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  1. I see what you did there. Lol.
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    New era rope machine

    Whew Wicon. Did you read the patent? It will take some time to digest that. Never thought of looking for it. I have the yard space for sure. My idea at the moment centers around things like leashes lead ropes and the like. I did read on one site that one rope maker had his workers using bycycles to run the cord from the twister to the other end.
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    New era rope machine

    Frosty I thought the same regarding a core and tried that, the twine on the center spindle did not “take up” at the same rate as the outside splindles. So it made a sloppy piece of rope. I have spun rope then brought the three to the center to tighten the twist. I now believe that is what that center spindle is used for. I created a jig for making very short pieces will take a photo to show it. I just welded up some stuff from the shop. I am thinking about how I might put some forged pieces on the jig for a bit more interest. I have done a fair amount of research on the old rope makers and rope making guilds. Starting from short pieces of jute or whatever material they used and creating rope hundreds of feet long is quite an art. I am also considering finding some very light gauge copper and making a “rope” with that. Bracelets come to mind.
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    New era rope machine

    I have acquired an old rope maker I have fiddled with some rope and have a general understanding of how it works and have watched a bunch of you tube stuff this machine has three outside “spinners” and one in the center in all of the videos I have watched no one uses the center one my question is why is it there and what is it used for? I have to believe that with all of the smiths going to fairs and old times events someone must have seen one or someone else has one I would like to set mine up to go to fairs and shows and do rope making demonstrations I also believe the Grandkids would have a great time making their own rope
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    More from a Old Man's Front Yard

    Yeah I saw the tool comment made me laugh. JPH I sure hope you did not take offense. I think you are truly gifted and I am sure you have put in you dues. You are also humble regarding your work.
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    Peter Wright Anvil

    I may have a bit different take on this than some folks. There are two basic questions. Is this the anvil you want? And do you have sufficient means. I am a part time auctioneer and I see 500 dollar items bring a couple of thousand and I see two thousand dollar items bring 500. The person that spent too much needed, wanted the item then and there. They are happy with what they got because it was there that day. If you spend a couple hundred more on an anvil than actual market value will you really notice in a year or a few days for that matter. Anyone going hungry because of this purchase? Kids with no shoes? Just make sure you want it make sure it’s right and most importantly don’t spend beyond your means.
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    More from a Old Man's Front Yard

    This is the kind of thing that grates on me. You make this awesome blade and tell us you knocked it out in your front yard. No big deal. Many of us would not be able to create that with all of the most sophisticated equipment available. That is sure enough purty. It is humbling for sure. Thank the Gods for the gift you have been given. Awesome.
  8. Very nice JLP. Now you have gone and upset me again. You have the hammer control of a farrier and the detail of a master smith. It is intimidating to watch those of you that make every stroke count. I will never get there but I am confident I could with a lot of patience get close to where you got to with that flatter. I very much liked the fact that you showed the end product in the beginning and the photos of your previous work made it clear that you were not one of the hacks trying to fake it. Nice video.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Daswulf that is some very cool work. As I have said before I am in awe of a brain that can see things many of cannot. Very nice I was trying desperately not to say this but I can’t help myself. With a gift for seeing junk as an end product like you do..... ya simply “ can’t be quite right” LOL. The stuff you do is mind boggling for this simple guy that just sees a gear as a gear and nothing more. I am going to try to open my mind and see what i can create from “stuff”. It is pure genius to me. Love that guitar.
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    How to forge an edgewise Holdfast video.

    I want to assure you JLP that I think that I would change almost nothing about your style of presenting a video for our education. Maybe the most easily absorbed I have seen. My only point is that myself and I believe others would love to know just a bit about who you are. On the other hand there may be some majic in a certain amount of anonymity.. who am I to judge, someone said you do you. And that is exactly what you should do.
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    How to forge an edgewise Holdfast video.

    I personally very much appreciate your approach with minimal conversation and good video of the process. I think a quick intro “who am I and what I am making “ would be perfect. I believe it would broaden your appeal. Many videos have to much blather going on.
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    How to forge an edgewise Holdfast video.

    JLP I too admire and have learned a lot from your videos. To your credit you seem to be far more motivated by the content than you are “your brand” that is admirable, however it would be great for me to see the person behind the content. That is not a criticism as much as a desire. In terms of editing for spelling etc it is nearly impossible to be the writer and editor. It does not trouble me as I seldom notice misspelled words it is just not how I read. At one time in my Career I needed to write quite a bit and it needed to be perfectly spelled and punctuated I had it read by someone besides myself. Can’t see the forest for the trees. Love your work.
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    Forges 101

    Ftrosty you make me laugh all the time. I had to read your Meerschaum pipe thing three times to figure out where you were going with that. My tobacco shop pile is corn cob. Yep just burned out the bottom. Loved that pipe.