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    In a Strange Land......

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    Alpine, California, and Santa Barbara County
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    Blacksmithing, Hammering, Bucking, Metals, Music, Mineralogy, Elutriation, Foundry, Pottery, Panning, Shooting,7.62 x 39, 7.62 x 54, Science, Humanity, Industrial Anthropology

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  1. Glenn, Depends on how fast I get. Were it profitable, I would make hundreds... The current tooling is adequate for giving them away as gifts, but not for sales... the drawing and blanking can be sped up substantially, but I am enjoying the texturing a bit to much to mechanize at present. I am just grateful right now to be able to walk and breathe :+D... Robert Taylor
  2. Second iteration of two bit flower. Now I develop a set of feature-driven dies: Knife blanks from bimetal commercial bandsaw blade: Had to thin this file to .041" thick to finish the blade holder: Time to slice and dice: And here is the kaboodle: Note to self - do not vein the petals when fatigued and up against a deadline... these are a good bit more inconsistent than what I was going for: Driving up to Ventura, California, today to deliver the goods. Thanks for looking, Robert Taylor
  3. Well done, and all of the praise thus far is rightfully earned. Having read all of page seven of this thread, I must now start on page six! Robert Taylor
  4. Little nickel cokes in a stand up machine at the gas station on Telegraph Canyon Road! Robert Taylor
  5. Stove elbow endured fifteen years of heat and weather cycling - no complaints. This week when I slammed the front door on the furnace, it just went blehhhh... all better now!
  6. Welcome from San Diego to Santa Barbara! Robert Taylor
  7. Congratulations on a successful tear down, Jennifer. And thanks for the comprehensive narrative... When the machine guard craze ran through my last Aerospace plant, it was very disruptive. Fortunately, we were able to keep the "fixers" out of the Tool & Cutter dept., as many operations have to be open gear, period. ('nose to the grind stone' is not 'just' a saying). Guards where they are sensible, but we do love to to see fine machines doing their stuff... Robert Taylor
  8. Having abrasive cut a lot of tool/high speed steels, I would say that you are on to something. I have found that in the perfect storm, (four?) factors can bring trouble: The abrasive cutoff process is, in part, incendiary in nature. The sharp grits of the wheel cut chips nearly identical to short mill cuttings, and these chips, as they ignite, efficiently carry nearly all of the heat out of the cut zone. If the wheel's surface speed falls below the necessary minimum, that process ceases. This causes the the wheel and/or the work to overheat: the wheel grit can melt (glaze), and the
  9. "dovesti do uma" Alexadr, Google translate: "bring to mind", which could be said as: "remind me of"; "make me think of"; "look(s) like beautiful, perfect, roses"... Better translators than I, on this thread... Robert Taylor
  10. As stated, what is the asking price? I would certainly like to get ahold of a couple of those spike heads if you wished to have part of the purchase subsidized... Just saw your latest post pop in. Where is that decimal point? Robert Taylor
  11. Bantou, I would say that would be pretty snazzy from where I sit... I am compelled at present to chain my anvil down, but it employs a semi-quick release. Thinking I might try that myself. I use chain binders around the property, love em... Robert Taylor
  12. Looks like the "standard" flat spring has been replaced by a coil spring... Robert Taylor
  13. Wow! That is some spread! Inspiration, Indeed! Robert Taylor
  14. The business world will always appear operate along a baseline of inexplicable madness, as viewed by a select group of observers. Perhaps a mixture of charity and utility drives the retention of such individuals. Sometimes a rickety framework is superstitiously protected, because it "works", much to the frustration of more perceptive outsiders... Robert Taylor
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