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  1. anvil

    Beginner Blower Idea

    takes up a lot of space.
  2. anvil

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Also that spring is a good size for engraving and repousse tools
  3. anvil

    To wedge or not to wedge

    Speaking of screw oress,, I nearly forgot, I've even used screws for a wedge on occasions. Most often when the head gets loose.
  4. anvil

    Bitluminus and anthracite combination

    that's a big Yup!
  5. anvil

    Maintaining fire, help?

    You need at least another tool. You need a water can. You should start your fire, then bank "green" coal around the sides and back. don't scrimp on the coal. But put it outside your fire twards the sides of the forge. Then use your water can to keep the "green" coal wet and not burning. Then use your poker to gently pull the coked coal into the center of your fire to keep your work at the temp you want Green coal is the unburnt coal that is waiting to be coked. Do not let this get into your fire, let it coke around the edges. When the green coal gets into your fire, you get smoke. More green, more smoke. In my forge, I usually start the day with a 5 gal bucket of coal. This is your basic fire control.
  6. anvil

    First hook.

    Another way is to make a layout stick from the parent stock. Once you know how to make it, try this. Say we are making a simple tapered drawer pull with a boss on each end that the screws go thru. Start with a piece of parent stock the correct length. This can be on a longer bar. Then mark the center. Then mark the transitions where the bosses are. Now forge half of the pull, not both sides, and scroll it to the proper curve and make sure the boss too is done. Basically a totally finished hslf. Then drill a hole in the other end and hang it on the wall with rhe rest of your layout sticks. You now have a physical piece with all starting dimensions, finished forging lengths, and proper shapes. It wont wear out, burn up, get eaten by the dog. Good to go tomorrow or 10 years down the road.
  7. anvil

    First hook.

    What Thomas said is good advice. Especially when you are starting out. However, keep in mind the direction your improvement will take you. when you make a hook that you like, pay attention to how much material you need. Then when you start with a longer piece, make all your center punch marks where one ends and the other begins. If you keep this in your mind, this will start you down that road of forging to dimension and starting the process of being able to forge matching pieces. Oh, and when you are comfortable with the above, you are ready to add more irons in your fire. Then you are getting close to a fine product that you can make some money with.
  8. anvil

    To wedge or not to wedge

    ive used wood, steel, Damascus once, soaked them in anti freeze, but what ive found best to keep them tight is using them every day. Try it and see if it works for you.
  9. anvil

    First hook.

    I did that with all my crafts fair demo thingies that went into wood. And told the same story. It works, by the way.
  10. anvil

    Riveted Fireplace Screen Doors

    Nice work, and a tight screen!
  11. anvil

    First hook.

    nice. heres an "addon". on the nail, the part that goes in the wall, take a cold chisel and on the edges, drive up little barbs called "rags". Chisel twards the pointy end. do a few on each edge. Then when you drive your hook into wood, these rags will help keep it tight.
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    Bitluminus and anthracite combination

    Yup, your fire management is lacking. First thing id do is remove those bricks. And, I did mix some really good smithing coal with anthracite. Screwed the good coal totally. Thanks for bringing back the memory. That was long ago.
  13. Nice! Classes really pay off.
  14. I'm pretty sure the formula for collar length to deal with measuring the centerline is (perimeter + 2-1/2 times the thickness of the collar). If anyone has Francis Whitaker's "cookbook", check it there. Mine is packed.
  15. Jen, you need to add half the thickness of the collar material to get the correct length. To determine length of bent iron always measure the centerline. Because: The inside will be upset and be shorter than your original length, the outside will draw out and end up longer than your cut length, but the centerline will not change its length at all..