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    Central NM/El Paso TX Area, USA
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    Central NM
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    Iron smelting
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    bit herder

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  1. Cut in two but not in half: cut one piece the correct height for your forging (probably wrist height when standing straight with you arm hanging at your side). Leaving the other piece with the wedge end you can use as tooling.
  2. As compared to firing a 7000 grain ball from my falconette? Fun to measure powder "by the handful".
  3. Crushed glass has been used and is easily sourced and worked with. (Dirt Daubers nests, rice straw ash, back when working real wrought iron; it's higher temperature tolerance allowed many different silica containing compounds to be used. One of the nice thing about borax is being able to remove it from the piece with boiling water, rather than chipping it off like glass.)
  4. As it is an animation you could portray the gas molecules any way the animator wanted.
  5. JF looks to be an owner's stamp to me. Nothing visible above the weight stamp?
  6. Ten minutes is a rough limit; I consulted on a project using cut nails as rivets to build a small viking faering. (They were having trouble annealing them; I sorted that out and went on to introduce some more "traditional" tools that worked better than modern ones for what they were doing.)
  7. By which time he will probably have sourced enough london pattern anvils to pave his smithy floor with them!
  8. If you only had a hammer and an anvil.... We have sand dunes out here and you could select finer sand wind or water sorted.
  9. With decent rebound at least US$300; with a rebound under 60% more like $150. Ohio tends to have cheaper anvil prices; at least during the 15 years I spent in Columbus. However the market is pretty high all over. How high you can get can depend on how it6's advertised and how long you can sit on it. Last Quad-State I saw several hundred old anvils for sale in Ohio. If you are not in a hurry you might wait and check anvils out at the next one. A bit faster would be to attend a meeting of an ABANA Affiliate; there were a couple in OH IIRC. Probably find some knowledgeable people and mayhap a market for it!
  10. ThomasPowers

    Fulton vise?

    Well that depends on the condition and the LOCATION neither of which you have provided.
  11. "Where do I get some?"---------Check with Timothy
  12. Or every 5 years mill a quarter of an inch off. (Boy suggesting milling an anvil's face seems WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!)
  13. Used to be Meehanite; I don't know what changes may have been done lately.
  14. The extra carbon is also an oxygen scavenger. However I think that sounds like way too much for most alloys. I recall folks using brake lathe turnings *shoveled* onto a particularly weird billet to help to get it to weld in a very very messy trial. I have come to the opinion that a lot of the functions of flux can be replaced by using Dumbo's Magic Feather and excellent process control.