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  1. Hello, I have come back to farming - but am a in Carms so not much use to you, a pity because I have all the kit and could do with the cash. I suggest that if you want to get space in someone's outbuildings you have two routes that may offer more success than others. First, try posting what you want on thefarmingforum.co.uk, do it in the agricultural matters thread, because everybody reads that. If you want, I could post on your behalf - I'm known on there so it may get a better response, if you want this PM me your contact details and I'll 'phone you. Secondly, find out where your nearest agr
  2. Just been given the following link, it may be of interest to some since the subject comes up for discussion now and then... http://www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/taking-on-an-apprentice/ Although the opening page of this would seem to infer, photographically, that to apply one needs to be a prat, an unconvincing drag-queen or a seventies time-traveller, a quick scan of the text will reveal that this is not necessarily the case. Apologies if it is already known, I've not been following IFI as often as I once used to.
  3. Just seen this thread - moved and only got the net this week thanks to 'high speed' BT! Pretty much all I do is make iron cooking gear in an 18th Century style and being a lawyer I wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing when I started to sell to others. The above is all right, but... although the duty of care lies with the manufacturer / supplier of any piece of work, the courts do follow the old maxims of the common law in addition to extra-national rules (usually giving priority to common law). I can only write in respect of England and Wales, but here any court will take it
  4. I'm an amateur with about six years practice under my belt, and I guess I could make something that looks like a katana... but that's just the point, it would look like a katana - more or less - but it wouldn't be anything near one in any other way.
  5. Peter Parkinson's 'The Artist Blacksmith'; not very arty, but very practical and will take you from nothing to competence if you let it.
  6. You're welcome. I don't know if you trawled through all of the thread, the 'cast iron' issue was raised early on; I used a poorly cast block as a test piece and gave it a lot of whacking. There is a youtube video of it (search GNJC block), it is not the best quality footage but is shows the block surviving a fair bit of abuse. As with Dave's, my block only has a few dents here and there from stray hammer blows, it is otherwise fine. I should have mentioned what I use most on the block, for general smithing the large 'swoosh' is very useful; the 'step' at one corner is good for all sorts of
  7. Hello, as you may have gathered if you read this thread, I'm not a full time smith, just an amateur with a (just about) paying hobby. A block did go to a silversmith, but not the one who originally enquired. I've lost contact with that one too, but I believe it was her intention to get a mirror polish - I guess she would have to. Of the other blocks cast I have not had anyone come back to me with a complaint. My own block is in use and has not shown any sign of suffering. As for the foundry... still a love-hate relationship; very good work and at a good price but simply never reliable as to wh
  8. Yves, you know me well enough by now to call me Giles! The mention by Seymour Lindsay of a rail is, I think, the answer to the reason for so few 'racks' - in the proper sense of the word - to be found here. There were often wooden rails along the front of dressers, shelves and the like. Of course these, being 'attachments' so to speak, would be the most vulnerable things to knock and general wear and tear and so don't often survive. Rob' Deeley spent a lifetime collecting domestic equipment and then recreating and reproducing the appropriate setting for it in a barn on his property. I think he
  9. Hello, interesting. I've not come across many racks over here in the UK, the best I know of is in the private ownership of my chum Michael Finlay (see it here http://www.michaelfinlay.com/MF_WEBSITE_TRIAL/___UTENSILS,_HAND.html). I think it can be dated to the third quarter of the 18th Century, it is over eight feet in length and very well made; as always money talked back then as it does now and somebody paid for and got a fine piece of metal. A key thing to note is that English racks were rarely as ornate as continental ones, Michael's rack is about as twirly as they get; some Scottish r
  10. John, the liability for any injuries / damage caused by the leaves and other projections would lie with whoever sold the bench to the end-user, in this case the retailing garden centre. They could try and join the maker in on any action, but as commercial people with full use of their senses they wouldn't have much luck. If the item had been something to which reg's apply, e.g. safety railings, and the distance beween said railings was more than that permitted, the retailer would have some recourse but, again, they are commercial people and even if the contract twixt them and the smith was
  11. Hello all, there is a craft show at Fonmon Castle in South Wales this weekend (postcode CF62 3ZN). The Guild will be represented by David Hemsley, he's a well known smith with a good set-up for the show circuit. Any Guild members who want to join him to sell their work or do some demonstrations (or get a lesson if you are a beginner) will be very welcome. Please remember to take proof of current Guild membership with you, insurance! He will also be at the Thame show on April 20th-21st, where I will join him, as before, all are welcome to attend.
  12. Wayne, there are some bad / amoral and grubbing lawyers around, no doubt about it, just as there are no-gooders in every field - when I was in the army I sometimes came across people who were a disgrace to the uniform. But... the criminal Bar over here are the same people to both defend the innocent and to ensure that some horrible individuals are put away for some pretty foul things (it's a family forum so no details). Anyway, best of luck with the security measures.
  13. Well, professionally speaking - hang on while I get on my high horse... - you can't do much to a thief in most US states, whereas you can have a good go at robbers and burglars in most of them. Here in the UK, well in England and Wales anyway, you can use reasonable force in all circumstances, the problem is that what is 'reasonable' has not yet been definitively codified; fortunately, juries generally have common sense and sympathy for someone in a difficult situation. That written, and this goes for both sides of the Atlantic, it is often a mistake to confuse the law with justice. Curly,
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