George Geist

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About George Geist

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  • Birthday 10/19/1961

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    Blacksmithing, Horse Shoeing, Firearms, Tools etc.

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  1. sandlapper

    First, in the name of St Dunstan and all that is holy get those grinders and weld stingers away from it!!!!!
  2. Help with Hay Budden ID/Info

    You selling the swage block with it? I'd bet if a horseshoer buys that anvil he'd like to get that too. George
  3. Who's made a set of spurs?

    Good job, I like them George
  4. Finished prepping my anvil

    Good job on the block. Should work good for you. George
  5. Hay Budden

    I think it's stuff like this that keeps the alcoholism rate in this trade very high George
  6. American Legacy Firearms

    I'd say commemoratives are really a world unto themselves. Like any other form of art, investing in them is hit and miss. Sometimes they appreciate. Sometimes they don't. The Blacksmith rifle is one that I'd wager most folks engaged in the trade would probably buy to keep so future value isn't really a high priority to most of them. George
  7. Can you tell

    To a large extent I think so for this reason. I can't remember the name of it but I saw some years ago a movie about Beethoven. In one scene he was giving a piano lesson to a student. After the student finished playing a piece Beethoven told him I think you need to find another occupation. Music is not for you. The student got angry and asked how he could say that especially being deaf and unable to even hear what he played? Beethoven then said what I thought the best line in the film. He said " I can't hear but i CAN see, and I see you have no passion"! "If you have no passion for what you do you'll never be good at it and you're wasting your time"! I think this applies to the trade as well. You gotta love it. It's a lifestyle first and foremost. It's not what you do it's what you are. If you don't have that connection or see it as a business with a buck to be made, definitely find something else. You won't last regardless of talent level. LOL! Only in America! George
  8. American Legacy Firearms

    Here's another neat one. I think it might be sold out unfortunately
  9. Anybody see this yet? Is a bit pricey but in my opinion they couldn't have come up with a more cool commemorative. Love it!!!! George
  10. True that Yeah the natural BS folks do. Comes from a "more is better" mindset that inevitably gets people into trouble.
  11. Anvil Assistance

    Looks like a sawyers anvil isn't it? George
  12. Far be it from me to be a pain in everybody's butt about this, but yes we've all been trained that sole pressure is bad. We all knife it out as concave as we can, we all seat out the bearing surface with a hammer, some folks use an angle grinder. Judges at certifications go all around under the shoe with a credit card making sure there's clearance. Problem is when we come back to see that beast again the shoe is always flush on the foot and/or filled under with dirt. Seems our sole pressure relief is temporary at best Then the natural BS folks come along and tell us anything in front of the frog apex is "distortion" and they radically set shoes back till it's riding on sole. Having seen this a few times, as well as people not worrying too much about relieving sole pressure and horses going just fine anyway, I can't help but wonder is this really as important as we've always believed? And yeah guys rim or British concave is great. Should fit the bill for almost anything. George
  13. Who manufactured my anvil?

    There will be people along soon enough with far more expertise, but to me anyway it has a Peter Wright look about it. Just an opinion don't hold me to it. I can say with a good degree of certainty that one of the words you're trying to make out is the word "warranted" George
  14. Build anvil from scrap

    Cast iron is a real tough job even for an expert welder. Usually it works best brazed. Critically important step is bringing the entire part up to a uniform heat. This often requires fabricating a special makeshift forge outside in the ground or BBQ pit. When the piece is hot enough uniformly all around, it's brazed with an oxy-acetylene torch. Chances of doing this successfully are about 50/50. This is how racked manifolds and such can be fixed but due to the uncertain results of such an undertaking most people just dig into their pockets for a new part. George
  15. New trenton anvil

    Great history. If only they could talk. George