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. What is it?

    That's what a tree planting spade is, you push it into the ground and then after dropping the tiny saplings roots in the hole you push th spare in a sort distance away and push the dirt tord the first hole to close it. What I see is what to me is a handle minus the wood cross piece, a place on the shaft for your other hand and then a spade shaped blade below that. Was it used to attack the face in tunneling or mining? Whatever it is being almost all wrought or steel it was desighned to be abused.
  2. What is it?

    Some kind of digging instrument minus the handle. Looks similar to the tre spades used in re forasting
  3. Forges 101

    So just about the .028 Mike is looking for.
  4. Forges 101

    .023 is the smallest nominal size. I don't know what the actual OD is Mike.
  5. Appreciate everyone

    Your thanks is apretiated, most of us are passing it forward
  6. No need to dob the toe, just round it as you do with a trim. Not only dose it protect the tip of the coffin bone it also eliminates the winning from the can chasers about hearing shoes clack my exes second horse ran faster bare foot than shod, her first had sever club and laminitis cased buy 12 years on the track, she had to have a thin shoe and accrilic. A medical appliance. Still ran like a storied butted ape
  7. We won't ever agree 100% George, lol but we still respect on another and that's what's important. Leaving the sole and frog alone is old tech as is protecting the tip of the coffin bone. Grass eaters and shoe everything are both extremes, and like politics extremes are dangerous.
  8. About were I am, when I do shoe I typicaly modify keg shoes hot to form square toes and manufacture leather pads with artificial frogs (unless the horse has enugh frog to touch the ground shod. Rare occasions call for egg bars or more often than not a reversed shoe with new holes punched in it. Am I the only one who prefers rimmed shoes.
  9. Hand forged tongs from rebar

    "As for clay I don't want another dirt filled nightmare" I wish you luck in your endevers, but I am done.
  10. My first forge

    Lots of stuff is considerdmcastable refractory. Obviusly refractory means it resists high temp and castable means it can be pored or packed into a mold. What we need for a forge gas forge not running 24 hours a day is insulation, tempeture resistance, mechanical strength to damage and resistance to cracking from thermal cycling. Materials that perform all there's tasks are expensive, wile items that can provide a few are less expensive. So you have to read the labels. A proven and inexpensive desighn has been to use ceramic wool insulation with or without rigidizer a thin sleeve of castable refractory and an IR reflective/flux resistant wash. So the refractory needs to resist forge heat a forge that gets to 2200f will need a refractory with a margin of safety, say 2500f) be hard enugh that bumps with stock won't damage it and resist thermal cycling. The "grog" refers to my Mike is a term use daily in ceramics and poetry, the addition of somthing (typicaly ground up fired clay in the case of pottery) to resist cracks may be as. Little as 10% or as much as 50%. The refractory cement you started looking at is desighned for fire places and wood stoves, and probably lacks bothe the resistance to thermal cycling and temp resistance. The only way to know for sure would be to call them. For refrence, a hard fire brick for a fireplace exposed to a charcoal forge fire
  11. My first forge

    Stainless melts at about the same temp as plane steel, I wouldn't try and use it as a liner.
  12. Heater conversion

    See, we don't necisaraly think you have a bad idea, it's a great idea to experiment with but it's frustrating when a forge dosnt work and you are trying to figure out why. That's why we are suggesting that $10 in pipe fittings and an afternoons work will set you up with a proven burner, and generally even if you order small amounts of Material from Wayne to build the forge it's self you end up with enugh leftover for a second one (franken burner friendly) if as Jerry suggests you try and reconfigure the manifold that the jets need to be dead center of the burner tubes. And on the heat treat oven, many knife and sword makers have gone vertical for hardening.
  13. My first forge

    i assume we are looking at a #10 can, another can or spacifically the bottom wold work. Either use the can opener sideways to cut the end off with a lip or cut the can so that about a 1/2" remained to be pressed into the original. With the clamps the first method is easier. All you need then is a hole cut in the lid slightly larger than your head linnner. Another method used is to buy a pair of soft fire brick (they are insilative and of higher temiture rating than hard brick used in fire places.
  14. The only good thentie plate is as either tool steel or tool plate installed on a separate stump. Welding the plate on top (unless you are prepared to reach in all the way and weld it solid from the center out) is going backwards.