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  1. I guess it makes sense. I thought if it was kerosene or something, inside the cable it might leave spots where it would not weld correctly, but if it burns off clean enough then good, and I can see kerosene doing this. I got to give it a try.
  2. What it the presoak used in this video? And why is he doing it?
  3. So what is the current % of U.S. produced / imported steel. I was looking but couldn't find current figures. Also might raise the price of scrap?
  4. Do you know Rick Burton? Lives around Champlain(sp). He is retired now, but shod around there and Chicago areas.
  5. Great work, keep it up. Looking forward to the next ones.
  6. For what you got, I see no need for a stack. Portable forges usually do not. Like already stated, get the air regulated, and that will solve your problem.
  7. No, there are some Michael Wildenstein, Jim Blurton, Tom Williams shoes there. I made a bunch, I got a retired farrier who now lives in Portugal who made a bunch and started this collection. I spent most of my Christmas vacation a few years ago cleaning them up, warming and doing the brass brush thing, then I have coated them with a clear varnish to keep them from rusting. I liked the more "antique" look of this rather than polished like most are.
  8. First pic is entrance, where I shoe horses. Next looking at my coal forge and outside anvil, looking through the door inside. I also have a gas forge inside / anvil. Third pic is my homemade hammer and wall mounted forge. Fourth is a display of shoes .
  9. I ran across a post talking about an app which will convert American to European metal identification codes. Any one please repost for me??
  10. I have made several pritchels from coil springs and a few knives. After a couple broke from hidden fractures, I've steered away from coil springs. Not fun getting half way through a project only to have a flaw in the steel.
  11. If you are going to practice, practice right. Perfect practice makes perfect work. Why waste your time and fire on crap? You don't see a baseball player practicing his swing with a broomstick do you? Or a bowler practicing his game with a basketball? Same thing. But hey I'm just an old guy with an opinion.
  12. I just received three from a friend in the States. I sent him 3 railroad screw like they use here.
  13. Ferric chloride. I have used it on all my damascus projects. The last knife I posted, I left it in the soak over night and thought I had lost it, nearly did, but finished it anyway.
  14. Fantastic. I just did my first and second cable projects this winter. I still have a long way to go to reach your level. Cable is fun, but different to work. Looking forward to getting better at it. I love the accent you did in the top of the handle. Gives me some ideas.
  15. Great workmanship. Having a good imagination is important in doing works of art in this class, my opinion.
  16. I have cut down on my farrier work because of knee problems, so have done a little more knife making. First is made from a piece of cable, but I welded a piece of spring steel on the blade because I didn't think the cable would be strong enough. Second one is 100% cable blade. Third is a farrier's rasp with red stag handle. fourth is farrier's rasp with a combo wood elk horn. Fifth is a set of filet knives from hacksaw blade. The last one is a blend of chainsaw chain and farrier rasp, but I forgot and left it in the etching dip too long and almost lost the blade. I almost threw it out, but decided to finish it, glad I did, it does have it's own class. Last pic is of it before handle.
  17. I'm guessing if angle grinders were available in the "old" days they would have been used. What ever it takes to get the job done. I've got a screwed up left shoulder, so if I was doing all the filing by hand, well it takes the toll faster on me. For the same reason I built my power hammer!
  18. I started out with a tree stump, but soon learned I didn't like it. This is my anvil and stand I built. Serves me well.
  19. I had a tree stump, but wasn't happy with it so I built my own. Now I am really glad with it as it is more durable and workable than the stump.
  20. My anvil is about waist high. I think no matter how thick the base plate is, you should have a way to anchor it down. Have some holes in the corners, then drive some metal rods in the ground at aposing angles to keep it from walking. Mine is on a concrete floor and I got it attached, but have a piece of rubber matting between the hammer base and floor. I think a dirt floor might be the same. And if not holes, then you can drive rods round the outside edge.
  21. After I retired from the U.S. Army, I grew a beard. Once my wife, while giving me a hair cut ask when I was going to "shave that thing off". My reply was - "When the army recalls me to active duty"! She has neve ask about is since and a razor has not touched my face since I retired. Also I feel - If God had intended for man to be clean shaven, he'd never put a beard on our face.
  22. So you going to post a video when up and running? Congrats and enjoy!
  23. I voted "other" because my homemade one is not a tire type, its mechanical.
  24. Here are a couple of mine. First one is the one I work mostly on. The other sets next to my coal forge.
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