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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. Making it an anvil still gas value. Especially with a striker. No need to risk the new anvil with amitures chipping the edges. First if you make a trough at sledge hight (first knuckle) to hold it on its side. Then cut the stump to take the cylinder in the upright position at the same hight. Heavy drawing with a helper and heavy forging with a helper are your’s. Remember to use handles tools with a striker, saves the hands. further, the rule of strikers is “you miss It’s my turn to swing”. Actually it’s an old stone drillers rule but it works. Jon Ker, sort to be late but if you scroll back up and look at my tail anvil or go back and see the original post, I made mine double horned and added a few other features, I prefer the hit cut in the web, but then again it has two ends...
  2. It’s available, but honestly 1/2” round can be easily forged into 3/4x5/16” pretty easily
  3. Any good sharp bit will drill annealed 95 point steel, hardened is another mater.
  4. Yep, a power wall and panels is sounding pretty good...
  5. Radiation is a minor issue as companies are required to mitigate the Problem before selling it (most scrap dealers check to be sure before buying it. magnetism isn’t much of a problem for us as heating to the Currie point cures that as well.
  6. Personally I would be concerned about out gassing. So I would stay away from the plastic. Glenn and others sell small sections of koolwool and rigid user for reasonable prices, and an inch or so of the ceramic over your home brew and faced buy say a 1/4” of castable might be a good compromise.
  7. Charcoal made from scrap or dirty wood has its own challenges. Ash isn’t much of an issue with charcoal but old nails and dirt form clinker
  8. I go the other direction, using the treaded end as the tool end adds interesting texture and buy forging down to meet the square I get a cleaner and longer stem.. I will try and remember to get a picture when I get to the shop
  9. I know more than a few folks who don’t use their brains at all!
  10. Well with a well designed side blast you have as much control over the fire as with a side blast but you do not have the slag directly over the draft sorce. As to removing the slag, kill the air, lift the fire with your shovel and hook the slag with your poker and pull it out. Easy enugh.
  11. Just having pearls who care is a great help, Pnut.
  12. Use the leg straps, they help. Nice patina...
  13. Any woman that will putt up with the likes of us!
  14. Depends on the handle, but as mine are mostly re worked hand sledge handles as a posed to machinist or blacksmith handles I have to reshape them and find slab sided to be the easiest way to go. reducing it enlarging th handle till your finger tire just about meet your palm seems to be about right.
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