Chris Comtois

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  1. Hoof picks

    I figure there's a few folks on here who know a bit (or more!) about farrier work. I have a bunch of used horseshoes given to me by a friend. I'd like to make her a few things in appreciation for all the free stock! She has horses (obviously) and I thought a hoof pick from a horseshoe might be kind of neat. I've seen several demos online, and looked at a bunch of pics for design ideas. Something that seems to vary is the point on the pick. Some appear to be very dull and rounded, some look like they could puncture a car tire, some are wide and flat while some are round like knitting needles. To the folks that have/work with horses, what is your preferred style of point on a hoof pic? I would think the needle sharp ones might hurt the horse, but the only thing I know about horses is how to fall off them (seriously, I've managed to fall off EVERY SINGLE TIME I've ridden on one). Thanks.
  2. It followed me home

    I make mini-horseshoes out of the wire. You can flatten and bend them cold if you have to. A couple of punches for nail holes and the crease and you have a genuine North-American House Pony shoe.
  3. T Burner Illustrated Directions

    Well I got the sputtering problem licked - turns out one of my jets was not quite lined up as well as it could have been. Drilled and tapped a new T and all seems well now. It doesn't seem to be getting as hot as I think t should be - I can forge with it, but it doesn't seem to be getting welding hot, and there is a lot of dragon breath. Can I close off the back a bit with some brick, would that help?
  4. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Yikes! So glad you weren't injured any worse! I was trying to finish up that pumpkin after a long day and ran my thumb across the wire wheel - fortunately pulled back in time to avoid stripping the ENTIRE layer of skin. Hope things turn around for you soon.
  5. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Yep, I've had to pull LOTS of old, bent nails. I've also discovered that the "material" in the creases does not burn out in the forge, rather it bakes in like fired clay. I try not too hard to think about it as I respiratored up and took the wire wheel to them....
  6. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Got another load of used horseshoes from my source. Spent some time messing around with a few.
  7. Ideas for Christmas 2017

    Our club did candy canes for ornaments one year - two strands of copper wire and one strand of steel wire, chucked one end in a drill and spun it all together. Soldered the ends. I'll try to get some pics if I can dig out the Christmas stuff.
  8. Beginner seeking advice on a small propane forge

    I just turn mine inside out every week. Like a fresh pair! Seriously EA93, welcome to the group. Good luck with building your forge! I would very much suggest, before you throw a lot of money and effort into a hobby you've never even participated in (and this hobby will take as much or as little as you throw at it), try to find someone local who does it and ask if you can come by and try it out. Learn the basics first so you don't get frustrated trying things that are way beyond you. I had good results by googeling my state + blacksmith. There may be a club within driving distance.
  9. T Burner Illustrated Directions

    Could be a breeze, I'm working on it outside. Shop is kind of cluttered right now. Not set up to supply gas to both at once yet, probably work on that this weekend. Sputtering is more prevalent at low pressures, but at higher pressures it kind of acts like it's TOO high a pressure, if that makes any sense, like it wants to blow itself out. That makes me think I need to trim the mig tip back some more to get more air mixed in with the gas. I'm closing in on 'er, though!
  10. It followed me home

    Hadn't thought of that, I'll have to check it out tonight!
  11. It followed me home

    Came home yesterday to find my father in law had dropped off a couple of old ladder jacks. Not sure what they are going to turn into, I'm thinking some kind of campfire equipment.
  12. T Burner Illustrated Directions

    OK - pulled the flare back to just inside the steel shell. There is now about 1 1/2 inches of wool/cement between the end of the flare and the forge chamber. That seemed to help quite a bit (imagine that!). Still a moderate amount of sputtering. No backfires back into the T this time, but it kind of felt like it wanted to. Right now I'm just trying to get one burner tuned properly before installing the second; just occurred to me, it might make a difference having both burners going at the same time? Am I wasting time tuning one then the other? Here are some pics:
  13. The basics.

    Fire management Proper tool use
  14. Intermediate Projects?

    Thanks Thomas, that's the one I was thinking of. I've browsed the forums on both sites just enough to be dangerous! Wasn't sure how the feeling was.
  15. Intermediate Projects?

    I'm not sure if I can link it here, I get the feeling there is some tension between the websites, but if you Google "blacksmith projects" you might find a long list of different things to try.