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Francis Trez Cole

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    Sarasota Fl
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    Blacksmithing for 21 years
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    Fishing, Cooking
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    Tec Director

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  1. I would agree with Thomas. Leonardo De Vinci created a power hammer. There is time for being a purest But you are learning the more you do the better you will get.
  2. there are so many great references out there. When making the Jaw,Boss,and rein transition keep your work so that you do not hammer on the side that was against the anvil. there is a fine line between hammered out and finished. check the edges of the anvil that you are using. Also while you are hammering the Boss out increase your angle from 45 to 60 that will round up that inside corner. I always clean up my boss with a file before final assembly.
  3. Very nice first set of tongs I like to file the contact surfaces of my Boss's
  4. Frosty thanks for the post and comments. Any one interested in Blacksmithing can Join FABA-SW We like to see What other are doing. We started doing the live meeting to keep people safe during these time. Sorry that its so early Here in Florida trying to beet the heat of the day. The graininess came from a poor wi-fi link we went to a hot spot and it cleared up. I always look forward to a comment from a wise sage like you Jerry
  5. Joe always well thought out. I have had problems with rebar cracking over the years. mostly from students putting them in water to cool
  6. Masonred you don't need an anvil a block of steel will work just fine until you find one you can afford. I started out with the back side of a machinist vice. Then got an anvil. When i teach i have a set of blocks with legs welded on for a lesser term a striking anvil. If a student dents it or chips an edge I can just clean it up with an angle grinder. Had a old Farrier show up to watch me teach at the end of the class he pulled me aside. he was skeptical at first but after the class he said"that's the only way to go" .Farriers use a thing called a Stall Jack small and efficient for shaping sh
  7. chris C What type of welder do you have? That can effect the quality of your weld not brand but the type.
  8. Dave in pa Here is a picture from a Railroad catalog that was printed between 1850 and 1860.I would think they would be a good guide for the time period
  9. 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
  10. you should not use a water can with a cast fire pot. A mop is much safer. Hot cast iron and water = crack.
  11. well Viking style tongs have been around longer than flat jaw tongs
  12. turn that monster mall in to an oliver hammer. It can be built with a wooden frame Then you will have a helping hand
  13. maybe it was the available stock at the time the rolling mills all produced round stock. So the style was developed out of practicality.
  14. now that's going in the right direction Dimensions for Standard Tongs.docx
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