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  1. I agree with the good looking chances, but despite my very rusty french, I believe the translation is ... "Life is nothing but luck and chance" however ... je peux me tromper
  2. There are many strategies to put a price to a custom job, all have their potential pitfalls. Basically it is a mixture of experience, confidence, research and gamble. However what you must address is the reason it makes you so uneasy as to 'turn your stomach' The price you charge is your estimation of cost of manufacturing, plus intellectual value, plus profit. You must first of all appreciate and value your work in order not to undersell yourself. Instead of calling it a price, call it a "request for appreciation"
  3. Amazing work Hans. Good for you ! Congratulations.
  4. Having worked in commercial smiths for many decades, most of them manned ( No lady smith in those days, sorry ) by professionals who could be better described as artists way better skilled than myself, I say that the state of the workshop be it tidy or messy is no reflection of the work produced. What is common to all blacksmith I have ever known is, that they know where the tools are in the workshop. You may look at an apparent messy disorder yet the worker knows where everything is, and that is all it counts. Some people are more inclined to keep everything in a perfect aesthetic order, others are happy just to have everything within reach. Perhaps for the purpose of this discussion it pays to understand how disorder is created. Start with a perfectly clean and organised workshop, go in there and start to work on a window grill. You will reach for different tools, cut stock, heat and forge, and make a mess in general. Your work is not affected by the surroundings, it is only your perception of things at this stage. At the end of the day, you are tired, happy or not with your progress and then you put the tools away and may be sweep the floor. The energy dedicated to this task is inversely proportional to the hours worked. Repeat for 5 or 6 days in a week and your workshop will not be like the first day. Me personally, when I work on something that needs continuing the next day, I like to leave everything as it is at the end of the day to start the next day without needing to move things around. Others are fanatics about packing up and returning everything to its original state. Horses for courses. Is the work affected by either practice? I doubt it. It is all in our mind. As for customer's perceptions ... my father owned, besides the smithy, an antique restoration workshop in partnership with an italian artist and employed a few cabinet makers. The workshop was packed to the gills with a massive number of antique furniture, paintings, carvings, chest, wall clocks and anything else, awaiting restoration. There was a mezzanine attic that was absolutely impenetrable, full of stock and covered in decades of dust. The work produced was perfection itself and customers came in the workshop walking around in awe. In fact some even changed purposely into old work clothes, only to be able to rummage around to find something of interest. No one ever had anything to say about keeping things tidy. in fact I believe that keeping everything orderly and clean would have taken away from the mystery
  5. Not their fault. I went to primary school in a spanish speaking country and was taught the alphabet with the strange additions as extra letters. It looked odd to me even as a kid since I had already learned German and Italian and could write gothic and roman. Must say that German has one funny letter too, the ß, that oddly enough had no capital for a few centuries, only resolved very recently. So your friends are right because they remember what they were taught in school. Arriba Arriba ... something you would probably say : Ariba Ariba
  6. Yes, Slag, talking about language and funny pronunciations here Slag ... hello! Climbing into active volcanos was part of the tour courtesy of the cruise ship. No one was 'messing' Anyway. Thomas, have bad news for your crosswords in spanish. The counting of rr, ll, ch, and, ñ as letters in the spanish alphabet (thats better) was dropped some time ago adopting the international standard. Imagine if the french had such urge to name all their funny letters as extra letter of the abc. Oh my! Conflicting dates are 1998 and 2010. Not sure when.
  7. Yep, English was invented in England, and the many variations are amusing. We had an earthquake in New zealand yesterday and there were several fatalities. The NZ PM told us that "People were messing on the island" Oh my! In the post office in Wellington last year, the post office master asked me if I had a 'litter' to post. Can you imagine squishing a litter in an envelope? My Scottish neighbour always talks about the roof on his 'hose' . Lost me many times.
  8. Agreed. Most likely a stand made in a foundry for show / exhibit purposes. The triple pritchel holes Uri Hofi style is a nice novelty.
  9. PW at first look, agreed. Don't worry about rebound. It's all academic. As for ring ... who wants it? Just use it. PW are real good workhorses. Are you planning to do some forging?
  10. Frosty you must be telepathic. I can not see any reference to importing. It is obvious that the stand was not made in a workshop ergo my question to " ... I made from 6mm and 10 mm plate ... " etc. Anyway, most likely due to language. A real nice stand. Not sure that it will not be in the blacksmith's way with those feet.
  11. Ha ha ... Thomas started to spell vice correctly
  12. Collision of the old and the new. The new lost It seems that your moving jaw is lower than it should be. Check the big pivot bolt or the eye in the jaw for wear. Also, the jaw insert don't sit properly in the jaw. The old one were not as high and sat below an edge that formed as the jaw rolled over with use. You may have to dress the jaw and fit the insert so that it sits flat and square against the jaw. Be careful with the grinder. Use only flap disk and that very sparingly a bit at the time checking repeatedly until the jaw insert sits square.
  13. Just to clarify what seems to be a recurrent mix up. CO2 is Carbon dioxide, formula is O=C=O. The only contribution of energy to our planet that is a closed system, an island if you want ... comes from the sun, and CO2 makes it possible to convert light into carbohydrates through the process of photosynthesis in green plants. Bottom line, without CO2 there would be no life on this planet. CO is carbon monoxide. Formula is one molecule of carbon and one molecule of oxygen linked by a triple link, ( not easy to type). This is a toxic gas, slightly lighter than air and that needs to be vented out of the room. The greeks used CO to execute prisoners. The confusion between carbon, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide is easy to trace back to the latest eagerness to blame CO2 for about everything under the sun including baldness, and call it "carbon" . CO2 sensors are very useful in greenhouses where CO2 is artificially increased to increase yields. Also necessary in submarines and other enclosed spaces like tanks or caves to see if it is safe to enter. Submarines operate with CO2 up to 5000 ppm as opposed to 400 ppm in the atmosphere. Higher concentrations are not toxic but reduce the available oxygen. The atmosphere is 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, 0.9% argon, and 0.03% carbon dioxide. From that 0.03% of CO2 present in the atmosphere, humans produce 3.4%, so 0.000102%. Carbon monoxide (CO) on the other hand is highly toxic, and kills by reducing the oxygen carrying capacity of blood ( it binds with hemoglobin) It is a very common cause of death and it's effects are cumulative. Very common in boats and very dangerous since there are no warning signs. concentrations as low as 30 ppm (part per million) can lead to problems including poor judgement. CO sensors are important and the location should be as stated before, at head level. A CO2 sensor would be useless in an ordinary workshop. Plenty of good information on Wiki and other sources. Please learn about CO2 and it's importance for life on the planet, and make sure you can distinguish CO2 ( the good ) from CO ( the bad ), and C ( the ugly ) that is solid and very useful for writing, heating and even forging if you are so inclined