modify your forge and burner or build a second one. One size does not fit all.
  15. The following is a general comment not directed toward at mutant or anyone in particular. When good information does not meet a G rated standard. The information was not improved by missing the standard, and means that it did limit the audience that was available to view the video. Does it matter? The answer to that is yes. In viewing a video, there is information that a newbie, young person, or the viewer can put to use. To remove that information by not meeting a G rated standard is a judgment call. The author chooses how to present the subject matter and what to include or exclude. Then they choose what to include or exclude when they shoot the video, the editor chooses what to include or exclude when they edit the video, and the publisher chooses what to include or exclude when they publish the video. Finally the viewer chooses what watch based on the rating. This DOES NOT mean you can not say what you want in YOUR shop. In fact we defend your right to do so. You can peel the paint from the wall and send the dog running for cover, after all it is your shop. If there are ladies or children present, we should step up and remind you that as a gentleman you should respect their presence. We encourage all demographics, from all over the world, to enjoy blacksmithing and metal working. We want everyone to succeed and have as much fun working metal as we do. The G rated standard allows everyone to have a relaxed place where they feel comfortable to visit and learn.