Gerald Boggs

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About Gerald Boggs

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  • Birthday 03/18/1960

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    In the Village of Afton, Virginia


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    In the village of Afton, Virginia.
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  1. I've done a bit of welding with Rice and posted photos here of the results. (Like many, the photos have vanished) Treat it like fine coke and you'll be fine. Never turn the air down all the way as it takes a long time to come back up. And be careful about too much air, you can blow the fire apart. Add new fuel directly on top, there's no coking going on and therefor no need to put it to the side to "coke up" A deep fire works better and I find fire brick sides and back help in keeping a deep fire. If you've every visited James Austin's web site, the method he uses is what I talking about.
  2. No idea, a quick search didn't show that change in the law. I do know that it comes up ever couple of years. I had read that states are requiring on-line sellers like Amazon to collect if they have any warehouses/distribution centers in the state. As for the shows, really not that hard, one just needs to get an out-of-state tax number and file as needed. Some shows do the leg work for you, state will send you a onetime form to file.
  3. Some places are a quagmire of bureaucracy, others are quite easy, open and friendly, a quick visit to your local business license office will tell. Here in Nelson county, Virginia, my thirty minute drive took longer then getting everything I needed done: Approval to have a blacksmith studio at my location and a $35 per year business license. Plus a telephone call to the sales tax folks (on-line now days)
  4. In Virginia, there is no line, if you sell, you need a license and you need to be filing sales tax. You might check, if any of the items you sold on-line were to someone in your state, then etsy automatically collected sales tax and gave it to you. If you didn't then send that money to the state (file sales tax), you're breaking the law.
  5. Identify wrought iron

    For those that think wrought iron doesn't pit.
  6. Cold rolled steel?

    Yep, the steel supplier near Touchstone in Pennsylvania does that, just has hot and cold A36
  7. Thoughts on forge name

    If I had it to do over, I would just use my name: Gerald Boggs, blacksmith. Wayfarer Forge just makes folks have to remember two names instead of one. I'm getting ready to order more jewelry boxes with a name impression, it was "Wayfarer Forge" Now it's going to be "Gerald Boggs" top line and "Blacksmith" second line.
  8. Cold rolled steel?

    Depends on your location, I'm lucky here in Virginia, lots of small and large industries, so the steel suppliers are excellent My steel distributor, A36 almost always hot rolled and cold rolled is always 1018. Agree for general use as blacksmith, not much advantage to paying for cold rolled, unless you're doing fine detailed work and don't want to find out half way through that you've got a piece of junk with the A36. I once had a 20 foot piece of 1 by 1/2 A36 with a crack down the entire length, didn't show up until you had it hot. You'll never get a piece of 1018 with that. Tom Latane always uses 1018 for his fine chisel works, that's where I picked up the habit.
  9. Build a home made power rack

    From Starting Strength, the rack Mark rippitoe uses and recommends.
  10. Seeking Apprenticeship

    Frosty and JLP, you guys are kinder, more nurturing then I am, I'm more of a 'March or Die" .
  11. Seeking Apprenticeship

    They don't advertise, because they don't need to. Back when I worked for others, every time we would turn around, somebody was walking into the shop looking for work. If you want to get a job, that's what you need to do. Now that I think of it, every job I ever had, was because I walked into a man's shop and asked for a job. As for the number of shops with employees, in my area, Charlottesville, VA, there are no less then three shops with employees, and that's just the shops using the word "blacksmith"
  12. Mission Impossible W/Pictures

    "commercially available scrolling jig fixture.............Epic Fail. It is trash" You're right, if that's suppose to be a scrolling jig, it fails the sight test. Consider making your own, draw it out on an piece of sheet steel and then make exactly the scroll you want to reproduce, it is well worth the effort. As Alan wrote, the Cosira books show how. Starting in a blacksmith/fab shop, we made and used scrolling jigs all the time, we had over 50-100 of them, yet we still needed to make new ones for a third the jobs.
  13. Seeking Apprenticeship

    Curious, you've been a member of CBA and active with the group, why not try getting a job with one of the many professionals that are also active with CBA? Between CBA and NWBA, there must be 100's of shops taking on employees. And most of them (99%) are not members of this forum, so if they're looking, they won't fine you.
  14. Carving Letters in Steel.

    Thank you for posting
  15. Inscribing Letters

    How about now?