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  1. JHCC

    Holland Anvils

    Cheers, Greg. Keep up the good work — at least long enough for me to save 180,000 pennies.
  2. ...and a chimney stack to climb.
  3. Watching Fred’s steeplejack videos always makes me cringe. The ones of him rebuilding his steam engine are fun, though.
  4. JHCC

    What is it?

    Stash, I suspect (assuming it was intended for root cutting or the like) that its impracticality and slow speed led to its failure to be widely adopted. Sometimes tools were produced that seemed like a good idea at the time but that didn’t prove themselves in the field. (Anvil/vise combinations spring to mind.)
  5. JHCC

    Buy a shear?

    Also, consider a "draw plate", which has a series of square holes in graduated sizes. You pull the wire through to both reduce it in size and make it the proper cross section.
  6. JHCC

    What is it?

    Roots get my vote as well. A saw needs a lot of clearance on either side, and the screw action would allow the user to concentrate a lot of cutting power (useful for tough roots), albeit at the expense of speed.
  7. JHCC

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Brent Bailey has a video showing how he uses a round punch under his 250 lb. LG to form the eye of a cross peen hammer. The relevant section is 2:20-3:26. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ma5JgGxyKGU
  8. JHCC

    Newby from Leeds, UK.

    Section III ("Smiths and the Shape of Civilized Space") has chapters on "The Principles of Medicine and Sorcery", "Doctoring", and "Amulets and Secret Devices", among others.
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    Newby from Leeds, UK.

    By an interesting coincidence, I just finished “The Mande Blacksmiths” by Patrick McNaughton*, who spent a lot of time studying with traditional blacksmiths in the Western Sudan in the 1970s. If you don't know this already, it's a fascinating study not only of smithing technique, but also of the political, social, and religious roles played by smiths in Mande society, with particular emphasis (of great interest to you, I'm sure) of the challenges of understanding blacksmith-produced Mande sculpture (both wood and iron) through the lens of academic art historical methods. McNaughton takes a primarily anthropological approach, which I think serves his subject well. He also gives a nineteen page bibliography, which I'm sure you'd find useful! I also just posted links to the "Striking Iron" series of YouTube videos from the Fowler Museum at UCLA: *(McNaughton, Patrick R., The Mande Blacksmiths: Knowledge, Power, and Art in West Africa, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1988. Print.)
  10. JHCC

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Yeah, we wanted to try that, but didn’t have a round punch of the right dimensions. I’m making a big round punch in my home forge and will be trying that method on my next handled tool. And Thank You! It was still attached to the parent bar when I left, and I’m looking forward to seeing it ground and finished.
  11. JHCC

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Got a photo of the slitting chisel/eye drift we modded from that big cold chisel?
  12. JHCC

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Rehafted the long rounding hammer, whose previous handle had developed a longitudinal split.
  13. JHCC

    T Burner Illustrated Directions

    That's the most Mickey Mouse version of the T-burner I’ve ever seen!