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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Here you go Daswulf. A cut and paste from the original.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. Nice space there Red Pedro! I'm looking to build something similar in a corner of the yard, and free up the patio for the family. Did you build yours (assuming you built it) as a pole barn, with the posts sunk in the ground or concrete? I don't suppose drainage is much of an issue where you are. Slowly moving out all the dirt to get ready for drainage gravel.
  8. I also have a stainless half keg with the end cut off for a slack tub. Best one yet! Killed the prior mop bucket by accidently dropping a BIG clinker in it, on the way to the clinker bucket, and burned a hole in the bottom.
  9. I live in a place that rarely gets to freezing and not for very long when it does, but I've read that a wooden stick, any piece of scrap really, stood up in your quench tub will keep it from freezing solid. Never had to try it, YMMV. At the very least a length of 2x4 at hand will make breaking the surface ice easier.
  10. In terms of a good rain cover for a JABOB, or JABOM, I have found that the 3x4 foot Steel or Aluminum drip pans from the auto parts store, to protect your driveway from oil leaks (or cars "marking their territory") make great forge covers, often with a lot of overhang and pretty easy on and off.
  11. Nice arrowhead Nathan! For work holding, I'm a big fan of a weighted chain across the face of the anvil. might be a little slippy-slidey across the small, rounded face of a sledge hammer head anvil though. Bicycle chain works (and might be better sized to your anvil) until you can find motorcycle chain. Mine is fastened to the near side of the stump with the weight on the far side. Maybe an open ended hook on the far side to keep the chain lined up with the anvil face? Chain will hold your work still, not necessarily securely, but enough to get that first punch dimple where you want it. Remember the chain over the work is HOT DAMHIKT (Don't Ask Me How I Know This)
  12. As long as you don't lose too many arguments, I think you're good. Chimaera-he does look a lot like Kerbal Space creatures, Bug eyes would be great, hard to do by punching, maybe rivets? Been trying to figure out a forged Dalek (nerd alert) and those have a lot of 'frighteningly convex' shapes.
  13. Great work! Nice save on an old tool. Impressive addition of the WF Barnes lathe comment by the way (Velocipede in the shop here) Bookbinding buddy of mine recently tried to piece together odd ball parts of dividers like this and ran into odd little differences in different years of manufacture.
  14. Made a little Forge Buddy on Monday. 3/4 square and 1/2 round. Pretty straightforward after the Anton Yakashev figure the NWBA demonstrated in November, and I spent most of December completing. This makes for 6 or 7 figurative projects since lockdown started (and forge access has been 15 feet out the back door all day!)
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