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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. You are too modest. That's great work. Anyway, one little boy thinks it's top quality work and that's what matters. And I bet he thinks you're the best Grandpa in the world! That's a very happy story. I feel better for having read that!
  2. Great pic, 58er! Block up the outside holes, leaving the top two and the bottom one. Add a couple of oversize ears and you have a giant size Mickey Mouse! Can you recognise it?
  3. Nice looking anvil. Photos can be deceptive, but it looks heavier than 100 lb.
  4. We all like good news! Best wishes for a complete recovery.
  5. I am surprised that no-one has taken to collecting rebar. There must be many varieties from all over the world. We have a display of over a hundred different barbed wires (and I believe there are more than 2000 varieties known). Just looking around the scrap pile, I reckon I could see about a dozen different sizes/patterns. Maybe somebody, somewhere, collects rebar.
  6. They would make great charcoal sieves!
  7. Yeah, what JD said. Sounds like he was one of the good guys. So sorry or your loss.
  8. The best thing about rebar is that the pattern is ready made for snake scales. It also gives a grippy handle for bottle openers. Other than that, as artfist said, it is wonderful under concrete.
  9. Yes, that's a good idea. It's no problem to buff up the outside to a bright finish, but the inside curves remain dull. The good thing is that they don't require any further finishing and seem to remain bright indefinitely.
  10. Eli, what are those pointed things in the bottom centre of your second pic? I have loads of those things and have no idea what they are for. Perhaps they are good steel I can shape into something useful.
  11. Sorry to hear the angle grinder expired. You must have gone through a few discs too! Those are classy looking handles. Nice reverse twist in the longer ones. They look like they may be a little uncomfortable on the hands, but I guess the paint (or maybe powder coating) will soften the edges a bit.
  12. Thanks Slag. You are too kind. These things are so simple, but simplicity is often a good thing. They are interesting conversation pieces at dinner parties. And I think people must use forks for a lot of creative art, because the op shops always seem to have hundreds of knives and spoons but very few forks. I do buy up a few table knives though, as they make great dragonfly wings. Haven't got a creative use for spoons yet, other than wall hooks.
  13. Not at all.
  14. I don't know if you would call this metal sculpture or carvings. Maybe metal bending. These are standard dinner forks heated in the forge and then wrapped around a 25mm diameter pipe. They make great napkin rings. Well, different anyway. Op shops are a good source of old forks. You can make a set of six all with the same pattern on the handle or a mixed bunch like these:
  15. OK, so I had a bit of time after the demo visitors left this morning. Thought an interesting exercise might be to forge an S hook with a twist - about as simple as it gets, but I decided to do it entirely with my left hand. What a learning experience! What would normally take me about 5 minutes flat, took almost half an hour and what a painful process. I finished up strangling the hammer to get some control and the forearm muscle cramped up quickly. And it was only mild 6mm square bar. Even the twisting was difficult and I wasn't game to smack the touchmark on. I learnt three things from the exercise: 1. I am not ambidextrous 2. It gave me an understanding of how difficult simple processes may be for a rank beginner. 3. If I had to hit hard I would be dangerous. So how are you with the hammer in the hand you don't usually use? Here's the hook: