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  1. I had the rotor router done, helped a lot and would help even more if I would give up excessive tea drinking. OTOH we're supposed to get up and move around on a regular basis if you have a desk job. Tall weeds near the shop help too.
  2. I always saw that as Children live their lives in rebellion against their parents and so grandkids, rebelling against their parents rebellion, may end up more like their grandparents---the old "double negative makes a positive."
  3. More of a worry about "rough language" than a "rough accent".
  4. Leaves for the family tree CGL? Need to deep punch the initials, clean and forge braze with brass and then grind till only the initials are in "gold"... I have a better pic with a much brighter red shirt where I do make a pretty good "Santa's evil twin Skippy". Last year I went down to the factory floor to wish my line a Merry Christmas the last day before the break and ended up spending 2 hours as all the lines were shutting down and taking selfies with me---and of me offering their supervisors coal...
  5. It's here under "Tailgating" Another good place would be to find the local ABANA Affiliate and bring them to a meeting; too bad it's already so late before Christmas. They would have made very welcome items under a new smith's tree.
  6. Every time you mention another technique or show another beautiful picture and mention it's in book iV; the drool gets a bit deeper; I'll have to ask my wife for chest waders or a scuba outfit soon!
  7. 1 blade closer to publication!
  8. Memo to Self: add BillyBones to the "No Coal Naughty List!"
  9. Are the bells cast iron and so melt at a lower temp than steel?
  10. Hard to make things worse, a well burnt in weld should help even if it's not full pen. Note that the body is low C so if you can keep the face cool; no preheat necessary. Of course welding WI is not quite the same as welding mild steel. However if worse gets to worse hornless anvils work just fine. I have a heelless anvil that gets a lot of work done on it and I miss the hardy hole a lot more than I would miss the horn!
  11. As I recall not one of them was innocent! (Quite a few folks here may remember that film.)
  12. 8.5" wow that's nearly our yearly total! What I would like for Christmas would be 5 tons of Sewell Seam coal and enough time in the shop to run through it!
  13. I recently hooked them up with the Metallurgy department out here at NMT; they were looking for interns and summer job people in Metallurgy programs. As a blacksmith it's always nice to have a friend or three who are metallurgists; especially if you like to get into weird stuff. I remember once working on a roman gladius out of real WI and seeing a weird pattern in the grain, a mix of very tight small grains and very large grains in a swirling random distribution. Weird enough that we took it down to the local state U and asked a metallurgy prof about it. He asked us what we thought was going on and I explained that as it had been a wagon tyre and we were in the mountains, (Ozarks), I thought that extremely rocky roads back then had made a lot of dislocation clusters in a random pattern and then when I did a fast low number of heats forging of it, (I selected that tyre as it was close to finished shape), it had both grain growth a in sections not deformed and renucleation where it had had a pounding on the roads. I still treasure the look on his face as he said "Why aren't you in my classes!"
  14. There is a member here that is a Metallurgist at Scot Forge; perhaps you could ask HR there what they are looking for in a new hire and work backwards? I would think that any large corporation that uses smiths might be happy to provide you with a wish list to slant your program towards putting out people they would find of interest...
  15. Chemists and Machinists; the people who wash their hands thoroughly before going to the bathroom.
  16. I forged a nice little dragon from a electric fence pole once, about 3/8" stock and I used the triangular sheet metal added to prevent the pole from shifting in the ground as the wings with a bit of fold forming. One of my Daughters has it.
  17. Bladesmiths like lots of sweet spot face room to work generally; though it can be done very well on a 4"x4" post anvil. Ornamental work likes the later American anvils with long tapering horns and heels---if they can't get a southern german double horn style anvil. Heavy work goes well on the English fat waisted anvils that are almost all sweet spot on the face. Varmint squashing was the preserve of the Sear's catalog anvils. One can but dream of having a different anvil for every facet of the craft....
  18. Come now; one member of this august body has done DIY Brain Surgery in just one Tree! I myself have reworked my brain in seconds using only a concrete floor---twice so far.
  19. I read one word in a textbook on homeopathic medicine so now I am thinking of adding Dr to my name. Robert; you mention strict controls; however now the internet champions "everybody's opinion is as good as another's" While this can result in amazing creativity; it also can result in plaster of paris lined forges and people doing things hideously dangerous for reasons they are not aware of. There are a number of times where I have deleted my post before submitting it as it described stuff I had done safely but could go very wrong for other people; or things I have survived perhaps by sheer luck. I would prefer to have the craft seen as the preserve of fuddy-duddys than it perceived as wild and crazy people doing dangerous stuff and to see Sunday circulars with articles like "Is your neighbor a blacksmith? Here's how to shut them down!"
  20. Can't be emphasized enough----Dunning-Kruger seems to be the norm nowadays on the net!