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  1. Never had lime harden anything ive annealed. I imagine if it absorbed enough water to have any affect in any way, one might see the consistency change. Perhaps clumps? Naa. I do live where its pretty dry, but i doubt that has any bearing on it. If it hardened steel instead of annealing it, I suspect some other cause. Works good in an outhouse too. Also when cleaning stalls. Lest I forget, its great in a garden.
  2. I wouldnt dwell on it,,, its kinda pointless. BTDC,,, behind the danged curve?
  3. I prefer lime. It is very fine, very dense, and very cheap. Because its so dense it has a natural tendency to settle and compact sround your piece.
  4. Riffler files are your best friend, and dont forget to make a safe edge where necessary on your files
  5. All of what comes next only applies to those who wish to make a decent to great living as a traditional smith. It is not a pathway that will give you anything quick. There are as many unique pathways to success as there are working smiths. This was my pathway and it worked. "faster better cheaper". As opposed to what? china,india,mexico imports? Other working smiths? For the former, you dont need any smithing experience. For the latter, 5 or 6 years experience is manditory. Obviously you are interested in the latter. How do you gain those needed years of experience? Thats the
  6. I believe Robb's coal comes from the King coal mine, Hesperus, Colorado.
  7. For most knives a 5 gal metal bucket with a lid works fine. If the oil flashes, just put the lid on and the fire goes out.
  8. Check auto parts stores. I believe 5hats where I got my last copper brushes. Seems it was larger than a toothbrush, but works fine. You also might want to try applying a hot oil finish after you are finished with applying brass/copper. Do it in the same heat. It creats a pretty cool antique brass/copper looking finish.
  9. This should be another thread, but ,,, traditionally,,, I'm not much at starting threads. If I created that intrepetation, then my bad. It's just not that cut and dried. Perhaps word examples will do better. I like Art Nouveau, so, let's say a customer commissions a Goya piece and If I'm successful, it will be a historical recreation. However if I am strongly influenced by Art Nouveau and do my own unique design that shows this influence, then what I now have is an original piece done in the traditional Art Nouveau style, a style that began in the 1880's or so and continues til tod
  10. "Would you consider an item "traditional" if it looked exactly like a historical item but was made with modern industrial methods?" Absolutely. The question is, can this be done? Again, it depends on the tooling and techniques used. You need something to heat it, something to hit it with, something to hit it on, and something to hold it. And the end product must suggest an esthetic that says "forged". This includes finish, forged or filed. I don't know if acorn still produces much of the stamped colonial patterned hardware in the box stores or not. Prolly gone chinese, but you know what
  11. I enjoy these debates, Thomas, for whatever reason. Your discussion on the " new norm" is more a catagorizing of cause and effect, which is pretty self evident. I generalize it as changes in the cost of labor. We are in agreement. However, I made my statement concerning the above. I hope you will appreciate my humor. You in fact have perfectly described a very "traditional" situation. As traditional today as it was during the time of King Tut and beyond. The epitomy of the " government job". ;). Too many people standing around watching, a few supervisors and one poor sod doing al
  12. It is done easily. However it's critical to have a constant light source. Those colors in that chart change depending on the light. Heat treating outside takes a lot of experience. It's best done inside.
  13. Here's some thoughts. Thomas, I'd say that the standard for the last 100 years has been single man shops. I consider this the new norm for the traditional smiths of our time. We do evolve with time and are creating the "new norm" for just what is traditional. Refer to my personal definition from a ways back. Even "back in the day" when the norm was multi people in a shop, I sincerely believe that "just because you could, doesn't mean you should". Meaning ironing a hammer most likely was then, as it is now, a single man job. I can't see any reason to waste labor, no matter how inexpen
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