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  1. I did not die people, I have been too busy with non-blacksmithing stuff for the last couple of years. I am aiming to get back into it either before winter hits in 2019 or after winter ends in 2020. We will see. It's going to be a busy winter again... but I really want to get learning again.

  2. Sorry, but only one picture is all the auction company is posting. So here it is: When I saw the picture, I immediately thought WWI forge. But I don't know if there is anything else with it other than the coal rake or whatever that is in the picture... hard to make out for me. It will probably go for a lot of money, more than I thought, but wondering what you think would be a good bargain to aim for as a high-end, so I don't pay more than what it would actually be worth. I thought no more than $75, just because it's probably incomplete and collectors like that sort of thin
  3. Hmm okay. I will take mental note for the next piece I try. Maybe next week, gotta get some Coal from the guy I got some last year. Two 5 gallon pails lasted me about 10-12 forgings of small stuff in a year. So I should be able to get by with another two pails for maybe half a year or more
  4. Ya my forge is too shallow to be working with anything too big. I am running low on charcoal as it is, gotta get some more. But no, I have maybe 2" below it at the most. I had almost no air going into it just because I didn't want it to get too hot too fast. Probably still not enough, need more insulation between the fire and the metal I guess. I really have to consider making a new forge with those pyramidy shaped pits. :/ My forge is basically a 40 yr. old lawnmower turned upside down.
  5. Well I got out and spent a 40 minutes on a small section, just to see what happens. It is fairly strong stuff, and I think it has an odd heat tolerance or I hit it too hard. It got no thinner than 1/4" and started to split down the middle. could just be a weak part from when it was cut off. I will have to try some of the bigger pieces to see if i have any luck. Pictures incoming. Notes: It doesn't cut hair, but cuts boxes fine. Could be a box cutter maybe as it is lol. I will definitely try a bunch of heat treat options if I can scrounge up the different types of oil and such. I got all m
  6. Hello everyone, been a while! I said a while ago that my friend had some metal to give me from work, and boy did he deliver! I got around 20lbs of High-Manganese proprietary metal from a refinery. They are cutoffs from the big pipes that they use. Because it is proprietary metal, the only thing he could tell me about it is that it is High-Manganese because he has to use a respirator full face mask to cut it with the cutting tools hehe. So one of the ribbon like pieces he gave me is pretty small, like 1/8" thickness and I was going to try to smooth it out, thin out the edge and s
  7. Just got back from Vacation. Lots to read over I was actually thinking about this as well. We are keeping an eye out for Shed Packages that go for cheap, used ones and such. Seeing if we can get a good bargain considering it'll be cut up a little for ventilation and such, so it doesn't have to be perfect I am going to look into this. I know someone in Alberta that sells converted containers. (They convert them to workshops) Ok now THAT is cool. I see the posts about treating the wood. I will def. consider this.
  8. So backstory; My parents music store (lessons/repairs) closed June 30th, and we have had to move the Picture Frame shop into the garage which is where I stored my forge/anvil/tools. So I had the idea of making some sort of outdoor shop area. This is where the issues arise. I am not allowed to have any more cement pads on the property (we have the house, a 4 car garage and the other lot has a pad for the 2 car garage which houses the frame shop), so I will need to make a non-slab based structure. Basically, we can put up a 8x10 shed or thereabouts. My shed concerns would be the f
  9. I have been out of the loop for a long time now, and I just heard about WV's flooding. First thing I thought about when I heard is to pop in here. Good to hear you are safe Glenn.
  10. I will give that one a shot as well For the items it lists the lengths of the full piece, and when you go to the Bayonet area, it's funny. The French have some of the largest bayonets, like they were compensating for something hurhurhur But there is a 19th Century Combination Knives section with 4 entries. Belgian Knife Pistol, c 1870 This is similar to it: Now, I've seen a lot of pictures and movie's with knife pistols, and most of the time it's a pistol grip with a blade ont he side of the barrel or something like that, but I have never seen anything like that befor
  11. http://www.amazon.ca/Illustrated-Encyclopedia-Knives-Daggers-Bayonets/dp/075481890X That is the book I got, so if anyone has any questions about what is in it, go ahead and ask them if I don't answering thus. 246 Chapters segmented into topics such as: 17th-century main-gauche daggers Georgian Dirks Survival weapons of World War II and after Indo-Persian Khanjars Japanese daggers I will give an example of one of the coolest things I have seen so far in the book that really intrigued me, and made me want to buy it. Spanish stiletto dividers, c.17
  12. I found this video while browsing the web, and I didn't see it in the forums here recently, so I figured I would put it up. This gentleman makes knives and treats them with 3-in-1 oil and blues them before sending them out to customers. A bunch of people were discussing best methods and he thought he would do a big sample of what the different methods can do to prevent rusting in a finished blade. Very very interesting watch!
