Ric Furrer

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About Ric Furrer

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    Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, United States
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    Steel-making, swords, pattern-welding
    traditional as well as ultra-modern forging.


  • Location
    Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Biography
    One man General Blacksmith doing architectural and cutlery work
  1. Electrical and gas entry for shop

    $46,000 to bring three phase to me.
  2. Iron Hand , a single edged norse sword.

    I'm stealing that guard idea. May do it in mokume or titanium laminate just to be different. The blade is good too! Ric
  3. liability form

    wayne cole had some rough ideas drafted....he sells blacksmith tools now, but was a lawyer. Mine is on my class information listing on the website.
  4. Hello All, So I am adding a generator to the shop to make proper 480 three phase. Space is tight and I was planning on having it enter the building near the natural gas line entry. I recall some rule about not locating both entries within a certain distance to each other, but can not find the rule. It is a long shot, but does anyone happen to know if a gas line entry can be a few feet away from an electrical entry? Ric
  5. New hydraulic forging press WIP (pic heavy)

    I assume you are planning to only make narrow forgings? The center of the ram rod is rather close to the frame. I understand this limits the lever effect of the ram, but it also limits the material you can forge. Ric
  6. Damascus vs pattern welded

    JJ Perret died in 1784.....five years before the revolution in 1789. The Motto of "Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite " seemed to originate during the revolution and adopted well after. Maybe someone did an etch, engraving or gilding over one of Perret's blades much later? Now I really want to find the bar. Ric
  7. Liability question

    The actor with the gun was Jon Erik Hexum. I liked the show. He was on the donor list and several body parts were used to save other lives....something I intend to do. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon-Erik_Hexum As to swords on stage....use polished round bar with rounded tip or synthetic and have them make a "ching" should when they hit. A dime edge is an edge in my opinion. Chris Lambert about lost a finger on Highlander II when Michael Ironsides hit him. My guess is that the students will clang them together in earnest when they are alone and they will do so with any material so best to get them something that will be softer. Ric
  8. Damascus vs pattern welded

    Which Museum (the French seem to call every museum the national museum)? I should be able to get a photo from the curator. Ric
  9. Oh lord, I cant see

    I recall a shade three is for general forge work. http://www.thefabricator.com/article/safety/selecting-the-best-lens-for-welders-eye-protection Ric
  10. Damascus vs pattern welded

    Jim, Do you have any information on the "Liberty Bar"? Photos or location of the bar? There is not much work of Perret on the net (his books are on google PDF). Ric
  11. I am good for now Thomas. See you at SOFA! Ric
  12. Either way...be good to see you again.I plan on SOFA 2018. Ric
  13. Thomas, I just used some for a class this weekend. Yes, I will take all you care to sell. Ric
  14. Michael Pikula did a huge amount of work on the show as well. I spent about 6 months working out the particulars and I second any work my Alan Williams. Jeff Wasson in NY is the armorer...best in the US. Ric
  15. Stainless or Stainless Steel?

    Local yard told me that there are three types of scrap.....aluminum, stainless and iron. At one time I was to interview with a scrap yard for work..........I think they are better off NOT having me in the yard sorting metals. Ric