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About Heelerau

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    Gidgegannup Western Australia
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    Black Powder firearms, Team Roping, Antique collecting, Vintage cars and farm machinery, blacksmithing, reading, a good pipe and a good red.

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  1. Heelerau

    Shop rebuild

    Great job, looks like you are located in a rather lovely spot, ver private and picturesque !!
  2. Heelerau

    New Shop at Gidgegannup

    Dale thanks for the link, have just emailed them, as I am only 40 minutes from the city center and the royal show grounds, I might see about dropping down and seeing them on a Wednesday. I have seen them at work during the Royal Show in the past and they have a nice little smithy with a power hammer. Cheers Gordon
  3. Heelerau

    New Shop at Gidgegannup

    Mate funnily enough I have been using the big bags of lump charcoal from Bunnings. When I first used it I though it was too big a lumps, funnily enough i breaks down in the forge into smaller pieces after awhile and seems to work quite well. A mate up the road has built me a retort, just have not had a chance to try it out. When we do I will post some photos. We have wood fires in both houses on our hobby farm, I save any charcoal from cleaning them out. I really would like to get a bulky bag of coke sent over from Qld but the cost at this stage in transport. I will go that way eventually when I have a few spare sponduliks !! Gidge would make excellent charcoal, would burn my stove out if not carefull !!
  4. Heelerau

    New Shop at Gidgegannup

    ausfire, you have my sympathies, " old man drought" is a dreadful character. Funny when we get a normal wet run of years, the last 3 or four, its dry in the east, when you blokes get rain, we are in drought. I hope it breaks sooner than later. I have been messing about making a few hoof picks for the local feed store, good practice and it pays for the charcoal. Plenty of hay over here, hopefully we will send more as needed.
  5. Heelerau

    New Shop at Gidgegannup

    Update, the chaps called on just after I posted to say they won't now be over for another 3 or 4 weeks, twice they have begged off, its just a small cash job, but because the weather has been so wet, the building companies they sub to keep calling on them to pour on the weekend as they are well behind on their schedules, big pours of more than 25m3 . I am a bit peeved but understand, so a little more patience on my part. Will post photos when it finally does happen.
  6. Heelerau

    New Shop at Gidgegannup

    Gentlemen, have done a bit more to the smithy, hood over the window, guttering and downpipes, a rectangular iron tank on a stand, holds about a yard and half cubed of rain water. This coming Saturday morning at 0730 I am having the floor of the smithy' s stoop concreted. I have packed down a lot of rubble as fill, there will be at least 4 to 5" of concrete, so no trouble tying up a horse to be shod. Will post pictures next week. We are having a nice wet winter and have had a couple of short sessions making hoof picks, and a herb knife Cheers Heelerau
  7. Heelerau

    What did you do in the shop today?

    I finished this little herb knife for the War Office a few days ago. I forged it out of an old file and used a piece of fruit wood as a handle. The War Office kindly turned my great whetstone to allow me to make an initial working edge, which I then finished off on an oilstone. I have left the blade fairly hard. It is pretty roughly finished, but a functional tool. She is ver pleased with it which is the main thing.
  8. Heelerau

    Newbie Shop Story

    We have just started Summer down under, so may have to wait till the opening rains next year before I start the forge again. I do not go hunting with my muzzle loading rifle for the same reason of not starting fires. I to have enjoyed reading about what you are doing with your shop. All that latent potential just sitting there !!! Cheers Gordon
  9. Heelerau

    New Shop at Gidgegannup

    Gentlemen, end of my holidays, and David finished off the lead flashing, linking the stoop to the smithy, we also stuck on a lucky horseshoe. The final job will be to concrete the floor under the stoop.
  10. I am going to have a crack at one of these in a day or two, wet rags and a 1.5mm cutting disc, I will let you know how many discs I use !!
  11. Heelerau

    New Shop at Gidgegannup

    Gentlemen, nearly finished, still have to flash the stoop where it joins the smithy, and sheet metal flashing down each side of the stoop. Roof now all screwed down, gutters on, and hood on over the window. Just the right amount of stygian darkness in the smithy, Hephaestus would be best pleased. Last thing now is to concrete in the floor of the stoop and put up a hitching rail for the nags.
  12. Heelerau

    New Shop at Gidgegannup

    Mate if you do get over we are only 40 minutes from the city centre so you had better come and stay. Cheers gordon
  13. Heelerau

    New Shop at Gidgegannup

    The Pasty Pom, he is a roof leader from Bedfordshire. David will lead flash where the verandah roof joins the wall, he has already leaded in the forge chimney. He is quite keen on shooting muzzle loaders and is learning to ride, might even team rope one day. Nobody drinks Fosters down under !! We do have plenty of good beer, don't worry, I just got a taste for Millers on the rodeo circuit years ago, and it stacks up quite well against our own beers. I brew my own Coopers which is from my home state of South Australia. That is a great suggestion about my hoof picks doubling as bottle openers !! We will in due course set a concrete floor down under the stoop, I am also fitting a donated window into the shop opposite where the vice is. Thanks for the interest
  14. Heelerau

    New Shop at Gidgegannup

    Gentlemen, I am now on holidays and have been with the help of my potential son in law, putting up the front stoop on the smithy, we finished all the timberwork today, and will tomorrow order up the roofing iron. I reused old verandah posts from our old house, and old jarrah rafters. A few Millers Draught afterwards !!
  15. I may pay a visit from down under, I reckon Barkerville and Williamsburg will be on my bucket list !!