PVF Al

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About PVF Al

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    North Alabama
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    Forging, wood, glass, copper, aluminum

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  1. Very nice. Al
  2. Wonderful forging. Great idea. I'm sure someone will point out that you might want to consider a sleeve of some type to cover the wire connections. Al
  3. My main forge is set up on a mechanics roll around tool box, the mouth is about 44" from the ground. The drawers have provided good storage for useful tools, and other valuable stuff. I have enough hose that I can move the forge around when needed. There is a ball valve shut off at the back of the forge, another one step away on the wall. I run off a 250 gal. tank. Al
  4. Have you even had fire in your brand new gas forge yet? Yes I know it's hot. Al
  5. The Athens Forge, member of the AFC will meet Sat. June 24, at 10 AM. We will continue the plan to focus the monthly meetings for the rest of 2017 on knife making. In April we talked about the different parts and styles of blades, and some common steels to use. In May we talked about the basic tools needed for knife making, and some tricky filing and fitting jigs, even had a box jaw tong demo. This month we will have an abrasive specialist, to talk about and allow us to try different types of belts, and maybe even several different style belt grinders to try. Open forge time will follow for AFC members. Visitors always welcome, for more info. see www.athensforge.com. On Sept 8-10, 2017 the AFC will hold their annual conference at Tannehill State Park. Demonstrators this year will be, Jymm Hoffman, Raymond Head, and Steve Alford. The demonstrator bio's can be viewed at www.athensforge.com.
  6. Thank you for taking the time to document and post this. It will be a great help to new smiths. I'm sure you realize the same idea can be adjusted to be used with any type of hand crank blower. Al
  7. If you don't want your tubing to collapse while twisting, plug the ends, fill with dirt, twist hot, or cold, remove dirt. Really like the big handle Jim. Al
  8. Looking forward to further reviews, reports. Al
  9. Slowly and carefully is the key, it can be done. I've made electric light brackets, even large "s" hooks with tapered ends out of square tubing. Be sure you plug the open end with paper, and be VERY careful about cooling in water. A shot from a steam cannon will ruin your day in a hurry. Al
  10. Beautiful shop David. Great ideas. Thanks for the pics. I also have white walls, and love them. Anything I can move is on casters, so I can roll almost everything out of the shop to give it a good cleaning. I'm always amazed at how much smoother things go when the shop is clean, and organized. Al
  11. The Athens Forge a member of the AFC will meet Sat. May 27, at 10 AM. We will continue the plan to focus the monthly meeting for the rest of 2017 on knife making. Last month we talked about the different parts and styles of blades, and some common steels to use. Saturday we will talk about the basic tools needed for knife making, with open forge time following for AFC members. Visitors are always welcome, for more info. see www.athensforge.com.
  12. I had a shop with fine pea gravel as a floor. It always seemed to be moving under me, if it hadn't been for my wife"encouragement" I would have left the floor dirt. If dust become a problem, lightly water it down at the end of the day. It will stay soft and hold dust down. Al
  13. Ausfire, absolutely wall art. They'er great. Al
  14. Great Idea! Count me in. Too busy for dust on anvil, but will plan some play time. I really miss recess! Al
  15. David, I love it. You do put a lot more thought into pieces that I usually do. I must also be greedier than you I save 1" pieces. Here's a handrail section put together from found, saved, couldn't bring myself to throw away stuff. The dark rectangle, is two pieces of an old bridge with about a 1" rivet through them. Al