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    (Mostly medieval style) Blacksmithing.


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    (Mostly Medieval style) Blacksmithing

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  1. Oh, did you remove your old rivets in order to put new ones in? I'm not sure the best way to do that. Also, where did you buy your belts from?
  2. Well, the belt I'm using came with it, and loosened quickly. I'm really not sure of the quality of the leather.
  3. I just acquired a fairly new portable forge that is belt driven, but I can't seem to upload any pictures, sorry! Anyway, where is the best place to go to buy replacement belts, should that I need one? Does anyone know? Also, my belt seems to have loosened some since I riveted it. Should I try to remove the rivets and re-rivet, or is there a way to shrink the leather some (I don't need much) without causing cracking? Thanks!
  4. Hello again. I was wondering if anyone here can tell me a short history of the side draft (not blast) forge design (for curiosity more than anything). I have been looking all over to see if I could find the earliest instance of this sort of forge, with little luck. I thought a good place to start my search is the medieval (I know, very vague term) era, but it seems to me that most medieval forges have full hoods of masonry. I cannot find a date for the beginning of the use of side draft forges. Any help? Thanks!
  5. Hi everyone. I don't use it for hunting (just target practise), but it has the potential! Thanks for the kind comments! I do make my own bolts and heads, and also sell them on Ebay in packs of 6.
  6. Hello! I haven't been on the site in a while (because of school and work), so I thought I'd share one of my (and my brother's) newest pieces. This is a pinlock crossbow with a wooden prod, drawn in the early style/ crusader style of sitting on the ground with both feet against the prod, and drawing it back with your arms and back. The stock is oak, the prod is hickory, and the tickler (switch) and pin are mild steel. The prod is bound to the stock with braided hemp, and draws at about 135 pounds at 10 inches. What do you think?
  7. This was made as one piece, and then drilled. I am sorry, I did not take any pictures of me making it... As for firing, I use about 1 and 1/2 TEAspoons ( I figure it to be about 120 grains, but I have not measured in a while- all I know is that when I measured, it filled 1 and 1/2 teaspoons). I fire holding under the right armpit, and touching a piece of matchcord to the touchhole. I could use a "fork", but I have not made one yet. I did pick a nice piece of steel, and tempered it to be VERY soft compared to what it was. I could not even begin drilling before I tempered, because it was so hard. It is much stronger than the last one I made, which I have fired many many times. I will get rid of it soon though, because it is a health hazard. Not yet. I could if you really want! That is the diagramme I based my gonne off of, but I gave more wall and chamber room for my larger bore.
  8. Well, I have not been on the site for a while, so I thought I should post something. What better to post about than the new Mediaeval-style Gonne I got done making not too long ago? I based it off of the Tannenburg handgonne design, with a few minor alterations. This kind of hand cannon has a powder chamber (a section where the barrel is much smaller-where the powder explodes); which, so I hear, makes the gonne much safer and accurate. The powder chamber is 3/8"(~9.525mm), and the barrel in 3/4"(~19.05). I am thinking of naming it Hlud-Lieg {Loud-Fire}. Please tell me what you think!
  9. A simple spark test can tell you the carbon content of the steel. Also, be careful if it is painted black. Heavy metal poisoning is not fun.
  10. It looks good. I like the design on the scabbard a lot, too. :D
  11. Hmm. Since I'm looking for cheaper welders , I thought I'd check out Lowes. They have Propane-Oxygen torches there for a good price. Any opinions on this kind of thing, or should I just save up for a really nice one? :unsure:
  12. Thanks guys! I wasn't too committed to buying this, but I didn't want to let a potential deal slip away.
  13. Try this one: <http://akroncanton.craigslist.org/tls/1564638500.html>. They don't give too much info, but I could always call and find out.
  14. Hello! I was searching for welders on Craigslist, just to see what I could find, and I found a Campbell Hausfeld 110v arc welder for CHEAP ! http://akroncanton.craigslist.org/tls/1564638500.html. My question is, has anyone had any experience with this kind of welder? Is this kind of welder a good/reliable one? Thanks for all replies! :D
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