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  1. That is how wax works. You cannot get any significant build up. It is still providing a very thin film of protection. Wax is soft however, so it is not a particularly durable finish.
  2. I don't know about a petrified wood texture, but to get a "viney"-"barky" texture, the two methods shown here already will certainly do the latter job. I opted to not use the spring fuller approach and instead modified a hammer as has been suggested. You also need to make a matching bottom swage. This is what I use: Note that the lines cut into the face of the hammer are at a 45 degree angle compared to the axis of the hammer. This is to allow you to make parallel texture grooves while holding the hammer out of line with the stock. I like hammer application because you can more easily introduce some randomness to the texture, making it more natural looking than if you use a spring swage. Video of discussion of and use of the pictured hammer/bottom tool. Texture application starts at about 18:54. Hope this helps.
  3. On a London pattern anvil I would be very suspicious at the lack of a step. I would not be surprised if someone machined it off. That said, I understand your hesitance to dress the edges but you should really consider doing it. I felt the same way when I bought a new TFS anvil but I went ahead and did a conservative job of rounding the edges, then I ended up doing it 4 more times until I finally put large enough radii on it for the edges to be really useful. The comments suggesting that you do indeed lose energy by working on the bick seem accurate to me, but under normal conditions you would only use the bick when you wanted to very gradually draw something out so the loss of energy should not be a problem. If however, you are using the bick in lieu of the edges because your edges are too sharp, then you are just slowing yourself down. Dress the edges.
  4. This is the first thing I have done in months. It's too hot during the summer to do much work.
  5. I do much the same thing with standard red brick to make my coal or coke fire deeper. The fire pot in my antique forge really isn't quite deep enough.
  6. I appreciate that politics has no real place here on IFI, but this was posted on the blacksmith subreddit and I feel it is important enough to warrent reposting here. Please do not patronize Diamondback Ironworks. Link removed due to conflict with IFI standards of posting, look it up yourself to see if you desire, warning language and racial slander.
  7. If I were doing this project I think I would either used tenons into counter sunk holes in the back plate or plug welded the handles on to the back plate. That way, no welds would show.
  8. This is not supposed to look like anything in particular. Just an exercise in fullering, for fun.
  9. Contrary to what Smoggy says, it is entirely possible that there are no suitable rocks in Iceland for making whet stones. This is because Iceland is essentially volcanic and traditional whet stones are either sedimentary or metamorphic. Iceland has not been around long enough to have either type of stone. Novaculite which is what traditional American sharpening stones are made of, (both Washita and Hard Akansas) fall in to this category. From Wikipedia: " Novaculite is considered to be highly siliceous sediments and may be a product of the low-grade metamorphism of chert beds." I am pretty confident that Japanese water stones are also sedimentary. Again, from Wikipedia" "The geology of Japan provided a type of stone which consists of fine silicate particles in a clay matrix, somewhat softer than Novaculite. [10] Japanese stones are also sedimentary." It is possible to make a sharpening stone from just about any piece of rock, but it is not possible to make a GOOD sharpening stone from any old piece of rock. I think you are better off just buying them.
  10. Great production value but unfortunately it does not appear that this old smith actually knows anything about blacksmithing.
  11. http://illinoisblacksmith.org/?page_id=15
  12. I'm very happy to see some articulate push back on this post. Personally, I discounted it immediately simply based upon it's idiotic premise. Other's research into the OP has revealed that his "years" of hammering metal are in reality less than 1 year. After that revelation, everything else he states becomes nonsense, but absolutely in line with the what I would expect in an era where facts no longer matter.
  13. I just use inexpensive ones purchased from Amazon: 4-1/2" Auto Body Sanding Flap Discs 80 Grit Even if the expensive ones last twice as long, they cost close to 4 times as much. It is cheaper in terms of hours of grinding per dollar, to buy this type of flap wheel.