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  1. THANKS,to all you good folks,it's very heart-warming to be so kindly remembered. It is the forgework that unites us here,and it's only natural that one goes to ground when prevented from the actual practice of it. Extremely gratifying to even think that one may've helped by inspiring someone(EXCELLENT job on that fork,Jeremy,such careful craftsmanship...I need to learn that from you,some day!). I'll be,probably,setting up a forge again someday,in my new camp,but it'll take a while,as the primary buildings,the cabin and the cache,will have to be built first;of course,chances are,that i'll be
  2. Friends!Beth has alerted me to this thread,and i'm much flattered by everyone's attention,though have precious little to say for myself... Last time that i've posted here on IFI was a year ago,during my last,and final attempt to penetrate the Great Indifference that surrounds Forging today,in most places. In that attempt i've spent about 7-8 months forging a variety of objects,in preparation for a craft show being sponsored by the Museum of the North,at the U.of Alaska,Fairbanks. The result was pathetic-a couple of hundred of totally casual,indifferent visitors,shopping for a $5 dog-sitter gi
  3. Hey,it's great to be back in touch at least somewhat! It's funny how high-tech we are nowadays,and how weather-dependent still,all in the same time.Like Bryan says,it's really stormy here,Fairbanks is loosing power one neighborhood after another,and i imagine it must be a fight to keep the runway open at the airport,the wet snow flying at some velocity all day. Bryan,we're good here,certainly there's no reason for you to carry a large anvil around,if you were to just show up there's lots of equipment already here,we can stay busy EASILY! You're right,electric tools may be the way to go to cut
  4. The exterior and interior of the new forge: P.S.This is ridiculous-how long will i be building forges,everywhere i chance to go?! Should i just bow to fate,admit to being a gypsy,travel with this little 25lb anvil,and work in a hole in the ground?Not the ideal climate...Maybe i can design a portable,one-mule sled-mounted forge...
  5. Only Blacksmithing can bring together such wonderful people as have gathered here!I can't do justice to all the incredible information and insight posted above,exeptional not only for it's thought-provoking content,but for the warmth,kindness,and respect for everyone and everything that dwells...Thanks,and my hat's off to the company... The internet has been awful to me lately,i've lost so many messages that feel like i need to write telegraphically,as i suspect that something on this site times out on me... Everything here's going a bit slower than i hoped for.I'm inside,with a stove fun
  6. Good job,we all know how it goes sometimes,with re-designs,and re-re-designs,(especially where firewelding is involved). The important thing is to keep trying,the lesson usually is cruel enough to remember it well,so that there's no problem there. A three-part weld is never easy,not having that central symmetry that keeps reinforcing the weld,many of the blows work to shear the fresh welds instead. Much work like that was done by welding the legs together first,in a 120 deg.variant of a T-weld. Then the central member was either bump-welded into the center(a weld that is scarved using
  7. Hey,that is wonderful that this goofy thread didn't perish yet,but quite otherwise,turned to all these fantastic,Godly matters,such as weather,and beautiful horses,and much fantastic forging,too!Clay,those are some cool photos,incredible,thanks! Randy,thanks,likewise,i'll try the video,but not sure about this here funky dial-up connection! For a couple of weeks i've lacked internet access,but also the privacy of my habitual,village hermitage(having dived into the wirlpool of a City) to concentrate on a meaningful post,and have just come by both unexpectedly. Thanks,Bryan,for filling in the inf
  8. The Galena airport has all the conveniencrs,as you can see: In the background you can make out just hoe erect the old wind-sock is.Actually,300+ inland,that storm has largely blown itself out.It's only gusting 28 to 40mph.They fly in this habitually. Our workhorse,Beechcraft 1900C,cool machine,even pressurised. The Yukon right in front of my shack,as we're taking out over it. And here we are,unsettling the passerby.That's pretty cool that the comp just works here(better han home),i feel like a real spy.
  9. Hey,i've actually flown in on that storm-it was cool,Mary Poppins-like. Sitting outside the Fairbanks Inernational,on the piles of ironwork,dogs,tools,dogfish and my stashes of meat and fish,the pile barks and smells,and everyone gives us a wide berth. The Mission has truly Began!We're behind the enemy's lines!(if my friends won't show up i'll hook up the dogs,we're self-sufficient unto iven having a charged lap-top,and a small anvil.Good place to winter out as any...
  10. That is GREAT,Dave,beautiful,marvelous,all the adjectives you'd like-you deserve them!I'm envious at how you must feel,having to pull something like that off,that is one cool object that you've created! I'd only say that you can go ahead and quit that day-job of yours now! Excellent,and thank you,we all learned a bunch watching your progress,too.
  11. Randy,there's a simply INCREDIBLE importance to your story,in a number of different ways(here i'm at the computer again,with all the woodwork that i need to do,thus inside work,i'm just perilously close to my desk,i'll file it as a smoke-break,no,a UNION-meeting break,and make it brief). Only One of the many thoughts that flashed through the old brain upon reading Randy's story was this old idea,that this timber-framer friend and i discussed a few years back: It involved compiling,and publishing,a Directory of all the local craftsmen,so that if anyone was interested,for whatever reason,in t
  12. "Thanks" sounds like too paltry of a term in return for everyone's wisdom,kindness,and sheer validity of thought expressed here. I can only hope that everyone knows just how much it means to me,how much it helps. Thanks. I'll go forth feeling like i'm vested with authority for the mission by all these powerful entities,the Blacksmithing individuals and guilds on both sides of the Atlantic. (I may have to think of staging a demonstration in Fairbanks where the "colors" of different blacksmithing guilds will be carried through the streets,big,colorful carved effigies of patron saints and b
  13. Wow.Owen,that looks ancient,somehow,like it came out of a Sciphian burial mound sort of a thing. Beautiful,powerful image,that is just SO cool that anyone can forge something like this. My hat's off,to be sure.
