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  1. You are talking about you tube. You tube as it's name indicates is for "you" or in other words for people to see themselves. Probably 10% is useful and that confirms the 90% rubbish Sturgeon referred to
  2. Talk to Bruce from Anyang Australia before you spend that much money on a museum piece. They are running a bulk buy until the end of this month, check them on facebook
  3. The important thing to keep in mind in this cases is to avoid polarized thinking at all cost. Have you ever seen that image of a white cup were the black background resembles two people looking at each other? Our brain can only see either the cup or the profile of the two people, however to ask what is it? a cup or two people is the wrong question. The picture is both, and neither of the 3 possible questions is wrong. Is it necessary for a beginner to make his own tools in order to get started? I say no, but someone else may have this image in his mind of a blacksmith that starts from scratch in that particular way. Wrong? Not necessarily, just like it is not wrong to buy everything you can buy ... or ... to buy some and make some. The important thing is missing here. It is not that you are wrong or right by making your own tools, or it is wrong or right to encourage beginners with perhaps a tad exaggerated congratulations, what is important for the beginner or rather for everyone is to understand how our mind works and make the best of the learning journey that, by the way, never ends. Everyone learns all the time even the accomplished artist do. And, surprise surprise, we all learn in different ways because we are, yes, all different. Is it right to be like me or is it right to be like you?
  4. I wouldn't even consider changing the common usage of a technical term that was established who knows how long ago. It would be nice to know when was it that the word tempering shifted its meaning from hardening more towards annealing. But only as a curiosity. Many such curiosities in the English language. When tempering, temperament, temper and related words are used as a simile for the human psyche, it pays to dig the original meaning to make sense of such simile that in today's terms is no longer a valid metaphor. When in Rome do as the Romans do ... sure. In Rome it is full of Moroccan street merchants that run after you saying "vuo compra?" ... the analogy is invalid today. But it is still nice to use it even if it requires a bit of an explanation.
  5. Obviously you are thinking in using the cast gearbox for a gas forge. Hum ... will it take the heat without cracking? May be ok. Must be from a large truck. A picture would help, but I think you are making a rod for your own back. Why not using an LPG tank? The gearbox will smoke a lot the first time you fire it up. Of course a gearbox turned into a forge would be a talking point particularly if you leave the gear stick on at the top.
  6. Not yoking ... hard to tell the size from a photo but if you had a raincoat to hang in the shed, you could use a contraption like that for it.
  7. I fixed a 40k cast steel anvil that had a few cast defects about 10mmx10mm and 5mm deep with the mig and I use that anvil all the time for smaller jobs. Nice little anvil that one Wrought, is it the photo or the step is at an angle?
  8. "Little yoke" could be a coat hanger?
  9. Interesting you mention it, was in the back of my mind for a while. Making tools, make a forge, make an anvil (make your own charcoal :( ) are not for the beginner. And may I add it is not a badge of honour to have made your own tools either. I have yet to make one single solitary tool. Plenty of jigs but not tools. If I need more tools I go and buy half a dozen. And If I had no money I would buy second hand, auctions, garage sale, just like you find old anvils. I am sure I can make a pair of tongs, I just choose not to because to me it's a waste of time. If someone enjoys making them, all power to him, but don't tell the beginner that he must make his own in order to be a good smith because that is not true. In my opinion anyway.
  10. I like it! Now you have to polish it with some hot iron ...
  11. How is the knife maker liable for what a third party does with his product? Sounds like a bit of a stretch
  12. I use gloves in the shop. Put them on when I start, take them off when I leave. They are leather fingerless gloves. Used to buy MMA leather gloves but then they started using synthetic stuff so had to change. Same with weight lifters gloves. Tried the bikies gloves and found them useless, lately found a supplier in the UK that sells fingerless gloves on e-bay for wheelchair guys. Work like a charm. Strong yet not bulky. I still use the big leather glove for forging or welding on the left. I do a lot of welding with MIG and use a long leather glove on the left, all the way to my armpit. Short thick leather glove for forging, the right hand is always only with the fingerless unless I have to manipulate a large hot piece. The fingerless gloves allow you to get in and out of the big gloves with no issues and when you take the gloves off you still have gloves on. Hammer handling with the fingerless glove is never a problem. Of course you still get dirty fingers and can burn yourself if you are not careful. To clean my hands I use citrus hand cleaner.
  13. There are some real good knifes out there, real works of art made by skilled artisan with very expensive machines. My thought is this: The time I would have to spend making a knife that I may or may not sell for $100, I can make a gate that I can sell for $1000 ... and I don't need any super dooper equipment.
  14. I admire your enthusiasm for this type of experiments. There are wood work enthusiast who make their own hand plane out of a lump of wood and the blade from a flattened outer bearing ring., or turn green wood under a tree using the flex of a branch to power their woodturning lathe... oh my ... not for me. Sure it can be done ... you would probably enjoy the movie "The Mosquito coast" ... "Old anvil" and polished T beam merit no comment.
  15. The glare is hard on the gnome, put a pair of sunnies on him.