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David Einhorn

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    : Near Gettysburg, PA
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    historical and general blacksmithing, researching blacksmithing and writing about it.

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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
  • Interests
    Building a Civil War Traveling Forge. Constructing items of both wood and iron.Historical metal work
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    Liscensed Clinical Social Worker, MA, MSW, LCSW, was a Software Engineer for 19 years

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  1. All Civil War military movable forges, and I mean all, were side blast forges.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Second forge that I built and delivered to Williams Grove this past Saturday.
  6. 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. .....
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. The May meeting had a bit of a late start due to Victor needing to help a neighbor. All levels of skill are welcome to the monthly meetings.
  12. May 27th, 2018 will be the third meeting of the blacksmith group of the Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association, at 1 Steam Engine Hill, Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania. Interested parties of all skill levels are invited. Please wear safety glasses, and bring what other food, drinks, chair etc that you may wish for your comfort and safety. There are food vendors on the Steam Show grounds every Sunday, selling food and drinks. Every Sunday is a flea market, and the vendors are located along the two sides of the flea market.
  13. It's sort of like asking what is the best vehicle to purchase. Depending on who you ask, you will likely get a different answer. If you are a young person "the best" may be to go to a college/university for a degree in design where they also have a blacksmithing program.... also learn German, French and Italian fluently so that you can, after the university, work in various shops around Europe. If not that, then start with the closest blacksmithing school, practice, then take specialty courses at whatever blacksmithing schools are offering courses to add to your skills. All said and done, try a couple of courses to see if blacksmithing is something that you really want to do.
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