Francis Trez Cole

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    Blacksmithing for 21 years
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  1. Francis Trez Cole

    Video "How to Forge Chain Makers Tongs"

    Nice looking tongs. Why is it that now days people are doing the weld at the rounded end. If you look at the old videos they do it on the side not the rounded part of the link
  2. Francis Trez Cole

    Watering Can

    you should not use a water can with a cast fire pot. A mop is much safer. Hot cast iron and water = crack.
  3. Francis Trez Cole

    why traditional tong method

    well Viking style tongs have been around longer than flat jaw tongs
  4. Francis Trez Cole

    Damascus with only hand hammers?

    turn that monster mall in to an oliver hammer. It can be built with a wooden frame Then you will have a helping hand
  5. Francis Trez Cole

    why traditional tong method

    maybe it was the available stock at the time the rolling mills all produced round stock. So the style was developed out of practicality.
  6. Francis Trez Cole

    RR Tongs

    now that's going in the right direction Dimensions for Standard Tongs.docx
  7. Francis Trez Cole

    My first product from my forge.

    that is a good way to start. Keep working at it. practice half face hammer blows and you will be making tongs in no time
  8. Francis Trez Cole

    Tong obsession

    nice tongs
  9. Francis Trez Cole

    RR Tongs

    rail road spikes make good tongs. I have several. One comment don't make your jaws to thin. I have posted the Machinist hand book measurements for tongs in the past it is a good guide to use when making tongs. It will help you make tongs that will last a long time Keep at it.
  10. Francis Trez Cole

    Forge welding

    the biggest problem I have seen with people trying to forge weld is heat. You have to get a good saturating heat. That means you metal has to be the same heat and the right temperature. With out over heating.
  11. Francis Trez Cole

    Blacksmith Sayings Proverbs

    Arftist Nope I know just how many I can deal with at one time
  12. Francis Trez Cole

    Blacksmith Sayings Proverbs

    I heard On "Wait Wait don't tell me" To many irons in the fire came from the Laundry.
  13. Francis Trez Cole

    Can you tell

    It really comes down to desire. If a person really want to succeed they will. If you take 10 min and look at thirty different smith's work you will see thirty different styles and forms that comes from there mind and there hammer. Art is subjective. One smith can make the most beautiful piece and it will sit there and the other schlock and it sells. Which one is right, I have seen two brothers one with a heart full of desire and could not forge out a single piece where the other brother could care less and hammered out the project with ease. I have seen many students strive But its the instructor that can empower the student with confidence so even if it doesn't come out the first they keep trying. I feel sorry for the student that was reviewed and cast aside
  14. Francis Trez Cole

    Rivetless Scroll Tongs

    great Box joint it dosen't hurt to add a rivet
  15. Francis Trez Cole

    How am I doing on these tongs

    ok So you want advice. In Photo #2 the boss has many strike marks on it. That face of the Boss should be smooth from being on face of the anvil hitting on the back side of the boss will save you a lot of time on cleanup. Did you ever finish the tongs? I would like to see how you used the long Jaws. To long and thin will fail under pressure. and Last you need to draw out the reins. In the machinist hand book (older ones) there is a chart that gives guidelines on the dimensions Hope this helps it is on my shop wall Dimensions for Standard Tongs Capacity In. A B C D E F G H I K L Rivet 0 - 1/8 5/8 3/8 1/4 5/8 1/16 2-1/8 1/2 5/16 5/16 1/4 14 1/4 3/16 - 5/16 3/4 7/16 5/16 5/8 1/16 2-1/4 9/16 5/16 5/16 1/4 15 1/4 3/8 - 7/16 7/8 1/2 5/16 3/4 1/16 2-1/2 5/8 3/8 3/8 5/16 16 5/16 1/2 - 5/8 1 9/16 3/8 7/8 3/32 2-3/4 11/16 7/16 3/8 5/16 18 3/8 3/4 - 7/8 1-1/8 5/8 3/8 1 5/32 3 3/4 1/2 7/16 3/8 20 7/16 1 - 1-1/8 1-1/4 11/16 7/16 1-1/8 3/16 3-1/4 13/16 9/16 1/2 7/16 22 1/2 1-1/4 - 1-3/8 1-3/8 3/4 1/2 1-1/8 1/4 3-1/2 7/8 9/16 1/2 7/16 24 9/16 1-1/2 - 1-5/8 1-1/2 3/4 1/2 1-1/4 3/8 3-3/4 1 5/8 5/8 1/2 26 5/8 1-3/4 - 1-7/8 1-5/8 13/16 9/16 1-3/8 7/16 4 1-1/16 11/16 5/8 1/2 28 5/8 2 1-3/4 7/8 5/8 1-1/2 7/16 4-1/4 1-1/8 3/4 11/16 1/2 30 11/16 Machinery's Handbook 1st - 23rd edition and 27th Edition CD used with permission. Capacity In. A B C D E F G H I L Rivet 1/4 - 5/16 5/8 1/2 7/16 5/16 1/8 1 1/2 5/16 1/4 14 1/4 3/8 - 7/16 3/4 9/16 1/2 5/16 3/16 1-1/8 9/16 5/16 1/4 16 5/16 1/2 - 5/8 7/8 5/8 9/16 3/8 1/4 1-1/4 5/8 3/8 5/16 18 3/8 3/4 - 7/8 1 3/4 5/8 7/16 3/8 1-1/2 3/4 3/8 5/16 20 7/16 1 - 1-1/8 1-1/8 7/8 11/16 1/2 1/2 1-3/4 7/8 3/8 5/16 20 1/2 1-1/4 - 1-3/8 1-1/4 1 3/4 9/16 5/8 2 1 7/16 3/8 22 1/2 1-1/2 - 1-3/4 1-3/8 1-1/8 7/8 5/8 3/4 2-1/8 1-1/8 1/2 3/8 24 9/16 1-7/8 - 2-1/8 1-3/8 1-3/16 15/16 11/16 1 2-1/4 1-1/4 1/2 3/8 26 5/8 2-1/4 - 2-1/2 1-1/2 1-1/4 1 3/4 1-1/8 2-1/2 1-1/2 9/16 7/16 28 5/8 2-5/8 - 2-7/8 1-1/2 1-5/16 1-1/16 3/4 1-1/4 2-3/4 1-3/4 9/16 7/16 30 3/4 3 - 3-1/4 1-5/8 1-3/8 1-1/8 3/4 1-1/2 3 2 5/8 1/2 32 3/4 3-1/2 - 3-3/4 1-3/4 1-1/2 1-1/4 3/4 1-3/4 3-1/4 2-1/4 5/8 1/2 34 3/4 4 - 4-1/4 2 1-5/8 1-5/16 13/16 2 3-1/4 2-1/2 11/16 9/16 36 3/4 4-1/2 - 4-3/4 2-1/8 1-5/8 1-5/16 13/16 2-1/8 3-1/4 2-3/4 11/16 9/16 38 3/4 5 2-1/4 1-3/4 1-3/8 7/8 2-1/4 3-1/2 3-1/4 3/4 5/8 40 7/8 Machinery's Handbook 1st - 23rd edition and 27th Edition CD used with permission. Copyright © 1914 - 2004 by Industrial Press - HTML Copyright © 2004 Jock Dempsey Webmaster email: webmaster web address: www.anvilfire.com