  13. Honestly, something like that is priceless. Real Bellows are incredibly hard to come across nowadays, especially ones of that magnitude. 7 foot would be really useful in say a heritage site, blacksmith village tourist area of sorts. But if you really wanted to put some kind of price on it. One of that size is probably around USD$3,000 - USD$4,000. I have seen 4 foot ones go for around USD$1,800 When they start getting that big, the difficulty is finding someone to buy them, while the smaller ones are more easily transportable so more inclined to be purchased. I would say if you did w
  14. I read the original post, and I see these limit switches you put in. Question. Do you think it'd be possible to make a thickness guide for it? Lets say, you want to crush something really fast but to as close to final dimensions as possible. Could you do some sort of a moving limit switch activator that has a measurement on it? So you would "move it down to read 1 1/2" and it will stop just above 1 1/2" so you don't go too far, and mess something up? Just a thought that I had running around my head as I read this I can't afford anything right now. My second hobby just crept in,
  15. If I could setup a forge/anvil there I would. I will have to see if I can make a portable one for this in the future, as yes, I think it would be more hands-on and people can see that I am actually making the product
  16. Like most small towns, they have many farmers markets here, and I thought that it would be a good deadline for next spring/summer to have some things made for a market and just test the fields to see how much demand for things of a blacksmiths nature are wanted/desired. I would like to throw some of my own ideas, but welcome tips for people who also live in smaller communities/villages/towns in the middle of nowhere who have had things that sell that I could try to make. If you have suggestions on what sells well and is not really difficult to make for a beginner/mid-level blacksmith, go
  17. Perhaps a better description would be, "the way something was done in a certain era". Since, traditional Blacksmithing of 1400's is essentially the same as the 1800's, but the methods of doing the procedures are slightly different. More technology had become available, and the way we thought about engineering has shifted. Instead of making candle holders, now they're making electric light sconces. That sort of idea.
  18. Hello everyone, I wanted to put some historical things out there that people may not know about where I am from. I recently moved to Saskatchewan to help out my parents business (It's slow everywhere these days so gotta help out right). While I am here I took it upon myself to actually start Blacksmithing. That's when I started looking into the history of the town myself, and things during conversations at the local A&W breakfast have come up. So I thought that I would like to share with you all some history about this amazing little town in the middle of nowhere On a side note,
  19. Ya I saw that on the net, and it's booked all the time HAH. I'll have to wait until the next one comes around ;s
  20. ahhh I see now. Not sure which one would work but... I could always experiment with a wood air flow for now until I have actually figured everything out (cheaper).
  21. @the iron dwarf I remember seeing a post about you giving ideas on a blower setup to connect to the forge with an air flow control valve of sorts. Any way you could enlighten me on that with a link of some sort on how it was made? Right now, I am considering just using an aluminum dryer vent and put an angle piece of tin from an evestrough to connect to the actual forge. It sticks out about 6-8" away from the forge, so I can't imagine the heat itself is an issue, just any sparks so I don't want to use plastic. Right now, I need to figure out how to control it, and I don't want to put
  22. So yesterday was fail at smithing, but today I got something done. I got that Blower hooked up with some help from my father (He is better at electrical than I am). Video of it running etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzR4Y8M9_lw
  23. Nope, I think I have read all those posts LOL cause I recognize all those terms HAHA. I will see what I can do, it's relatively difficult to find the thin bricks around here, but I do have two firebricks from an old forge idea I was going to do. It won't surround it, but maybe I can find something. At any rate, I'll try to livestream some smithing this saturday as long as the weather isn't too bad, and i'll get the video clip saved to post.
  24. That's exactly the same one that I have! The wood handle broke apart, not a big deal, but the worst part is the grinding sound that happens when I crank it around. If it gets up to a certain speed it just sounds like the gears are slipping. Seeing as it doesn't do it all the time, I think what's happening s one or more of the fibre washers that separate the cogs are completely destroyed/missing. Then when it rotates enough, they move slightly out of sync and do something loud and obnoxious until it pops back into place. I have to get a puller so I can get the handle off so that
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