  14. Joshua,don't take this wrong,but:The tools for axe-making range from nothing(a rock to hit with),to a CNC mill and a closed die(shaped just like an axe,on the inside). So:What you got in mind to make,and,no less important,why? As in,for example:"I want to make a tomahawk,and i don't care about either historical accuracy or any physics of whatever people use one for,i just want to make it to be Cool" Or,"I'd like to make a hewing axe of a type used in Germany,in an N-th region/historic time-period,to weigh 758 grams,with the angle of grind of an X degrees,et c.,et c." There's not a "Ax
  15. Beth,thank you,we're all on the same page here,but it's still reassuring,and feels great. Thanks so much for your wonderful descriptions of the surrounding countryside,it's like reading but even better,it's ALIVE Does a body SO much good! Sorry about whining. I'm over it for now
  16. It's very kind of both of you,guys,thank you.(Politeness is of a great importance,always),but most importantly: I'll easily sign right under every statement that both of you,Randy and Clay,have just said.Amen. Now,it leads us into a couple of tough problems:WHERE's that WHEREWITHAL,to keep on pursuing that one idea,while the track's still fresh?!Rethorical question,needless to say... All that is what makes my relationship with the public,the eventual beneficiary of this whole process,the people that will be liking,or disliking,or whatnot,this handle,in large part a RESENTFUL one: As in
  17. Colleen,i'm sorry,it's annoying for sure.I found that it helps to renew the page on here,especially with photos.Hopefully you'll be able to post both you deep thoughts and the photos of your lovely part of England. Beth,right on,that's a great idea(s),about everyone's cool surroundings.As usual,your letter is rambling and good-natured,good-willed,too,and goes far to raise one's mood for the whole day! A giant bonfire sounds killer,man,that's something that even kids nowadays can't help digging! Something else that you've said previously amazed me-i didn't know that you're so close to the O
  18. Thanks,Colleen,for reminding Beth to really,please,post some pictures of your jewelry,and other stuff,the imagery is so important to all of us here,and for a number of reasons i've neglected to ask her that... There's nothing at all wrong with the word FAT,it's,as a substance,the staff of life(the meat containing mostly protein,that can be got from other things(like rice and beans),and few more complex amino-acid chain segments,which,together with the vitamins,are almost all in fat). Fat used to mean "the best",as in:"Bobby Shafto's Fat and Fair...",so it's all just a passing trend,not wort
  19. The Yukon has slowed Way down,Thursday,and sometime in the night has come to rest... This is it's last turning around,getting comfortable: Yesterday it was VERY quiet,and still,and lots of snow falling.The view in front of the cabin will change little now,till the break-up,in May(that's a life-time away,and many a critter,human and other,will not live to see that). The river-born slush has compacted in the last thrashings of the current,got very dense,damming up the water to cause a slight rise.That rise has saturated a few bottom feet of slush,cementing it together. Now,in the night,it
  20. Wow,Bryan,that's a great story!I can picture it vividly,and don't trust the electricity either. Working at the city's powerhouse couple of winters ago,my buddy on the day-shift lost a part of his hand,it just melted away,it was no fun. Best to steer clear of the stuff. I'm sorry that your shop's not warmer this winter.Sooner or later,you'll get it weathered in. Just in case,if i may offer this advice:Don't sweat the insulation,it's irrelevant.You don't need the forge to STAY warm,it's unnecessary. 97% of our winter days the temp. is only uncomfortable to us,not the tools.When those few a
  21. Ah,i see...It's incredible how much the Informed thinking differs from the casual view!I never even thought about the pattern non even vaving to be split at all!!! Than you,John,it's great to hear from a person on the inside of any given trade,very different view,very educational. Frankly,i've only seen one swage-block in my life,and never used one...Seems like a great tool,in so many ways,as even in my very general work the lack of bottom-tooling is so sorely felt... Here we have it,Giles,i'm afraid that now it's a matter of waiting for the rest of your research to provide the final dir
  22. Wow,John,that's right,now i remember you mentioning somewhere before that you're a Pattern-maker!Respect! So,what you're saying,if i understood you correctly,is that it's NOT a good idea to scallop the edges of the block-pattern,and have a parting-line pass through the middle of them?As the scalloping would not draw? Is it then possible to just scallop the two opposing edges,have the parting-line traverse those on their very edges,and the other two,leaving them smooth,to be bisected by the parting-line on a diagonal?(Or,following John B's sage advice,just leave the edges smooth?Especially now
  23. That's interesting,Clay,you know,i've also heard that the Furthest that anyone in the world can be related to each other is a cousin,seventeen times removed(exept i've a difficulty with the term:One remove,what's that?Cousin of your yours but by marriage?). Beth,i'm sorry,no:Clay forges sythes,i've never had that pleasure/challenge. He also uses them,too!(While i cut grass for my dogs like a woman-with my fish-knife,using it like a sickle ). But here's a very important deal:I ABSOLUTELY derive endless amount and degree of REAL support from the monkeyhouse! I'll tell this story,it's a r
  24. Wow.Them's some AUTHENTIC-looking tools,Have no idea why i think that,but just do, Very envious of the practicality of just doing something like this,and also of the openmindedness that it takes to leave stuff completely rough-forged like that.Right on,Clay. I've stripped a few sq.miles of paint in the past,and see how these would come in handy,for sure.
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