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. Well said Iyuv, the effort and accomplishment needs to be applauded. Thanks for your patience Theo, keep up the good work. Al
  2. Very Nice, I would suggest recording how you did everything, you'll probably be making many more in years to come. Al
  3. You've made a good start. I still have my first "s" hook, it's an antique now! The best advise I ever received was to connect with a local blacksmith group, even if you have to expand "local" to several hours travel. I have learned most of what I know by my association with other smiths, and I bet there is someone in the group that will show you how to make tongs. With good tongs, things become way easier, and practice,practice, practice. Al
  4. For JSPool, that's one of the most original stands I've ever seen. Thanks for the pic. Al
  5. Looks good Lou. If you ever wear it out, let us know. Al
  6. The Athens Forge, a member of the AFC will meet Sat. July 22, at 10AM. We will continue the plan to focus the rest of the 2017 meetings 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. June was about abrasives. This meeting the focus will be on heat treatment. There will be open forge time for AFC members, and possibly a short forging demo. 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.
  7. Wonderful idea!! I hope a lot of people view this. We need more examples of creative thinking, and working with minimal equipment. Does the anvil travel in the tube or the bag? Al
  8. Lets all give him a hand!! Very nice. Al
  9. Very nice. Al
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Have you even had fire in your brand new gas forge yet? Yes I know it's hot. Al
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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