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About Mudman

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    Cerritos, CA
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    Bushcraft, Archery, Fishing, Wood Carving, Leathercraft, Art.

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  1. It's been most humbling and relaxing of my many hobbies. I get more satisfaction forging a scroll, than I do making a stock removal knife. My father passed in November of last year, he raised me to use my hands and work hard. Blacksmithing really makes me feel like I am doing both. As of late it's what I've had time for (albeit not much), since knife making has been put on hold for now. While my father never forged, blacksmithing reminds me a lot of him, for which I am grateful. It's also helped me see things more dimensional, which has always been trouble for me. I used to be only able to envision the making of things in 2d before.
  2. ohh okay I get what your saying now. Thank you very much, the illustrations really help. The topic does lend itself well to nails. It's kind of like using a mango to describe a shape, all the while saying to myself "mango sounds good right about now". I get distracted a little too easily. So pictures/drawings really help me understand better.
  3. indeed, I do my best to take everyone's advice. It's the only way to improve. If I didn't- the things I work on would look VERY different, and not for the better. Yes I've watched them, but have some gaps between when I do and when I attempt to apply. So sometimes I forget. In this instance- I wasn't aiming to make nails, so it didn't occur to me to reference your video. There's lots of little nuances that often get missed, unless I'm particularly looking for it, again this doesn't always occur to me. Tapers I normally do forge over the far edge, or the horn. I haven't worked on a 4 shouldered boss yet- although I think I'll practice that tomorrow. When you say arc the hammer, are you referring to tilting it towards me? I forge parallel with the anvil, although dance around a lot also. I shall work on these methods, and update with new video. Thanks for the tips, I'm always learning something from you. =)
  4. Thanks jlpservicesinc, I wasn't aiming to make nails truthfully. Just sorta worked out that way. My goal for the day, was specifically practicing right on the edge of the near side. As for forging cold/black heat, it's not something I regularly do, just showing/wanted to share a video- although I realize that was a bad example. The hardy cut is made of S7. Sorry for setting a bad example.
  5. This has been made a new thread so it is not lost Spent most of the day working on precision, I'm not particularly good at working right on the edge of my anvil. Consequently that resulted in bad nail blanks, so I went with it. Also worked up another tong half with a random length of 3/4. Using my newly finished tongs.
  6. Dogblazer9598: thanks, it is a Nimba Centurion that I spent the better part part of 5+ slowly saving for. Jlpservicesinc: thank you, they aren't perfect, but I credit how well they came out, (relative to how many I've done) to all the info I've found here, in mark aspery's book and some members that have personally given me advice. Otherwise these would have more than likely ended up looking like bbq tongs. 40 hammers? Ooweee I thought I had a lot of hammers haha. Pnut: I definitely despise them, had one try to crawl into my nostril once. Really creeped me out. Daswulf: haha thanks. I know the rivet will hold for a while, just bugs me that it could have been done better.
  7. Finished up my second successful tongs. Although I managed to botch the rivet. Suppose I could drill it out for a new one, but I'll see how long it holds up.
  8. haha truthfully, I didn't know what they were called until you mentioned it. They remind me too much of ticks- therefor falls into the "things I hate" category.
  9. Daswulf, that's one of my favorites from you so far. Nice work!
  10. Shabumi: haha I'll do my best. Cold shut happened when I was setting down my 45, but I'm finding it's too much. So I tried correcting it with another set down at a better angle, then got the cold shut. Foolishness got the best of me, should have corrected it sooner.
  11. ah, I didn't know people still use it for home heating, being in California, I don't even use a heater.
  12. Is anthracite normally a seasonal thing? I've never attempted to buy any, or coal for that matter. but it does interest me.