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I Forge Iron


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    Old Tools, woodworking, blacksmithing (of course!), poker, cycling, Top Gear, The Woodwright's Shop, books, my lovely wife, my above average kid etc, not necessarily in that (or any other) order.


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    San Francisco
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    Antique hand tools, smithing
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  1. for covering a full sized table forge, I use those sheet metal "driveway saver" drip pans sold at the auto parts store, though I've always found them at garage sales. usually 3x 4 foot or bigger, they cover the whole forge and overhang the edges quite a bit. I'm currently rebuilding the patio space my smithy has been on for years. The 60 year old corrugated metal roof has rusted through, but the sides are still good. New space on the other side of the yard. 4x4 posts, decomposed granite "floor" goes in today! Michael
  2. I've brought donuts to the yard more than once. Showed up with my six year old in tow once (this was more than a few years ago), they said 'keep her close to you and it's fine'. Her small pink work boots, overalls and safety glasses might have had something to do with it.
  3. I got a copy from ILL a few years back and scanned all the Peter Wright pages (can you tell I have PW anvils?)
  4. I've had all the parts to set up an oxy propane torch for months now. Regulators and torch from a PraxAir exchange deal, hoses from Amazon, Oxy tank from an estate sale last March, 30 lb propane tank from the local supplier, (the gas forge drains the 20 lb exchange tanks too fast). But no cart. Local salvage yard had this wide one out in the yard with a $150 tag on it for a few months. Walking thru after donating some stuff the other day, didn't see it, 'someone must have bought it finally' Poked around behind some lawn furniture, it's still there! Untangling the cart from a cafe table and rolled up to the check out, 'how much?' '$50' , and into the truck it goes! Could probably use the next sized propane tank, but this will get me started.
  5. An old friend, who started me in smithing back in the early 2000's, would run a sprinkler in the grass next to his shop while forging, against stray sparks. Grass in my yard is dry as a bone and I'll spray it down with the hose before lighting up solid fuel, along with topping off the slack tub and filling a bucket I can get my whole foot into (don't ask), a charged hose is part of the regular smithing setup. Not something you can always do at demos but it works at home. Ember blocks, just screening screwed in at the top and bottom of the chimney, also help.
  6. Nice find! Looking forward to seeing it back together.
  7. What is your flooring material and did you do much ground prep before laying it down? I'm on dirt at the moment, with about a ton of gravel filling a french drain around the perimeter of the space. Need to level the dirt a bit more and then considering decomposed granite for a 'floor'. Michael
  8. Nice progression of your space from then to now. I like being able to see the same trees (and the roof cut out) in both shots. I'm getting ready to erect a similar cover over an unused portion of the yard to move my smithy, 17 years on the patio, to a space where I can leave stuff out instead of packing it away and tarping after every session.
  9. There's an old electric motor repair shop in downtown San Francisco, they fixed up a blower motor for me once. 160 # Hay Budden in the back on the floor. Used for driving armatures into bearings, or something like that. Been offering waist high blocks of steel to replace it for a couple of years now. I'd stop in every couple of months to see if he wants to trade or sell it.
  10. Spent a couple of days in a friends shop this week. Bolting down a gorgeous, French Pig Anvil as the lag bolted chains didn't really hold it down that well. Then a lot of tapers, she would start the scroll and I'd finish it in the jig, 30+ of those scrolls. Love helping out in another shop.
  11. The 'clear as ' metaphor that always comes to mind is 'clear as a glass bell, on a cold night, in Montana, before Statehood' but it works for Alaska too.
  12. Here you go Daswulf. A cut and paste from the original.
  13. I posted this back in 2015 on another RR spike thread With proper credit to the Kootenay Blacksmiths Association. I keep a print of this out in the smithy for inspiration
  14. from the local building material salvage place. I'm guessed the ring was a part of an anchor chain or maybe some dockside hardware (wearing a buddy's anchor forging project T shirt might have been an influence), but thinking on it a bit, I think its from some lifting or rigging gear. Might be a useful shape in the smithy, might just end up as a tarp holdown weight.
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