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  1. For working in the heat, I simply wear a wide Terry cloth tennis sweat band. It gets soaked, I just put on another, dry one. In particular, when the sweat starts running down my hammer arm, I also put a tennis sweat band on the wrist of my hammer arm. Had a hammer slide completely out of my wet hand once...flew about 10 feet...not good!
  2. Thomas, I hear you about the adaptation from different climes. We went on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to the Bahamas for a week. Great weather, but on about the third day a rogue cold front from the States blew through! Temps dropped into the 40's and we about froze our fannies... only had shorts and T-shirts to wear! The locals were worse off...I don't think there was a coat or sweater on the island!
  3. Bluerooster, I have hanging in my shop an old hewing axe head made by the American Axe and Tool Co. It's pitted from probably lying in the dirt for several years, but the photos may be of value to you if you venture into making a hewing axe. The two photos of the axe head show the profile and detail of the shape. The sketch has dimensions that may be hard to read...I scaled the photos down considerably for posting. If the dimensions are too hard to read, I can send you a larger resolution photo by PM. Good luck making one.
  4. You just repeated what a couple of other folks have said the function was...didn't you read the thread? And...the "font" or formatting of your text is really bad and hard to read. Try to remove the dark background and just use plain, normal text in the future.
  5. Your trick of using parts from two squares is brilliant!! Quick and easy, plus it keeps the square feature on both sides, not what you have with big calipers.
  6. Sorry to inform you, but those won't help a bit in filtering the IR from forging...wrong kind of filtering. Wasted your money there...unless you are welding, then you need to see what the filtering percentage for UV is. You apparently didn't read the thread suggested or heed the information provided you earlier in this thread regarding what kind of filtering you need for IR and forging....
  7. Back to NORM in oil and gas production, which occurs in the tubular and non-tubular goods (i. e. sucker rods). REPUTABLE scrap yards will scan any incoming goods with geiger/scintillation counters for NORM. If they detect it, it is not permitted on their property in order to prevent radioactive contamination. NON-REPUTABLE scrap yards may not give a hoot where it comes from and not do any radioactive testing. Caveat emptor.......be careful where you get your scrap oil and gas metal. There are very strict regulations in O/G producing areas as to how the scrap is tested and handled. Purple Bullet, your information on NORM should be taken to heart by anyone obtaining scrap metal, well done.
  8. I had cataract surgery last year in both eyes. During the exam process, I asked my ophthalmologist who would be doing the surgery, if it was true that the IR from forging could contribute to cataracts forming...."most definitely, it's a fact that IR contributes to cataract formation." When I mentioned that I did hobby/amateur blacksmithing, he said that if it wasn't the primary cause of my cataracts, it probably accelerated the formation. As others pointed out...get some IR glasses.
  9. Twisted...this is what crinoids looked like (there are actually still some living species). They were anchored to the seafloor with appendages like roots. The disks you see in the rocks are "columnals", that are similar to vertebrae in humans, which broke apart when the critter died.
  10. Retirement.....WAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  11. Good application of the sucker rods. Sucker rods make very good smithing tools, such as punches and particularly tongs. Can be hard to forge by hand (drawing out reins).
  12. My local chain drugstore has those in the restrooms, presumably so the pharmacists can use the facilities without having to touch the door handles. Some restaurants also have those for the kitchen and waitstaff to help keep "sanitary"...seldom see them use the foot thingies.
  13. Probably a little bit of coal gas and/or carbon monoxide accumulating below the tuyere. You need to keep some kind of air moving upwards through the firepot, even if you just open or crack open the ash dump. Those explosions can sometimes get rather violent! Be careful.
  14. DHarris, I don't believe I am a party to this conversation....
  15. Irondragon.....or, "what I just walked into this room for??"
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