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  1. My name is Ken Mermelstein. I own and operate Stumptown Forge with my wife Catherine in Beavercreek, OR. Blacksmithing is everything to me. You see I was able to live my dream one year ago today to become a full time blacksmith. In my previous life I made a lot of money but pined to be in the forge every waking hour of the day. I was 35 years old and realized that if I was going to do what I love that I better get after it. I did some metal smithing in college so I felt comfortable around fire and metal so I signed up for a metal welding class at Clackamas Community College. There I learned ho
  2. I hate to ask but any parts available. Sure could use a standard flywheel gear and guard.
  3. We still have a couple of openings in the upcoming March 26th 2011 Frog Making Class. This one is a really fun 1 day. Check it out on www.stumptownforge.com
  4. ] I have one of the new Hofi Anvils available from Angele. It is a great anvil made of a Vanadium steel so virtually no ring and extremely well hardened.
  5. Hey Gary I am a member of the NWBA. Name is Ken Mermelstein my shop is in Beavercreek, OR

  6. For those interested Jack will be conducting this class again on March 26th
  7. Another solution is to push your drift in with a hydraulic press this let's you use it easily as a mandrel to form the hammer cheeks.
  8. You know I am one of those production guys making nice rounding hammers for Farriers. I have learned the value of a good tool. I pride myself every time I hand forge a hammer that it bears my mark. I think to myself, wow. I kid you not, I like making fine tools or at least the best I can make them. Whether you sell them wholesale or retail the money reflects the considerable amount of thought, time and skill that was put in by Blacksmiths many of us doing this for a living. I say what was told to me in a story by my first Blacksmith teacher Dan Klug. "The young apprentice was admirin
  9. Guys I have been using handles that are glued as my teacher Hofi and my friend and fellow smith Arnon have been using for years. We find that it is huge advantage first It is not glue but a flexible rubber sealer Sika Flex. You fit your handle and then as Hofi does you grind a groove the around the top of the handle then you glue and let it set. Being in the Northwest in the wet handles become loose usually within a year. I have had these handles as long as 8 years and in every case the handle failed first. Now the best part you simply heat the eye portion of the head when a handle breaks with
  10. By the way came upon some inormation. Z & H made far lager presses than a 12 then built to a 20. This press weighed 65,000 pounds.
  11. Barn handles forged forged from 1" cold rolled

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  12. I have used both H13 and 4340 with great results. I have access to a very good heat treating plant and they charge about $80 for 80lbd of 4340 Usually I can get 3-4 pairs of dies treated for this price. These dies have functioned much better than those I have heat treated and quite frankly at that price I cant afford to heat treat dies myself.
  13. Sound like you have a successful way to move the hammer around. I simply rented a large forklift. The anvil weighs 5000 pounds on my 4 B and does have a hole which with I believe a 1 1/2" shaft makes moving the anvil around rather easy. So far the best mounting I have seen for the hammer is to do your pour with room and access ports on both sides of the anvil this allows you to change the timbers or material if it should compact over time. I saw this done on another hammer. The hammer weight is 12,000 pounds which is still pretty easy to move with a large forklift. Cant wait to hear more on
  14. After seeing John Emmerlings 400lb De Moor and several large Chambersburgs her in the PNW. Including Larry's nice 3b. I also got the bug for a larger hammer. I am currently playing with my 4B and when the 4N came up....well lets just say its a heck of a hammer. Larry is really accurate about needing to know your long term intentions when you get one of these big hammers. 18,000 pounds does not move easily. Thank goodness for the knowledge in the NWBA and on this site to help everyone. There are great ideas out there for not only making these great old hammers work but work like new. Also yo
  15. This pursuit truly is about the tools and I have many. Like some have pointed out, a tool is only as good as you have the abililty to use it. I have learned from one of my best blacksmith buddies to be realistice about my use. My tool lust began with hand tools, anvils, power hammers etc. However in each learning curve, I learned what I wanted and what I didnt want. I learned the way I wanted the tools to be that I manufacture, and what makes a good tool. I have also learned how to fix, machine, modify and learn about the machines I have possessed and also the ones I have chosen to sell. In
  16. Wow, Pretty darn cool.....this and a Nazel....
  17. Take it from someone not smart enough to learn the old adage that a wire wheel is is the most dangerous tool in our shops. First let me say that the one and only time I have gone to the emergency room blacksmithing was from a wire wheel accident. I have always taken safety precautions but in this event I was brushing an item that was too large with too many bends to be safe. I other words I was rushing. It ended up that the wire wheel grabbed the item and threw it back into my hand. Some major internal washing to remove dirt by the doctors and 14 stitches an I was good as knew. However, I have
  18. I have to agree with what has been written. I have 2 Euroanvils and 3 Old World Anvils that we use to teach on. If this isnt real world I dont know what is. Even with the occasionally misses that our new Smith's have commemorated on our anvils that are all doing excpetionally well. I would recommend these to anyone. I think the note about dressing the anvil is a fair one. Ken
  19. I am familiar with the hammer being sold and its owner and indeed this is the same type of hammer. I have seen some amazing Japanese knives made with this set-up.
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  21. Is there any information out there on the correct length of handle for those throwing?
  22. These are great hawks. I am inspired to make one! Thanks,
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