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About JHCC

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    Oberlin, Ohio

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  1. People use scale as raw material for bloomery iron. If you're using Sasquatch for scale, does that mean that you can use Sasquatch as raw material for bloomery iron? Fun with undistributed middle terms aside, that's a fine looking couple of blades. Keep up the good work!
  2. I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!
  3. I'd like to point out that not only is Latticino a good maker of axes, but he's also quite a good teacher of how to make them. Here he is demonstrating for me how to do the wrap-and-weld: And here I am, giving it a try:
  4. That’s my favorite brand of chainsaw. Now most of you know that my first name is John, but I don’t know how many of you know that the “H” in my initials stands for Henry. That means that John Henry is a Stihl-driving man. (That tremor you all just felt was my wife rolling her eyes.)
  5. I only have two vises and I rarely use them both at the same time, so that's not as much of a problem for me.
  6. Yup. It's the same sash chain that I used to hang the chuck key off my drill press.
  7. I’m thinking of replacing the 1/8” spacer with two 1/16” spacers, which would enable me to go from 1/16” to 2-7/16” in 1/16” increments. Currently, the maximum difference between the spacer and the stock would be 1/16”.
  8. Made an adjustable vise spacer: 1/16”, 1/8”, 3/16”, and then 1/4” to 2-1/4” in 1/8” increments. Threw a little decorative work on the end of the stem, just for giggles
  9. I'm not going to lye: I've never even made a base-line experiment with it.
  10. I made a split-and-bend cross for a friend a while back, starting with a piece of WI flat bar. Learned some interesting lessons about (mis)calculating the material needed for the crossing in the middle.
  11. I've experienced this often with my treadle hammer, and that's just me-powered.
  12. The most important thing about a JABOD it to make sure that you have at least 2" of dirt on all sides of the firebowl. Any less than that will not provide enough insulation for the wooden boards that make up the box.
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