Andres Bello

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  1. SLAG, your last post was most interesting for me. I would like to know more, do you have some reliable sites where I can read a bit? Especially the wooden utensils part. Is it any wood, or we have to be really careful as to what wood can be used? (Not counting known toxic woods, of course) Also, I would assume that the modern 'bamboo' cutting boards are the same as plastic ones, right? Or are they as good as the normal wooden ones? I read somewhere in this forum that they were actually mostly glue/plastics holding *some* bamboo together, so I'm quite curious about them.
  2. I remember a few years ago seeing a long thread (not sure if here, although I believe so) about one guy who worked in a foundry an had 5-6 anvils cast, after pages and pages of asking recomendations and tuning the design. He actually used stainless steel in the end (because that was what he had access to in his work). If someone can find that thread or remembers it, it could be a great help here, since it was a REALLY detailed discussion, many pages long.
  3. Seeing this thread gives me a strong feeling. Today I'm tired and not good with words, so it's quite hard to explain, but being here at the time of such innovation feels like being part of something big. Maybe this wont change the world, maybe this isnt the first NARB in existence, and probably isn't completely tuned yet, but I can certainly imagine in some years looking back at this moment when new people make their own and ask for assistance. It is as if seeing progress itself being made, which is quite rare in this particular ancient craft. I mean, this is seeing a new possibility open up, and here we start seeing one of the first examples of a NARB, which is pretty much a new concept for forges. I can't really explain it. Maybe tomorrow I'll have the right words. It's just that being present through the whole process, from "Ribbon burners are blown ->What if...? ->Experiments ->Results!! NARB!!" makes one feel part of it, and awed at the same time. PS: NARB sounds a lot like "Narf!" from the two little cartoon mice Pinky and the brain.
  4. Another point to consider: The word "temperament", which is highly associated with personality, and not so much with metal. It seems to be especially related to balance (of the old time "humors" related with health, for example). It is not used very much, but it is a lot more common in latin languages, like Spanish. Maybe it has some relation to the metal "temper", I have not researched enough to know for sure if yes or not. Personally, I always associated "losing your temper" with the mood part. It could be seen as "losing the balance in your humors, and acting out because of it". I have only come to think about it in blacksmith terms recently, after entering these waters.
  5. I have some experience trying to find information on crafts from the Internet, on sites and forums. My other half is VERY keen on learning a new handcraft whenever she hears about it, and even worse, she follows through with her passion! So far she has at least 4 or 5 different craft hobbies (with a long list of things to come, I fear), and she is really serious about all of them (I can barely find the time for 1...) And in my adventures helping to gather the required information, I have found that this site is on the top of the food chain, when it comes to the quality (and quantity) of the information available. (My worst experience so far was looking for quality information about glovemaking. If you happen to have any PDFs on the topic, more than grateful). Of course, Blacksmithing in particular is a lot more extensive than many of those combined, and it is also far more dangerous to do something very wrong here than in most other crafts, so information quality becomes all the more important. And I can say that I am able to learn this hard, big, extensive, complicated and even dangerous craft thanks to this site. If it wasn't for this, I would have just ended up severely limited as a stock removal knife maker (that's what I was planning when I got here). Or would have poisoned myself with some fumes by following YouTube videos, maybe (The first thing I learned here was 'NO (zinc) COATINGS GO IN THE FIRE'). And I'm sure there are LOTS of other people who wouldn't have had a real chance to get into this if it were not for this site, just like me. Also, there is one thing that I find irreplaceable of this site: When something is wrong, people will say that is wrong, and they won't just lower their heads and keep quiet to 'avoid hurting someones feelings'. I don't mean in any way trying to offend anyone by insulting with no purpose. I mean correcting someone by telling them what will not work, and what will even be dangerous. I have been in forums where participants will repeat a phrase, almost like a ritual chant, and nobody daring to go against that (partially incorrect, in the best case) statement for fear of... social backlash? When egos and personas are more important than the information presented, the reliability of any given source becomes questionable... As a final note, a big thanks to Glenn, and to all the regulars, experts and even masters in their own topic that have given us all this precious information, and all in one place at arms reach. Whenever you suggest packing a lunch and a cold beverage, I can only think that every single post I read gives me a bit (or a lot) of valuable knowledge. Comparing this forum to most of the rest feels like comparing a Library to a magazine/newspaper stand. Sorry for the long winded post, I tend to be like that, trying to over explain myself...
  6. If you happen to know of a better method, I'm all ears!
  7. "If being told to READ so you know enough to ask good questions is just too tough on your delicate feelings then blacksmithing isn't for you. The steel and fire certainly care INFINITELY LESS about how you feel than I do" -- Frosty I will maybe have a T-shirt with the second half, once I get good enough with the hammer.
