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  1. Here is my favorite tidbit. Mathematician James Grime of the YouTube channel Numberphile has determined that 39 digits of pi—3.14159265358979323846264338327950288420—would suffice to calculate the circumference of the known universe to the width of a hydrogen atom.
  2. We are getting into the spirit of it this morning! Early September snow for the last day of summer... I am going to be making little fish shaped wall hooks for everyone.
  3. I do have to say that I honestly didn't expect that...8-)
  4. Thanks man! I like how the water comment went straight to single malt, been way to long for me. I think it would go well with a campfire as well since its always a good place for coming up with ideas.
  5. I don't think you will find an easy way to forge a blind square hole and keep the sides parallel. how about punching and drifting the hole in some stock and then arc welding it to a fancy handle?
  6. What I am describing is actually a solid phase weld. There is so much more control in a kiln you can do a better job keeping things from melting ( and thus blurring the boundaries.) so you get a much higher quality product. A weight applied while heating would just soak up the heat, slowing you down. Clamps are easy and there is a side effect most people don't think about, which is that Copper expands more than steel when you heat it so your clamp effectively gets tighter when you heat it. Some people take this idea to extremes by using extra low expansion metals as the bolts of the clamp.
  7. You bet. I have done quite a bit of cooper/brass, in one. Way more consistent, and repeatable billets than in a forge. I clamp it and pack it inside a stainless container with charcoal. Cook at 850c for 1 to 2 hours. Remove from heat and reduce thickness by 50% to consolidate the welds. Follow up heats in a forge to shape as desired. The main thing to think about and prep for ahead of time is how you are going to make that initial consolidation. I make my clamp so it fits in my press. If no press is handy make clamp to fit a nice big vice. They work well for the initial squish though 50% reduction may not be feasible in one heat. So follow up heats with a forge and hammer instead.
  8. Really like your post, thank you. My boss always says-" Don't think with someone else's checkbook" It has made a big difference to me in my day job.
  9. Glad you like it. Have at, would like to see your when you are done. 8-)
  10. Fish, planning on using it with 3 hooks below for a key holder Slowly building stock for a show this fall. 20210726_070827.mp4
  11. Sweet deal! Needed to cut corners on flat bar for a small production run.
  12. Found a couple more in the shop this morning
  13. Thanks! Would love to see what you come up with. I was going to do that but got distracted by something else that needed forging..8-)
  14. Here is a photo of my first feather, I ended up doing another later that is even better but can't find the photo. The tip was ground to make a stiff quill pen. It worked with ink, but not really well.
  15. When tuning my saw I grab a scrap of large diameter square tube, it is easy to measure the cuts in the tube with a square and make adjustments. The larger the tube the more obvious the errors are. Helps a lot when trying to dial in the last couple degrees. Really can be frustrating when you are cutting wedges, but stick with it (after you get that new blade) Once you get it right the whole world will seem like a brighter place...
  16. Absolutely not, that is why I'm waiting for these guys to get experience first. Dont worry I'm not a glutton for punishment...no bellows here. We can handle supplies, just going to take some time.
  17. It was the one at the campground by the river in Palmer. 2019 I think? I do want to do another one, hopefully larger. There are about 5 guys I know quietly learning about smelting. Hoping next year we could do a combo hammer in/smelt. Maybe Knik would work.
  18. My Brother! I am an introverted extrovert: Good a not making conversation and terrible at being alone...8-) All this talk of QS makes me itchy to go to one. Wish we had a really good hammer in up here in AK. Frosty came to one we tried throwing and it was a blast, just kinda small with only 4 smiths...
  19. I have a millwright friend that introduced me to it. My favorite electrode to weld with, especially with DC. Works brilliantly to weld bearing steel to mild, its like welding with butter. I have made a few into press tools that way and have never had any weld issues with it ever.
  20. You will go far with an attitude like that! Epic project man, right on!
  21. Awesome, I knew someone out there spent more time on this issue than me. Thank you. I will try dressing the edge for sure! I may even get one of those air nozzle attachments and blow air on the wheel to cool it.
  22. they are nice for clean square cuts for sure. Just a little better than if I actually pay attention to what I am doing when I hot cut a bar.
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