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About ausfire

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  • Birthday 11/17/1951

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    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. Tiger the cattle dog

    Hi Cathy and thank you for showing us these wonderful tributes to your dogs. I can see some Scrapartoz influences there. The man is a genius. As for finding more scrap, I think we bush dwellers have a better chance than the city folk. As soon as people get to know what you do, you'll find pieces of usable junk turning up at your gate. We are very big on scarifier points aren't we? Always useful for beaks and ears. Welcome to the forum. You'll find lots of inspiration here and folks willing to share their ideas. We look forward to seeing more of your work.
  2. Damascus earrings

    Waste not , want not. Lovely idea for the offcuts!
  3. need prayers

    Sorry to hear that, Kevin. Hoping all goes well. Thoughts from the deep south.
  4. Good News

    How did I miss this thread? What a happy conversation. Congratulations to all!!
  5. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Nice bikes Mr 58er. Obviously an Indian fan. A bit off-topic, but we have one of those too. Indian Prince:
  6. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Great idea with the key chains, Mark. I am not surprised you had a line up. It is really good to involve kids (with parental permission of course). I often invite them to turn the blower, thereby providing the heat to make something simple - usually an S hook from old weld rod or something. You are a good ambassador for the art. And your stump anvil is proving its worth.
  7. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Sorry to hear you're feeling down, Gergely. Hope you're back to forging soon; we all enjoy seeing your work.
  8. Raleigh, NC checking in!

    There are a lot of us lifelong learners here. You learn a bit more every time you light the forge. Welcome to IFI.
  9. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    No, Das, my bandsaw is just for wood. I cut the spike with a thin cutting disc on the angle grinder as far as I could and then (laboriously) with a hacksaw. And yes, I agree with you about LBS's work. The copper rivets on the card holder look really good. I am constantly astounded by the quality of his work.
  10. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Hi Michael, The pair under the toasting fork are hangers for plant baskets. The spike is split from the head end and the other end forged into a hook. They are actually upside down in the pic. They look good on the walls of the railway station holding colourful hanging baskets. I'll find a close up picture of one:
  11. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Demos at different locations for the last three days. Pack, unpack, pack, unpack - just gotta get a lighter anvil block! One location was an open day at our local railway so I put together a display of railway spike stuff. Forged a lot of bulls head things - camp oven lifters, billy lifters, hat hooks etc. Also spent a lot of time talking. The last picture shows what happens to a rail spike when you talk too much and forget to turn down the forge blower. Folks watching thought it was funny. (And it was sparktacular to pull out!)
  12. Can You Please Evaluate My Tong Design

    Mark is right; words on the internet can often be misinterpreted. A general statement may be seen as personal when it's not. In any event, I hope @Robin 447 does come back on for two reasons: to remove his status as a one-poster, and to acknowledge the constructive criticism that he sought.
  13. I'm on the bus!

    I'm OK with it, but I think we could have generated a livelier bit of fire and glowing metal.
  14. 150 is a lot of hooks. I would hang them on a wire, maybe in batches of 50. Back and forth with a rattle can of Rustoleum Clear and call it done. Nice little shepherd crooks too. But I must be missing something ... where does the key go?
  15. First time forging

    It certainly is. I think every time I have burnt steel it's because I have been talking to visitors. Good advice would be talk or crank but not both!