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  1. Oooppps, not "iron in the hat". I meant "show and tell"...... my bad Dave
  2. Gary, I'll be looking for one of those in the next RSMA "iron in the hat". I had put some hickory slabs in.....did you get any? Dave
  3. I hear ya, been there done that..got the pension........Just try to watch the IBA website and find something close and in yer off time. There were just 2 meetings near Monrovia recently. Great shop and good people...I had a good time at both of em'. Dave
  4. That, and find an IBA satellite group near by....What part of the Hoosier State holds yer shadow? Dave
  5. If you are talking about, Ken D. in Columbus. I haven't been there. ( 1 1/2 hrs. from here ) I go to Johnson Co. Park. and Rushville shops tho. ( I really like the Rushville shop) I belong to the RSMA , IBA and Covered Bridge groups. You can check them out on FB and see some of my work......... life is good Dave
  6. I went to the IBA meeting today. Where was your hammer-in ? If ya don't mind me asking. Dave
  7. Gill....any chance yer go'in to the IBA meeting next month? Dave
  8. Any plans for an IFI group photo this year? I just simply call it the "Blacksmith Super Bowl" for lack of a better description..... Life is Good Dave
  9. Yeah, I was ask several times about popcorn....I have some Indian popcorn I grew awhile back. May have ta get some out. My good buddy posted a few vids on the Indiana Blacksmith Association facebook page, if ya wanna check me out with the corn. Dave
  10. I used corn again yesterday at a festival. It sure draws a crowd..... I finally figured out a bit, but still a ways to go. I did get a piece of 3/16"mild to melt, and forged some things.....more experience needed.... Life is good Dave
  11. In my limited experience with corn is getting it to "coke" as fast as it burns......and in my rivet forge, I could not get enough heat to melt mild steel. I could forge with corn, but welding not in the cards for me at this time....any suggestions more than welcome. Thanks Dave
  12. Check out the IBA (Indiana Blacksmith Association) website, you should find a few vids of us burning corn @ the fair...... Dave
  13. I was told by a very seasoned smith in one of the groups I frequent, when you make a project....make 2 at the same time. That way, if you mess one up, you have a spare. And if you don't, you have one to use or hang on the wall. Great advice.....I just don't follow it very often.... Life is Good Dave
  14. Just skim the crud off the top of the water when it gets nasty. The process does a fine job removing paint too. Just clean a spot for yer connection to make a good contact. Dave
  15. I think yer right Jim, makes good use of those flee market sockets......works a treat..... thanks Dave
  16. Neil, that is what I use. Only thing different is I used 1/2" stock for the jig. That lets me use 1/2" drive sockets for the various size bushings. I think I got the idea from here somewhere. I surely didn't come up with it on my own...... Life is good Dave
  17. Very good thread.....learned a bunch and saved me from asking a bunch of dumb questions. I've been burning some corn for a future Co. Fair demo, I just was having a bit of trouble. Thanks Life is Good Dave
  18. So yer saying my concept of a bonfire on the beach, a speed boat with a boom pole and a few brown bottles is a bad idea.... dang-it... oh well. Life is still good Dave
  19. Look up electrolysis for derusting.....saves a lot of elbow grease. I just lay an oil soaked rag on the anvil to protect the face between forge sessions ......nice anvil by the way......Dave
  20. In that case yer the same as local....Check out the IBA ( Indiana Blacksmith Association ) website. There are several groups within driving distance, even one that meets at the State Fair grounds once a month. I will be heading over to Rushville shop Saturday. Dave
  21. OJ.....what part of the Hoosier State holds yer shadow? There a bunch of us around. If ya need any local info let me know. Life is Good Dave
  22. I like the challenge of transforming a known object into a totally different object. I must admit, I have met some great like minded people along the way..... Life is Good Dave
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