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About SmoothBore

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  • Birthday 12/27/1954

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    "When you're holding a Hammer, ... everything looks like a Nail".

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  1. The first badges used by the Texas Rangers, were cut from a silver Mexican Peso. I've made several silver initials, ... to inlay into walking sticks, handgun grips and fishing rod handles, ... by simply drilling and filing with Jewelers Files. ( A "scrap" grade, 90% silver, half-dollar, is only about $4.00 or $5.00 at a coin shop. ) Suitable discs of copper, aluminum or brass could be easily made by removing the pilot drill from a hole saw. Old "Club" brand cookware would be a suitable "donor" for some 1/8" aluminum. Or discs of any material could be "parted off" on a lathe, ... or even sawn off a bar of suitable diameter. Or, what about UHMW or Delrin, or Phenolic ?
  2. AMEN. .
  3. This quote makes my point. Choosing to misunderstand, ... can only happen, if the word has first successfully communicated to you, it's intended meaning. Concur.
  4. No, ... I don't buy that. In political discussions, I often refer to members of our Congress as "honorable gentlemen". As we all know, the majority of that group are neither honorable, nor are they gentlemen. I use that traditional term, because I find it ironic. And that irony accurately conveys my meaning. Thus, ... words mean whatever the user wants them to mean. .
  5. Well, you know, ... they're just words ..... And as such, ... they mean whatever the user intends them to mean. I know this doesn't help define the term "Traditional", ... but then, who's to say I'm here to help ? .
  6. Just "for what it's worth", ... it seems to me, that $30 would buy you "several" struck tools, of any sort you prefer. Sure, I "get" that you want to make it yourself, ... but why make it out of "pricey" mystery steel ? And how did the seller justify the price, without knowing what he was selling ? .
  7. Well hello, ... I'm impressed that you understand State-of-the-Art tools are not needed, in order to begin "hammering". And further, I believe a willingness to improvise, is a fundamental aspect of Blacksmithing. We see quite a lot of inquiries from beginners, who are essentially asking "where can I BUY all the things I need" ? Which, in my estimation, misses the whole point of becoming a Blacksmith. The question I think they should be asking, is "how do I go about making the things I need" ? Purchasing Agents "buy" things, ... Blacksmiths "make" things. Good Luck in making yourself into a competent craftsman. .
  8. Exactly. The good old interweb provides us with endless "data", ... but precious little perspective ..... .
  9. Ah yes, ... the "egocentric" world view, rears it's vain and arrogant head. That's OK, ... most kids outgrow such imprudence , ... once they've been weaned. .
  10. When Odysseus ( Ulysses ) finally returned home, ... bone-weary of seafaring ... after his 10 year absence, fighting in the Trojan War. It is said, he vowed to shoulder his Oar, and walk away from the Sea, until someone asked him what that thing was, that he was carrying. And that's how all that nautical gear ends up so far inland. .
  11. For what it's worth ..... "Pinch" Bars, were originally used to move railroad cars on sidings, ... by prying in the "pinch" between the wheel and the rail, ... to position them alongside loading docks. As many a 4 men with Pinch Bars could work simultaneously, ... though 1 or 2 were usually sufficient for "spotting" empty cars. .
  12. They sure are pretty, ..... but all right handed. .
  13. Another vote for Milwaukee, ... and Metabo. I've got a LOT of Milwaukee power tools that are over 30 years old, ... and still going strong. ( Maybe this means they are good tools, ... and maybe it means that I don't work very hard. ) .
  14. The term "Millwright" isn't used much anymore, ... and it encompasses a lot more than just steel "fabrication", ... but it might be as close to what you're looking for, as any other "trade" name. .
  15. A London Pattern does everything I want it to, ... and about 200 - 250 pounds is as heavy as I can easily muscle around the work area, to re-position it for different jobs. If I had a "fixed" anvil location, and orientation, ... then 350 pounds would be about right. .