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About Wroughton

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  • Birthday February 25

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    Bonner, Montana
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    all things metal


  • Location
    Missoula, MT
  • Biography
    owner/operator of small fab shop and forge in Turah, MT. ABANA and NRBA member
  • Interests
    all things metal/ chasing and catching the local fauna for consumption.
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    Metal Smith

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  1. Well......ok. I guess I have more insulation sitting around than ash. I have rolled things up well enough that they were still quite warm the next day. Think a couple layers of insulation and duct tape. More insulation equals higher R rating so I'd argue you can keep your ash. For small items I wrap and then brick up in the appropriate sized gas forge for more insulation. Furthermore, I'd need a dumpster of ash to take care of the last vise I fixed. To weld the vise I TIG welded with nickel stick rod for cast iron after I took the flux off. Bronze would probably be that much more forgiving and less prone to cracking. I'll try it on the next cast fix.
  2. The reins on some are over 8 ft long.
  3. I went to see a collection of XL blacksmith tools this weekend. Here's a few pictures. Anyone seen a swage like this before? I was wondering if it was for making huge J bolts. There's an extra large swage block and pattern also. I was so addled by all the piles I didn't get a picture of the actual swage, just the pattern.
  4. I'm a Smaug. Dress accordingly lest ye be flambéed.
  5. Studebaker axle first, then some random goodies with small rail cart axle in WI
  6. I agree. I left that a tad generalized. I mean gnawing on the material passionate. Not just the ambitious bouncing around because they're happy to be breathing air and they want you to come and drink some koolaid with them. The true passionate ones attempt to consume every facet of their current focus, in whatever form, rather than immediately becoming, say, a timber framer without ever picking up a chisel. There are more than a few here on IFI that are full speed and I chuckle when I can feel their WANT to learn through their post. I feel I'm much better at spotting the difference now as there was a time when I often mistook fake exuberance for passion. Good work shows a lot more than flapping gums.
  7. You don't need to be a masochist to be a blacksmith. But it sure helps.
  8. If that thing only had an hour meter onboard. They kept using it long after it started falling apart.
  9. (1)112 - (2)56 -(6) 6 = 174 lbs if my hundredweight brain scale is right. A hundredweight is 112lbs, a quarter weight is 28lb Its ready to go and in great shape. Just add hot metal and hammer. It's priceless to you. Now go find the scrap pile.
  10. The Force is strong with this one. Start making boxes out of pallets and scrap wood.
  11. It came out of the river with the other stuff. Out of sight, out of mind. It was bulldozed, pushed into the log pond behind the dam. For this stuff my shop helped the county clean up all kinds of trash from the river and they rewarded us with the iron pile while they took care of the concrete and asphalt chunks. The county had a tilt bed truck used for removing abandoned vehicles to winch garbage. I spun the hub off and the spindle was still shiny with grease intact. I think we used the springs for bench hardware.
  12. You've muddied a couple of lines for me. Mainly between how we treat family, friends and coworkers. If you're a chronic "fixer" or "helper" you can't optimize your effectiveness if you're so stretched out in area that you can't help someone when it's really needed. Guarding your ability to think and help is being compassionate towards yourself. Stating your business is a good idea but most people don't like hearing it. You've just taken out any sideways play they may have had in either misunderstanding your reasons or avoiding giving any credit due. When "freebies" are given on a job I now call them out on the invoice after a battle with a contractor that got way too much and gave too little. When I'm asked to overlook an hour of work or parts supplied I have the "freebie" count on record. On that note, I employ a tool I've used my whole life. I put my neck out early. It may hurt if you take advantage of it but I'll know your inner workings......FAST. To users and takers it looks like easy money/gain and they reveal themselves. That's another reason I like working with people with a passion for their work, they usually don't have any other motive than wanting to perform and learn and sometimes, even grow. I think there's more than one TED talk on this subject.
  13. Have you verified that the axles are steel? I have several axles that are WI. One Studebaker wagon axle is particular is very coarse WI. I'll locate the axle at the shop today and get a picture.
  14. pigpen, I chase the grain with an appropriate wire wheel for the wood hardness (soft woods do best with a fine wheel and hardwoods I get after with a knotted wheel) or burn with a weed burner or both. Grinding wheels and flap discs work well for hogging off material and shaping with the grain. Toast with weed burner until you get some charring and then knock that back with steel wool then finish with your favorite oil. Look up steel wool and vinegar for staining/aging wood also.
  15. HAHA! Sorry, couldn't help it. At least you weren't so excited you forgot to put clothes on.