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  1. Practical blacksmithing: a ... - Google Books
  2. Take a look at Master Hofi's solution to the need for elbows in a side draft forge. This is found in the blueprint section of this site. His use of a side draft box to exit the building beyond the eves and then a strait chimney pipe is the best solution I have seen yet. I would think that an elbow placed out side the building below the eve with a 10" pipe through the wall at forge level would produce the same effect. I would also experiment with restricting the inlet of the pipe at the forge to increase the velocity of the air flow were the smoke is the hottest. Side draft beats a hood 5 to
  3. Diderot's classic Encyclopedie is the father of all encyclopaedia,The 9 volumes were written in the 17th century, it covers every trade and industry of the time with exquisite engravings of shops and workers at their trades. I found some blacksmith pages starting around volume 8 page 0100. I have seen other excerpts of shops and workers that i have not found in this site as yet. Encyclop
  4. my brother is a tool and die maker, and has some experience working TI heavy feeds and speeds are called for and he recommends never pausing or retracting a drill or mill until cut is finished, because the part will work harden as soon as the pressure is off. a couple of other notes: One of the first uses of Ti in aircraft was the SR-71(habu) black bird and the learning curve was steep. Part failures were high until they discovered that the chlorine in the water was reacting with the Ti and causing stress cracks. Also trace amounts of chrome from chrome plated tools would cause TI bolts t
  5. From Modern Blacksmithing 1904 DRILLING IRON Every smith knows how to drill, sometimes it gives even an old smith trouble. The drill must be true, the center to be right, if one side of the drill is wider than the other or the drill not in proper shape the hole will not be true. For centuries oil has been used for drilling and millions of dollars have been spent in vain. It is a wonder how people will learn to use the wrong thing. I don't think that I have ever met a man yet who did not know that oil was used in drilling. In drilling hard steel, turpentine or kerosene is used as oil will
  6. Who Will Watch The Home Place Leaves are falling and turning to showers of gold As the postman climbs up our long hill And there's sympathy written all over his face As he hands me a couple more bills Who will watch the home place Who will tend my hearts dear space Who will fill my empty place When I am gone from here There's a lovely green nook by a clear-running stream It was my place when I was quite small And it's creatures and sounds could soothe my worst pains But today they don't ease me at all In my grandfather's shed there are hundreds of tools I know
  7. At Rock Ledge Historic site in Colorado Springs we have a Shire stud that was slightly taller, though not quite as massive as a Clydesdale. A true gentle giant. We had a set of shoes in the blacksmith shop including one that had the hoof trimming re-nailed to the shoe to show the kids how a shoe was nailed to a horses' "toe nail" . The shoe was a full 13" across the heel and a set of show shoes weights about 2 1/2 lbs each and are used to get the horse to walk with a high lifting gate. It was fun to pass it around and then have the boys to smell the Toe Jam. I'm no farrier so my terms and
  8. guesstimate: looking at the anvil I would remove the two horns and add them back to the body to create a cubic rectangle that i would estimate to be 13"x 8"x10" or 1,040 cu/in. steel depending on type is about .2904 lbs/cu/in or about 300 lbs. it would be fun to see how much it really weighs. should we start a pool?
  9. This morning I opened Marjorie's hope chest and found a shoe box full of love letters that we sent to each other when I was away in the military in 1968. It is too bad that my four daughters won't be able to read them until they are grandmothers. I now remember why I loved that woman. She was such a beauty and from the beginning she would return my letters with corrected spelling. Glen and all here thank you for providing me a place that I could go for distraction and to practice my passion. Bless you all.
  10. Last night at 3am my young bride passed 12 days after our 38th wedding anniversary, from Cancer. She would have been 58 on the 19th of April. Marjorie helped me edit this toast in memory of my grandfather, and great-grandfather, both were smiths. Please feel free to hang it in your shop and use it to honor others of our craft. Toast to a fallen hammer He was heated in the forge of life, shaped by the hammer of Christ on the anvil of God, quenched in tears of sorrow and joy, tempered in the hearts of those who loved him, and has gone to find his place in the gates of Heaven. Three time
  11. Traditionally, the piece presented to a panel of Master judges in the guild system by a journeyman seeking Master papers was called his Masterpiece. The Judgment was typically very critical, as the smith was then permitted to open his own shop in competition with his judges. Stand a little taller today after judgment by your peers in a great tradition.
  12. Brand: Trenton Weight:126 Price: $125 (He "couldn't go any lower than $1.00/lb) condition, Sides were painted silver, top excellent, edge 2 small chips that ground out to a nice radius. year 2000 I also bought a buffalo blower ($35) frozen, that took about two weeks of soak to free. A 4" vise of unknown ancestry ($35) working and complete. ugly orange paint. A 2 ft by 3 ft cast iron railroad forge ($125) with a pump handle blower. Missing the wooden handle, belts and a blower that did not operate because of its furry occupants. Two hours to restore. All in one stop at a garage sa
  13. I've seen a fire started that way with a 2lb hammer faster strike and a little paper. It does show why a good smith seems to get more time at the anvil per heat, he is putting heat in when he hammers , thinks while the iron is in the fire. and working only the area that should be worked in each heat. Another trick to that stunt is raising the work just off the anvil between each strike. Still it's cool to see it done.
  14. Magnaflux From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This article does not cite any references or sources. (November 2007) Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unverifiable material may be challenged and removed. Magnafluxing, developed originally by Carl E. Betz, is a method of testing ferrous metals for surface and subsurface flaws. The component being tested must be made of a ferromagnetic material such as iron, nickel or cobalt, or some of their alloys. This test is often used on industrial tools, and engine parts during maintenance inspections. It ca
  15. Encyclopedia of Diderot & d'Alembert http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/did/
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