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About arkie

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    Blacksmithing and welding

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  1. arkie

    What did you do in the shop today?

    There are some furniture makers in Texas who make mesquite furniture, absolutely beautiful stuff. Wish I had a link to some, but don't. You could Google it.
  2. arkie

    What did you do in the shop today?

    They aren't huge. The largest I've seen probably were some 20-25' tall and about a foot and a half in diameter. Due to the predominantly dry climate they normally grow in, they don't get tall like pines, oaks, etc. In some areas with more rain, they might get a bit larger. I'm sure that with his ranching experience, Ben might pitch in here with knowledge of some larger. The wood has a reddish hue and makes beautiful furniture. Fantastic wood for barbequeing!
  3. arkie

    What did you do in the shop today?

    I hear you there. Lubbock was probably my favorite place to live, except for the frequent tornadoes!
  4. arkie

    Worn out Centaur firepot after 25 years..

    That old firepot looks like it was rode hard and put away wet! I bet the new ones won't stand up like that one did.
  5. arkie

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Odessa, Lubbock, Ft. Worth, San Antonio. (Hated Odessa). The others were ok. The only thing we BBQ'd with was mesquite.
  6. arkie

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Mesquite is a beautiful wood. Goes well with the new anvil and hammer! Good job. Having been born and reared in W. TX, I love it when I see things that folks have made out of mesquite.
  7. The electrolyte solution can be reused after cleaning it up, but if it's REALLY "crudded up", why not just go ahead and mix up a new batch. The water and sodium carbonate are not that expensive, <wink> I've reused mine quite a bit after doing small stuff like wrenches, horseshoes, small parts, etc.
  8. arkie

    Tong obsession

    Just trying to make a little joke there.....
  9. Check out Thomas Powers here on IFI. He's in the El Paso area.
  10. arkie

    It followed me home

    You just drop in a shaft or large clevis pin. Used to connect some farm, construction equipment, trailers, etc., etc. I have one like that that fits in my trailer hitch.
  11. arkie

    Tong obsession

    I wonder if they really eat "Canadian bacon" in Canada......????
  12. arkie

    Oxy Acetylene regulators

    X2 on Frosty's comments! When you are dealing with oxygen and fuel gas, cheap is NOT the way to go.
  13. arkie

    Annealing 5160

    A better annealing medium is something such as wood ashes or vermiculite (available at nursery or garden shops). You don't need to preheat either of those, BTW.
  14. arkie

    366 Hooks

    Yeah, it pulled my cork under, too...
  15. arkie

    Critique my chimney.

    You just have to try it and see if it works for your forge. Most folks like 10" or 12" flues, but your combo might be all you need. Happy forging!