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  1. The place I'm thinking of catered to the hobby / artist market. I have a vague idea it was somewhere in the Sunnyside to Union Buildings area. It was a long time ago, it wouldn't surprise me if it's no longer there. Have you tried ringing the industrial places? They'd know of any suitable suppliers for sure.
  2. That's the Transvaal, right? There used to be a pottery supplies place in Pretoria, sorry, can't recall exactly where, if they don't stick kiln components they'd know where to go.
  3. I wish! i was in Cheltenham (U.K.) a couple of years back & saw some shyster selling badly fabricated, badly welded fire pokers & similar - using over heavy rebar as stock - as a 'blacksmith'! And charging ok money for his items too! Felt like I should've reported him to Trading Standards!
  4. G'day Bodger There's a chap in Brisvegas who has some good crane rail, if you have means of getting it to you. It masses around 79kg/m. Happy to put you in touch of it helps? Ausfire, great idea for getting charcoal. @Dale Russell Hey, Cuz Dale, where are you bloke? Bodger, and any other Aussies who haven't yet - please add yourselves to Dale's Oz Roll Call thread?
  5. I was thinking if you dished heavy enough sheet, perhaps you could make a cupping tool. Lol! Blasted auto correct!
  6. A friend of mine uses various sizes of ring for making bowls, in lieu of having a ladle / cupping tool on a sewage block. That works pretty well. The rings are made from suitable sizes of round stock.
  7. Nicely put, Forging Fool. As a field tech in my day job, I find I enjoy using good quality tools. They give better results (for e.g. repeatability in measurements), are better finished, more precise, don't slip anywhere near as often, have better ergonomics (although that is subjective - for example a lot of colleagues use Wera screwdrivers, but I find them a bit awkward & prefer KWB) and make it easier for me to do a quality job. I LOVE my Stahlwille spanners for example. BUT!! In the field, it can be a. difficult to avoid losses b. if you don't have the right tool, there may not be a good tool shop near by c. you need to modify a tool - I don't want to bend a Stahlwille if I can bend a Kinchrome or, if I'm really out if luck, whatever monkey metal, vaguely-close-to-the-size-it-claims-to-be piece of junk. a. is partially alleviated by selecting unusual, good quality tools. Hence KWB. I also like plenty of other brands such as pre-Stanley ownership Facom & Britool. It helps keep an eye on them if you're the only one with that brand. As for hammers, like many tools it comes down to ergonomics, material, heat treating, and finish/aesthetics. I've used a hammer made of 1045 or similar, and the rebound was terrific. Going back to my cast head cross peen was not pleasant. Plus, I find many cheap hammer makers seem to have no idea about ergonomics. The bigger the hammer, the bigger the handle (so that its in proportion?) That cast hammer is 3lb. I have quite large hands, but the handle was WAAAAY too fat to be comfortable. Counter intuitively, I found I was gripping it harder to try and control it. Having thinned it out a lot, it's better. Still want to have a go at making a hammer from Spring steel, because this one feels pretty heavy / dead at the anvil. In short, I expect any quality tool to both look and perform better than a cheap version, and given an option I will go quality every time.
  8. Sorry gang, I'll have to miss it this year. Same reason as last year - I'm in the wrong b#%>>y country at the time! Hey Phil, it looks like your website is down?
  9. Well, it looks like I'll still be in the UK in September, so that's one hurdle cleared. It'd be great to see Mr. Budd again, so I definitely want to attend if for no other reason. Dave, what are we looking at for attendance fees please? I've contacted Alec about the tools course.
  10. I'd love to come, work permitting. And funds permitting, to take Alec's course.
  11. Denise: " I don't know a lot." ROFL!!!!!! Don't listen to her Alex, she's a blimmin good smith! Hello Dale.
  12. LawnJockey, that's some interesting and useful information there. Would you mind explaining the legal terms please? I think I've 'got it' but I want to see if these principles hold in the UK as well, and the yerms may be different?
  13. I'm learning a lot from this series of threads. Thanks very much. :)
  14. Or tap the hole itself if the material will take the load without shearing the threads?
  15. WOW! That is a very cool spanner!!! :)
  16. Hi Jeremy, could you put up a link please? The embedded code isn't working for me. :(
  17. Probably can't make it this year, we plan to be in the UK. Might be going to the Capital soon-ish. If we drive I'll try to drop by if that's ok. Phil, have you come & got that PH yet?
  18. If you're in an art gallery or similar, you'll usually see signs saying 'please respect the artist's copyright - no photography' or something similar. I was always taught not to take photos without the artist's permission, and that theremin a great difference between taking inspiration from others' work, and simply copying others' work. If you get prrmission to copy the work, then that's fine. :)
  19. Hammers of most sizes are available at Bunnings, Total Tools, Masters, Trade Tools Direct, Blackwoods, garage sales & car boot sales. Or, as has been said, make your own. Not too hard to do if you have either a striker, fly press or power hammer available. Something in the 1 - 1.5Kg range is probably best to start with. Then, technique plays a large part in avoiding damage to your body. Do your research here & on other sites. Find a time served smith to learn from as well. It's dead easy to stuff up your body in this trade - care & attention is required.
  20. Kicked a metal pole yesterday while chasing my toddler. Spent a large chunk of today at the doctor's & radiologists. It turns out that I broke the metatarsal(?) in ine of my toes, so I'm off work for a couple of days. There's some positives there - more Dad time. I might get to do something about the chaos in my ute tool boxes. Maybe tidy the driveway.
  21. Ratel10mm

    gas forge

    ITC is commonly used in gas forges in the UK. If you search for it on the British Blades forum, I think you'll probably find references to suppliers as I know it's come up on threads there often enough.