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    Volant, PA
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    Trades work, wood turning, tools, goats, and camping

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  1. So then the flip side of the coin, if you are too bitter and have the need to feed your ego too much, or by taking out one newbie's sins out on the next newbie, then newbie's will ask themselves are these people worth the trouble? If I have to pay for the last guy who annoyed you it may be a price I am unwilling to pay......do this enough and be too bitter of an old man and you will have happen what happens to many an old bitter man before you, no one will listen and the world will lose the information you carry with you to your grave......valuable information yes, but very invaluable if it di
  2. Mr. Powers, I never said the hammer WOULD fail there! Just that it was more likely to than a different material...... good try though! Hahahahaha
  3. Oh and ultimately no hard feelings and I would still be willing to call you my freind one day!
  4. I believe he was talking to me, and if anything my long post can be called BS on not because it is untrue, but because it's hopelessly ridiculous, that is exactly what I was trying to point out, to jump on a beginner because he is one and not for having bad attitude or spreading falsehoods, is just bullying. If I had said welded face hammers will come apart stay away! I would expect it! Remember because a beginner is new to smithing does not mean that he is avoid of knowledge altogether, I have been a tradesman for 25 yrs, and live my life as a student of the trades, and why they work, and ho
  5. So that I can take this opportunity to learn something I will be less vague, allowing you to fully hear what I was saying, and lead me away from any misdirection that I was given. a hard material is always more brittle in relation to a softer material, just by nature of hardness and relativity, there are a few exceptions to this rule of coarse. repeted impact on a harder material will develop stress fatigue in that material faster and more acutely that in relationship to a softer one. However a softer material while less susceptible to stress fatigue is more susceptible to force malformation
  6. I'm just curious if there is anything I said that you disagree with? Anything I may have said that was untrue? if there is I would welcome the chance to have my reality corrected, never too proud to have learned something that was false and be willing to learn from another point of view. i think I use fewer words that can be viewed as vague, but all needed info is present. I'm just not a long winded man.
  7. I do not own such a hammer, I have heard a few smiths say they are good, one said his favorite hammer was constructed as such. I guess i should have have said if the hammer looks to be made with some skill, AKA does not look as though a beginner made it. If the overall craftsmanship of a hammer with welded faces was sloppy I would question the skill with witch it was made. Would you disagree frosty, maybe I have been mislead? The he one I saw was wrought iron with steel faces, so it was quite easy to see the material difference.
  8. I would take a chance on a hammer with a welded steel face, if it looks like it was done with skill. Anytime you take advantage of the strengths of two materials you have the end product quality in mind. It's a lot of work if you are making junk tools, but worth it if your end goal is quality.
  9. What area of Pennsylvania are you in, I am about an hour north of pittsburgh.
  10. I also have used a large one to break stone, if you run a vein or fracture you can make square blocks of stone ( barn stone).
  11. I never had much trouble when I showed up with a cigar and a bottle of scotch or the like, plus a good attitude! i have a master bagpipe maker/woodturner friend, and several master pipers and have never gone wrong with being quiet....
  12. I agree not worth buying, but might be worth making for a hole this size, could make a Frankenstein tool that starts as a broach and ends as a drift......just to make the task go more quickly......
  13. Does anyone still make broaches for squaring a drilled hole?
  14. I will only add to the silver solder part, check for flat after it is all done, when soldering large plates if the faces are not joint quality, the solder can "pool" and create a high spot in the middle. This is something that woodworking plane makers deal with when they make the nice brass and steel planes. Might be best to take it to get milled when done if there is a large pool.
  15. Just in case anyone does burn galv, and starts getting the stomach vibrations ( you will understand when it happens) drink milk and a bunch while you go to where ever you go for treatment.
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