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  1. Late observation but... Personal experience: I thought fire brick in a dirt box was a good idea too. Except it was storing and holding heat right next to the wood, resulting in a burnt out floor of my box. Removed the brick, added a bit more soil, no more problem.
  2. So, collaboration can work when a natural leader with enough humility to lean on others' strengths rises to the challenge. Only, though, if the team has at least a working knowledge of what they're doing, and includes specialists to deal with the nuanced parts of the project that might be overlooked otherwise. It all falls apart without someone to steer the ship though. Or if the person steering refuses to acknowledge their specialists' expertise. Or if the experts in one area cannot fathom that they're not experts in every area. Or if the boss's know-nothing kid is put on your team to l
  3. I think there's a misconception in Marc's last post that a craftsman is someone who fusses over a 10 minute project for 3 hours. I think that points to the inescapable truth that every word has its local and cultural connotations, and like most discussions, we're back and forth about the meaning of words, because one person perceives art as laborious soul-work, and another thinks it's a mix of snobbery and happy little accidents. Likewise, a craftsman is alternately viewed as a master workman, or a fussy sort of person with obsessively detail oriented focus at the expense of reason and p
  4. Quite the journey we've taken. I think it ties in so well with business because at the beginning, the question was a business one A fantastic question buried at the beginning was whether it was better to sell many pieces at $10, or a few at $100. The thing I find daunting about $10 items is the level of production you'd have to maintain to make them profitable. Let's say you pay yourself well under what a tradesman would make in most parts of the USA, at $10/hr. How many bottle openers do you have to make, in a single hour, to cover your material costs, consumables,
  5. Note that this is potentially illegal in some areas, if the door is left attached. Also ill advised. Due to the airtight nature of freezers and refrigerators, and the attractive opportunity it presents for children to play in them, it is possible for a child to become trapped inside one and run out of air.
  6. So we have three entities proposed, really, four if you look at it: 1. The Craftsman 2. The Artist 3. The Tradesman 4. The Businessman I'd argue to be successful you need elements of each. The craftsman brings an emotive element that sells well to particular markets. The artist, well, if you lack a style, a "brand", if you will, then nothing sets you apart from the competition. The tradesman knows what his time is worth. And the businessman pursues opportunities. Really, we're each going to have stronger tendencies in one or more of these categories, and we're
  7. Thoughts on the RP3T3 by Uniweld? Looks similar, but a triple nozzle?
  8. At the risk of seeming facetious: craft /kraft/ noun 1. an activity involving skill in making things by hand. "the craft of bookbinding" synonyms:activity, occupation, profession, work, line of work, pursuit "the historian's craft" art1 /ärt/ noun noun: art; plural noun: arts; plural noun: the arts 1. the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. "the art of the
  9. I think, sometimes, that blacksmithing has a peculiar set of shackles it likes to drag around with it. Hooks of all kinds are a great example. They may be great impulse items, and they're quick to make. But how many hooks does one household need? To make matters worse, you're now counting on the project of hanging them being piled on the honey-do list before any visitor even sees your work. And there's a price ceiling. Same with bottle openers. Regardless of how pretty, they're going to end up in a kitchen drawer someday. Most little trinket things are fairly easy to make, eas
  10. Have you looked into metal cored wire? (MCAW process). From the photos, it looks like you're using solid wire (GMAW). I find far less spatter with "metal core".
  11. That's fantastic. I would think a combination down/side draft would work even better. Somewhere to point the shower!
  12. I'm going with "Tackless maneuver." Tacktical blunder?
  13. I feel there's at least a 40% "never touched a welder before" factor at play there as well. But I see your point.
  14. You know. I'm thinking... Next welder trainee at work should get this project. That's a lot of practice both laying down beads and grinding!
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