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    Brandon MS


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    Brandon, Mississippi
  • Biography
    Started blacksmithing in 1999 with the MS Forge Council.
  • Interests
    Hammering on hot steel, fishing & hunting with my two boys.
  • Occupation
    Production Manager at a copper lantern manufacturer.

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  1. I made a new tool for making a feather. It is made from 1045 then hardened.
  2. When I have someone New I start them out by showing them how to swing a hammer, how to work the fire, and how to heat the metal. Most people take a while to learn to swing a hammer rather than just tap with it. If you make them put a point on a piece of 3/8" square stock, after you show them (in one heat) a square point this will keep them busy for a while. Let them heat it múltiple times till they get a point. You also have to teach them to cut with a hot cut. Let them work on their own till they can get a point in one heat. Point out to them to learn to look for their Mark on the steel. If you do not hit the end of the steel its hard to get a point. They learn a lot doing this exercise. After wards look up the two sided taper on youtube and continúe with that. Good luck and Happy forging.
  3. I need the shaft the fan goes on or else I need to part out one I just got.
  4. Thanks Jonathon, and the stock used on this one is 1/4" x 1/2"
  5. I posted a tutorial on facebook and asked for someone to help put it on this thread. My computer at home is on the blink and my intelligence is limited on this phone. I use my nose punch for the horse on a small bulldog to make the mouth. And on the larger ones like 1/4" x 3/4" inch stock and larger I use my curved chisels
  6. Sounds to me like we need to have a forging competition. I will be glad to participate in this. I will use my 4lb. 10 oz. hammer and someone else can use as light a hammer as they like. We can start with any size stock you choose. But, all joking aside, I agree with all that said hammer face and accuracy are the key. Most of the time I do not use my hammer when other people are using lighter hammers to make sure they do not think they have to use a heavier hammer to get the work done on small stuff like 3/8" square. a 3 lb. rounding hammer works fine for the lighter work. Just had to throw out my opinion. I learned a lot about heavier hammers from working with Brian, I used a small hammer for 5 or 6 years when I first got into this, then around 2004 I started using a 3 pound hammer. around 2010 I switched to a 3.5 lb. hammer, I ended up selling that hammer in Canada in 2012, and have been using a 4lb. 10 oz. hammer ever since.
  7. Check these guys out. http://www.blacksmithcoke.com/ They ship to all 50 states and this is some great stuff. I like it because there is no smoke and I can use it even if someone is selling food next to me when I am demonstrating.
  8. Great job. Wish I could have done something like that when I was your age.
  9. In the last three years or so I have entered into several forging contests when being at conferences. In Illinois there was a fine one where a youngster and I competed against 3 or 4 other teams by taking a cylindrical piece of steel, and had to forge it into a cube. Sounds easy enough but the difference was you could only use one arm and when the whistle blew you had to switch up with your partner. Switching, meant going from holding the tongs or the hammer. We also were using wrought iron but did not know it till it came to pieces, then you had to forge weld it back into a cube. The other contests were drawing out a piece of steel, a couple times a washer was welded to one end and you only measured the amount sticking through the washer. I really enjoyed each of these contests and only won on one occasion. I would like to start having forging contests at some of our meetings here in MS but would like to know some of the contests Ideas any of you have already witnessed or posess in your mind. Please share some ideas so we can all benefit from this. I think it is best to keep them as simple as it can be, but still require technique. It is a great way to get people involved and we all can learn from it by seeing the different approach people take to get the task accomplished. Thanks, Lyle Wynn Brandon, Mississippi
  10. I just made it home from Trying Its Hammer in and I must say it was a blast. David Gaddis and I arrived Friday about 2 or 3 in the afternoon, got unloaded, set up our station, then started forging. Stan has a heck of a shop and was willing to help with anything you needed. It was Steve McCarthys birthday so David and I made him a 3 ½ pound hammer. There were forges going inside and out. The camaraderie was great and Stans wife and daughter kept the food coming. Stans backyard was full of tents. We got up at daylight Saturday morning and started forging. Thanks everyone for making it a great event and I look forward to next year. David Gaddis made this happen for me, If it wasn’t for him I would have had to miss it. Thanks David, and everyone else that made this happen.
  11. Thats a nice looking hammer. Guess you been paying attention. Its amazing how much you learn when you do it on your own.
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