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    San Antonio, Texas
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    blacksmithing, hunting, fishing, golf


  • Location
    San Antonio, Texas
  • Biography
    Married 41+, one son, two grand kids, boy & girl
  • Interests
    beginner blacksmith, catfish, golf, metal detect
  • Occupation
    Construction Project Manager

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  1. My roosting friends have moved on for now, maybe not in immediate danger, yet.
  2. I know I move slower these days, I guess I need to pick up the pace. A dead hickory tree next to my shop this morning. I know I move slower these days, I guess I need to pick up the pace. A dead hickory tree next to my shop this morning.
  3. Marc1/Dale Russel, Do ya'll have access to anthracite type coal? George
  4. I have 4 of Mr. Epps' DVDs, Forging Animal Heads, Bugs and Birds, Leaves and Flowers and Making Tongs. All were very helpful in getting me going. I recommend these to all. Thanks Bill, looking forward to your books. George
  5. PVF AL, small projects become large projects. Very nice George
  6. Try IFI's recipes;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; Vulcan's Grill Follow 3 The IForgeIron food section. <br />A blacksmith has to eat, so why not eat good food.
  7. sounds like you just "squish" the section to be welded by use of tongs? is this correct? kind of like welding with a press? George
  8. here is a video of rivetless tongs
  9. thanks for the reply. as noted by others, looks good, finish looks simple and appropriate for the piece. George
  10. your anvil looks surprised at the mud bug setting on it's face George
  11. So that is another one of my many 'illness's, mine is getting progressively worse.
  12. Looks like handle is fairly fitted to hammer eye. You might be seeing the effects of the natural oils of the handle wood drying out, this causes shrinkage, i.e. loose hammer heads. I usually tap the end of the non hammer head end of the handle, this uses the resistance of the hammer head inertia to help drive the handle tight in to the hammer head. once this is accomplished, I soak the hammer head and about 2 to 3 inches of the handle in a bucket/coffee can of linseed oil overnight in a warm environment. the wood soaks this linseed oil up and swells the handle back into the head, making for a tight fit again. You might have to do this twice but after awhile the wood will stop soaking up the linseed oil. This also acts as a preservative. George