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  1. Hello everyone, I am in the market for replacing my grinder as well so I was reading posts on the forum about different models. I quite liked the bader when I saw it on their website but the problem is that it will have to be shipped from the states to Cyprus which makes it not worth it. Can you suggest a good belt grinder in Europe? is there a dealer of bader in the EU? Thanks in advance!
  2. Actually wood is out of the question because of the fire department! (they don't allow it!) But yes I will consider if the best solution is either brick floor or earthen. But after the suggestion by Beaudry I think I am quite leaning towards the brick floor with sand or mortar beneath them and a good pair of shoes made by order with a soft sole and some good protection. I believe that it will be easy to clean and provide the uneven gripping points so that the legs are more stable while forging. Thanks to everyone who posted and for your very informative advice! if you would like to add so
  3. Hi Beaudry, do you have an image to post so I can see what it is exactly.? What is the sand slurry? the bricks you are talking about are the orange small bricks which are 20*10cm and 5cm thick? They are usually used on pavements and on decorating a road which is considered to be very old as in within the center of Larnaca for example. I think the most commonly available bricks are the ones on the middle image here but I like better the last one which is darker for a forge! And btw that is a great idea! thanks a lot!
  4. hey everyone! Yes, Frosty again you are right from the first assumption in the post! The problem I've been facing with my concrete floor is firstly posture because it is really difficult for me to hammer on the anvil and stand straight due to scoliosis I've been suffering for almost my entire life! I have begun to swim and do areal silks to improve posture for the long run. Secondly, we have a shortage of shops here in Cyprus who stock good working shoes and any attempts to order online have proven fatal due to the sizes each company makes. I've ordered a pair of welder shoes from Amazon in si
  5. Hello, beaudry, Thanks for the info! so there is no need to do a particular recipe for the flooring? Do you know of any of them that will make the floor more hardened?
  6. Hello JHCC, Thanks a lot for the info, yes I had that problem and now i will use google from now on!
  7. Hello Everyone, I would like to start a post dedicated to the options a blacksmith can have for a floor in his or her workshop. I've looked around as much as I could within these busy days to find some posts and noticed that there is not a dedicated post which highlights the options/pros/cons of each type of floor. I have read that one of the best floors is the Adobe/earthen floor in terms of physique but I have yet to find a really good guide for how to go about making such a floor and how to harden or soften it if necessary. Any info on this matter is welcomed since I am thinkin
  8. Hello Ede, no i do not any brazing and the 4 temperaments that you mentioned do not apply to me at all, except if you consider that while cutting a piece with an angle grinder for a second and not wearing the respirator is considered ignorance. Mainly i have been wearing the respirator and in the future i will buy a wet saw for cutting steel to minimize the steel dust particles in the workshop but this is a later investment. I have been thinking about the maxi-grinder for a while but i think it is not wet. But since I have high costs at the moment with my new workshop I might consider buying a
  9. Yes i will monitor it closely and look for other sources as well. thank you for the advice. But the most important is that the goal is to decrease the intake from the forge so as to be able to continue and advance in this amazing art form.!
  10. Hello Mark, thanks for the advice and i will be taking a mixture of them as it seems. I hope it will help. i will try to eliminate the sources and switch to gas forge for a while and see what happens.
  11. I am back again. Glenn i really appreciate your detailed answer, and apologise from beforehand for not answering all the issues that you raised. Since you have described that the substances like arsenic, aluminium, cadmium etc are only found as trace elements in the coal i will not worry so much about them and try to place a better chimney in my next shop according to your recommendations and take care for the air filtration and cleanliness of the smithy. As for wearing a mask all the time while working is even more unbearable due to the heat during our almost 8 month summer time and due to th
  12. hello everyone, thank you for the quick replies. give me some time to read fully the post by Glenn and i will get back to you. Now as for the gas forge i have ordered the forgemaster blacksmith recently and its on its way, (after failing to calibrate the two forges i have built out of propane bottles) Hense i will switch to it soon for a period of two months or more to see if there is any improvement in the heavy metals in my system. Ventilation will be better soon as i plan to move in a bigger space as soon as possible out on the country side where the workshop is much bigger. And i will do s
  13. Hello there, I have a problem which i am investigating the cause for some months now. I have run multiple blood tests and today another new test which measures the chemicals and or heavy metals inside ones system to show what vitamins and minerals are off the normal charts. The test has shown some worrying results in the heavy metals department and i am now considering the possibility of it being work related. I have been practicing blacksmithing for the last three years as a main profession but my workshop is still located at the back of the house in the garage (square space of 25 squa
  14. thanks for your replies! sorry for the so late response! the deal with that hammer is now gone. there is no chance i can purchase it. I contacted the government with several letters and we got nowhere. they said that because it is the property of the state that it has to go on auction and they are not willing to do that for now but they will contact me if they do. As of now i am looking for a space to make my workshop in Larnaca and then i will purchase an air hammer but i am looking for another option besides the Sahinler SM50. can you suggest any places to look for a used one or even a new o
  15. thanks for your opinion. if i could get it it would have been in my workshop by now but it belongs to the goverment and i need permission to get it. we have sent them a letter and still waiting for their responce. if they come through i will be quite happy, but for now we can only wait.. thanks again though for all your opinions!
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