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  1. I worked for a few months in a meat boning plant. I did run hot water over my hands every morning before heading to work so I could open and close them. Rough work and tendinitis was a huge problem. Didn’t take me long to get out of there and work retail meat where the work was far less repetitive. I simply could not move my fingers in the morning before the hot water.
  2. Three years ago I put worked some worked with some copper in the forge. I have not had a weld stick since that day. Of course never had one stick before either. But it does serve as a great excuse for not getting a weld to stick. LOL. Seriously I have been able to stick in my seldom used solid fuel forge but never one in my propane one. I have gotten over it for the time being, but hope to get it resolved when I get the opportunity to focus on it. Big Daddy whisperer can’t get it done. I am at high altitude and ask if there is something I can adjust. They assured me that there are plenty of farriers at my altitude that stick them every day. I think his exact words were “maybe you just can’t weld”. He did chuckle a bit so not a complete jerk.
  3. Pretty darn cool. I really like that in employs many elements of basic blacksmithing techniques. From what I can see you did them all very well. Great job. By the way just because the techniques are basic does not mean the are easily mastered.
  4. Here we go, poor guy makes one typo. Very funny just wish I could add to the puns. Wish I had the gift. I just go cat-atonic when these things begin.
  5. CP selling or buying. I have purchased quite a few items through pawnbrokers. Good most of the time. Selling is not much fun as they do not pay you much. If you go back and retrieve your item they take a healthy %. Legitimate business as near as I can tell for the most part at least.
  6. Nice find. I paid way too much for a cats head Heller years ago. I love the balance and feel and the handle I put on it but is very soft. I believe it is either a knockoff or was in a fire. I now use it mostly for chisels etc. keep telling myself that one day I will clean it up and try to heat treat it. You found a great deal on that hammer.
  7. If that hammer ends up feeling great in “your” hand it will be a very cool hammer for you. The design looks awesome. Nice work
  8. There is a farmer’s publication callled the Fence Post. You will find it at most feed stores and farm stores you can also subscribe for it. In there you will many farm auctions and consignment auctions. I have purchased many hammers at these auctions. Tongs are usually too expensive for my taste but not awful. Anvils are very high even at these sales.
  9. Unless the SO is nearby and you hear sirens before you stop dancing and cursing. Been there.
  10. I have the same curiosity. My Hay Budden has a bit of sway as well and find it useful. It however does not keep me from being curious regarding the question regarding high quality wrought iron swaying more than lower quality.
  11. It looks to me that there are plenty of “spots” on that anvil that will serve most any purpose. Find em and use em.
  12. I live in Colorado and there is no hickory grown here but I use it to smoke meats. At nearly 7 hundred per cord it makes it expensive to burn but only a couple of dollars per piece as fire wood. Check with fire wood companies and they should let you pirate enough pieces that you can cut down for handles for a not a lot. I am quite certain that hickory grows in your state.
  13. I agree a nail clinch for a farrier. The rounded part pulls the nail down tight and clinches it.
  14. No idea. Would love a pair of them.
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