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About JerryCarroll

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    Momence, IL
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  • Location
    Momence, IL
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    More than I can keep up with!
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    Retired Ford worker

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  1. I would bet most of the things like the Hugh anvil were grabbed up by collectors the way the way it is here not very far from Chicago.
  2. Hair Dyer Blower?

    I have used a blower/injector fan from an oil furnace with a built on air gate for years that I got for 5$ at a yard sell where the people switched over to electric heat and the fellow had enough thought to salvage some of the parts from the oil furnace. There were some pictures in the gallery long ago. I have a coal forge.
  3. gas forges

    Out of curiosity I would like to know why most gas forges I see built on IFI are mostly round--like an air compressor tank and after watching the infamous FIF on tv a few times that the forges there are square ended and long and have 3 burners that look like they could melt about anything you stick in them . I have never used a gas forge--coal, and a few times charcoal that I made for about 60 years has been all I wanted. Jerry
  4. My Dad's family is mostly in Virginia, western part. Visiting in the 50's always brought a stop at a farm that also made good whiskey and were blacksmiths-- wheel wrights mostly. It didn't take much to get me hooked on hammering. My first forge was my Dad's blow torch and a chunk of rr track made a serviceable anvil. Living in Chicago for a few years then working at a Ford stamping plant south of the city I still liked metal working so I gradually got together tools for blacksmithing then we moved to a small town south of the city out in the farm lands--on a farm and I've been enjoying life a bunch more doing things I enjoy. Having a loving Wife for 57 years don't hurt either! Jerry
  5. rear thrust washer-repair or replace

    I picked up a nice post vice at a garage sale in Kankakee, Il for ten dollars a while back. there is no markings on it. The only damage is the rear washer on the tightening bolt is split and open about a half inch. The washer is a half inch thick with a tapered inside. I don't have any trouble using the vice but still would like to fix or replace it. My question is if the washer is something I can weld after squeezing back in place without special welding rod. The jaws are 5 and a half inches. The vise is mounted on a mulberry log set about 30" in the clay floor of my shop that holds it good. I don't have any sendable pictures at the moment. Thanks in advance for any advice. Jerry
  6. Contents of coal/ effect on health

    Very valuable thread! Good info. I spent some time in my teens working in coal mines in Eastern Ky.-- came to Chicago to work in a copper wire mill for a few years then worked in a car stamping plant with metal finishing my primary job with lots of welding, filing and grinding for 35 years and have been hobby smithing about 60 years in my spare time using West Virginia and Eastern KY. coal in my forges. When I was home in Ky. we used coal for heat and in the cook stoves. I suffered a few bouts with heavy metal poisoning in the last few years at the stamping plant. In all this time none of the information listed here was made available to me or my co-workers about fume poisoning. occupational hazard? unmentionable? Thank you fellows for your research and sharing it here on IFI. Jerry Oh yeah--I have been blessed with 76 quick years.
  7. Home made anvil and belt grinder

    Great job on the belt sander too! Looks like you have been researching Blacksmithing a bunch. Welcome aboard IFI--where are you located?
  8. Strongly considering a coal forge.

    Irondragon, I use a blower from an oil furnace that has an air gate on the side that I rigged a lever on the front of my forge to that is easy to manage the air. I can leave the motor running and shut the air completely off as I come from the fire real easy. The blower is about 50 years old but is dependable.
  9. Strongly considering a coal forge.

    Dustin, a couple of years ago a friend and I drove his dump truck that holds a couple of tons of coal (stoker size chunks) down from Momence, IL to Brazil Indiana to a coal yard that had pocahantas coal from West Virginia. We paid around $200 a ton and got a lot of really good blacksmithing coal. Health problems (old age stuff) has kept me outta the forge for sometime so I don't know if the coal yard is still there but I don't think Brazil is far from you. I have a couple of 55 gal. drums of Illinois coal from an old yard that closed here that I have used just for general heating and beating stuff and if I didn't have good venting I couldn't handle the sulfur smoke. I have had my forge shop for near 60 years and use coal for main forge. Jerry
  10. Fuel in medieval times

    All this info for free, making Iforgeiron a wealth of knowledge on dang near everything concerning blacksmithing thanks to members like Mr. Powers and Mr. Stevens and so many more. Thank you all! Jerry
  11. Figured wood <split from tailgating thread>

    I've made stocks for muzzle loaders and shotguns for years from curly maple and wild cherry and some curly walnut I found in the mountains in eastern Ky. but nothing I've ever found compares to that kind of figure in wood!!! That's gotta be the most beautiful stuff I've ever seen. Thanks for the pictures. Jerry
  12. How's Black Walnut For Small Hammer Handles?

    I've been a wood worker almost as long as I've been hammering metal. I had over a 100 trees of different kinds on the couple of acres in the farm country south of Chicago 40 years ago. Hickory, oak, wild cherry, maple and some I'm not sure of. As time goes by most of the trees have given in to high winds and bad health. Only 2 were walnut about 6" in diameter that have been used for hammer, tomahawk and various other things. They have served well over the past few years. Walnut is a beautiful wood oil finished . Jerry
  13. Thought some of you might enjoy this.

    This kind of talent is mind bending---I cannot imagine where to start with making a longhorn bull!
  14. Odd straight peen?

    I picked up one like that at a flea market in Ky. a few years ago the same shape that is just under 4 lbs. I use it to draw out RR spikes mostly.