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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. Half my forging is done out of a truck, other farriers have a trailer. The other half is done out of a 3 sided shed (12x32’) built from salvaged fence panels, power polls, mobile home floor joists and trusses. The only thing besides nailes I paid $ for was the roles roofing, tar paper and drip edge. Some demo out of bakers tents. Tarps aren’t much effected buy forge fires if the tarp is hung high enough to allow a full over head swing. depending on your skills as a scrounge barn tin, old sheds, good old fashioned “tar paper” shacks, pallet sheds, etc. all can work.
  2. Listen to the Alaskans, they actually teach chainsaw lumber milling as part of the school curriculum (and how to make a wood stove) up there! As part of the class they show how to sharpen the chain for ripping (different tooth angle and reduce the rakes, as a Chain saw is normally a cross cut saw)
  3. Call an Uber ;-) Dad had a brain stem stroke a couple of months ago, he is about 50% back but not fast enough for him. Be patient with your self. and ask the wife to strike for you, she will buy you a hammer after that!
  4. Try orientating your trench the other direction with the tuyere coming in from the side. For small forging 2” is deep but honestly 4” is better. Best is about 4” from the top of the tuyere to the top of the hearth with an inch under the tuyere. Then with 4” high sides to the trench to help bank fuel. The sides are not nessisary with coal as you can just mound up coal but with charcoal you just end up with all the fuel a light and not contributing to heating the stock. When I built my steel sideblast I took a 12” square plate and cut it diagonally.
  5. Originally heal and toe calls were for traction on brick and cohoes streets. Modern folks are under the impression that pulling horses need the extra traction wile pulling. Not true in most cases. I can see that the heals are cleanly cut and the toe calk is very well made and welded. One will notice the nails are placed very close to the edge and quite small, leading one to suspect a thin hoof wall. man average riffing horse has a foot about 5” across in any direction. if I was making a WAG, I would say Percheron, as they have Arab in their background and thinner hoof walls. Tho the shape is reminiscent of a hind shoe I would further suspect a Percheron as they have a narrow pointed front foot, and hind feet tent to have two quarter clips, tho modern keg shoes have only the single toe clip. tho smiths of old were known for the machine like quality of their work I actually suspect it to be an early machine made shoe, perhaps with the toe calk skip welded on buy the farrier.
  6. Mine is simply a solid rod treaded for pipe fittings and fitted with pipe caps, intact for the longest time one was plastic....
  7. So I read some where many moons ago that 80% of pearls panic. This is why military, law enforcement and fire fighters go threw such repetitive training. When you panic the training takes over. I can’t swear to the validity of said statement as I appear to belong to the other 20%, as do my parents. George, I think all woman are beserkers when properly motivated buy a man ;-)
  8. Alpine used to make smoke generators for alarms, the problem with setting off a Pepper sparky bomb is the Oliumcapstain gets on everything and being an oil... As to frosty and the bear traps, I think it more likely he just feeds the bears ...
  9. You could have had the panels, charge controller and batteries already installed! Or just gone with a wind mill and a jack shaft...
  10. I can vouch for the quality of Jen’s knives.
  11. DOM tubing doesn’t have a weld seam on the inside like conventional tubing.
  12. http://warehamforgeblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/early-medieval-twin-with-bar-bellows.html?m=1
  13. Subsoil usually dose well, I would say a 24” inch buy 18” box is about as small as is practical with a forge fire about 4” wide buy 8” long with a 3/4-1” ID tuyere. This will heat a 1” bar or less. If you use the small wood stove bellows you will need two pumped alternatively as it is not a double bellows. A cross shaped rig can be made that will pump them with only one hand.
  14. Portability with a JABOD or JAPOB forge is always tricky because of weight. I prefer a simple side blast tuyere to Tim’s as I find it more fuel efferent. this is my thoughts and experience with brick, make a rectangular box out of brick the size of one brick, in the US that would be 4” wide, 4” deep and 8” long. This is below the hearth, or in this case more brick to make an area before and shine the forge to support the stock, then on each side place one and a half or two bricks on each side to make a trench 4” high and 12” long. It’s hard to clean out and you will melt bricks...
  15. Small tankless are really affordable, I went that route for the wash house, Takes 60f ground water to 120 for the washing machine, wash sink and outside shower. I will probably go the same route for the house, tho a Steve Beard )spelling?) style solar collector to meet Sandy’s need for a bath tub might be required. needless to say I only need to service one bath, and no dishwasher, lol
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