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  1. From Frosty The best cure method according to the maker is to treat it just like hydraulic concrete. It water SETS, it does NOT DRY. These are two entirely different things. Read up on working, and curing a patio or shop floor. Portland cement, concrete and Kastolite set and cure very closely to the same in time and steps. Kastolite refers to concrete procedures as THE way to cure Kastolite for maximum strength and temperature rating. Except for water % details the comparison is across the boards close enough to the same as to be interchangeable. So, when it sets close it up in a 100% humidity atmosphere for up to 7 days. We do NOT need a max strength cure, we aren't subjecting it to the kinds of forces temps and atmospheric changes a commercial forging or scrap furnace does. Frosty The Lucky.
  2. Working on the price and shipping for you now.
  3. Charles, you can get the 26 firebrick, Kast-O-lite 30, kiln wash, and other refractories through the IForgeIron Store. Gas Forge Refractories and Supplies
  4. Thomas I like your suggestion. This solution came from a blacksmith in Israel.
  5. Sometimes even a great vise has a bad day and bites. Found these and fixed the problem. Pool noodles or floats
  6. Please start another thread for the Kanka anvil review.
  7. Is this the article you were thinking about? We have the Kast-o-lite 30 product.
  8. As to the paint on the anvil: You forgot the pinstripes !!
  9. BP0026 Principles of Design is a good review on scrolls. Phi is 1.61803398874989484820458683436563811772030917980576286213544862270526046281890 which is close enough for blacksmiths. (grin) Phi turns up in some unexpected places. In ancient times, Leonardo of Pisa (now called Fibonacci) was working with a series of numbers. Starting with 1, 1, he added the two numbers to get the next number, so 1 + 1 = 2. the next one became 1 + 2 = 3 and then came 2 + 3 = 5 , and so on to get the series 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, etc. Obviously, the next number will be 21 + 34 = 55. The higher you go the closer it gets to 1.618033 . . . .
  10. I would suggest the best place is the IForgeIron store under refractories, Gas Forge Refractories and Supplies, and Soft Fire Brick. We also sell the mortar for the soft bricks. PM me with how many you need.
  11. JHCC: Rebar used for letter openers — but who gets letters to open anymore? Das: Just bills. I prefer to open those with a paper shredder
  12. Sycamore. Seed balls and bark are the identifying factor. The Webster Sycamore reached a tree height measurement of 112 feet (34 m), a tree crown measurement of 90 feet (27 m), and a circumference of 25.75 feet (7.85 m) at breast height. At the time of its death, the tree was estimated to be over 500 years old.
  13. Soft fire brick that you can cut with a saw. 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 9 inches. $7.50 per brick. Mortar for the fire brick 5 pounds for $15.00
  14. Get a piece of 3/4 inch round stock 60 inches long. Bend it at 20 inches and 40 inches. Clapper is 1/2 inch round stock with a loop on the end to hand it with.
  15. Das, I made a spider with the body as an open ring just large enough for a flower pot. It is fun seeing people walk up to the flower and then high step it backwards to what they think is a safe distance.
  16. Scrolling wrench and a pattern drawn in chalk on a table to measure against. Make the bends in small sections..
  17. Take them to the forge and try them out. Your question will be answered if they are comfortable. Then make more to hold the stock you use.
  18. Look for some of the spider wed material used in Halloween displays for a display background at demos. Maybe a metal web out of heavy wire such as bailing wire. Or just suspend it from the ceiling on a single strand of wire. Should get peoples attention. LOL
  19. My consolidated notes for new forge builders
  20. On 4/16 and 4/17 Edward Kocsis said: I am new to forging, have taken several classes to make novelty items and want to start making knives. The site has a whole section on BLADESMITHING.
  21. There is no reason to quote or retype what we just read. To use quotes in an single subject ongoing thread is not needed as we are current with the posts. To refer back and refresh our memory is completely different. Respect is just that, RESPECT. It is not a term that is thrown around, but an attitude that is both earned and given in return. If someone wants to be grumpy then be respectful and let them. There is no reason for defense and standing up for personal dignity. Show them your respect by leaving the conversation. This works equally well in both directions.
  22. Dealing with Grumpy people, curmudgeons, and yes even J-men all boils down to respect. If you give respect, you earn respect. We offer you the experience, skill, and expertise to fit your questions. When you ask for knowledge and advice in a kind and polite way, you get kind and polite answers. We want you to succeed.
  23. Read as much as possible on the site as it will both answer your questions and save you money. Start with READ THIS FIRST and Table of Contents Each section of the site is subject oriented so look for anvils in the anvil section, etc. Look for the logical starting points such as A collection of improvised anvils to get started with anvils, or the 55 Forge or JABOD in the forges section. The pinned and stickies in each section contain a wealth of information. The more you read the more money you do not have to spend. We suggest you pack a lunch and a cold drink before you visit the site.
  24. You and Lisa are on the list. Looking for work and finding the right job is never easy. Have her apply the TPAAAT for jobs. Personal business cards are a good way to start that process.