Charles R. Stevens

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About Charles R. Stevens

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    Bradley Oklahoma
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    Horses, horse drawn equipment, and blacksmithing.


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    Bradley, Oklahoma
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    J.O.T., father, son and freind
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  1. I look forward to hearing what you learn from this. Every forge has its own personality so please share your experiences.
  2. Go ahead and cut the far side now, it’s much harder when the forge is hot and you have a long rod you need to heat in the middle.
  3. It’s some times a long road getting threw there system, took me 6 years, 5 MMPI’s and a lawyer.
  4. I will put coffee on, may even roast a pig.
  5. Sandy and I each have a child starting at the beginning of a journey you have been traveling for 7 years. You give me hope. I am proud of you, every time you chose to resist the urge to feed your addiction you are reinforcing the habit of sobriety. Who cares if you traded up to hot steel and smoke as an addiction ;-) we don’t. brother, I don’t share your particular demon, but I know what hell looks like. You need help keeping them fettered let me know, I’ll put on a pot of coffee and listen.
  6. Not a bad basic idea but a few. Refinements may be in order. Old trip hammers used interchangeable heads and anvil dies plus relitivly long beams. This would alow thicker and thinner stock plus drawing and forming dies See the wedges? Those are interchangeable hammer dies. And judging from the condition of the wedges they changed them regularly.
  7. This is a good bunch, many members I count as friends. Depending on how good of a scrounge you are we can get you going from anything from $0-100 (much more if you just throw money at it). There are amazing things people here do with metal (and they are willing to teach you how!) I would suggest you do go to the classes you mentioned as it will really jump start your skills. It’s slow going alone. Wish I had knew about your interest before you left, I would have sent you with a basic kit.
  8. Na, iron dragon he has two, let’s not be predudice against the London pattern impaired
  9. Hi Nikki! Welcome to my dirty little secret!
  10. This is normal for Oklahoma, muck boots, shorts, parka and sombrero being required daily attire. No umbrellas (tho everyone sells them and presumable peaple buy them) unless your Mary Popins.
  11. Just keep clinker and ash between the bricks and the coal fire. They look and work good as a hearth. As others have said, adobe can be molded to make a fire bowl , a ducks nest in the case of a bottom blast. Literally you want a bowl about the size of your two fists nested together plus about 2” deeper. Adding some coal or wood ash to the 1/3 clay to 1/2-2/3 sand mix keeps the clinker from sticking. The mix isn’t hyper critical tho, most subsoil will get you started. A quick bit of playing in the dirt can help you get your fire going wile you learn before building something permanent that dost work well. One commercial fire pot is 11”x9” and 3-1/2” deep having sloping sides and about a 4” square bottom. This should get you started. Myself I prefer side-blast forges and can throw one together pretty fast.
  12. Well, as coal Slag sticks to fire brick like glue there may be a problem off the bat. My suggestion would be to go to a blacksmith supply website and look at commercial fire pots. Typically they list the dementions, and as your pretty fare with a welder you can duplicate one. Then the fire brick become the top of your hearth. myself I am not a big fan of the bottom blast forge and would normally encourage you to go that route, but you have the bottom blast tuyere already built
  13. Sadly Johnny lost his first child 16 years ago to SIDS. Needles to say he is in rough shape.
  14. You would look into the apprenticeship program! That reminds me I need to put in my journeyman’s papers!