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Daniel Lea (AKA 99pppo)

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  1. Hey! I said "and now we draw out the corner to what is called a "Habermann bend". A Habermann bend is actually a very old and commonly used technique to make drawn out 90° corners. But Professor Alfred Habermann (a German-Czech master blacksmith) used it a lot and also proclaimed this technque a lot so it got that name over the time. Cheers - Daniel
  2. A good friend of mine is currently studdying in Hereford and it appears welding on reins is mainly taught there to incorporante fire welding into tong making so the students can practice fire welding without just waisting stock material but actually making something usefull out of it. Before I learned your method I made at least two tongs with welded on reins and they service me very well until present day, but I much prefer a structurally well built up and springy pair of tongs using mainly the technique you taught me. I assume that on other blacksmithing schools and in the associations they also teach welding on reins for the same reason and never get taught how to draw them out or the benefits that come with drawn out reins. And they just keep teaching it to others and that´s why it spread so much. Partly also because the never really learn how to effectively move metal and could never imagine to forge a pair of tongs by hand from 7/8" 4140 as we have done already...
  3. Hey! I am using borax in the video. I suggest you go ahead and put some wire around the horns and the material under the horns so you keep them from oxidizing while you weld the face. It is a principle of sacrificial oxidation of which I got aware a good bit after I had made this video. You need to leave a small gap between the pieces so the borax can wash out the dirt and scale. You can just sit the heated up piece into the borax. The carpillar forces will suck up the borax where it is needed. Then get it hot until the flame turns golden and you see a few sparks. Take it out of the fire and maybe give it a tap on the edge of your forge to nick off possible fuel residue. Then make sure you hammer straight and prevent the two faces from sliding. Repeat the process until you are sattisfied with the result. Cheers - Daniel
  4. =) It is really nice to see you and Blake being able to reproduce what you have learned through the summer. Partly that was my teaching and that makes me a bit proud ^__^U. But also Blake did a great job remembering the fuller forging and YOU remembering all that and being able to reproduce and go even further! If you want some constructive critique tell me and I shall advise you, especially on the tongs! Yours - Daniel
  5. Hey Fellows! Here you can watch the tutorial that I made on how to forge Brian´s pick up / hammer making tongs. The video is part of a series of videos Alec and I are going to make to support Brian´s "Tools to make Tools" curriculum the International YoungSmiths team will be going through during the event at Tannehill Forge School of Blacksmithing Summer 2013.
  6. I do have an extreme lot of spring tention on these tongs. The touchmark doesn´t really go anywhere!
  7. First of all thank you Jim! And yes I am pretty proud on these tongs. But what do you mean with "I might suggest if your tongs are dedicated to your touchmark you could put a small flat on the shaft so that it does not slip down the shaft.. " Could you please explain that?
  8. Hey Fellows! I just recently got my own touchmark and now I forged a pair of tongs specially to hold it. I forged it out by hand from 5/8" coil spring. It can hold 1/2" to 5/8" steel in a 90% angle. It has a built in tong clip and the reins are 1 foot and 1 3/4" inches long. Yours - Daniel
  9. You want to isolate a sqare piece of steel first. If you want it round flatten it a little bit, then make it round and flatten it further. If you want an egg shaped spoon you need to taper that piece. Here is a little sketch of how I started it: Good luck and have fun trying it! Yours - Daniel
  10. Hey fellows, I just wanted to share a little project of mine. Today I forged a spoon to apply borax or sand on workpieces prior to forgewelding. Handforged out of 5/8" round mild steel. Yours - Daniel
  11. Yes I was actually suprized quite a lot how dark it was in the video. I´ll try to heat it up hotter next time. I´ll also have to get a heaver sledge, yes.
  12. Hey Guys, on friday I forged a Brian Brazeal hammer eye punch top tool.The first one I ever forged under just my own supervision. With Henrick Stark as my striker. Stock material was L6 thermodurable tool steel (56NiCrMoV7) in 1" round. I hope you enjoy the video =) http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=nCETra-GCMU Btw not all steps are shown entirely! Yours - Daniel
  13. I have to say Rhett that I just filmed the video. Alec forged the candle holder and made up the design. Nice work what you did there! Good job!
  14. Hey Fellows! Those of you who frequently read my posts, respectively watch my videos, might already know that I try to work with as many blacksmiths as possible. Especially those in my youngster age. And also that I always have my camera at hand to capture the best moments for me and those that are interested in it as well. So was it that I visited Alec in England over the Easter holly days. I´ve already worked with him two times before and he is not only a colleague, but also became a good friend of mine. We had four days to work, but unfortunately I´ve been sick in the beginning, so we weren´t be as productive as we could have been. Nevertheless we made a bunch of very cool tools both for me and Alec and also some nice artistic items. Furthermore it was a good preparation for he demo at the NWBA in a few months. This is all we´ve produced (On the huge sledge I´ve only made a new handle): This is what I´ve taken home with me: Our last project: A Brazeal style fullering hammer (not a rounding hammer) from 40mm square 1045 steel: One day I was so sick that I could not forge. So I decided to film Alec whilst forging and we made a real little image film for his work. I put all my expertise and efford in the filming and the edit and I really hope it paid for it! (For who is interested: Camera: Canon EOS 650D (Rebel T1i), Lens: EF 24-70mm f/2,8 L II USM) But see yourselves: Last year Alec was on tour with the YoungSmiths, which is an international group of - who guessed it - youngs blacksmiths that was founded by Brian Brazeal. They traveled around the USA and gave public demos. I am always impressed, what skills this young lad, who only reaches up to my chest and is with 15 still three years younger than me, already has. This year I am supposed to also take a course at Brian´s and join the YoungSmiths as well! So my visit at Alec´s place also was meant as a preparation for summer. We also filmed a tutorial about how to forge cranes: There are some more video that are not edited yet. If I decide to upload them I´ll post them here later. I hope you enjoyed my little diary! I am looking forward to a lot of very cool experiences and good crafsmanship with Alec, Brian and the YoungSmiths in summer. This was it from me so far! Yours - Daniel
  15. Hmm this looks like a nice hammer indeed. I can not really identify it but it says Jøbing and the letter ø only exists in Norwegian and Danish, not in Swedish so it rather will be a Norwegian or Danish fabricate.
  16. One of my favourite blacksmithing videos is where my pal Alec is a little bit over-motivated with the sledge and hits himself right in his bloody British crown jewels ^_^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uQnQbDX698 Btw he uploaded the video by himself... Yours - Daniel
  17. Danny there is a value in your hammer that no currency in the world could pay. It is made by friends with friends for friends. It is a unique piece. It´s shape is influenced by the character and the emotion of the blacksmith and his striker in each moment of the forging process. It is more than just a tool it is expression of all the countless influences it had until it arrived at your place. It was an honor for me to make this hammer for you together with Alec. I hope it will service you well and that you pass it on to somebody that knows about the true value of that piece of craftsmanship!
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