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About glen56

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    gympie queensland australia
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    forge work ,motorcycles,firearms
  1. yes mate ,good advice is always welcome for sure, seems harmless enough the art of heat and steel but lots of things to be careful of
  2. always had my anvil height at text book level,but after a while came to the thought that raising the height was the thing for sure ,only thing i found was miss cued shots sent the hammer way back, always tilt my head out of direct smack zone (found that wearing my seeing glasses helped a bit)but to new folk ,the hammer transmits the energy you put in,can get relaxed when doing repetitive hitting ,just something to keep in mind
  3. Flintlock project

    thanks for that mate,makes me appreciate the old damascus things i have and didn't think about the work that went into every barrel, did hear somewhere the amount of steel in a double shotgun ,more than i thought,glen
  4. good grief,have built up a couple of flinters but nothing like this,a national treasure is mr gusler,is the man still going and who owns that rifle,these guys are rare indeed
  5. Salvaging old vises

    yes,one of mine ,a big fellah as well was stripped of thread to tighten it up, got the stick welder out then ground it back with the angle grinder ,going fine after 25 years,amazing what can come back
  6. The Gunsmith

    thank you for that mate,most incrediable thing i've seen,done a bit of muzzle making but in awe of this bloke,glen
  7. Contents of coal/ effect on health

    seems an old post but gave up useing coal after seeing what looked like spinning shards of glass in coal smoke,only use hardwood charcoal now ,still careful when the wind blows my way,burn my own in a converted 44 gal drum,got to be careful for sure,glen
  8. dug an old 303 heavy barrel out of the ground a while back,it was used as a tree stake until the tree claimed it,made a good snake ,put it on a board and presented it to captain of our club,the head looked good with eyes and the 'H' between the eyes
  9. Lyle Wynn's Bulldog Bottle Opener Tutorial Step 47

    like your work mate ,well done
  10. charcoal

    they way I make charcoal is using a clamped lid 44 gal or 200 litre drum ,put the drum with holes punched in the base ,half inch holes will do ,put the drum on a few rocks about 2 inches off the ground , 30 or so holes in the base ,I burn hardwood ,iron bark or spotted gum ,find the tougher the wood the longer it and better it goes ,but wood is wood ,cut it to about foot long split lengths pack it into the drum and start the fire on top ,depending on where you are (qld Australia here),at about 1 and a half hours wack the lid on ,clamp it and knock it off the rock base ,with a shovel seal the base with dirt ,best charcoal you can do ,cheers ,bloody good xmas and all
  11. good to see mate,new this old italian bloke ,he was sixth gen blacksmith ,born in a shop in his fathers town ,tear welled in his eyes when he related not one of his many grandchildren wanted to know about the art,since died and gear sold,your lucky mate,glen
  12. My first rasp snake

    gday mate ,excellent job ,these things are fun to make (lot of shovel marks on if left out) try making it the other way round so the scales slide ,once again great job,glen
  13. glenn,yep the nada-second makes sence indeed,a well placed hit on the bonce would render and leave most folk no option than to repeatedly utter nada ,ahhh, a few simple tips to help folk new to the art,cheers mate ,glen
  14. good point mate ,iv'e raised the height of my anvil away from the standard (lots of folk do this ,mainly to look after my back ,hunching who needs it )the main thing to be aware of is that exact demo ,be very aware that a hammer will smack you fare between the peepers in a millie second ,i tilt my head for that reason,the odd miss will send the hammer over the shoulder (not that i miss many times,ahemm,,ahh somtimes)seeya ,glen