Steven NY

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    Upstate NY - Herkimer County
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    My first love is falconry.

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  1. Looks like a European (German I think) style fire pot, they do not have a clinker breaker, the have a drop out plate or plunger the sits in the round hole. The trapezoidal hole is the ash dump. The rod for the drop down plunger would go in the round hole up into the hole in the bottom of the fire pot. The brackets are for the two levers, 1 for the ash dump, the other connects to the plunger. Thats my guess, W Like this one.
  2. Wow, very nice. I love the accent wood used for the wedges, looks great next to the polished hammer head. Faceted like a gem. After seeing those wings, I can see why your dad would love that hammer! W
  3. Hello all, My wife and I spent the day with one of our friends who is getting ready to move and is liquidating most of his life times work of a collection. He has tons of things on his property and is a great fabricated/builder. He took so little money I kind of felt bad. Felt like I should of had a mask and gun. He has some line shaft setups if anyone would be interested. He is a great guy and I would like to see him do well as he prepares to move. Here are a few pics of the stuff I came away with, as he digs deeper I hope to go back. Have a great day, W
  4. Steven NY


    The bells I use for falconry are definitely hardened and for their size ring very loud, they are made by Dave Noble. Bells will crack after being worn by a hawk for a season or two from their continued work hardening. I have made small bells for my birds, but they where never as loud as the Noble bells. I would put them on my dogs collars for a few weeks to work harden the brass, and that would always help with their tone. Keep in mind when making the clacker in a bell it should be faceted not round. This makes it tinkle more, although it may not be an issue with a square bell. For small table bells made of steel I usually harden them. But even these ring better the more they are rung. The thickness of the metal is also important thicker bells like I have made usually have a duller sound or lower pitch. How they are attached to the cow will also make a difference, if the bell is resting against the animal it will deaden the ring. Like grabbing a cymbal after it is struck. Not sure but hope these ramblings help, W
  5. Just my two cents, but have you thought about a yurt style forge, there are some good plans and information available online. You can build it all yourself or purchase a kit. A yurt is one of those cool construction projects I have wanted to tackle, but I do not need one currently, and my wife is kind of particular about how our property looks. Good luck, W
  6. Crazysmith you can by all those supplies from Glenn on IFI. Check here hope this helps, w Also I agree, propane and coal should have separate setups.
  7. A both funny and useful reminder, it is not the new machine that tends to hurt users. It is the one they run everyday and no longer receives the respect and attention it once received. Their comfort level builds complacency then they get injuries. I am a Technology teacher and can tell you I have been seconds away from separating my thumb from my hand while gang ripping materials for classes. After all morning standing behind the table saw, I start looking at the next piece I am going to grab or how close to completed the job is, then I look down and realize my thumb is inline with the blade and only fractions of an inch from no longer being my thumb. I have come this close twice over 17 years let's hope the last time will keep it fresh in my memory. I like having all ten fingers, and it would really mess up my math skills. W
  8. Thanks Guys, It was a fun project, I love commissioned work. I just finished up a Suffolk latch and hinge set for a buddy of mine who is making a outhouse for his mother place. I think she has an odd sense of humor, but who knows it may come in handy. It is always nice to know "exactly" what I will be trying to accomplish. I smith after work for 3-4 hours everyday, and for as long as I can on the weekends. Being all set up with a project, stock ready, forge waiting for a spark, is the way I forge the best. I like to have a goal and plan in mind or I find myself standing around wasting time. Also knowing I am ready to go helps me stay motivated after work to head to the forge and get to the getting. Have a great day, W
  9. You need to line up your opposite square corners on the diamond and hit it straight down. If your square corners are not both inline with each other and perpendicular to the anvil face you will tend to have a twisting of the stock in the transition from square to octagon. Have a great day, W
  10. With spring here I am working on my iron garden. My wife likes to have a health supply of giftables on hand. have a great day, W
  11. Hello all, Made this one earlier this year for a friend of my wife. It is made out of: 1 - 1/4 x 1-1/2 x 12 1 - 1/4 x 1 x 11.5 2 - 1/2 sq x 10 4 - 1/4 copper rivets Hot collared with: 1 - 1/8 x 1-1/2 x 5-1/2 1 - 1/8 x 1/2 x 6ish It was a fun build, the wife was happy and so was her friend. I had trouble with the fact the two scrolls where off a little but it was a rush job do to time constraints. W
  12. Hello all, That book is available free to read from Hathi Trust Digital Library. Here is the link they also have several other vintage blacksmithing manuals and books available.;view=1up;seq=1 All the best, W
  13. Steven NY

    Show me your vise

    I used a parts washer filled with mineral spirits to remove the gunk, grease, and loose paint . I soaked the screw box overnight and worked with a toothbrush to get the inside clean. Once the vise was degreased and dry I used my big wire wheel for most of it. I also used a cup wheel on a 4.5" angle grinder to remove the overburden of paint and rust. I used a light touch to only remove the paint and rust leaving the century old patina. The finish is nothing more than 3 in 1 oil cut with WD-40 somewhere around 50/50 mix. I empty my old spray cans of WD-40 that will not spray anymore by punching a hole and pouring what is left in them into a squeeze bottle then add 3 in 1 oil. Most of my tools get wiped down with this from time to time. I Wiped it on all surfaces before assemble. I lubed the screw box and all moving parts with Never Seize. The clean up took a full weekend. To keep the vise dark like this one only remove the loose rust, you do not want to take it all the way down to shine silver, It is the same technique used on the body of anvils. To much wire wheeling re-exposes the metal. Hope this helps, W
  14. Mudman, Love the knot detail very nice, I may have to steal that one! W