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About arkie

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    Cranky Old Guy

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    NW Arkansas
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    Blacksmithing and welding

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  1. As a kid, I would often call the movie house to see if Roadrunner cartoons were being shown on their movies that were currently running. If they were, I'd go regardless of the movie just to see a new RR cartoon! Never really saw a bad movie, either!
  2. Where I grew up in W. Texas, lots of folks call them "kai-yotes", LOL. Regardless of how you say it, I think everyone knows who you're talking about, "Wylie" or otherwise. Yeah, they can be a pain in the posterior.
  3. Justin, the skinny one looks like the sharp end of a hay spike used on tractors to move hay bales around.
  4. Most smiths (myself included) that I have talked to don't like to wear gloves when hammering. It seems to do two things: (1) reduce sensitivity when hammering and (2) causes one to have to grip the hammer more tightly for control. You shouldn't have to use a tight grip on your handle, just let it "float" for lack of a better term. Try using a wooden handled hammer as much as possible and the blisters will shortly become callouses and you won't be bothered any longer. I can't tell from the photo, but if it's possible I would replace that handle with a wooden one and give it a try.
  5. I tend to agree with Jennifer's issues with the Hofi style hammer. For me, personally, the balance is off and the handle too short (I know,... that can be modified). It's not a genuine Hofi hammer but it looks exactly like one; they were not available when I bought mine. I purchased it from one of the better known blacksmith supply companies. All I use it for now is the peen end which is nice, however.
  6. Well, it's a Hispanic word and that's the way my Hispanic friends pronounce it.........
  7. Wishing for a speedy recovery! Oh....and it's only a DRY heat, right? Sure, dry......still HOT!
  8. Garden trowel and cultivator. Trowel made from lawnmower blade.
  9. Certain types of birch bark should be pretty tough. Native Americans made canoes (and may still do so) from birch bark. Had to stand up from hitting logs and rocks in the water, for sure!
  10. Frosty, I think it's fun to keep folks guessing.......LOL
  11. Randy, years ago, my wife was going through a spell of dropping or spilling things. Our kids nicknamed her "Grace" for NOT being grace(ful). It has stuck for over 50 years. When anyone in the family addresses her, they always call her "Grace" instead of her real name. So many friends and new acquaintances thought that was her real name. Some don't even know *what* her real name is!! LOL (Sorry everyone, to drift off topic...)
  12. arftist, I hear you on that. I have heard so many stories of folks who, for one reason or another, had to give up some equipment like you mentioned only to find themselves later needing or wanting to get back to using that equipment, but at twice the price. Not a blacksmithing story, but I once bought a Winchester Model 12 shotgun (a collector's item now) at a pawn shop for $75.00. I had to sell it to pay bills and give up hunting for several years. When I decided to get back into bird hunting, those Model 12's were going for anywhere from $800 to $1200. Best of luck to you!
  13. Thanks for putting up the post link. That should answer questions for a lot of folks.
  14. Frosty, anyone over 50 years old, with no medical problems, can get the Shingrix (if it's available!!!) CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR!
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