  8. Well, I am a complete beginer, but I have been mostly lurking this forum for 2-3 years by now. The main reason is that, as a beginer, I have LOTS of stuff to learn, so just reading takes a lot of time. Even re-reading something I have read 2 years ago sometimes brings a lot of new information. So my guess would be this: When there wasn't SO MUCH great content, most people (newbies) had to ask constantly. As the content has increased, the need to ask questions from those who like to research/read first has decreased a lot. But in these short years I have been here, I have seen new people come and become regulars. Newbies who came asking questions, and now are the ones who answer and give advice to other newbies. I'm sure that the people who have been in this forum since the beginning have seen this a lot more.
  9. I might not have much information (or formation) myself, but sometimes have some ideas (good or bad). Have you considered making your own? I would start with the famous Frosty T burner (a quick search in the forum or even google can get you there) Of course there are pros and cons to everything, so I'l list my thoughts: Buying a premade forge: Just buy it & use it, no set up time, guaranteed to work with little to no tuning. More expensive, and might be difficult to tune or modify if you ever need to. Making your own: A lot cheaper, completely customizable for your needs, can be built fairly quickly, but it might take some time to tune it perfectly. You are your own guarantee (which can be good or bad)
  10. Well, then, the idea still stands for anyone who wants to attempt it. With all the new Virtual Reality headsets, it could be a nice game by itself. Who wants to start a "kickstarter"?
  11. Just a quick question. SLAG mentions that many substances, including the famous WD40, can give off phosgene. A couple of days ago I was reading a post about forge welding, particularly canned damascus, with some WD40 to absorb the oxygen, but it also included people talking about using it for normal forge welding ("it will protect the piece from oxygen in the low temps, until borax melts and takes over" sort of). I don't remember the thread now. I just wanted to ask a bit about this, because of the different voices. Is it very dangerous and shouldn't be done, or is it a risk that can be controlled with some precautions? (ventilation, staying away)
  12. Oh, reding Borntoolate's post, he said something quite important about hammer technique. If you searh this forum, there is a post called "BP1001 Hofi hammer technique" that will have some pictures and show a good way to grip the hammer. But the most important part is that you want a loose grip when the hammer strikes the metal, don't "force it" into the metal. Let the swing/speed carry the energy. That will save you a lot of energy and possible wrist injury. I can't explain it very welly in just one post, but searh around and I'm sure you'll find lots of information.
  13. As less than a beginer, I can only talk about what I have seen in this forum, and my own thoughts. As I see it, you have 2 options to start: Learn forging/general blacksmithing, then move on to forge blades. This way, you'll probbably make most of your tools, and get a nice set of skills (hammer control and a lot others). Once you move on to making blades, you'll be quite profficient in forging, so you can focus only on the blade-specific processes (heat treating, grinding, sharpening, handles, etc). I'd recommend this if you want to be a blacksmith with bladesmithing skills. Learn how to make blades (by stock removal), then move on to forge blades. This way shows its rewards faster as it won't take you too long till you have your first sharp knife. You start by learning grinding, heat treating, sharpening, handles, etc. and then you move on to forging, where you focus on general blacksmithing skills and the like. This would be if you want to be a bladesmith with blacksmithing skills. In the end, you will probably get enough profficiency in both aspects if your ultimate goal is to make knifes/blades. This is just how you start. DO NOT try to do both since the begining, it will be too hard and has gotten a lot of people frustrated. EDIT: Just to avoid being misunderstood, I'm not saying that one way is better or "more blacksmith-y" than the other. Both are equally valid, it just depends on your likes and what you plan to do.
  14. Since I'm a native Spanish speaker, I'll do my best here: -Front (lower photo, with the blacksmith): Welding iron and steels. Made in Spain (in the little white box) 10 light sheets/plates "Laffitte" (the brand) (The same is repeated in the lower edge) -Sides: Gridded sheets. Registered brand and model. -Back (the first photo, with the anvil): Welding 2 pieces of Iron or Steel A piece of sheet between the parts to be welded Temperatures: Pale white for Iron Orange-yellow for steel -Sides: Society of welding powders and sheets, Tarragona (a city in Spain, also the name of this particular company) (PS: Is it "gridded" when something is marked/divided in squares?)
  15. I don't personally have any authority on the subject, but I though it would be useful to post these words, said by Steve Sells, who was quoting Glenn. Names big enough to warrant some attention. I'm sorry if this is out of place, but I'm just sating that I stand with the crowd of "first try until it works, and then modify/experiment".