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    Columbia Kentucky
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    Establishing a buisness in smithing, sword play, blacksmithing, sailing!
    ...did I mention blacksmithing?


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    Fiery Furnace Forge

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  1. I browse occasionally but I've cut down a lot on posting on the web all across the board. Too busy working! haha Things are going fantastic! 'Been married for a year and three-quarter, the wife helps a ton with the business, and we've got a 9 month old son now too. Plugging away at building our house......we moved shops.....doubled the size of our original we are thinking of adding on again. haha
  2. I forged a couple of these out yesterday. They are made from hex 4140 stock, and not heat-treated. It's been a while since I've made any top tools, so I was a bit rusty on process. I used to make handled, hammer-eye-punches with some regularity when I was still punching my hammers by hand. I use the hydraulic press now for that, so I don't do much striker/director type punching. This type of punch is typically used for punching hammer eyes, tomahawks, axes, and top tools, but it can also be used for doing punch and drift work. (Similar to slit and drift.....just slightly different tooling.) Anyway, I decided to pop a few of these out, doing a little bit of striking directing work to make them. On these-type top tools, the eye is a single taper profile. (Larger on bottom, and smaller on top.) The handle is 100% friction fit, instead of using an hour-glass shaped eye and wedge fitting it. This prevents the shock from hitting the tool with a sledge, from transferring directly into the handle, and also helps prevent the handle from snapping due to missed or off-target striking.
  3. My wife and I are headed up on Tuesday! Currently planning on hauling two trailers with two separate trucks. Be sure to stop in and say hi! BTW Quadstate is always the fourth weekend of the month. They didn't bump it up........but this month ended up with five weekends because the 1st was a Saturday. It seems earlier but it's always the fourth weekend. Camping is available can still register online or register when you get there. Registration usually doesn't open till like Thursday or Friday morning. People will be arriving much earlier than that though.......Last year it was a chore finding a spot on Tuesday afternoon. Make sure you get registered and your camping spot paid for though.....apparently there were some issues last year of some campers not paying and the fairgrounds got a little antsy or something. It's a great event.......we all have to put in some $$$$$ to make it happen. BTW I am not a part of SOFA staff in any way. Just trying to put info out there so everyone knows what to do! Safe travels!
  4. My anvils found out! Actually she's already helped me make two hammers and 15 pairs of tongs. She's a hard worker with a "jump-in-and-help" attitude. (Yeah, she's pretty awesome.) I appreciate the testimonies and examples of long successful marriages and words of encouragement. I'm a strict toilet seat down after use guy, so we're all good there! lol
  5. Many of you guys have followed and helped my work since day one! So I figured I'd share the big news on here. I'm getting married! I've been looking for a while now and like just about everyone else, have had my ups and downs....happiness and heartbreak. My bride's name is Sarah Grace! She's from North Dakota! We've "known" each other online for several years but I started talking to her this year and we really hit-it-off and things have just gone really well. We are getting married on October 14th of this year. When we get back home, we'll be living in the house I am working on building on my 17 acres. The house still needs lots of work, but she is willing and able to help and is looking forward to being able to set up her kitchen and things like that. We are both greatly blessed and looking forward to starting our lives together. My smithing business is alive and well and fully capable of supporting myself and a family so I will continue to forge and be active in the smithing community to the best of my ability.
  6. Interesting thoughts here! I do not have a secondary air source, but I have just finished a hydraulic press so I can make my press do most of what my air hammer does during the down-time for a repair. If I go that route, I'm almost more inclined to by a new pump and the repair kit so I can get back running faster and later on assemble a second compressor. Now there is a thought!
  7. it has three cylinders...not sure if I am using the correct terminology.
  8. my air compressor is running on it's last leg.....45 minutes to fill the 80 gallon tank to 150 PSI. So the compressor pump is a LeROI Dresser 440A, 7.5 HP. I found a complete rebuild kit from "factory air compressor parts." Price is $425 + shipping I'm also looking at options for replacing the entire pump. It seems the selection is varied. Wholesale tool carries a 7.5 HP, 3 cycle, 2 stage pump which is advertised as a 24 CFM unit, for $689 plus freight. Brand is RDX superior import. Ebay sells a Schulz air, 7.5 HP, 2 cycle, 2 stage pump which is advertised as 30 CFM unit for $782.00 including shipping. Northern sells an Ingersol Rand, 7.5 HP, 2 cycle, 2 stage pump which is advertised as a 24 CFM unit for $1399 including shipping. I can get a new comparable unit for about $1500 - $2000.....plug-n-play. Thoughts about these brands and the price comparisons would be appreciated. Thanks, Dave
  9. I would sign up for a build as long as the dates don't collide with other obligations. What is the time frame we are talking about? I'm just finishing my first build of a wide span 24 ton H-frame. I'm no expert in hydraulics but this build is giving me a little knowledge and I can weld, drill, tap, make name it. I also have have local access to Leeson motors.....up to 10HP......MAYBE larger for competitive prices. (Single phase) I also have access to inexpensive new 3 phase motors from 1/4-100 hp......but they have odd mounting systems that you'd have to work around. My steel yard also has large structural beams and sometimes heavy angle for 35 cents per pound, in usable lengths. I've got two Miller welders, one mig and one stick that are both large enough for this type of work. If you need a working hand to help out shoot me a PM
  10. That's the correct email address! Try him again! He's on facebook too so you can look him up there.
  11. I machine out my top notch a little more than what the notch is in the tire hammer plans. I cut mine about 4-inches deep. Drilling out the holes, doesn't count as material loss, as they are filled back up with the pins. My latest batch of hammers ended up at 59.something pounds. If you end up at 63 or so, you'll be just fine. Just adjust your spring tension and all till the hammer runs correctly. Great to hear I'm inspiring some builders out there. Would LOVE to see pics of it!
  12. I use S-7 from Southern Tool Steel instead of 4140 as the plans require. S-7 can be heat treated but is a good air-hardening steel. Drill your die bolt holes in your die plates, to fit your hammer. Put the plates on the hammer, pre-shape your die blocks and grind a HEAVY welding groove on the die blocks. Put the die blocks on your die plates on the hammer and align them. Once they are aligned, tack-weld in four places. Heat your tack-welded dies/die plates until they are just starting to show some red color, and then weld all the way around. Allow the entire unit to air-cool and then do your finish polish work. It may not be the perfect method, but I've never had my dies chip, crack, or break, and it takes years of heavy, hard forging before they need minor redressing.
  13. Haha! Well I like red but someone asked me to paint it blue. And yeah.....i wouldn't mind a slumber party at your shop. I like soaking up information.