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  1. http://littlerock.craigslist.org/tls/4626031773.html Ran across this locally and for some reason I am thinking about adding it to my collection for my shop. Does anyone have any information they can add about it? Is it worth the money?
  2. The only time I have burned my eyes over the years with my any of my autoshields was while welding outside. When I am anywhere that the sun is hitting into my hood from the rear I have gotten into the habit of putting a weld curtain behind me or if that isn't and option I have even been known to throw a rag over the top of the hood to block light entry from the rear. The hood I use now is a Jackson True sight which I bought because of the huge viewing window because I get in real tight spots with some of the stuff I build from time to time. I don't know what the issue with light from the rear is, but I really suspect that it changes how dark your hood is when it activates. Have never thought to ask anyone about it before.
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    Finished my shop; Thieves

    I know this is a bit old, but years back when I had an issue with thieves feeling they had the run of the place, I bought one of the cheaper motion detect lights that holds the two bulbs and mounted it on the ceiling of my workshop pointing straight down. It had one bulb and we removed the other light socket and used the wires to wire in a siren. The wiring ran to a switch that was already on the outside of the building in a lock box to control power to an external outlet. The siren was mounted pointing out the roof vent on the front of the building so that anyone in the vicinity could hear what was going on. I have found over the years that not too many people are willing to stick around when the noise starts. My uncle used to have his motion detect sensor wired to an outlet in the living room that kicked on a lamp that was inside the living room. Made people think they had made a noise and alerted the house. I'm all for making a thief lay his goodies on the anvil for a meeting with the hammer because I cant stand someone that will steal something from people that have scrimped and saved for something, but we have a lot of laws and even more lawyers..
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    Yet another book question thread

    Thomas, I am the kind that is always prowling and hoping to find the next discovery I didn't know I needed. That is how I found my 1947 Lincoln SA200 welder that recently found itself restored and waiting on an appropriately old truck to go onto.
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    Yet another book question thread

    Frank- I cannot find that title on amazon searching for it in Italian or in English. Closest I came was - I Maestri Italiani Del Ferro Battuto. At the moment I can't get past the $150 price tag, but I will at some point. My goal is to build a great reference library. Wrought Iron by Fritz Kuhn is on this months list. As of next month I will have to stop buying books until after my big summer trip of classes, hammering and conventions is over. On an aside, when I was ordering the Sonn book on Amazon I noticed that I could trade in my copy for a $1.84 amazon gift card. Made me feel good as I was dropping almost $60 for my copy
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    Suggestions for education

    I was planning on keeping a running commentary of the whole trip either on here or starting my own blog for the duration. Figure that with all the iron I want to see and the fact that I will be forced to wet a hook in every state I pass through it might get me lynched on here.
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    Suggestions for education

    As it stands right now, I am planning on going to Frank's in May, then on to Brian Brazeal's in June with a stop of a week or so in the Dallas area in between. Would love to hook up and see a couple of shops in the Dallas area and maybe learn something new while I am in the area, or really anywhere between point A and B of that leg of my summer
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    Damascus?

    I would love to do some woodworking tools out of Damascus when I get to that point in life.
  9. If it is square make an octagon, if it is octagon make it round, if it is round, make it square. Upset it, taper it, stretch it Basically, just play until you are back to not having to tell your arm what to do.
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    Christmas Deadline Stress

    I have gotten in the habit of making a certain amount of things available for the Christmas season and also making things throughout the year for both gifts for friends and family and to have available to sell. That way I can avoid feeling rushed if my main work ends up burying me late in the season or more people want to order something from me later in the season. This year I made 12 firepits that I offered up starting in October. Sold 10 quick and just got back from doing a custom install of the 11th one that also included railing for a 3200sqft deck up in the mountains. It is a lot easier if during the year when you are making things, you take the time to bend a few extra hooks or make an extra something here and there. It will pay off when you are making runs to FedEx to ship things and having lunch with the wife or doing a last minute paying job because you have the time instead of being buried
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    Tempering steel with mercury?

    I wonder if you could even have 5 gallons shipped to you without some government agency showing up on your doorstep asking what it was for
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    Suggestions for education

    For an craft that almost met its death, I am often astounded as I read through this board at the quality and generosity of the people here that keep these skills alive. I am planning on taking the Turley class in May, and from there I am going to wander up to the ABANA convention. I may try to book another class or two in between, but I think as time gets closer I am going to try to hook up with different smiths and groups along the way to spend time at the fire with. Between now and then I am going to finish putting together my road outfit and getting the old Ford and Alaskan camper ready for a few months on the road.
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    Suggestions for education

    CBA as well as BAM were already on my list, and I will add NWBA to that. I have been toying real hard with the idea of going to the forging on the river thing in Memphis this year. Partially for the experience and chance to make new contacts and for the opportunity to look the place over. I would love to be able to do their 2 year apprentice program. I was completely unaware that Powers did any teaching. Assuming it is the same Thomas Powers posted above? If so, I will have to check into that as I have probably read half of the posts on this board and his posts have been very useful and educational at times. Will have to look into Brazeal and Aspery. Njanvilman- pm me info about the museum. Things like this are why I started this thread. I am going to take the year to absorb as much knowledge and make as many contacts as possible and while I am out in the small states I would love to spend some time learning. Geoff- I agree with a day of learning taking time to absorb and utilize. I am hoping that by taking a year and learning and watching as many others as possible I will see different things done different ways and then spend years utilizing the knowledge I have absorbed.
  14. I am sure this is probably on here somewhere, but I haven't had any luck finding it. Most of my experience has been behind a mig gun and in fab shops building everything from offroad vehicles, welding pipe down to railings and anything I could find interesting. The blacksmith bug kind of came along somewhere in there and I have some of it into the work I do, but mostly have been playing with building skills and depth to my knowledge. After giving it some serious thought this last year, I have made the decision to invest some serious time this year into gaining more knowledge and skills. After Christmas, I am mailing in my money to go spend 3 weeks in Sante Fe learning from Frank Turley. I am also planning on making my way to the ABANA gathering this year. Does anyone have any suggestions for other classes or events that I should look into? I have also considered taking a big road trip and trying to see if I could find a few people that would be willing to open their forge to me for a week here and there or longer so I could watch and learn in exchange for being an extra set of hands or pushing a broom or whatever. It is really about the learning and this is my year.
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    Xmas Present to Me!

    I am jealous.