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    Flintlocks, Fly fishing, Mountains, Trekking & Rifles(AR's)

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  1. How about heating it up and brushing/spraying with melted beeswax? Wouldn't that give it a smooth black finish? Or maybe "Renaissance wax." Just thinking out loud . . .
  2. I didn't use standoffs but I do have a layer of firebrick stacked in the area where the "dragons breath" occurs in the back of the propane forge.(Around 2 feet of space/3 inches of firebrick/layer of Rocksett/ then the studs.) I want to mount an exhaust fan in the peak of the eave of the roof to pull away some of the heat. I've already pre-wired a line to run the fan. Just have to get one and mount it.
  3. I recently lined the walls around my forge with concrete backer board. I believe its called "rocksett." It's used as a backing for tile application. It was applied in a cabin I owned around the corner in which the woodstove was located. I pulled out the woodstove and re-purposed the rocksett. I applied it to the studs with drywall screws.We'll see how it works. It is completely fireproof but it really made a mess cutting it!
  4. You see a ruined drawknife. I see material for 2 small knives! Forge on! Hessian
  5. I was getting pretty good for a "hobbiest" when I threw a few clots and ended up in the hospital for a few weeks. Off work for several months, weak as a puppy. 85% chance of mortality from this event. Couldn't even pick up a hammer, much less swing it. The wife said "Sell the forge and tools. You can't/don't use them." I refused. Worked little by little till I got off O2. Still not 100% but I've fired up the forge a couple of times and it's coming back. I know what to do. I'm just a little slower. IFI has been good for me. I "live " through you guys. Don't post much but read everything! Now that the weather is cooling off I plan to spend more time in the shop. As notownkid say's "I can still make scrap with the best of them!" Dave
  6. I like it! The fuller along the top of the blade is a nice touch. Dave
  7. My name is Dave from north Johnson City Tn. I work in Education at a local high school. I have lurked here a long time. Joined a while ago. Started with a "one brick forge." Forged with a small coal forge for a while. Burnt up a lot of steel. Lot's of trial and error. Made a few gadgets & blades. Lot's of cracked steel that I quenched too fast. Sometimes I'd get it right. Sometimes Id work on a blade for a long time only to have it crack in heat treating/hardening. Got yelled at for tempering oily blades in the wife's oven. Finally had a few work out and even traded & sold a few. Bought myself a brand spankin new gas forge from Diamondback Forge and set up a shop in my backyard in a small shed. Made a bunch of "patch knives," "turnscrews," "flint strikers," "S hooks," and the like. Having a great time and BAM! I develop PE's in my lungs. Hospitalized for 10 days, am told I'd lucky to be alive(85% mortality rate). Off work for months. (Luckily I had short term disability.) Wife say's "Sell the forge & stuff." "Nope!" Now several years later I'm ready to get back in to it. I'm not as strong or fast as I once was but I have some knowledge and experience. I learn more everyday thanks to you guys. I read IFI at work in down times, make notes, go home and put it into practice. I have a few friends that blacksmith & we trade tricks & tips. I have a friend that has a Little Giant power hammer sitting in his barn unused. I'm currently trying to work out a trade with him for it. I have a few young men from Church that I've been working with making simple file knives. It's better to work with them one on one. More work gets done. Well I've rambled on enough. Later