dave in pa.

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  1. Thanks all. I'll keep searching, the info has to be out there somewhere.
  2. Hi all, I have a friend who has a restored American Civil War travelling forge. We are working on collecting/making the tools that need to go with it. All the reference material that I can find says that it was equipped with 3 tongs, but I have no reference/pics of what type of tongs they would have been. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks, Dave
  3. slanwar, There are closer places with better coal. One in Quarryville and one in Willow Street. PM me if you need directions. Dave
  4. This is how I light my fire... Roll 2 sheets of newspaper into a doughnut. Poke a hole in the middle. Light the center and place in firepot. Add kindling to make a nice little campfire. Slowly add coal or coke around the edges of the paper, keeping a chimney/volcano in the center. Only a little air is needed, too much will cool and/or blow out your fire. When coal/coke starts burning, add more on top and add air to get your forge fire ready. In the blacksmith circles that I move in... all types of lighter fluid and gas torches are a no no. We take pride in starting our fire with only 1 match (or flint and steel). Don't let anyone see it if you have to go for a second match. They will not let you forget it and you will hear about it all day. Here to help, Dave
  5. Take a look at agricultural disc blades. They come in many diameters, thicknesses, dish heights, and center hole dimensions. And a lot cheaper than cooking woks.
  6. On a related note... Not long ago, I took my family to a public event where re-enactors demonstrate to and educate visitors (with a high admission ticket price). We watched a 1/2 hour blacksmith show where the demonstrator, several times, told everyone that the gray stuff coming off of the hot metal is excess carbon that the fire (gas forge) imparts onto the steel (rebar). This was just one of many untruths that he passed out. My head nearly exploded as I watched the young teen boys in the front row hang on every word that this dimwit spewed. One should educate themselves before they attempt to educate others.
  7. https://hansherr.org/mec-calendar/blacksmith-days/?occurrence=2019-06-29 Come out and say "Hi" this Saturday (29 June) at the Hans Herr House Blacksmith Day event. We'll have several coal forges going and waiting to be used. Thanks, Dave
  8. I teach at a couple of shops (under their insurance) and a couple of locations with my portable equipment in addition to doing demos at several locations. To cover me in any event at any location, I got a 2 million dollar liability policy. Piece of mind for $375 a year.
  9. Thanks for the replies. I don't/won't do anything sharp and pointy. I'll keep working on ideas. Thanks, Dave
  10. Hi all, I have several thousand cut nails (2 1/2 inch long flooring nails) that I use for hands-on demonstrating. I have done the twisted nail and loop on a keychain, the twisted fairy spoon on a keychain, the finger ring, and the small hook with hole. What are some other forging ideas for these nails? I need projects that can be finished within a 10 minute time frame per individual. And I'm looking to give the participants more choices in projects Thanks, Dave
  11. Thank you dave for your post in hobby or part time business. i am just starting my journey in blacksmithing and live in PA. i wanted to sell some of my stuff on etsy. your post was a huge help. thank you

  12. Hey all, Can anyone tell me anything about the champion no. 60 a aluminum blower? The dad of one of my students just gave me one and I can't find any info on them. Pic is from the web but looks the same as what I have. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks, Dave
  13. Here is what I did... Talked to several of my smithing friends who sell their wares to see what they do. Most just wait until they get caught to do anything. I have to believe that if anyone gets caught it will be me (and I can't afford it). Went to H&R Block and found that the federal tax system (and my home state of Pennsylvania) have a form called Schedule C. This puts anything that you make in the category of personal income and you pay taxes at whatever rate you are already at. It also allows you to deduct for tools, materials, mileage, shop rent, table rent, insurance, taxes, and any related expenses. In Pennsylvania... I don't need a business license or a tax number (but my apps are in and being processed now). YMMV so talk to a professional about it and ask about Schedule C. Hope it helps someone, Dave
  14. Aubrey, I would move up to a 3/4 or 1 inch pipe. Then, find a way to control the air blast as was said above.
  15. Aubrey, I'm here to help as much as I can. Ask away! Dave