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    Central NM/El Paso TX Area, USA
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    Iron Smelting


  • Location
    Central NM
  • Interests
    Iron smelting
  • Occupation
    bit herder

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  1. ThomasPowers

    Trenton year ID?

    I have a couple of commercial 2 and 4 oz ballpeens and some "shop class made" paper weight anvils and had the grandkids hammering on thick no lead plumbing solder while their parents were at the forge one Thanksgiving.
  2. "I do like the outer space suggestion tough. Good luck getting that back." No problem at all; just stand next to a roadrunner and wait! Dressing up like a coyote may speed things up, (or down...).
  3. ThomasPowers

    Post Vice ID Help?

    Doesn't look like the Cole Vise I have as it does not rotate around the front of the mounting plate and does not have the option of sticking a rod or pipe in the base.
  4. ThomasPowers

    Craft vs. Art

    I can envision some Baroque ironwork that would be "craft" and some minimalist ironwork that would be "art"---like some of the African sculptures that inspired some of Europe's "Modern Artists"...
  5. ThomasPowers

    two leg vise ?

    I, as well, have never seen one like that and am extremely jealous that you have found it! (and not me)
  6. ThomasPowers

    Burners 101

    In other words: if you think someone is suffering from CO exposure CALL THE EMTs!
  7. ThomasPowers

    Blacksmithing gems and pearls

    Quite a lot of us probably remember the term "Planned Obsolescence".
  8. ThomasPowers

    Show me your Bottle Openers!

    "When the flea markets open again"; you mean Saturday? (Though Sunday is the better day down here for some odd reason.) I do remember going to the Englishtown Auction Flea Market in New Jersey in sub zero temps and snow on the ground....back in the early 1970's
  9. ThomasPowers

    Burners 101

    Also recovery from excess CO2 is MUCH faster and easier than from CO.
  10. ThomasPowers

    What did you do in the shop today?

    I'd rather see you use the limited time to use the forge not gussie it up!
  11. ThomasPowers

    Making an Engagement Ring

    It's taught at the local community college here; Of course NM is a bigger state than NH...
  12. ThomasPowers

    Show me your Bottle Openers!

    One such jig has two adjustable wrenches mounted to separate pieces of angle iron to be clamped to a workbench or in a postvise---depending on length being worked. Set them for the length and thickness to be worked then heat that length in the workpiece, drop it in the slots and place a 3rd wrench in the middle and twirl! If you work a lot of the same size steel you could drill and saw slots into two heavier pieces to use as uprights instead of the wrenches. I like a narrow jaw wrench for the center one to reduce the size of the blank area.
  13. Have you looked at the Appalachian Center for Crafts, John C Campbell Folk School; two ABANA Affiliates in TN, Haywood Community College in NC has ABS (American Bladesmith Society) classes,... I would contact the ABANA Affiliates and see if they know anyone closer to you. I get referred students from the NM affiliate on a regular basis as they are about 4 hours away from my place down here. You are a heck of a lot closer to a bunch of places there than I am here!
  14. ThomasPowers

    Show me your Bottle Openers!

    Have you tried the reverse twist where you hold the ends and twist the middle getting both halves done at the same time? There are fairly easy to build jigs to do this. (especially if you have an welder...)