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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.
  13. There was also the practice of the “buffalo jump”: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_jump
  14. Persistence hunting is a type of hunting where the predator (in this case, humans) simply wears down the prey by not giving it a chance to rest. A human could never run down, say, a gazelle if both start running at the same moment and run flat out; the gazelle will simply take advantage of its superior speed over short distances. However, if the human hunters take advantage of their greater endurance over long distances and keep the animal from resting or taking refuge in its herd, they will eventually be able to catch and kill it. The “Running Man Hypothesis” posits that humans’ evolution of running ability was what lead to the ready supply of animal protein that enabled us to evolve larger brains and learn how to make tools. If I recall correctly, our ability to run (and thus to persistence hunt) evolved much, much earlier than our ability to make tools.
  15. Pnut: pictures? ThomasPowers: It was so much cleaner back then.
  16. Like this pair? I use mine for sheet up to about 16 gauge. While I'd prefer a Beverly shear, these are plenty good for their designed purpose. I'd keep them as-is.
  17. Could it be done? Maybe. Would it be worth it? Probably not. A set of bar shears would be much better, as would a cutoff saw or a horizontal bandsaw. Or, of course, a hot cut.
  18. Let ‘em come. I’ve got multiple fire extinguishers and more dangerous tools (agricultural and otherwise) than the rest of the neighborhood combined.
  19. You are more than welcome. Best of luck, and keep us posted. Photos are good!
  20. Well, you’ve seen them offered for $50 and up. Not sure if they’re actually going!
  21. A sharp blade and a smooth stroke for its full length will definitely make sawing more effective.
  22. First of all, welcome to IFI! If you haven't yet, please READ THIS FIRST!!! That said, making lots and lots of leaf keychains and simple bottle openers will improve your hammer skills immensely. That will have a much greater payoff in the long run, even if you don't make a lot of money this time around.