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
  • Biography
    J.O.T., father, son and freind
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  1. Charles R. Stevens

    How much fuel is too much fuel

    I can see you have melted some brick, that’s well into the burn your carbon steel range so we are more than hot enugh (I have melted a few high alumina hard bricks... I hope the JABOD forge threads help you, as well as the side blast forge illustrations.
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    How much fuel is too much fuel

    You have way to big a fire, your trench should be no more than a brick wide and two or three long. For most knives 1/2 brick (4”) buy 1 brick is probably enugh. This will heat 1” stock 6” long. And with a good soak and just the right air weld 1/2” stock. Unlike Steve who welds up sword billets you are most likely working 4-6 inch blades with 4-6” hilts.
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    What can I make for Halloween 2018 ?

    Candle lanterns
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    Building a Forge

    Viking are Smith’s used 1 1/2-2# hammers, I am a farrier, and in my day job use a 2# and forge with 2-3# hammers in the shop most days, the 4 pounder comes out for a few heats some times but it’s not my all day hammer by any means. Most hardware crosspeins are 4# and just to much for the beginning smith. 2# ball peins are easy to find cheap, tractor supply carreis a decent 2# rounding hammer (about $50) you can order 2-3# crosspeins or buy 3# double jacks from harbor freight and grind them to shape ( I have a set with very wide peins acualy 1/2 rounds
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    JABOD My First step toward blacksmithing.

    you realy don’t need much air for charcoal and I throtle my electric pump down for coal on the original JABOD forge.
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    How much fuel is too much fuel

    Honestly depends on the class of work your doing. Are you trying to forge 1” square or forge weld 3/4”? The latest version of the JABOD burns about 1/2 that and happily forges 3/4”x5/16” shoeing stock. It will forge up to 1” and frgeweld as well. But I have a 6x4 fire hole, a 7/8” I’d turn and a double acting manual pump. Electric blowers burn more fuel as you run the dang things at welding heat all the time (when your just heating to forge or when your forgeing) manual air sources you don’t go to welding heat until you are getting ready to weld and you don’t add air at idle. Another thing is charcoal is very happy at about 6” heat zone,.
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    Building a Forge

    Depending on your skill and class of work from first knuckle to wrist. High. I recomend cutting the drum down to the same hight as your anvil. Further you can store extra fuel on the table (the dip in the drum head is a good place) coal is resistant to fire spread. A sprinkler can will deal with what little their is. Having th extra fuel to “bank the fire” against is helpful in fire management.
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    Building a Forge

    What is your anvil hight? I am 6’2” and usually wear 2” riding heals. My anvil and forge are at 30”. This keeps one from having to lift stock up and down and one to use the other as a stock stand for long stock.
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    JABOD My First step toward blacksmithing.

    Last night the sight wasn’t playing nice with my IPad/phone. But my JABOD forges get more air than needed for coal or charcoal with a bed inflator. Leaf blowers are for forging 1000# anvils with 6” tuwere. I would get a valve, a 3/4” “T” and a length or 3/4” schedual 20 pipe. Place the pump on one branch of the “T” and the valve on the other. I find this to be quieter than just choking the blast with a valve.
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    Need to know best U.S made propane forge companies

    Sheesh. I guess we need to get into the forge building buisnesss. Any on for a Iforge? Lol. Most production forges take a bit of diy to tune them up (rigidiser and/or kiln wash) as a minimum. Secondly for effecency sake you realy need more than one.
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    farrier apprenticeship

    Most don’t take on apprentices unless it’s their kids (in the US) Oklahoma horse shoeing school (Percel, were I went) has its good points and it’s bad. You lurk to shape and nail on o shoe first day, and they are real good with the forge work but the owner is not very progressive (despite being a vet/farrier) I spent a year in self study unlearning and relearning. I spent a lot of time reading pre copyright blacksmithing farrier books and modern research/studies. I can’t personaly vouch for the school out of Ada (have herd good things) or the new one between Yukon and Chickasha buy the Braums dairy.
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    My JABOD/First Forge!

    If it gets steel hot it’s a forge, lol.
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    Garden tool

    “Edgers” have been around a long wile, the romans called them “turf cutters” Culter wheels from your local farmer cut in half , cut edge folded over and a socket formed so as to rivet it from both sides (think bronze sword hilt/entrenching tool) would be pretty strate forward.
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    Seeking advice for my begginings

    ,rain is the enemy of a JABOD forge. If you can’t store it to keep it dry it will become a box of mud and soon rot. So some kind of cover is in order. ,
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    That is a nice looking knife. That would be equally at home in ones kitchen or on ones belt