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  1. If you're making charcloth, use only 100% cotton. FYI, for all practical purposes, chert and flint are the same basic composition, just different names. Flints, as such, tend to be "cleaner" and of a more consistent coloring. I live on a hillside in Arkansas, here called "Rockinsaw", covered in chert. It's not as clean as what is commonly called flint, but it works just as well at making sparks. Here is an excellent tutorial on flint strikers and I've seen by far.
  2. Savage, I don't have a link for you, but a couple of years ago, my son ordered both Anvils in America and Mousehole Forge for me as a Christmas gifts and bought them directly from Richard Postman...don't know if you can still do that. As I recall, the price(s) were cheaper from him than other sources, and Postman even autographed them for me. You might do a search for some webpage of his or something like it.
  3. Savage, if you can, borrow or buy the book Mousehole Forge, by Richard Postman. Fascinating reading about the forge and the anvils themselves.
  4. Marc, thanks for the update and glad the family is safe for now. Sounds like settlers have pretty well thrown Australia under the bus, so to speak. Better that the Aborigines take the land back!!!!! The forest service here in NW Arkansas does "controlled burns" from time to time to reduce the fuel load in wooded areas, but brush and grasslands aren't burned, to my knowledge (someone correct me if I am wrong, please). As we have seen in your situation, grass and brush can do just the same damage as wooded/forest areas. Our neighboring state, Oklahoma has seen some downright devastating grass and brush fires in the past few years. The graphic posted here by Glenn showing the overlay of Aussie fires over the continental U.S. made my jaw drop.... I wish the best for you and family, take care.
  5. A dinner bell should be shaped like a bell, no?
  6. Marc, are those trees across the river from an older fire or the new ones? Wow. Take care, hope you and your family (and neighbors) stay safe. Looks like you are well prepared for an evacuation.
  7. UPDATE: NW Chapter January meeting will be Jan. 11, at ESSA northwest of Eureka Springs, AR
  8. Great news! Truly a Merry Christmas and a Happier New Year.
  9. BOA January, 2020 meetings; dates and locations: NW Chapter, Location TBA, Jan. 11 Central Chapter, Univ. of Ark. at Little Rock Metals Studio, Jan. 18 PM me for location details.
  10. Charles, sincere wishes for a speedy recovery, if that's a proper word, for Sandy and yourself as well as a provider.
  11. arkie

    Wrought Iron

    If you plan on working with it, remember, WI likes to be forged HOT...bright yellow or above. Depending on the quality of the WI, it tends to splinter if worked cooler. Refined (or fine grained) WI tends to behave better.
  12. BOA December 2019 meetings; dates and locations: NW Chapter, Mountain Home, AR, Dec. 14 Central Chapter, Benton, AR, Dec. 21 PM me for location details.
  13. Firemedic, as far as coal volume goes.....I don't know if this will help...this is 840#, just shy of 1/2 ton, in the back of a Toyota Tacoma 6 ft. bed.
  14. I get about 1000# at a time in my pickup. I have 10 or 12 plastic garbage cans with lids, 20 gal. size, each holds about 100#. I just lay a tarp under the tail gate, shovel the cans to about 100# each and wheel them off to my storage place with a 2-wheel hand truck. I round up the tarp and shake the spillage into a can and I'm good to go. The trash cans are easy to store in various places and move to the forge when needed.
  15. I had so many pairs of pants with the thigh areas turning to mesh, that I NOW ALWAYS wear a leather apron when grinding or cutting with my angle grinder. No more aerated pants! (I sometimes wear the old ones in hot weather to stay cool, LOL).