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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. What a popular topic this has been. I wonder if young 'littleblacksmith' would have thought his initial post would receive over 10,000 replies and generate nearly half a million views! Just sayin'.
  2. Yes, the stairway twist (others might have a different name) has a light line cut down each face and then cuts made to meet those lines on two opposite corners only. The cube twist is done cutting in from all four corners. And yes, the gold is just a bit of burnishing with a fine brass brush (copper is a bit dark) while the steel is hot. Black heat only - red will vaporise brass.
  3. A couple with heavily textured handles. One cube twist and one 'stairway' (?) twist. Both forged on the diagonal. I've made that the default method now.
  4. G'day Tim. Good to see you solved the problem amicably. I did think that the two marks were significantly different, but anyway, all is well. Cheers from FNQ.
  5. Indeed we have. I am lucky enough to have all the scrap steel and wrought iron I could ever need. And that's only a fraction of what went away to the scrap dealer. I saved what I could. And thanks, Randy. I have found the photo.
  6. Mr Pnut and Mr Griffin, I thank you both profusely! That is exactly what that object is and I am now able to satisfy the queries of may of our visitors. Would it be OK to use that photo?
  7. I like to put labels on the things we drag out of our scrap piles. Does anyone know what this thing is? It has quite an attractive casting: GAR- WOOD, Detroit. Part of a GM truck perhaps? We stood it up as an ornamental piece, but 'twould be nice to know what it is.
  8. Thank you Irondragon. The bench has been on the Herberton Station platform for a couple of months now and receives a lot of comment. The station master moves it inside each night because he is afraid someone might pinch it. I have been asked to make another one. We have thousands of old rail spikes, so that's not a problem … finding the time is. And the worst part is cleaning the spikes before welding them together. (The MIG hates rust). Someone suggested getting a couple of dozen spikes and putting them in a concrete mixer with a load of dry gravel and small rocks. Like a rough tumbler. Maybe that's worth a try?? (I imagine it would be noisy so it's lucky I don't have near neighbours!)
  9. C-1 That little tractor is sure to inspire kids to learn how to weld. Great work!
  10. ausfire

    Hide mallet

    Mark, thanks for your PM alerting me to your response to this old thread. Yes, I am still around, and I did manage to dig out a couple of pics of the Greg Steel hide hammer from the file. I don't use it anymore, as it was difficult to find replacement hide parts, and the cost of a new one on line was quite reasonable, so I bought one. They are a handy thing and I use mine daily for bending heads on rams and bulls without marking the metal. How are things in Perth? I'm just watching the WBBL cricket on TV with the Perth Scorchers doing it tough against the Melbourne Stars. Anyway, here are the pics I found:
  11. OK. I have heard of par for the course etc, just never heard it used in the way you did. If we do another video, we will make it during a quiet time after the visitors have gone. And I don't do the full horns first because as they are very thin there's always the risk of melting them. I leave them thick until all the face bits are on and the large bend is done. I'll see if Brasso is willing to make another 'Aussie video'. Not sure what though.
  12. That is a really cool little opener. It's stylish and functional … well done! I remember the one that Vaughn did because I copied it to my 'inspirations' file. Never did get round to trying one. I'm inspired again.
  13. Here's another variation on the 'cobropener'. I wanted to get a scale pattern … this done with a cutting wheel, nicks on each edge and twisted tightly. Mouth takes bit of tweaking but it works!
  14. Thanks Das. Incidentally, that's not me coughing in the background … I think the forge smoke might have been getting at one of the visitors. Interesting that you could hear.the birds … what does 'on par' mean? There were some very nice smells coming from the forge too! I usually get my charcoal from the bush, but the last lot of charcoal I found came from a barbecue fire and the cooks must have tossed the left over onion rings on the coals. Steak and onion smells drifted across from the forge all morning. It was making the camera man hungry.