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  1. So, Halloween is on the way, and I've not been able to figure out a nice and simple skull for keychains, bottle openers, and other small items. Most of the examples I've found just don't look very good to me, but I know I've seen some nice ones posted in the past.
  2. Thanks, Thomas! I was afraid that would be the answer. I'll start with some spark tests and hardening tests in air, oil, and then water once I get it home, then. I'm hopeful it turns out to be some sort of tool steel. But even if not, I'm sure I can find a use for a foot of steel that thick.
  3. Ok, while looking around a scrap yard for parts for a tire hammer, I found some mystery steel to toy with. (I also found my 5" and 4" tubes for the hammer!) The bar is about 15 or maybe 20 feet long. About 2" solid hex. It looks just like a raw stock bar that never got used for anything. I'm having them cut off a foot for me. One end of the bar is stamped with 9781, and possibly either a 3, 5, or 8 after that. Too worn to tell more. It might even just be part of a mis-stamp. Sadly, googling these numbers plus "alloy" or "steel" doesn't bring up anything I'm recognizing as an ID. On
  4. Sulfur fume painting, interesting. Sort of a shame is rubs off so easily and I've only had it happen by accident. It makes a nice white beard straight from the forge. Could be a fun little gimmick to add to the wizard heads at a demo if it were more controllable.
  5. Ok, what's going on here? I forged this wizard head a few days ago. No finishes applied, and no paint or galvanizing were ever present on the bar. I just reheated it up this morning to put bends in the hat, and was about to brush off the scale. I walked around, looking for the stupid brush that seems to grow legs any time I need it. Didn't find it, but then I look down at the piece, and the wizard's beard is now white. I haven't seen this sort of coloring happen outside of paint or the like burning off of a hot piece. Also weird that it's confined to the bottom of the beard, but not past
  6. I'm loving this new coal forge. I used getting a giant propane tank installed as an excuse to tear down and rebuild my coal forge, since it made using the propane forge a lot easier in the meantime. I was tired of the old coal forge. Terrible firepot design (Really, 'design' is rather a large stretch. It was just a pipe sticking up through a metal bowl shape that was convenient at the time.) The tuyere was always getting clogged, either with bits of coal falling in and getting stuck, or slag. The air grate burning away. It took up a bit too much floorspace. It was my best coal forge up t
  7. Alan: Maybe you're right in your place. I hardly think of blacksmithing as being an industry here in the states. I imagine that over there it's still considered part of a proper trade or tradition. It's almost like if we had hobbyist or amateur plumbers in one country, but professional guild or union trained plumbers in another, arguing over the way eachother uses certain terms. One group is mostly doing it for fun and some might do it professionally, but without the institutional standards and history you may have over there. Different contexts entirely. TP: Heh, I rather like that way of
  8. Hmm, no I don't mean to say we should reduce our vocabulary. I'm trying to say how the words used about things can affect the way we think about them. This is particularly true if you don't have a background that gives you some familiarity with what you're learning about. Working with hand tools used to be a lot more common, as was the observation of others using them regularly. Today, a great many people do not have anything even remotely approaching that kind of familiarity. This is a world where many peoples' first response is to throw something away and buy a new one instead of oilin
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  10. We do have perfectly good words for things. But words alone don't convey meaning. The contexts of words and the experience of the users of words also matters. "Hammer" is a perfectly good word for a hammer. And the word does imply hitting things, hammer also being a verb with that meaning. But, at least to me, and I assume for at least some others out there as well, a "hammer" does not convey meaning as a forming/shaping tool or action. The word die, on the other hand, used in the context of using a hammer as a shaping tool, does convey that meaning and makes something click. "Die", als
  11. Sure does, Frosty! Thanks Ethan. I sure hope it lasts. If it doesn't, I now know I can always make a new one though!
  12. I just thought I'd chime in. The words we use for things can be funny sometimes. When we use familiar words that we have known and used for years, we often don't think about them as much, we just use them and assume we know all we need, that they mean what they mean and that's that. Merely using some new words, some different arrangement of symbols and sounds, and suddenly, the experience of how the world works changes. That's magic, right there. I used to know you just hit metal with a hammer to shape it. And that's true. But until someone thought, for whatever reason, to call the hammer
  13. Made this a couple weeks back for lack of a heavy crosspein. Weighs about 4 lbs. Forged by hand from 2" round mystery steel (I want a power hammer!). Whatever it was hardened fine in water, and has yet to chip anywhere after tempering. I'm guessing it's a medium-ish carbon steel. It sparks more than mild, but not lots more, and nothing at all like a file. The face could probably use just a tad more of a crown, but so far I like it, and it fills a need that my other hammers weren't filling.
  14. Thanks a lot, guys! It's sounding more like it'll be fine to use their regulator for the high pressure line, since I do use blown burners. The tech approved the setup, pressure-tested all the lines, and it's all good to go now.
  15. Charles: The gas tech coming tomorrow has final approval over it all and I certainly had no intention of altering it beyond what they allow. That you had a 15psi line leading downstream to other regulators at the forges seems to answer my question about the pressure behind regulators, thanks! swede: Just to be clear, I'm not running the high pressure line directly into the forge or anything. I'm not even running it into the building. I'm putting another regulator at the outlet to further fine-tune the pressure for whatever I'm using. So what I'm gathering here, is that pressure is less im
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