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    Mixed metal forging, long walks on the beach

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  1. I think you lost me at step (2). I’m probably a bit dense and don’t understand where the folded material ends up. Thanks though!
  2. Whoa! those are awesome! I was thinking really simple supports, but I'll likely give something like that a try. They look pretty straightforward to forge, but are certainly a step up in looks/finish. Thanks for the idea - okay to steal?
  3. @ThomasPowers Thanks for the info. I should have worded the plea a bit differently: “What is your preferred method for attaching finials?” I have a variety of curtain rod sizes that are required (from 20mil) and would appreciate any insights. (Most are probably going to be just plain old 1” black pipe.) BTW - I’ll be seeing my daughter over the holidays and will let her know that in the (many) years since she asked a question at a blacksmith meeting Albuquerque, you haven’t changed. You made quite an impression on her and the guys she brought.
  4. I'm on the hook to make some curtain rods for my wife (only been three years since the original request - is that too long?). I don't seem to find much in the way of descriptions or videos on this subject. The threads here seem to be a bit scattered on info (perhaps I missed something). There seems to be three somewhat different techniques on attaching the finials to the curtain rod: the finials are an extension of the rod material, the finials are inserted *inside* a hollow curtain rod, or finally, the finials have a cap that goes over the end of the curtain rod. Any pointers on the
  5. TP, abrasion resistance is generally not an issue at the edge. Chasing tool edges are generally polished, eg finished on a 3M wheel, as a final step. Periodically touching up the edge on the grinder and polishing wheel is expected. I’m just having to do it too often so I want to get a better heat treat. Always trying to get better and there is so much room...
  6. Thomas, My comments were really related to investigating differences in heat treatment of my thicker stock versus that for knives. The links and Steve's book (page 53+) has a great discussion but focused a bit on knives (and somewhere he clearly qualifies that point). After going through the links, the section of Steve's book, and going through some old manuals, e.g. NBS Monograph 88, and a discussion with someone who is writing a new book on heat treatment, I think I"m going to try a 400F soak for the last stage and see how the edge holds up. However, out of curiosity I called a coupl
  7. Thomas Powers - yes, tried garage springs; work great for thinner materials. Not stout enough for what I’m doing. Even the thicker ones don’t hold up very well under the treadle hammer on 1/2” plate.
  8. Thanks for the links. Making some chasing tools from old hay rake tines (1095?) and these answered most of my questions. Gonna dig your book out of storage and see it can fill in some gaps in my understanding that might exist between tools and knives.
  9. My roommate from college was from Mancos (Whipple). My forge is small, but big enough. Always welcome to stop by or drop a note when you’re through and we can grab a beer.
  10. Thank you. Yes, we live in Creede; well I suppose it’s more accurate to say we live in Mineral County just outside Creede.
  11. Thought there might be some interest in the final result. Ran into a time crunch due to a series of health scares, so i had to compromise on the design a little bit. Still reasonably happy with the results. FWIW - These are the awards for the Creede Sculpture Show this weekend.
  12. Thanks to all for the suggestions. While the hole saw seemed to be the consensus as the easiest approach, it got a bit complicated when considering the safety aspects of drilling through the bowl. I almost tacked a couple of cross pieces, somewhat like the suggestion by +IronWolf. I should have kept the slugs for no other reason than I could have used them for something else; hindsight is always 20/20. I think the cross pieces would have worked pretty well. I ended up simply accounting for the differences in the expansion of the different sections and finished all three pretty quickly.
  13. yeah, I think this is what I'm going to do. Sorry to be dense, but any reason for the steel rod replacement? Thanks to all for the great suggestions. I actually had made a few blanks with and without the pre-cut hole. I hadn't expected quite this much distortion, and want to still figure out how to keep it from happening.However, running into a time crunch on this and need to get moving on this. Too many things in the queue. Any suggestions on a good source for quality hole saws? Thanks again for the ideas. Clay is always a great idea for stuff li
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