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About ThomasPowers

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    Central NM/El Paso TX Area, USA
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  • Location
    Central NM
  • Interests
    Iron smelting
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    bit herder
  1. Well I don't have to worry much about moisture out here and it is nicer on the joints and back than a concrete floor. Cheap too.
  2. I flattened the grip area and added handle scales---I also have a large lanyard hole on the end (required by some groups) to prevent weapon loss in battle. This is another weapon where putting the grip in a vibration node is suggested.
  3. The forging part of my shop has a sand/clay floor and no matter how often I sweep it it continues to be dusty, sigh...
  4. Were those Australian dollars? What kind of an anvil do you need? For good answers you need to provide DETAILS! Here in the USA I have been able to buy great anvils, my 515# Fisher in mint condition was US$350; but that was because I went out and FOUND them and so got great deals on them rather than paying a lot more buying them from people trying to make a profit from selling them.
  5. I have found that when it's 112 degF outside that you can draw down your propane tank to amazingly low levels.
  6. So are you only interested in ones that sell in Australia or South Africa or central Europe or...
  7. A lot of sellers don't know anything about anvils and are quite willing to sell you a corvair anvil for a BMW price. (And will often get quite irate if you try to point out to them that they are offering lowest tier of "real" anvils at top tier prices. I've had them tell me that they don't need to know anything about what they are selling and misrepresenting their offerings is NOT their problem. If I ever win the lottery I might fund a law school group to help enforce the truth in advertising laws...)
  8. so sorry to hear it might not be used!
  9. I have a cast iron BBQ that was made by a cast iron stove maker around the same time when their core markets were eroding and so they branched out into new areas. Forge blower companies also made air exchange blowers for bomb shelters around then too..
  10. Look up the Tim Lively Washtub Forge. As for coal; ask the local ABANA affiliate where the locals get their coal.
  11. Well the big thing about "ring" is that if an anvil that should ring, doesn't then there may be a severe hidden damage, a crack or face delamination. Of course you need to know which types ring and which don't and how to make sure a ring isn't being muted by how the anvil is mounted, that mount shown will reduce the ring too. Once when I was still hunting big anvils I drove over an hour to go to an auction with a 400# anvil in it. Got there early and went to test the anvil and the face *buzzed*----bad delamination! I didn't even stay to see how much it went of the experiences that led me to use the TPAAAT and stop wasting time at Auctions.
  12. Well as Buffalo Forge had been making blacksmithing tools since 1878 I'd bet most of the Bosses already were using rivet forges for BBQs
  13. Any coating on the face will throw off the ball bearing test; you were using a ball bearing, yes? A plain steel ball will read lower too.
  14. So how many threads did you find when you searched on dressing a hammer ? Hammer control and a smooth faced hammer make a massive difference in the amount of time required on clean up on a blade. Tried to post this almost 2 hours ago; but it got lost...
  15. sources of parts? another blower of the exact same type or making your own