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    Victoria, B.C. Canada
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    CanIRON. I have been to every CanIRON event (except Quebec) and I co-ordinated CanIRON VI & XI.
    I have a very bad habit of racing automobiles on frozen lakes, 5 time BC champion, 3 Canadian Championships, 2 World Challenge championships. I'm just a beginner.


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  1. Good Morning,

    Welcome to this game. It is not all work and there is plenty of time for Play. Just because you are a kid, doesn't mean you have to stop acting like a kid!! Whatever you see fit to pick away at, it beats the alternative!! Forget the thought of ever 'Growing Up", into what? A Leprechan?

    Enjoy your Journey and don't forget, Just because someone accuses you of working/thinking outside a Box. Who built the Box?, not you!!


  2. Good Morning Willow, No problem using 1/2" or 5/8" square for Tongs, I just upset the area for the hinge/pivot and if necessary the Jaw. It is a lot less work drawing out the reins. Neil
  3. Good Morning, It looks like the ends of a strap that would have gone around a large container or Barrel. Enjoy the Journey!! Neil
  4. Good Morning, Weld the cracks with Oxy/Acetylene Torch. By the time you are finished, you won't hardly see the weld. Enjoy the Journey. Neil
  5. Good Morning, Keep your eyes open, you will sometimes walk on or walk by some fine specimens. It will take great effort to stop you while on your mission, bend over and rescue it. Neil
  6. Good Morning, Plenty Good. That stand will hold up a Kenworth. Cap the bottom of the legs and mostly fill with sand, it takes away the hollow ring. Who cares what colour you paint it and how you do the Flames, make it YOURS. Enjoy the journey, there is no destination but the Seenery is stunning. There is no Test!! The Blacksmith Police are Hammered!! Neil
  7. Good Morning, You need to measure the distance between the start of one tooth to the start of the next tooth, this is called the 'Tooth Pitch'. Tooth Belts are available from your local industrial supplier. They NEED, Pitch (ie 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" etc) and the length of the belt (circumference). I used this method to use a toothed belt to drive our 'Jardine' Hammer. K.I.S.S. Keep It Simply Simple!! Neil
  8. Good Morning, David Common mistake is making the Tool Box too big! The bigger, the heavier it gets. It gets a lot more heavy when you put supplies in the Tool Box. Multiple Tool bag works, easier to stack them in your vehicle. Neil
  9. Good Morning, There is a group, Manitoba Blacksmith Guild, mainly in the Winnipeg area. If you can't ind them, contact Matt at Cloverdale Forge, near Gimli. Enjoy the journey, Welcome to this wurld!! Neil
  10. Good Morning, Send me an email. Let's drill it in the Lathe. I am around this weekend. Next weekend we will be doing the Fair in Nanaimo. Thanks, Neil
  11. Good Morning, 1045-1050 is commonly used for shafts in machinery as well as most car/truck axles. The eye MUST be soft and the corners of the handle hole MUST be radiused. You will find that the square face that you have, will leave marks in your work from the outer edges. The joys of learning are what teaches you what and what-not, that works well and the reason for/against. It is your hammer and you can make it how you want it. The good part is, you can change it at any time. Ask a number of Truck Drivers "Where do you find truck parts?" and/or "Who does your truck repairs?". This will get you a location of available scrap parts. Any steering or suspension part will be made from something similar to 1045 (they have to survive severe road conditions without breaking, yet can be hardened). You have created a nice starting point with your Cutler/Sawyer Hammer. Enjoy the journey!! Neil
  12. What about using a Black, White-tail Antler Handle. Neil
  13. Good Morning, Punching 1" holes in 1/4" plate is a job that a 'Punch Press' or an 'Ironworker' does easily. It happens with a BANG when cold. Ironworker Dies are available in different sizes, I have seen some at Pr----Au-o occasionally. Punching Hot is a lot easier, but would be done with different tooling. What is your mission, to punch a hole, or to create a slug? Neil
  14. Good Morning Dex, Welcome!! You are in the heart of OABA, Ontario Artist Blacksmiths Association. They have members in many parts of Ontario, even me on the Left Coast. Look up the link to their web-site, if you can't find it, send me a PM. Thanks, Neil
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