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About JosephPrivott

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    Boone, NC
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    18th century reenacting
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  1. Wish I wasn't about to leave for NY, I'm in Boone and could help. You going to UT? ETSU? Dunno of anyone who is knowledgeable about that period or the industrial skill set that goes with it. There are a couple of folks on the forum here that are from our neck of the woods, hopefully they'll chime in since I can't remember their handles. In the meantime, check this site out, it's similar to what you're proposing. Bronze Age Reenacting
  2. it sounds borderline cliche to say that dogs are better than people, but xxxxxx if it ain't true. Good luck making your urn, I think the relevant advice has been put forth already.
  3. Happy birthday Joseph.

  4. I fail to see what 'definitely' makes it a bayonet. While the (apparently) triangular shape is congruent with bayonets of the AWI and CW, it shows a lack of hollow grinding on the flats, or socket for fitting over the barrel of the gun. Plug Bayonets were outdated for all practical purposes by the time that guns would have been carried by anyone making a log cabin in TN, and this does not fit the typical profile for such an item (which was normally wide and flat) Sounds like the archaeologist knows what he's looking at. Neat find nonetheless, thanks OP!
  5. That's it George! thanks a ton. Keep them coming fellas :)
  6. I love these sorts of videos. Seems like there was one on Japanese scissor making but I can' find it :/
  7. Booooo, I just got of the phone with the Ky Horseshoeing school and they said they were having communication problems with Kohlswa and weren't importing any at the moment :/ I don't really enjoy the thought of sailing to Sweden to bring one back.... :P
  8. Yeah I used a brearing race to make a knife the other month. Dear lord was it a tough material.
  9. Fit and finish are great. As it is the squared handle reminds me of the Japanese schools. You may consider removing some of the meat from the centre of the wood, essentially creating a 'wasp-waist' (how much would be up to you). This would eliminate the illusion of a convex handle and help to distinguish it from the relatively untapered blade. You may also consider faceting the corners of squared handles like that, either down the entirety, or just the wood. I would be concerned that the blade has not been drawn back enough. 'Straw' is generally listed for small blades like lancets and pen
  10. Driving through WVa I get a kick out of the Union billboards. 'Fracking is just as bad as mountaintop removal. 99% dependence on a depleting resource is greedy. Not being in danger of running out is no excuse to be wasteful of a resource that you don't rightfully own (We should be stewards of the planet, and leave it better than we found it.) We should be funneling money into alt. energy R&D (at a personal, not governmental level -social gospel, not social justice).I use coal for the time being and love the way it works. Methane is probably the best way to go for our trade, but it's not w
  11. I'm inclined to side with Dave on this. Nickel rod is recommended for anvil repairs on Fishers as a base layer, I would try that.
  12. As a compliment to Trinculo's (Hi btw!, I'm up in Boone) doc, here is technical data about the anvils. While pricing is subject to change, this is a little more standard, and I wish it ws pinned to the forum since comparisons come up so much. Click the link and search (ctrl+f) for 'anvil' its the first result. my link
  13. I've got the typical 'USA' aso, a PW, and a Fisher; this is a 'life enrichment' exercise for me. I am a proponent of block anvils and such, particularly the forklift anvils that seem to be increasing in quality of finish and design. I specifically asked if the Fisher info was still in patent because I didn't know where to look for it. If it was still in patent, that would give me a start. Thomas, you seem to know more than I about it; where can I find the info? The cost of this project is simply the time it would take me to bust cast iron to fill the crucible, and whatever a steel face would
  14. Is the Fisher process still in patent? I'm planning on casting one this spring at a uni that has a cupola. Something stump anvil-sized. I was going to use something similar to this; I love the design; he could have that thing done commercially. * Working surface: 12 X 15 cm (5.9" x 4.72") * Height: 24 cm (9.5") * Horn length: 18 cm (7") * Weight: 27 kg (60 pounds) * Surface hardness: 58-60 HRC
  15. I live about an hour away from Bsmth's Depot and can verify they have used the TFS for their main forging anvils. They actually have two or three in use there, and one Peddinghaus. The anvils had certainly been used, and the edges were holding up fine. No apparent distortion of the face that I remember either.
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