Gerald Boggs

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    In the Village of Afton, Virginia


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  1. Starting a very small businuess

    My normal time split is 50/50. It actually works out pretty well. I forge for a while and than take a long coffee break and do some of the non-forge work, then back into the forge for another round.
  2. Neighbors with noise conpliant

    We don't actually know that, we haven't even established how close to the neighbor the forge is. And while he may think he's being quiet, to a person trying to read, watch the telly or just relax after work, the noise might make that impossible to do. As for the smoke, just the fumes of burning coal can be an unpleasant odor. A person eating supper (Tea) might find smelling coal fumes a less then pleasant experience. Add to that, some people are physically unable to tolerate the fumes of burning coal. So while the OP might be doing everything he can to be a good neighbor while still having a go at blacksmithing, his living space might make that impossible.
  3. Neighbors with noise conpliant

    A question to be asked of the OP: How close to your neighbor is your anvil? As I recall, most British yards are quite narrow. If your yard is like the one's I remember, it would be difficult to be even 10 feet from the neighbor's windows.
  4. S7 hot fit tongs

    A well known farrier and tool maker starting doing that to give his tongs a unique and custom look. His tongs didn't look like any other tongs and they looked cool, instant market success. Folks have been copying them since.
  5. Why the trouble with side blast tuyere?

    A lot of different methods work. However, hours with the fire burning is a factor and how hot is that fire. How many hours a month are you running the fire for forge welding? I use the British forge design with a water cooled tuyere, for no other reason then that is what I was taught. I'm ten years on this tuyere and it's still going well.
  6. Steel Tariff

    True, but since we have shipped most of our production overseas, how much do we really have left to ship?
  7. I have that problem with the S-2. At some point, my heavy forging hammer is going to become my light forging hammer from the redressing :-)
  8. Price, ease of working, ease of heat treating and will it do the job. These are all factors in how I decide which steel to use. I have and still use 4140 as my primary punch and chisel material. I use mild steel for all my tongs, light hammers, and top and bottom tooling. When I think it necessary, I case harden. (When I heard Kasinite was going out of business, I bought a case) If I was making daily use forging hammers, I would use 4140 for no other reason, that I know smiths that use it for hammer making and I have it on hand. I try to keep my life simple. For cold work, I use W-1 Why 4140? For the reasons stated at the beginning, but price is a big reason. Currently I pay $17 per 12' length of 3/4”. It's hard to find known steel at better prices. I have started to use S-2 for my high use punches. It was used as jackhammer bits and I acquired 50 bits. Great stuff and a bonus, it's water quench. 4140, while normally a oil quench, will tolerate a water quench, so my heat treatments are similar. W-1 for same reasons. If you've met Mark Aspery or read his books, you might notice a similarity, it's not an coincidence. I learned most of my tool making/use knowledge from Mark.
  9. Forge Welding in an Induction Forge

    Three of the six students were novice blacksmiths. It took them longer and several tries, but at the end of the day, all were successful, Adrian is a very good teacher. I personally have taught over a 100 beginners to weld and always teach welding without flux first. I've had one and only one student not get the weld and that student tried once and quit.
  10. Forge Welding in an Induction Forge

    And yet, there's the welded ball and twisted basket sans flux. And done with very poor coal.
  11. Forge Welding in an Induction Forge

    I have no idea who Rowan Taylor is, but British smiths have been forge welding (Fire welding) without flux for, well since the beginning, to them, it's not a big deal. It was an Englishman I first worked for and learn welding from, and as such, all our welds where fluxless. This summer, I took a workshop with Adrian Legge LWCB,FWCB, Dip.WCF and he had us do all our welds sans flux. Here's the project we did. For myself, most of the time, I have students do their first welds without flux, so they understand that flux is, as Judson posted, an aide, not a requirement. Having said that, other then maintaining the skill, and as most of my work is production, I use flux for most of my welds. My current best is 150 weld in a row successfully, which was during a railing job some years ago.
  12. Axe eye splitting

    From the photo, it looks as if your transitions are soft. You can tidy them up like Latticino said, " Fullering the preform at the area of the joint so you have a sharper transition at that initial weld location" It's what James Austin does with his axes. He also adds a very thing piece of high carbon between the sides, says he gets a better weld. That last is is something I've heard others say, that welding high to low is easier then low to low. What a cape chisel is, what it's used for and how to make it, is in Mark Aspery's first book. On the subject of Mark, the article was a collaboration. I did all the forging, but he did most of the rest :-)
  13. Show me your Bottle Openers!

    Sorry for the delay, I don't always have the cookies on and didn't see that you had posted. 4140 is what I used. Not sure what would be best, it's what I had on hand.
  14. Axe eye splitting

    Many times :-)
  15. How do I make a sen?

    Don Fogg is retired and his page has expired. What you saw is what you see when someone has bought the domain and wants to sell/profit from it. Don't know if the sen info is, but a lot of Don Fogg's stuff is still available at,