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About arkie

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  1. That's gonna be a fun project and challenging. You'll come out OK, I'm sure. BTW, I assume that was a typo and your footers aren't 20' (feet) but really 20" (inches). Will be nice with all the windows for ventilation.
  2. Robert, I'm sure your wife will do wonderfully. Mine had both of her's done 12 years ago at age 60 and still going strong. The absence of pain will be a wonderment to her.
  3. Ben, you are making some very nice looking tongs. Your progression from the beginning to now is wonderful. I really like the shoulder on the boss, but darn it, I'm too lazy to go to that trouble...maybe later when I have spurt of creativeness. I have noticed that a lot of the competition farriers use that design, like Craig Trnka (sp?). You must do a lot of farrier work.
  4. See if you can locate or buy a copy of the book Mousehole Forge by Richard Postman. It's fantastic reading about the history of the Mousehole Forge and the process of making the anvils. I'm no history buff, but my son got me a copy of Postman's Anvils in America and the Mousehole Forge book for Christmas one year and I was mesmerized by the Mousehole book. I think I have read it three times now, and I don't even own a Mousehole anvil (I have a Hay Budden).
  5. BOA Meetings scheduled for May, 2017: NW Chapter: May13, Mountain Home, AR NE Chapter: May 6, Crowley's Ridge State Park, AR Central Chapter: May 20, Stuttgart, AR PM me for details if interested in attending a chapter meeting. Visitors always welcome.
  6. That Estwing is a quality hammer, so if you grind the peen to make a gentler curve, do it SLOWLY! Don't grind any more than you can comfortably touch with your hand or you run the risk of removing any temper in the hammer head. Cool the peen or wait for it to cool before resuming grinding.
  7. Until you can rig up a hood and/or smokestack, just get a pedestal fan or mount a box fan on a pole and direct the smoke away from you.
  8. Nicely built forge! Heavy firepot, good. You're gonna love those big wheels.....
  9. Welcome to IFI. You'll really enjoy it here. You sound like you are happy in the wilderness in AK. We have several here on IFI in Alaska. Get to know them. Frosty, where's Frosty????????
  10. Use them as bases for bench grinders, tools, post vises (although they usually aren't heavy enough), post bases for fans, lights...all sorts of things. After you cut them up, you'll find a lot of uses for them had they been left intact...Murphy's Law.
  11. Don't apologize for your English...your discussion is easy to follow. Thanks to the guys here who speak some French to help guide US along....
  12. I find that strange, as most blacksmithing organizations are geared toward attracting new members and helping those wanting to learn more about smithing....??? You most likely won't encounter any apprenticeships in blacksmithing organizations, just folks eager to spread the knowledge of the art/craft. Wish you were close to Arkansas...we'd help you best we could at the drop of a hat!
  13. missourikid, look into BAM blacksmiths' organization in Missouri. That might be a good source of contacts, information, coal and to learn the basics of blacksmithing. You might even have some members close to you.
  14. You can still buy leather laces. All my lace-up boots have them. Some 10-15 years old. I never use the synthetic laces.
  15. Congratulations. Nice anvil and clean-up. It's refreshing to hear someone just wire wheeled it and didn't try to use a grinder. Hats off to you!