Gerald Boggs

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About Gerald Boggs

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  1. Frosty and JLP, you guys are kinder, more nurturing then I am, I'm more of a 'March or Die" .
  2. 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"
  3. "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.
  4. 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.
  5. Thank you for posting
  6. How about now?
  7. Maybe and maybe not, that church I did the work for a few years ago, was quite adamant that the work all be done as if it was done at the time the church was built. Which was 200 years ago. The Advent chandelier and candle stands were all done with a hand chisel. It all comes down to what the client wants, better to have both to offer. From plate to finished stand
  8. You're right and I apologize, that was completely out of bounds. My mother recently died and I find myself a bit short tempered this days. I though you were trolling and lashed out. Again, my apologizes
  9. All I wrote, was that a textbook was a better source for information then an unqualified source. I have no idea as to what you trying to say and frankly I don't care. Edited
  10. Now you're just splitting hairs.
  11. True, but starting with a textbook as opposed to getting your information from an unqualified source, will give you a much stronger learning base and curve.
  12. This is my favorite book for first time readers of metallurgy, "Metallurgy fundamentals" by Daniel A. Brandt. It's an easy read, but still covers the subject quite well. Copies of it are in all four of my local libraries so I'm guessing it's an easy find in the US, but Argentina might be a different story.
  13. Brent Bailey is my go to guy for hammers. I make everything else, but my hammers I get from Brent.
  14. The problem is not differences in opinion, but rather differences in knowledge. One smith can be quite knowledgeable and the other just a good talking. If one wants to understand something, one should go to the reference material. In this case a textbook on metallurgy, not only will the answer be there, the why will also be there.
  15. That's a hard trick, not many shops are successful, most blacksmiths have a spouse working a job that does the actual supporting. And of the one's I know that are successful, we're mostly one-man shops with no interest in having someone in the shop. And even if I was, it wouldn't be someone with little or no skills. If someone wants to become a blacksmith by the way of working in others shops, then that person needs to show up with some basic shop skills, highest on the list would be welding. That's what I was told to do and what I did. As the smith told me, "if you know how to weld, than I can make use of you and you get a chance to learn some smithing", it worked out quite well for me. Over the years, I've given this same advice to many and not once was it acted upon. Add to the list: solid math skills, etc.