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  1. Lorelei is pictured swinging an uncarved ,or undecorated, Elmer Roush hammer on the cover of her first book.
  2. It’s a cotton picker spindle, or, a cotton picking spindle, depending on how you look at it.
  3. Thanks Jennifer, no I started with a picture of the finished product and worked backwards. I did take the picture from my 3 ring binder of saved blacksmithing items. At the time, I was looking for project ideas and this was my go to book. It is full, I had to start another. I have neglected to document time per project.
  4. Helping to teach some young smiths, made this Thursday evening from just a picture. I drew them a “how to”.
  5. Power hammer hack knife? of the curved variety, which, of course, is not sharpened, is thicker on top edge, thinner on the bottom edge and the protrusion works for the function of the tool. Was there a power hammer anywhere near?
  6. Several are willing, gotta have a location or vicinity, you came to the right place.
  7. Here’s my entry for the gallery, coming up in two weeks.
  8. Being traveling repairman, I get to see different things. Here’s one.
  9. I recently read, and never previously thought about, that blacksmithed nails need a straight portion to their shanks. Elsewise, they are indeed a straight taper and easily loosened up in use. Was it on a JLP video?
  10. I saw a post on facebook that Doug has passed, I don’t know any particulars. Forgive if posted in error. Perhaps someone can verify.
  11. For me, it was a furthering or deepening of my fabricating abilities. What I did not foresee or anticipate was the way it changed my thinking. It became, sort of, 3 dimensional. A straight length could be an angled piece, a bent length was perfectly good material. Volume of metal was important. Metal could be formed instead of cut and welded.
  12. Average hobbyist here. I don’t have a touchmark yet. I have stamped my initials and the year it was made into a lot of pieces. The years fly by fast! I wanted to be able to reference when I made something.
  13. Perhaps you did not understand me or my explanation was poor. If your blower in your first picture was running full speed and you put your hand over the intake hole, no air comes out the output hole. If you barely moved your fingers apart, covering the air intake, a controlled amount goes out the output hole. The motor always runs full speed. I would suppose most electric motors, that have openings and are not fully enclosed, have an internal fan for cooling. They cool better at full speed. Ever block a shop vac hose with something? The motor speeds up because it is under less load. When the hose opening is unblocked, the motor slows down because it is under full load. Ever get a drill motor very hot from turning slow speed with an extra high load, the fan wasn’t turning fast enough to get rid of the heat. That looks like a very nice blower unit. In my opinion, controlling the intake is the best way to control the output. My 2 cents worth, your mileage may vary.