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About Dabbsterinn

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    Mainly blacksmithing with some jewelry making and bladesmithing in it now and then, i also am looking into traditional archery and viking re-enactment fighting
    i also do a lot of fishing, lake and sea


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  1. have a surplus of PPE, before I got that idea I often went without PPE because I didn't feel like going back home for the glasses, looking for my hearing protectors and so forth, now that I have a few pairs of glasses and I always leave my hearing protectors on my anvil and usually my glasses too, I've pretty much always had them on, I'm working on getting a jar of ear plugs in case I misplace my hearing protectors
  2. I've seen similar looking anvils here but they did look a lot worse and were as soft as mud, most likely not the same manufacturer but you might want to take a look down the hardy hole, the one I saw had a lot of stuff in it, not sure what it was but it looked like flashing to me
  3. that would be a fun one but I'm still struggling with just getting a billet welded together, maybe I'll practice pattern welding more, I'll make it my 10 year milestone
  4. So a memory just popped up on my facebook feed showing my first complete project, I figured I should celebrate my 5 year milestone so are there any suggestions on what I should make or do in the shop?
  5. finished 3 out of 4 tongs that I've been working on for the past few days, I would have finished the fourth one too but I broke the rivet when I was trying to get the reins to move just a little bit so that I could have a better grip on them once I heated them up again. I would have just driven the rivet out but I used the last piece of 8mm round to make that rivet and I didn't feel like scrounging through the small stuff pile in hope of finding something close enough so I just called it a day there. I made them all at the same time, in the beginning I just took one heat on each blank and
  6. standing properly at the anvil, I learned that one just today. before I was just standing at the anvil like you'd normally stand, feet side by side about a shoulder width apart and bending at the knees but finally my friend pointed out that I should try moving my right foot (I'm right handed so it most likely goes opposite for you lefties) a bit back and to the right, something akin to most martial art basic stances and stand 30-45 degrees to the anvil. I felt how it engages the Latissimus dorsi (the muscle just under your arm) in my side a lot better, therefore relieving the bicep
  7. they're actually not tight, also all of the layers are rather thin, they go something like this: wool undershirt> long sleeved shirt>flannel shirt>fire retardant shirt>sweater they're all loose except the undershirt and in my experience I don't sweat unless the forge is running on full power and I'm striking but then I just take the sweater off and I'm good. I have a feeling that the reason I'm not sweating is because my feet are always cold-ish, not enough to bother me but I'll give this technique a try next time it gets that cold here thank you for the advice Mr. SLAG
  8. I'm subscribed to 131 youtube channels, that's usually how I handle cabin fever, that or I put on 5 layers of clothes and just deal with the cold when it hits -14C (6F)
  9. Ever since I moved and joined my friend in his smithy, I've found that I really enjoy striking and in the process learned a different way to strike than what I had always done, the one I learned first I believe is called the european method, that's atleast the word I saw in one article I read ages ago where you hold the sledge with your strong hand nearer the head and the opposite foot infront of the other, not far from most martial art basic stances. The method I picked up from my friend has me standing straight with a shoulders width between my legs and standing up on my toes as I brin
  10. I just stumbled upon this topic while browsing through my old content and as far as I can recall that's a Skoda anvil, I saw another one for sale on facebook not so long ago with a more crisp logo and that's without a doubt the skoda logo, just in case anyone should find their way to this thread at some point in the future and would want to know the answer
  11. here's a nice little habit I'm trying to get myself into that I believe will be nothing but beneficial, I aim to always carry a notebook, or just a small notepad on me and a pencil to sketch out or write down ideas, I know there are a lot of ideas that are amazing that I've forgotten simply because I didn't write them down, have a designated pocket for it and the moment you get an idea, write it or sketch it, I think keeping it in as few words as possible might make it either easier to remember or improve on since you wouldn't be constricting yourself to a certain idea, unless that's what you'
  12. after some thinking and feedback, I think splitting this over 2 weekends or more would be a good idea
  13. So at some point in the future, most likely soon, a friend of mine is getting himself a nice little forge and I thought I'd teach him a thing or two (actually 20 so far) and I thought I'd actually plan a little bit ahead for once and write down a list of the things I'll walk him through in order and I think sharing that list here might be a good idea so that others might either use it or help me add to it or modify it Safety will be lesson 0, proper PPE, hearing protectors, gloves when appropriate, when gloves are appropriate, for example when punching or chiseling, and safety glasses at
  14. made my prettiest tongs yet from a coil spring, my friend and I are thinking about finally making that rounding hammer later today that I was promised nearly a year ago, after I weld some high carbon steel for my hot cut and make a handled hot cut
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