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    Metal working, bladesmithing, blacksmithing, woodworking.

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  1. I've wanted a "real" tig for several years. I had the aftermarket "add-on" that you can attach to a regular welder, but the welder wasn't made for that, so.... I got a really good buy on a Lincoln Square Wave 175 not to long ago. So far it's performed ok, but I need some more time on the tig to practice with it. I have some thick aluminum to weld (.250"), and was wondering if this machine would do it? In fact, does anyone have any experience with a square wave 175? Good, bad, or otherwise? I do need some new tig parts (ceramic nozzels, etc) and so far haven't located anything for that, but should just be a matter of time. Robert
  2. Exactly, and thanks! As with all meds, take the standard precautions, read labels. In fact, with this cream, you'd need a prescription anyway, so your doctor will know how to advise you (if he even wants you to try it). Again, it sure helps cracked fingers, in much less than 2 weeks. Appreciate the link John B! Robert
  3. I've had the severe cracking fingertips for years and years. I tried everything, and Mane and Tail was pretty good. I finally asked my doctor about it, and he perscribed a lotion made by the Perrigo company, called "Halobetasol Propionate Cream, 0.05%". Bar none, this is the absolute best cream I've ever used. I put about 1/2 teaspoon full in my palm and start working my hands like I was washing them. I also put a little extra on the cracks. It just takes less than 5 minutes of rubbing, and Guys my hands come out like baby hands, it's unreal. Plus, no worry about toxins, etc. I don't know what it cost because my medical policy covers it, but even if it didn't I'd buy it. I think I'm addicted! There may be a generic that's over the counter or at least not as expensive (if it is). I sure wish I had enough to send everyone a spoonfull!! I used it about 2 hours ago, and my hands and fingers still feel like silk. No, I have no connection with the company, I'm just happy with a good product that really works for me, but of course, and you guys say, YMMV (but I don't think so!).
  4. Hey Don, as a professional furniture builder, and can appreciate the fine work that went into his cabinet. I enlarged the photos and really went over them with a fine toothed comb, and his work is absolutely excellant. I hate to say it, but it's better than I could do, although chairmaking is my speciality. Now, the thing that really sets this fine cabinet off, are your hinges. Even from a distance, you see the cabinet, but the focal points are the hinges. Well done Don!! Robert
  5. Ok, my question is answered. I went to the page with the interview, and the first rattle out of the box he was asked what he liked to be called. His answer: Uri Hofi: "Let me tell you something, when I was a child in the kindergarten, were 5 boys with the name of Uri. To solve the dilemma, everybody was called by his family name. Since then, till now, everybody calls me Hofi." Thanks to all that responded! Robert
  6. That's my way of thinking also. Besides, he has tools that we refer to like "Hofi Hammer", and not Mr. Hofi Hammer. I wonder why the posts/replies aren't showing? (at least they aren't for me). Robert
  7. Mr. Hofi, I have nothing but the absolute deepest respect for you, and your work. Which brings me to my question: I notice that in a lot of your posts, folks address you by Uri, or Hofi, or Mr. Hofi. I've personally never thought it sounded overly respectful to address a person by their last name alone, with no Sir, or Mrs., or so on. So, would you happen to have a preference as to how you'd like to be addressed? Now, on the other end of the spectrum, you and anyone else can call me whatever you like, be it Robert, Bob, Bobby, Rhrocker, Rocker, Hey You!, nothing offends me, I just happy when someone wants to chat with me, or about me (usually). Anyway, I just wanted to clear this up in my mind anyway. After all, no one that I know of addresses Frank as Turley! Robert
  8. Hey Frank, thanks. I've got one of their swage blocks, plus have ordered a few more that friends wanted. However on the cone, I'm wanting to stay "authenic" to retain it's value (and hopefully gain some over the years). I did inquire about the Saltforks cones a while back, and they're very nice and well made (and very reasonable!). I guess part of my hobby is collecting blacksmith items from the past, to have and enjoy. Maybe it's part of my "retirement" package one of these years. Speaking of Saltfork, I recently re-watched a DVD I got from Roger Degner(sp?) where you put on a 2 day seminar at their place. You are absolutely packed full of information. Is a book in the works? If not, it sure should be, it'll help preserve and carry your legacy. Speaking of you, I remember reading about a couple of our esteemed brethern, maybe Clay Spencer and another one of the big dogs, watching you at a seminar. After you finished a procedure you were demonstrating, Clay (or whoever) turned to the other smith and said "You have just witnessed a forge-weld in slow motion". I always got a kick out of that. :D
  9. yeah, I've been looking for a cone mandrel for some time now (to use, not display in my living room). They're awfully hard to come by on Ebay. I just don't have that kind of money to pay a premium for something like that. However I do realize that they're not making the old ones anymore, so you just gotta bite the bullet sometimes. But, for now, I'm still coneless in Texas. Did get a nice large swage block awhile back. A little over 300 pounds, but it was a bit high also, not to mention the shipping. Might make a great end table when I retire!
  10. There's Wendy! I like your photo also. Just something about a girl doing what men mostly are known to do. Shows a lot of spirit.
  11. So Frank, you're saying Yes? No? Maybe sometimes? :blink:
  12. Lyle, you've done a really nice job on Aaron's seminar with Brian. Well, actually you 've done a nice job on everybody's session that you've photoed. Sure does make it interesting for the rest of us, and he'll have a good pictorial documentory for the rest of his blacksmith life showing where and how and who with, it all began. That stack of tooling you guys made is very impressive. I love all the chisels, fullers, well heck, everything. What is the reason for the one strip of steel with the series of round holes followed up with square punched holes? Sort of a practice strip? And the hammers! I thought Brian would make "a" hammer for a student, but Aaron has several of them, all differienc sizes and for various purposes I guess. Anyway, good job to you, Aaron, and Brian. Please continue with the practice of photographing students, we all get something out of it, or at least I sure do.
  13. I think you've done a great job with your forge! You'll get lots of use from it as long as you keep it in good shape, meaning mostly the wool lining. You mentioned you're running it at 20 psi. That seems a bit high, I usually keep mine around 6 to 12 psi depending on what I'm doing. Some guys even run theirs at like 2 and 3 psi, but I think those are mostly blown forges and don't need to extra push to pull the air in. Anyway, congradulations, and go make something and shoot a photo of it. This group loooooves pictures.
  14. Mac, in your first sentence above it almost sounds like you're thinking about 2 layers of 2" kaowool (4"!). If that's right, a single layer of 2" blanket is all that you should need (or 2 layers of 1" blanket.)