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    College Station, Texas
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    Blacksmithing, bottle/dump digging, metal detecting, coin collecting, learning about history, survival/pioneer skills, and spending time in the great outdoors!

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  1. This is personal preference, but I prefer my hammers shorter, but that isn't anything you cant still change. I would have cut it at about 4 1/4" long, which would give you about a 3.5lb hammer. Or you could go the route of upsetting what you have, but if you are fine with that length, than that's all that matters! I believe this is what NickOHH is suggesting, but I recommend using a v bit punch, the style Brian Brazeal uses. I will include some pictures of some punches of this style, just to try and give you an idea. They are a very efficient way of punching, and are the most efficient punch for punching stock of that size, or at least from my experience. Here is a thread that I started of me going through the "evolution of tool making" building up to making my first hammer, or at least my first hammer that I directed. The most important part of this tool, other than the structure, because obviously if you have poor structure, than it may not hold up to constant sledge hits from a beginner striker. Like I was saying, the second most important thing is the grind of the punch tip. If it isn't ground properly, either it wont punch a plug, or it wont be as efficient as it could be with the "correct" grind. Here is just some other tools used in the hammer making process. here is some tools that i made for the hammer making process, which can be seen along with others in the thread I included above. Hope this all helps a little, it looks like you are off to a good start, which is to start! Littleblacksmith
  2. Well than, I will be looking foreword to that! On Friday, the day before the event, I decided to spend the day at the shop rather than school, and sometime during the day I started playing with some 3/8" square, and made a pretty nice plant hanger from it. I really liked it, and so did Stan Bryant, and so he traded me the pair of tongs to the right of the 5 1/2lb straight peen hammer. I was a bit surprised that the tongs he made weren't a little nicer. As he said "I just make **** hammers, I cant do **** like that" I must say, he is quite they guy to hang with. Littleblacksmith
  3. Hulled some brush, broke a wheelbarrow, Lit the forge and made a couple letter openers. The first one i don't like, but it allowed me to make the second one better. My block brush came today, and I have to say, those things eat scale. They're great. I finally found a blower replacement, and that came a few days ago, and so am working on getting that hooked up. Littleblacksmith
  4. It was a great event, seems to get better each year. Had some amazing experiences, played under a 250 Nazel power hammer, 25lb little giant, met some smiths (Lyle Wynn, Stan Bryant, and some other guys) traded a plant hanger for a pair of tongs with Stan, bought a bunch of stuff, had some exposure by entering some pieces into the silent auction, and the competition, and learned a ton. Friday was almost better i would say. there was less people, but the people there were the more "prominent" smiths, and so i had some good conversations. Littleblacksmith
  5. ahhh...Jealous....not only is it a nice big anvil, but its a church window....My dream anvil! Littleblacksmith
  6. Last Saturday at the steep hollow forge combo demo event. It Was a blast. Also got an "Ore to Axe" how to dvd. watched it, and recommend it to anyone wanting to get into iron smelting. Littleblacksmith
  7. Here is a video of the class that Alec just uploaded-
  8. with a round face, you can do a square grind...Like on the rounding hammers, lots are made from round stock, but you can still tilt the hammer and use it like a fuller. How? because of the grind. Not the best picture, just one I got from a quick google search. If you need a better example, I can take some pictures of my own. Littleblacksmith
  9. guys, guys, try not to loos your temper again. Littleblacksmith
  10. Cool man, you going to be there Friday also? I'll be there all day Friday and Saturday. Not sure what ill be wearing, was going to wear my alec steele shirt if it got here in time, but not sure that it will. the name Is Mark. Ill be entering a buckle into the competition, and some pieces into the live and silent auctions. Just look for the kid in this video (me). See you there!
  11. Yeah, you know your single when the only chocolate you are eating today is the chocolate that you bought. Littleblacksmith
  12. I would recommend 1045, just because it is much easier to forge, but holds up just fine. Littleblacksmith
  13. "One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man"-Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) Author and teacher "each man has his own vocation, his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him"-Ralph Waldo Emmerson Littleblacksmith
  14. Oh boy, that's tomorrow..... Littleblacksmith
  15. The past 4 tongs that I have made were all given away, or are about to be given away. The tongs I made before those 4 tongs at the time I thought were great, but then about a week later they looked like something out of a river bottom. They function great, but look pretty bad. The structure on them is terrible and I'm just waiting for them to fail. The 4 that i have made most recently are really nice, and so everyone has better tools than I, event though I made them. I too don't recommend tongs as a first project, second project, or 20th project. Littleblacksmith