Gerald Boggs

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About Gerald Boggs

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  1. Thank you for posting
  2. How about now?
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Now you're just splitting hairs.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Brent Bailey is my go to guy for hammers. I make everything else, but my hammers I get from Brent.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Functionality.
  13. What is going on? Something I've noticed for some time, crappy tongs. I see folks make beautiful stuff but can't be bothered to make a proper set of tongs to do the work. Don't folks realize how much easier the work would be, how much more they could do, if the tongs fit the task? This inconsistency between the work and the tools people will use boggles my mind. I have never in my career, made a poor tool, I always made tools to the level as my skill allowed. So while not all my tools would be called "good" , they were the best I could do.
  14. As someone that has forged and sold over 10,000 openers with last 5 years, simple is best With the exception of the Wizard which is a good demo piece.
  15. My two cents and it's based on the fact that by doing this program I'm stronger now at 56 then I was at 30, and remember when I was 30, I was a paratrooper: Do the Starting Strength novice program. When I did it, I went from squatting 115 to 315 in less then nine months. There's a lot more to it the just this, but here's the bones of the program: