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About larrynjr

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    Tieton, Wa. 98947
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    Skiing, Climbing, Blacksmithing
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  1. larrynjr


    Just a few things I've done over the years
  2. larrynjr


    Some of the old timers may remember me, It's been a few years since I've been active here. My disabled son had been living with me for the past 6+ years but has this year gone off to college and an adult family home. While it feels weird to have time to myself again, I'm excited to being active blacksmithing and all my other activities. Glad to be home!!!
  3. When I first took lessons it was from Jerry Culberson at Old Cedar Forge in Wa. state. He had us make a punch and then a chisel and using those tools make our first set of tongs. Still a great beginner project and overall way to learn. First make the tools you need for your project, then complete the project!
  4. Larry, I so sorry to hear of your loss. My wife's son took his life just over 3 years ago and I can understand the depth of your loss. We are here at the Mt. State's Conference and hope to see you. We are staying at the Best Western Rm. 200. We can provide some resources that can help you through this time, if you want and are will to talk to you at any time. Our prayers are for you at this time. Larry Nevers
  5. Ian was checking in to the hotel just before my wife and I, so we got to meet up first thing. The weather is great here and I look forward to the rest of the event!
  6. Have you posted to the Western States Conference site asking about that yet? It's only 2 days away now but they might be able to work something out for you.
  7. If you have a pay account with Skype you can call from PC to landline. Not sure the cost but not that much I don't think.
  8. According to the Western States, accomodations page for best Western, you must call them directly to get the blacksmith rate. The online for Best Western does not have that rate. Here is their direct phone and fax numbers. I remember when I was in Germany with the US Army, calling back state side is VERY daunting. Perhaps operator assistance would be easier? Best Western Mt Hood Inn 87450 E Government Camp Loop, Government Camp, Oregon, 97028, US Phone: 503/272-3205 Fax: 503/272-3307
  9. I think that is still in development and will be posted to the site as soon as they get something firm in place. With all the groups scheduled to be there there should be quite a few demo's. I'm planning on bringing my small anvil so that I get to do some hammering while there.
  10. So sorry for your loss Glenn, you and your family are in my prayers.
  11. Ian, I saw that you had posted to the Western States Confence chat. I look forward to meeting you there! I don't have a commercial shop, just a hobbiest myself with a small gas forge and 2 anvils. I think you will have a great time at Western States and have the opportunity to meet many NorthWest smiths who have commercial shops you could easily visit. Also for anyone going who prefers indoor to outdoor living. The Best Western Inn has a special Blacksmith rate for the event, you must call and ask for it though. Instead of their regular $140 per night, it is $96 per night. I'll have to post my picture on here so anyone from here can recognise me if there are there. I'm already excited!!!
  12. I'll be there, hope to see you all there too!
  13. you're link didn't work for me, not sure what happened to the pictures but I edited my original post and re-added them.
  14. So after making my gate last fall, I was trying to figure out how to make bending and scroll jigs so that I could make more gates. Finally I decided to just go for it and make some from scratch. I used a bus brake drum to initially bend the bending jig but after comparing it to the bend of my gate had to straighten it back out some. Then I welded it to some large angle iron. That was yesterday. Today I decided to have a go at the scroll jig. I laid down some plate steel and laid my gate on top, traced out the scroll then welded pieces that followed the pattern to the plate. Hammered out the end of the scroll then used the template to create the scroll jig.
  15. Thank you all for your kind words. The roughness, of course, is in my own eyes. I'm sure my friend will be well pleased with the gift. I think like many of you, I am more critical of my own work then anyone else. As it should be though, how else would we improve?