Rio Bravo

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    Where the Grand River Meets the Irvine, Canada


  • Location
    Where the Grand River meets the Irvine, Canada
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    Blacksmith, Motorcycle Instructor and Poet
  1. Matt, I use commercial grade materials to construct thin shell ceramic molds. I melt/burn out the wax with a torch. It's quick and easy with the thin shell. Just make sure you have adequate exhaust (or do outside) as there will be much smoke. Pick a wax based on how you will model and carve it; not on how it melts. You have to get the temperature up to a point that any wax will melt anyway.
  2. The manufacturer is Wayne Forge and Machine Company of Toronto, Ontario (that's Canada; not Cali). I Googled that with no results. I'm told it's a bout 42" tall and the firebox is 7x7". Someone must recognize this...if it's useful in forge work or casting I'd pick it up.
  3. HI, I found this for sale online...not sure it's origins or what it could be used for by an inventive smith. Any ideas? Thanks, Dave
  4. Awesome work and a great presentation of the whole project! Thanks Rory.
  5. David, The design is beautiful and the execution is superb. I can see why the customer wanted the side mount; to not interfere with the tiled surfaces. The "mini-belly" portion of the picket is quite clever in this application. Dave
  6. Yup. I don't see the "sadness" in the collection. It's a fraction of the total number existing in the country today...and, as was pointed out earlier...they're in a dry climate; not wasting away in gardens and barns and sheds like so many others. Dave
  7. Great idea Ken! KY, the tool looks excellent. Seems very tall though, but you mentioned having to work with the materials at hand...just wondering if this might cause any hard to strike accurately with force etc? Dave
  8. Yup, I really like that piece too. Good job! Dave
  9. Thanks for the info guys. I'll have to do a side by side comparison of the mild vs. high carbon steel. I'm sure the average person wouldn't notice as the gongs are as much a novelty as a functional piece. But, I would know and I'd like to get a better sound than what I've got now. Dave
  10. You must be one of those spoiled fellows in the sunny south! For where I sit, the inference is that he's talking about a snow plow.
  11. Hi Paul, Nice little set-up there. I like the face on the fork! Maybe I'll see you around...I'm in Elora/Fergus. Dave
  12. Thanks Phil, I've made similar dinner gongs from mild steel...the sound is OK but not great. I'd try the coil but it would take 3 times longer to straighten enough stock than it would make the gong...that guy must have time on his hands...ha! Dave
  13. I also made a selection of sizes when I was starting out. These range from about 3/8 to 1-1/2" width. Take note of what John said about getting the tines parallel. I made this mistake on a hardie fork. I used it a number of times on 1/4 to 1/2 bars with no problems. Then I was working some 1-1/2 x 1/4 flat bar and it really was noticable. Good luck! Dave
  14. I read once that using a high carbon steel will improve the "ring" of bells and similar sounding devices. Can anyone confirm or deny? Thanks, Dave