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  1. From 1972. Pure skill!
  2. I’ll probably just weld up something from scrap. Don’t need anything high-performance!
  3. Thanks, guys. I’m going to be making the inlet to fit my existing NARB, which works just fine. I might make another later (with more and smaller holes), but there’s no rush on that. I’ve been thinking of something along those lines, although not as fancy!
  4. Welded up the doors for the new gasser. These will have 1” of ceramic wool on the outside and then 1” of castable on the forge side. I’m playing with some ideas for hinges; I want something that can be dissembled easily for repairs. Still need to cut the hole for the ribbon burner and weld the bracket to hold it in place.
  5. No pictures, but got in a bit of welding on the shell of the new forge and cutting of the pieces for its doors. Nice work, CGL.
  6. A couple that ThomasPowers is always recommending: Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel by Frances and Joseph Gies: https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary?and[]=Cathedral%2C+Forge%2C+and+Waterwheel &sin= Moxon's Mechanick Exercises: https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary?and[]=moxon+exercises&sin= No results for The Knight and the Blast Furnace, unfortunately.
  7. A couple of catalog searches: "Ironwork": https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary?and[]=ironwork&sin= "Blacksmithing": https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary?and[]=blacksmithing&sin= "Metalwork": https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary?and[]=metalwork&sin= (NB: Searching "blacksmith", "anvil", or "forge" doesn't give particularly good results, so I wouldn't bother.) https://archive.org/details/earlyamericaniro0000kauf
  8. These are clearly parts to something: all cut to the same length, cut edges deburred, and a transverse hole drilled at each end as if for a cotter pin. If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say they were previously the axles to the rollers in an industrial conveyor system and thus possibly in the 1045 area. That's my working hypothesis, and I'll see if testing bears it out. Science!
  9. No, not yet. It's clearly steel, but not idea beyond that. I'll do some spark testing and test hardening when I get it, but I figured 145 lbs for $24 was a pretty good deal regardless.
  10. Never a Steeleye Span fan, although I very much enjoyed Martin Carthy's work in Brass Monkey back in the 80s. I really should check out their later work.
  11. I have a few binders of PDFs I've downloaded and printed out, especially J.W. Lillico's "Elementary Forge Practice", the COSIRA books, and John Verhoeven's "Metallurgy for Bladesmiths and Others Who Heat-Treat and Forge Steel". I also just realized that I should check the library at the college where I work to see if they have any of Verhoeven's works (even though the facility is closed because of the coronavirus pandemic), and lo and behold, I have unlimited access to an electronic copy of his "Steel Metallurgy for Non-Metalurgists"! Woo-hoo!
  12. An uncle gave me a copy when I was in my teens, but I lost it in a move about thirty years ago. However, I found a copy in a used book store for $20 last year, so don't give up hope! Another good source for inexpensive books is eBay. People sometimes ask outrageous prices, but you can find some real bargains if you keep your eyes open.
  13. This is actually a big problem with schools that are moving to online instruction during quarantine: not all students have internet access and the right technology for online study, such as those who are low-income (especially first-generation students) or live in rural areas. The college where I work has done a lot to provide these students with laptops and mobile hotspots so that they can continue to be connected to their classes while the campus is closed.