Charles R. Stevens

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About Charles R. Stevens

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    Apprentice Curmudgeon
  • Birthday 10/24/1967

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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. Ah, my grandparents first home was a rail car in colorado
  2. Any kid that could survive God knows what was is on a NYC taxi floor could survive anything! Practice shooting with your off hand open, and draw and release, don't hold. Snap shooting is like "squeezing" the trigger.
  3. Fiend might be as accurate a description as any, lol. Atleast if given cause. I am an equal opertunity hot caffeinated beverage consumer. Being I have always packed a bow over rough terrain, and now have an old mare that I can fire from, I prefer short bows. But at 6'2" I need a reflexed/recurved bow. Tho I can shoot plains Indian bows from the funky infront of your chin anchor I much prefer to anchor beside my jaw. I have a 45# old style fiberglass bow I still shoot, much preferred to the 75# fast cam compound I used to have. I lost lots of arrows in grass courses in Germany to her. But as I was taught to hunt from the snap, the reduced draw weight at the hold is wasted on me. back to having my hypothesis debunked, I still think from a military point of veiw, a yoeman class that produces its own archery tackle and subsistence hunts, isn't as desirable as simple to operate, and fast to learn missile weapon such as the cross bow. Not only it be stored, broken down in barrels. You do not have a group of dissatisfied pesants armed with assault weapons...
  4. One of these days I would like to buy you a cup of coffee.
  5. I stand corrected on the social class, lol.
  6. The terms you are looking for are "reflex" and "recurve" reflex bends the limbs forward at the center wile recurve bends the tips forward. Both where used to make short flat bows more effective by reducing stack (the pinch of the string when a bow is overdrawn) and increasing the speed of the bow tips. Like our descusions with hammer weight vs speed, a fast arrow is more desirable. TP, I would offer the opinion that steel prods were faster to praduce and less seuseptible to damage buy neglect and abuse. As a good archer (or slinger for that matter) took years to praduce he tended to take care of his bow (that took a year to praduce). Wile a crossbow man could be quickly trained (not unlike an infantry rifle man) and wile seasons timbers could be salvaged from old buildings for the stock, the prod only required shaping, heat treating and finishing (no seasoning) and were relitively unefected buy rain and humidity. Compsit prods add emensly to the problems of heavy draw prods with bone, wood and sinue bonded with hide glue. Now consider the lackluster care the average conscript gives his equipment. Wood is still considerd more lively (tho the composit wood and glass "actions woods even more so), that is they cast a missile faster for a given draw weight (compound leverage is slower than reflex/recurve as well). Man archer who spent years protecting his craft by hunting and competition was certainly more respected than a peasant given a few weeks training and a cross bow, that he could shoot in the rain. No wander the church outlawed this tool of evil exept in use against the infidel...
  7. Mine has a bit of a dogleg so that it to her the hoof wall about 2/3 of the way to the coronary band, bypassing most of the flare in a heathy foot (all bets are off when dealing with cronic laminitis or some of the mangled wire scared feet I've seen. The problem is it's not a one size fits all deal. Horses feet come in all kinds of different conformations.
  8. Do your level best to get the top plate full thickness welded deep filets on the laminated plates and even plug welds. Honestly, buy the time you have used up the consumables, you can buy a foot square drop 4" thick (30cm x10cm) or a 15cm round drop from a machinist 30cm high.
  9. But as you have seen there are plenty of feild expidiant anvils.
  10. The rail, flange up as a saw horse is good for sheet work, and as a welding stand. Mid you notice, the rail I have shone is a multi tool. The end that is up in the picture has a fuller grount into the web, a pritchel hole cross drilled, a pair of bending forks, a anvil face. If you flip it end for end you will find it has a cut off grount into the web, a round and square horn cut into the flange, another pritchel hole and an anvil face. If layed down like a train rail you find a shallow digit tord one end to aid in straitening and down one side 1" marks (the duvet, and marks stolen from Steve sells sword straitening anvil) not to mention the orher shapes the rail came with. Carving a London patern out of a rail is a PITA. Pardon the rust, she is not my primary anvil. Pardon the rust, she is not my primary anvil.
  11. Well, not in Gas, lol. Solid fuel is another mater.
  12. The picture you show is a track plate turned upside down (nailed to the wooden sleepers that the rail sits on) they are medium carbon, and make reasonable stake plates for 7/8" hardies and such. Think 7/8" slice of rail with the flange cut off or a temp veining tool made from a spike One variant of the rail anvil being used to cold shape shoes
  13. Almost anytime you start welding to a hunk of rail you are going backwards. One, not full depth welds, two the track plate is medium carbon and the rail is high carbon. Take biggundoctor's advice
  14. Go looking for a round or square section drop, 3-6" across and a foot to a foot and a half long. A 3-4" plate a foot or more on a side would work well to. As mentioned, heavy equipment/tractor axle, forklift tine, rail section, rail car axle, rail car cuppler (a broken one is still massive) heck a peice of an old Sherman or panzer tank front slope, lol.
  15. Welcome to the valy they call the great planes...