littleblacksmith

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About littleblacksmith

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    College Station, Texas
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    Blacksmithing, metal detecting, restoring old tools, trying to play the harmonica, fur tanning and trapping. But mainly blacksmithing.

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  1. I'm thinking I should take a break from the site I'm not sure it's what it used to be, or maybe I'm not what I used to be. I'd like to thank most of y'all for being as helpful, encouraging, and as generous as y'all have been. Y'all have helped me be a better smith and a better person mostly. Y'all have encouraged me when i needed encouragement and have given me pointers when I needed critique. I'm going to be off of iforge for a while maybe a year or two and I will check in then and see what the site is like then. Those of you if you ever need to contact me I have given you my number or we are acquainted on other online platforms. Thanks again for everything I'm not sure I would be where I am today if it wasn't for y'all.

    Keep the forge hot and the anvils ringing, I know I will.

    Mark

  2. I'm thinking I should take a break from the site I'm not sure it's what it used to be, or maybe I'm not what I used to be. I'd like to thank most of y'all for being as helpful, encouraging, and as generous as y'all have been. Y'all have helped me be a better smith and a better person mostly. Y'all have encouraged me when i needed encouragement and have given me pointers when I needed critique. I'm going to be off of iforge for a while maybe a year or two and I will check in then and see what the site is like then. Those of you if you ever need to contact me I have given you my number or we are acquainted on other online platforms. Thanks again for everything I'm not sure I would be where I am today if it wasn't for y'all. Keep the forge hot and the anvils ringing, I know I will. Mark
  3. Yeah thanks everybody Im Looking forward to it. yeah I would say I have been conditioned for the summers there.
  4. Very intersting. Never had heard that learn something new everyday I guess.
  5. Made this the other day and finished it today. 18 oz. I used large radius fullers in the diagonals. What y'all think? IMG_2075.mov
  6. Oh ok that may not be so bad I thought it was flush. Yeah it looks German I like the German style ones I want one.
  7. ColoradoCJ- Nice looking leafs especially the one on the right the veins look good. Peppie- That's a beautiful looking leg vice, but having the jaws flush with the table could be helpful for some uses, but may also limit the use greatly. Why do you have it like that?? Littleblacksmith
  8. Hello everybody, so, Brian and Ed Brazeal have put together a new international young smith group, they are currently in Brazil at the moment. This is not the first group that has been put together, in the past a few of the people who it has consisted of is Alec Steele, Daniel Lea, Dave Custer, and Daniel Riffe. The purpose of this group is for Brian to teach the young smiths so that they can then go back home and teach it to others. This group consists of myself (Texas USA), Jonathan Pinkston (Kentucky USA), Jeroen Smit (Gronsveld Netherlands), Andrew Larson (Kentucky USA), Ferraria Tavora ( Ceara Brazil), Hudson Lobo (Brazila Brazil), and Jason Ellard ( Australia). I feel like I may be forgetting someone, apologies if I am. The plan is for about 6 of us to head to Brazil next summer around July or so and spend some time there learning from Brian and then also teaching others who are there once we have been put through the tools to make tools curriculum. I know almost for sure I am going next July for about 2 weeks or so. I'm pretty excited about it let me know what y'all think about it!
  9. Thanks guys! Actualy das you have me tempted cause I'm really not a fan of this hammer. I may give it to someone. Recently I have just really not been pleased with my work it's starting to get in my nerves. At then kinda like well if you don't like it should you sell it, give it away, keep it as a shop hammer, or scrap it. I already got a few in the scrap pile.
  10. finished up this 20 oz hammer that I had forged a while back. I polished the faces to cover up a bad blow from a striker....I kinda like this style but not really at the same time. Littleblacksmith
  11. L brand coke buy it by the ton ships from Georgia its pretty affordable. Google it its what I use. Littleblacksmith
  12. Id normalize that edge. 4140 Will hold up just fine against hot steel, and leaving it hardened and tempered runs the risk of damaging your hammer face or taking a chip out of the hot cut. Littleblacksmith
  13. JHCC if you don't like the finish on it than why wouldn't you fix it? personally I would fix it so I would be pleased but that's just cause I find if I don't like something I made I either fix it or get rid of it. Only other recommendation is to bring that grid back a bit for a thinner edge. Littleblacksmith
  14. thank you Ranchmanben! Aus, thank you. Haha I've never had any comments other than oh those are cool, maybe its just a location difference. I have forged craftsmen and snap on before. Yes I said snap on. I get them at the scrap yard, and I already have more wrenches than I need and so I just look at it that before I got them they were just gunna be thrown away and melted down so I'm doing them a favor for actually doing something more meaningful with them. I hang on to the old ford wrenches though that I find I dont forge them. Littleblacksmith