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I Forge Iron


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    NW Mo
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    More interests than money or time!


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    Cameron, Mo.
  • Biography
    I'm 34 and have had an interest in smithing for a few years
  • Interests
    Too many to mention
  • Occupation
    USAF/ C-130 crew chief

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  1. Hello everyone! I used to hang around here and pilfer as much knowledge as I could. Life has kind of steamrolled me, and I'm finally getting back to the forge. Just wanted to pop in and say Hello. I'm not going to lie, there's a good chance that I won't remember names from my time here in the past; please don't take it personally. Happy to be plying the hammer once again! Cheers!
  2. I believe the groove is at each end of the stave. Probably done after the staves are assembled and the steel bands (I forget the proper term) are on. As mentioned, it is done in preparation for the head being fit to it.
  3. Wish I'd seen this earlier, I got into San Diego a little after noon, with nothing on my agenda. That would have been very interesting to see.
  4. Seriously folks, I hope you have a great get-together. Maybe I'll make it next time. Didn't mean to hijack the thread. Cheers!
  5. Got it Stan, have pilot honk next time we fly over. Just one question. Do you or your neighbors have livestock? They get a little spooky with C-130's at honking altitude. LOL!!
  6. Cool! Lots of folks who are at least familiar with, if not fans of, the venerable C-130! You folks are great sports.
  7. Stan, I would love to be there. The timing is just bad this time . Thanks for the invitation, perhaps next year.
  8. I will have to try the "by hand " method for now, but would definitely like to try it. I was working on a project today, and after two hours in the smithy, I was wringing wet. 103 degrees outside, and I'm building a fire to heat metal. This really is a disease.
  9. Honestly, I'm not hunting for ideas, just interested to see what others have done, for gifts. I've been thinking about trying a corkscrew; I've seen some beautiful examples on here.
  10. Thank you very much ma'am. All of the comments, and compliments, are greatly appreciated. I would be very interested to see some other gift ideas you all have used in the past. Christmas is just around the corner you know. ;-)
  11. No Backwoods, I don't have that one, but I have seen some of her work. Thanks very much for the compliment.
  12. Matto is absolutely right about there being more to farriery than just making the shoe. Anatomy of the horse is paramount study for a farrier, as it should be. Shoes, improperly applied will cause permanent damage to a horse. I once considered studying to become a farrier, but the thought of causing a horse to go lame, if I goofed up was enough to put me off.
  13. Thanks Bigfoot, I like the idea of sanding the blade. Do you use a belt grinder for that, with a fine grit belt, or something else?
  14. The eldest daughter, of a very close friend, is getting married soon. My wife and our four year old daughter were invited to the bridal shower which was today. Times are tight for us, like they are for so many, and we didn't really have the money to buy a gift. My wife asked if I could make something for them to take as a gift. I am still, very much a beginner, and as such, I am very self-conscious about my work. I didn't want them to have to go empty handed, so I made a simple letter opener, with a leaf handle. The bride was very gracious, and said she loved it. Perhaps, I underestimated the value of a handmade gift, no matter how simple.
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