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  1. I was working a church yard sale, and before we had started I found a really really nice vice. I went and asked our head seller, and she said to just take it, I convinced her to let me pay; and then set it far aside with my hat and jacket. I worked till about the end of the day, hauling, price selling, and helping to load. I came back to the building and some gentleman was walking out with my vice, and half a dozen old files destine to become knives that I had locked in the jaws. I, as respectfully as possible told this gentleman that the vice was mine, and had been set aside for me. He pushed past me. I walk after him, asking him if i could buy it from him, he looked at me and continued. He made it to his car, were I asked once more if he would allow me to pay thrice what he did. He said, "I don't care I carried it, go away kid." by this point the head seller had seen me, and wondering what was going on, came over. He disrespected her and was rude, and I then told him to get out. That would have been my only vice, and the files would have been valuable pieces. But I guess I didn't need a vice then...
  2. Even though I'm sure y'all know, a little trick to cut some time: have two or three pieces of stock heating, and that way you don't have as much down time in between heats. Work through the line left to right or right to left, so you know what has been used, and to avoid burning your metal.
  3. Mr.Blacksmith

    First anvil

    I'd ask what do you think you are doing, "but being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and will blow you head clean off, you've got to ask yourself a question: 'Do I feel lucky?' well, do ya, punk?"
  4. It's looking good, keep on hammering Merry Smithing, Mr. Blacksmith
  5. I used a rock when Iwas young to work copper, something is better than nothing
  6. Have you thought about doing anything for the handle? Maybe a para-cord or leather wrap, if you don't have to tools to do a wooden or metal handle. Have you tempered the blade in any way? If you are planning on using it I would temper it so it will hold an edge better. Now this is just my two cents, I'm no expert but I hope it helped.
  7. I have had the blade made for a while now, but i just now wrapped the handle with para-cord to finished it up. I am giving it to my uncle for his birthday, but I thought y'all would like to see it.
  8. "Welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!"
  9. I had already made a slit chisel, and I was going to make a drift to open up the eye.
  10. Howdy, I found some plans online for a tomahawk when I was rooting around. This is my attempt thus far, I have finished the rough figure, but I still have to drift it open for the handle and clean up the shape. Tell me what you think, and any advice on drifting it would be welcome, as this will be my first attempt at doing so. I started with a run of the mill RR spike Then I cut the point off Next I upset the end to allocate the necessary metal to form the head, It was upset to about one inch square. I proceeded to fuller the head out. I continued to fuller it with a vertical cross peen until I reached my present state. I plan to use a punch to help start the drift for the handle, then clean up the form of the piece itself.
  11. I personally have taken he time to pick up some of the new html5/css3 stuff, however it is not always necessary to use it. If I just want to make a custom home page I don't need html 5 interface, but if am building a site for someone, sure I would use it. Really it comes down to the preference of the programmer, and the budget...
  12. I can agree, when I was taking websites, people would say "well I started it, but didn't finish it, can you make it like WWW.qwerty.com or like abcd.com with what I have?" with only a few tags was the small print. or my favorite, "can you give it more neon, or pop, or just something that reaches out and catches your eye?" only to realize that they wanted their site in neon pink with neon green secondary with mouse tail effects and radiating stars from every letter.... yeah I spent 6-7 months in class on how NOT to make a website. If you get a good web designer, you will pay for it, but it will show.
  13. Exactly what I don't want is half a hairdo. No offense, I'm sure you made it look good, but I don't think I could get away with that. My Original idea was to have to ball valves, one for gas and for air. Since I am building my shop from the ground up, Grin, I am setting everything up my way, not the garage way or the shed way. With the gas shut off, the idea is to have a regulator AS WELL AS a ball valve, so I can cut the psi to .000253454 or something, to save in between heats. I have gotten the land staked out and the spot for all my tools and such laid out. I will be heading down to get the rest of my burners parts when i'm off from work and such to get a proto. built. That will hopefully be this weekend.
  14. I too am in the process of building my smithy. It is a long and arduous process, but I look forward to my finished building. My floor is going to be dirt, and be a semi open building, because I like being outside, not kept in a concrete cell. I wish you luck Joshua, my smithy at 14 was a tarp covered area, and at 12 I had...well nothing. I stood by a fire lol. Good luck to you, merry smithing.
  15. well, with the force of the blower I don't know if I could use just that, I will do some experimenting though.
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