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I Forge Iron


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    Dunedin in the south of New Zealand
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    Blacksmithing,making armor,panel beating. metal shaping,military vehicles,


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    Dunedin in the south of New Zealand

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  1. Jim Cokes idea is what i would use ive been panelbeating since the days of lead and hammer and file and no bog filler LOL.
  2. end on shot of my English wheeling machine
  3. notice the slot
  4. the chinese ones flex the guy close to you in the post above would be your best bet,we made our own and it works really well with no flex in it.
  5. Hi guys,further to my post above the chap that had that stuff i got has advanced dementia,and his wife wanted everything gone. there was also an anvil as well,but i couldnt afford that as well,my son works for the scrap dealer so he was on the spot and offered more than scrap value for me,i didnt dare ask what happened to the anvil though.
  6. scored these items the other week,came from an artist blacksmith who has had to have care owing to dementia
  7. Hi Alan,yes its hardened steel ,i would have thought that with the handle being steel rod it may be for hot metal? its a bit of a mystery why its never been used as it would be good for countersinking holes in the likes of hinges. I got it from a local scrap yard for scrap value at the time, and intend to use it as a counter sink punch. thanks for your input Alan.
  8. I had a good look at this tool yesterday and the head is machine made on a lathe and handle is twisted around the head and arc welded together,the paint is factory,so may be one of those from that factory above.thanks people for your ideas and imput cheers for now.
  9. thanks guys for your advise and input,i do intend to use the forge,have used it once before i put in the clay for protection of the base and yes that is a farriers hammer on right ,the dolly on the left rear is a panel beating tool that i want to modify to fit the swage block i have,these tools are just what i have picked up at different times over the last couple of years and its getting hard to get anything much at all.
  10. Thanks Morcy,I copied your plan and had the local profile cutters cut one out of a one piece block 100mm through. They done a great job &cut very neatly with only some cleaning up to do,when i get it home from work i will post a photo of it. It is cut from mild steel,and will save the anvil from some heavy work that i have in mind. So thank you again Morcy ,well done.
  11. Thanks guys,yes panelbeating is for autos,though i think the art goes way back to tin smiths/armour and such like. Restoring motorcycles,well i must say that the chroming got too expensive to do, and i have lost my nerve riding and did not want to become another road statistic,the last run i went on i forgot about two corners that i knew were there and nearly come to grief. That was time to give it up!. Much safer at the forge.
  12. Hi ladies and gentlemen,i am a panelbeater with over 40 years in the trade. I originally wanted to do blacksmithing after i came out of my time panelbeating and applied at the local railway workshops for an adult apprenticeship,but was told that blacksmithing was on the way out !!. I really love shaping hot metal and welding and am interested in armour and blade smithing. After working at a local coalmine in the late 70s i aquired the blacksmith shop such as it was when the mine closed,i set up what i could save of the shop at home and after bumling around not knowing what i was doing(no interest from any one to show me or books available at that time) i sold it all up and boy have i kicked myself since!. I restored British motorcycles until recently and sold the last one a few years ago and have been discovering blacksmithing on the internet and library. I have been a visitor on this site regular of late and find the topics worthy of learning,we have to keep our brains learning and bodies active to enjoy life! I live near Dunedin in the south of New Zealand with my partner Joan and two dogs,children have left to do their own thing now,well thats it about me for now cheers Ken Hughes.
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