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    Atherton Tableland (Promised land) Far North Queensland, Australia
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    Metal work: blacksmithing, junk sculpture. Timber work: turning, furniture. Photography, aviation, motor sport. English teaching.

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  1. ausfire

    New Work

    Beautiful work. I admire your skill with design and symmetry. The finish is excellent - oil? wax?
  2. ausfire

    It followed me home

    Yep. Qantas won't allow my longhorn bull camp oven lifters in carry-on luggage. Those horns cold do some damage.
  3. ausfire

    OZ roll call

    Welcome. There is a lot to be learnt from the experienced smiths on this site, and many forging projects for you and your sons to attempt. And living in Blackwater you will have plenty of coal for the forge!
  4. ausfire

    Some info please

    OK. Sorry for posting the link. Mate, just Google Chevington Tools or Metalcraft Australia and it's all there.
  5. I think I would be a bit squeamish about Beamish. Being tropical North Queenslanders, you and I would not be able to handle the cold!!
  6. ausfire

    Chunk of Steel? I say anvil!

    Yep. And how good were those fettlers of old. To swing one of those hammers with a face no larger than the spike you're hitting is something of an art. Although, I have made a lot of bottle openers from spikes that look as though not all hits were 100% accurate.
  7. ausfire

    Some info please

    Mate, I don't know about that company, but we bought the whole range of cold-working metalcraft tools similar to the ones in your ad from Chevington tools. Not sure if admin will allow the link* but it's [commercial link removed]. It was some years ago, but I think they still trade in those tools. PM me if you want details. *They won't.
  8. ausfire

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Nice bit of engineering there, Woody. And that forged snake on the front is a ripper. Can't wait for the test run of these things. Mulga Bill would be proud of you. 'Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze; He turned away the good old horse that served him many days; He dressed himself in cycling clothes, resplendent to be seen; He hurried off to town and bought a shining new machine; And as he wheeled it through the door, with air of lordly pride, The grinning shop assistant said, "Excuse me, can you ride?" "See here, young man," said Mulga Bill, "from Walgett to the sea, From Conroy's Gap to Castlereagh, there's none can ride like me. I hope your first ride ends better than it did for Mulga Bill.
  9. ausfire

    Unknown Anvil

    No-one said what the 26 is. Could it have been made in 1926 or is that oversimplifying things? Nice anvil anyway.
  10. ausfire

    Artistry in the scrap. A few pics.

    Actually, you were closer than I was. It was a few years ago that I wrote to the Heine Company and I looked back in the files to find their reply. Here's some of what they said: It was one of the first presses we made in about 1895 to 1900. The name would have been on a plate on the front of the slide, please see photo attached. We have an identical machine in our archives. It was approx 8 tons capacity and they were used for stamping out metal items, eg ends of containers (food cans, tobacco tins etc), cutlery, brackets etc. The company was founded in 1886 by John Heine, an engineer who migrated from England. He built up a manufacturing company that gradually specialised in power presses and forming dies. It was the first company to make automatic can making machinery in Australia, commencing around 1890. The company quickly forged a reputation as Australia's foremost machinery manufacturer and over the years has produced tens of thousands of machines for Australian industry, as a visit today to almost any factory in Australia will reveal. The range included metal stamping presses from 2 to 350 tonnes capacity, general sheet metal working machinery and can making machinery including 2 and 3 piece body makers, end presses and seamers. Such is the strength and quality of these machines that most are still in service today.
  11. ausfire

    Artistry in the scrap. A few pics.

    Ah, just my bumbly fingers on the keyboard, Woody. I meant to type 1880. The Heine company still exists and I emailed them a photo of that press to find out some information for a label to put on it. They were pleased to know of its existence and said it was one of their very early models from that era. And if that fluming (Pic 3) is a kids' slippery slide, it's a pretty robust construction, unlike the bits of tin we see today. Hey, perhaps we could reconstruct it.
  12. ausfire


    Hey, nothing wrong with charcoal! Hot, cheap (free) and clean. Probably better in a side blast forge though, so yes, as John said, maybe make the fire bowl a bit deeper. Nice old blower. They are quite common here and the old timers referred to them as Buffalo blowers.
  13. Susan, you are way too modest! That is a lovely piece of work that will bring pleasure for many years to come. I like the symmetry of the trunk and the flowing snake-like branches. Along with others here, I applaud your skill and your generosity.
  14. ausfire

    forge rebuild

    Thanks, Woody. I should have asked you before I bought a bag of the stuff from down south. I will know next time. I found a smaller water-cooled tuyere about 300mm long and about 120 mm at the big end with a 25 mm outlet. It's in good shape and still has the original water fittings screwed to it. Maybe you would like to be consultant engineer on fitting it up. Your expertise is always welcome at our Village - and your 4 tonnes of cement.
  15. ausfire

    Artistry in the scrap. A few pics.

    That could well be. It is certainly connected with the mining industry. We are considering fitting it together and creating a kind of sluice set-up for the kids to pan some little gems. It's nice to have things like that for visitors' kids to do. We could supply the water from our windmill. Here's a pic of the mill. 27 feet across the blades.