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About ThomasPowers

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    Senior Moment Member; Master Curmudgeon

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    Central NM/El Paso TX Area, USA
  • Interests
    Iron Smelting


  • Location
    Central NM
  • Interests
    Iron smelting
  • Occupation
    bit herder
  1. How do you stay cool ?

    He was cool before being cool was cool!
  2. Complete Beginner

    I hate it when the cliff face spalls while I'm rappelling.
  3. Dating and Arm & Hammer anvil

    Well the smithy in Greenfield Village had been done several years earlier (and I doubt they would turn loose of anything once purchased for it)
  4. Carving Letters in Steel.

    nice job; but: SAFETY GLASSES!!!!!! (when you think you don't need them is when you need them almost as much as when you know you need them!)
  5. Complete Beginner

    Spalling and Grimoire? your dragon's blood isn't fresh enough!
  6. bad anvil tie down

    In my mind I just designed a hold down using the handling holes that would have worked better than that and NOT used a welder!
  7. What did you do in the shop today?

    "petty and blunt" ???
  8. My daughter won't even let me give any of my grandchildren a ballpeen hammer---but the day is coming! (My Step Daughter's kids got a froe for Christmas and will probably get the hewing hatchet for the next one...)
  9. What did you do in the shop today?

    it will hurt more...
  10. What did you do in the shop today?

    Just the thing for those academic meetings!
  11. What did you do in the shop today?

    How about a Hunga Munga for your friend?
  12. Reducing size of coke

    The problem is that using coal fines is generally easy and common; but using coke fines is not easy as they don't weld together in use but instead want to blow around. (In fact if I had to use coke fines I would mix them with a majority of coal fines.) Many of the previous suggestions will generate a lot of coke fines. As the original request is for a method of dealing with coke and I would assume industrial coke and not breeze; perhaps we should focus on that. first?
  13. Dating and Arm & Hammer anvil

    Henry Ford; born July 30, 1863; so in 1935 he would be 72 years old and needing another anvil in his workshop?
  14. It followed me home

    Nice morning at the fleamarket: Another hardbound copy of the 1897 Sears Roebuck catalog (QS Fodder), 4# sledge head (Q-SF, good sized ballpeen (Q-SF) Hewing Hatchet head---one side bevel (Approved tools in an oval over DUNLAP), Small drilling hammer head Iron CIty in a star!), 3 nice and rusty wrenches, US$12 total Then stopped by my Mothers to check out the filling in of the in ground pool they had paid so much to install 25 years ago; but with 3 small kids in the house and no adult willing to take care of it I am happy to see it become a large sandbox...
  15. Dating and Arm & Hammer anvil

    Unless the tag is identifiable as coming from a specific place, (like the name of the business stamped on it) then it's not specific. There are problably thousands of different 292 tags out there. Ford Family or Ford Company? (And the reason being? Something other than the seller's tale. I don't recall any of the Fords smithing in the late 1930's; but could be wrong.