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  1. The bottom is held on by screws. Turn upside-down, remove bottom, insert ashes, replace bottom.
  2. It’s wormy spalted curly apple. No specific connection with my dad, but the kind of wood he loved when we used to be woodworkers together.
  3. Yes, this turns the red iron oxide (hematite, Fe2O3) to black iron oxide (magnetite, Fe3O4). Rusting a piece and then boiling it is a classic method of forcing a patina. The Japanese in particular are known for using a preparation of daikon (radish) for the rusting part. Someone I know through Facebook was just talking about doing this with a pressure cooker, which seems like a bit of overkill.
  4. Also, if there are any cracks in the belt, replacing it will be much, much safer than trying to recondition it. Even if you do restore flexibility, those cracks will be a weak spot that you do NOT want letting go mid-forge.
  5. You might consider selling them to a stonecarver and using the proceeds to buy smithing supplies. Or take up stonecarving, of course.
  6. Cut up a material handling rack for the steel and casters. Before: After: (For reference, the wheels on the casters are 8” in diameter.)
  7. Another successful Sale Saturday at the industrial surplus warehouse. A material handling rack (for the steel and the casters) for $7: A piano dolly for $2.50 and a box of tools for $10: Considering that the Garland rawhide-faced hammer retails for about $65, I think I did pretty well.
  8. For a time, New York City was using purpleheart for all their park benches, as it is very hard and thus very difficult to carve one’s initials into.
  9. Good to know; looking forward to your adding your expertise to the forum.
  10. Good place to keep your welding flux.
  11. Interesting. I know that you usually strip the paint off any anvils that are going in the museum, but will you be keeping the military spec paint in this case?
  12. Having a group is even better: everyone can walk/jog along, and the faster runners can take turns harrying the quarry.