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I Forge Iron


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    I spend summers at my beloved camp in upstate N.Y. & live in S.F.
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    I traveled most of my life with ren faires
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    I volunteer alot in HIV prevention
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    industrial blacksmith, community health worker (hiv prevention)

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  1. THX! guys, I didn't think ya could but I couldn't remember :)
  2. I was wondering, can you forge cast iron or will it just smush into a mess? I got some really neat old machine blades off some type of mower/mulcher/harvester circa 1900ish & they are riveted to some cool little cast iron arms that would make awesome fantasy knives if I can hammer them flat but I've never actually tried to hammer cast iron and I don't want to ruin one trying to figure it out. I realize they will always be brittle cast iron & all that but hey they were tough enough to go on whatever type machine they came off of & their going to be fantasy knives not survival knives right? :)
  3. Thats what I was thinking, but i was trying to do the project on the cheap, I may just hafta try it, not like a plumbers torch & solder is that big an investment & will prolly use it for other things later on.... i mean if it was some kinda tool i was making i wouldnt even consider it but for a butterfly thats gonna stick in the ground or hang on a fence i thought it might be ok. does anyone have any tips on types of solder & flux or tips on technique being the most soldering i ever did was low temp silver bearing solder on knife bolsters about 15 years ago, usually i just weld & grind everything whether it needs it or not :)I really appreciate the input :D
  4. I am in Asheville N.C. & my tools are in storage in Ohio, normally I would weld steel but I don't have my tools so not being too experienced at soldering I was wondering before investing in a torch, solder etc... whether it would be possible to solder say a clean r.r. spike to say 24 gauge sheet steel to make say butterflies & dragonflies for ornaments (like yard art)I could ship my little lincoln 110 gassless down here but hate risking it getting damaged or lost anyhow thx for the input!
  5. I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise, what is there to defend? ~Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985

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