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  1. One of the best things I did was to pay a seasoned blacksmith in my area to give me some pointers on hammer control and other elementary elements of blacksmithing. You may be able to find a novice such as myself to allow you some time in the forge just to get you started. I have offered to more than one person to come to my forge and learn some basics, few take me up on it because I let them know that I am not a knife maker and we won’t be forging anything close to a knife in my forge. Others are correct spend some money buy some time from a smith and then start hitting steel in your forge. You will be surprised to discover that you can make some pleasing items in fairly short order. Hammer on.
  2. Shabumi I am pretty sure I am familiar with the fairgrounds you are talking about. Right there in Grass Valley beautiful grounds lots of redwoods. I have announced the draft horse classic there for years they have a farrier competition every year. There is a blacksmith on the grounds that does a bit of demonstrating but doesn’t seem to draw a lot of interest. I love the hit and miss engine club.
  3. Love hate relationship with guinea fowl. Noisy and weird but I really liked having them around. They would all roost in the barn and tell me to get out when I went down to feed the horses. They are delicious by the way. My wife did not like the racket and I eventually gave away my last few that didn’t get on the dinner plate. I miss them. Great bug eaters. I forgot to mention the people that raised the first one that I had used them for rattler control. Supposedly quite effective.
  4. Well you sure got “the look”. Do you initially envision the final product and do your best to build it. Or is it more like a concept and it sort of keeps coming to you as you move along? I am sure a bit of both but I am interested how you get “there”. You appear to be a very humble artist with a special gift. How heavy is it? One of the things I have much admired about talented smiths is that they can produce massive projects that appear delicate and light. Nice work.
  5. Dashwulf I continue to believe you are a genius with your vision for art. I know-in a previous post I may have stated you must be a little bit off kilter but meant it the best way possible. That piece is an art piece that so few of us can see. Just awesome please do not stop creating these pieces of fine art. It is a gift that I truly envy.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.