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David Einhorn

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    : Near Gettysburg, PA
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    historical and general blacksmithing, researching blacksmithing ......... Retired.... No longer a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) but I can't change that area of the profile page. 


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    Near Gettysburg PA, Baltimore MD, and York PA, USA
  • Biography
    Hobbiest smith for over 35 years. I like to combine wood and iron in projects: tools, chests,wheels
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    Building a Civil War Traveling Forge. Constructing items of both wood and iron.Historical metal work
  • Occupation
    Liscensed Clinical Social Worker, MA, MSW, LCSW, was a Software Engineer for 19 years

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  1. >>>I’m going to purchase your book and Karl Orndorff’s, Blacksmith’s Traveling Forge .... Karl is a nice guy, but the only information that is accurate in his book is the information that his niece harvested from information that I posted to the Internet. Just about everything else he says in his book is nonsense. For example, he says that tow trucks and military ships are Traveling Forges. I extremely regret helping him with publishing his book. He is spreading false history. >>> ...... used a limber for all the tools the blacksmith/farrier would carry in conjunction >>>the traveling forge? Is this mostly the case? Each Traveling Forge was accompanied by a "Battery Wagon" containing tools,, Ordnance Manual or the Appendix of my book. >>>>“Were all the blacksmiths for the Armies in the civil war, enlisted? Yes all were enlisted and paid at the same rate as a corporal. Karl made up civilian blacksmiths to justify his building a monstrosity of a "civilian traveling forge" >>> If so, did they mostly wear uniforms/hats with their forging aprons? >>>>Or wear traditional blacksmith/farrier clothing of the time period? the period photos tend to show them mostly bareheaded, one shows an ethnic hat that no one that I have asked can identify. They wore either French cut shirts, or older work shirts. French cut shirts were too confining for someone working.. See photos by googling Civil war Blacksmiths or photo in my book.
  2. It is a Champion model h - 5 in 1 Leather machine, similar to the Landis 5-in-1 machine. It cuts, skives, presses the edges of shoes for soles that are glued with contact cement, welt roller, and bevels edges. . landis_25_manual.pdf
  3. I gave up trying to establish a blacksmithing school there. I was well on my way to acquiring/building the equipment for six forge stations, and the Steam show association was planning on building a school building, with plans with the Steam association on expanding the school and building to twelve teaching stations once classes showed success.... but two members of the ABANA board decided to take over and tell me what to spend MY MONEY AND TIME on for equipment and workstations, and told members not to pay any attention to any news/progress I was providing. And the one board member pushed people away from the forge, and one other member spent his time repairing all the equipment that the board member damaged each time the board member used the forge. It got to the point that I was spending most of my time just trying to deal with those two ABANA board members interference and being called names for not submitting to them, rather than spending time acquiring, building and reconditioning equipment for the school. Last I heard, two of the anvils that I purchased were still held by one of the ex-ABANA board members, rather than being returned to the Steam Show Association's blacksmith shop.
  4. All Civil War military movable forges, and I mean all, were side blast forges.
  5. It is a wonderful anvil, thank you. Actually, that small anvil is for the small "Portable Forge" that accompanied the "Mountain Howitzer", and rode on a horse pack. A 100 lb anvil was designated by the army for the Traveling Forge, and rode in the fireplace of the Traveling Forge when in motion. I was planning on taking the anvil to an event in May, but the event was cancelled. Thank you again.
  6. You are very welcome. Unfortunately, I have never seen a copy of the full plans, for free, on the Internet. The first step in building an authentic Traveling Forge is to spend a few bucks on a paper copy of the plans. That way you can review the blueprints(actually in black ink on white paper) and I can try to answer your questions on the diagrams.
  7. Antique Ordnance Publishers …. publish reproductions of measured drawings that were provided to manufacturers in the mid-1800s to manufacture Traveling Forges, cannon carriages, and other carriages for the U.S. Army http://gunneyg.info/html/AOPCatalog.htm
  8. Second forge that I built and delivered to Williams Grove this past Saturday.
  9. I plan on delivering it to the Steam Show Association blacksmith shop, if possible, on Sunday. I also have to prep the edges of an anvil, make an anvil stand, clean up a blower, that may or may not be ready by Sunday. .... Then I have to finish the second forge, and accompanying equipment, and then repair and mount vises on movable stands, then make tongs and other tooling, then look at starting another forging station. .....
  10. I built from what was on hand. The firepot steel was 1/4" thick. I plan on using 1/2" thick plate for the third firepot, because that was recently given to me. The hearth was what was on hand, diamondplate about 3/16" to 1/4" thick. If 1/8" was available, I would have used that for the table of the forge...... There will be no hearth or flue because they will be used outside of the shop, and moved back inside when not in use.
  11. Progress yesterday: Flat stock, 1” by 1/4” was welded around the edges of each forge, with a space for a project to enter the forge level with the top of the fire pot. This forge is basically tacked together. If it cools off tonight, I may go out to the shop and spend an hour of so welding on it. The photo gives an idea of what the forge will end up looking like, once finished welding and tuyer added. I modified the design to incorporate features that I saw at the June ABANA conference on the forges built by the New England Blacksmiths Assoc.
  12. I am currently building forges to increase the opportunities for members to have forge time, and so that we can offer classes. At the moment I am working on two forges and fire pots. To make the template for the fire pots I took a five inch wide piece of steel and drew a line perpendicular to the edges. I then measured 2.5" each way from the top of that line and 5" each way from the bottom of the line. I then connected those point and cut out the template. Because all four sides of the fire pot are the same, I could then cut all the sides by simply flipping the steel on the saw for each cut. The forge shown here is still under construction and will receive lips around the sides of the table and a fabricated tuyer.
  13. Going down Wednesday. If I understand the schedule, Wednesday is basically set-up, actual demonstrations start on Thursday. I could be mistaken, but I don't think so.
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