Bayshore Forge

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    Traverse City/Ypsilanti, Michigan
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  1. Heres a pic of the forge I promised, didn't get around to measurements, I will try next week. One thing I'd mention is there's not a overhang of sorts and it works very well. One negative is the bellows is on the far side and in the way of the smith working the opposite side, designer should have put it off the back instead. I also found it hard to get the piece laying horizontal in the fire. Not quite sure what could have been done to remedy this. Brent
  2. Any break throughs? This story is pretty neat and it's making me want to try to out sand in my forge, haha. Good luck, Brent
  3. Today was my first day demonstrating, here's an update. It went really really well, we had 364 visitors from 11:00am to 5pm. I made a bunch of wall hooks, a few nails, a nail ring, and a tavern puzzle. Here's some pictures, the tavern puzzle isn't perfect, but I was trying to not take a ton of time. Yes we had four smiths counting myself there for the beginning when the pic was taken of the forge. Tavern puzzle was cool because it demo'd forge welding for the folks. Brent
  4. I am constantly astonished at the quantity of quality thought I get whenever I post a question. Thank you guys so much, these answers should give me plenty to think about for AWHILE! Haha. Brent
  5. Hey all, so long story short I told a friend I'd make him something if he gave me a pile of scrap metal. He said he would be interested in a grapple hook. Initially I thought, SWEET! Now before I start I have some conflicting theories in my head. I'm thinking spring steel because I'm scared mild might snap or bend uselessly if he ever used it for anything. So then I'm thinking harden it, but where to temper it so it doesn't break? The arch of the hooks? Should the arches have a round cross section or should there be a rib on the top for support? HAS ANYONE ACTUALLY MADE ONE TO USE BEFORE? the shape cosmetically I'm confident I can produce, but I'm worried about function. Thanks for your time, Brent PS NO he's not a ninja. He's a commercial fisherman so I guess he just likes all hooks and nets.
  6. I might be really late to the ball game here but what about simply burning out the middle? If you set on end and start a fire on the ground it could just burn the surrounding area. Just keep an eye on it and extinguish before its too close to where you want it finished? Might save some time. I'm not a woodworking though I've seen people burn stumps and I think this might work. Brent
  7. This is quite possibly the staple gold mine paragraph for ideas if anyone ever gets bored. Only one paragraph but so much conveyed! Thanks, Brent
  8. I believe either my county (Leelanau County) or the town of Glen haven was named the "most beautiful place" in either Michigan or the US, because the smith mentioned this and said it never used to be that busy. I'd hedge a bet for the county because Glen haven isn't crazy beautiful itself. EDIT: totally forgot to load new comments so this is offtopic now and kinda useless. Can't figure out how to delete. Thank you for the historic importance ideas, that would probably be the best! Now I just need to figure out what they would have made! Brent
  9. Thank you all for the time spent on thoughts and ideas! I really appreciate it! Sir Reynolds, I have not yet smithed there but the day I visited and was recruited I saw no less than 35 people between 4:45 and 5:00 (shop closes at 5). The smith on staff that day said he counted over 300 people and seemed astonished. And to those that read this in the future, keep those amazing thoughts coming! Love the ideas and help you guys so willingly provide
  10. Hey all, I am fortunate enough to have been allowed to help out at a historic blacksmith shop somewhat nearby my house. The venue is historic reproduction, so it (to the best of my knowledge) is created after a blacksmith shop around the turn of the 20th century or just before. Half of the shop is seating for observers, and in a good day they say they have between 150-250 or so people visit for demos. My my question for ya'll is, what are interesting demos? The place is outfitted with an astonishing amount of tooling, anvils, floor mandrels, post vices, swage blocks, post drills, bench vices, grinding stone, etc. All hand powered, no electricity. NOTE: all items made are property of Glen Haven historical village and are offered to the visitors with the request of a small donation to the village. I will NOT profit from any of this other than experience. I was thinking Fredericks crosses, hooks, fire pokers, tavern puzzles (this may take too long), bottle openers. I'm open to any and all ideas! They seem to have endless square bar for metal stock in various small sizes under half or so inch. I saw some flat bar and maybe a bit of round bar. Horse shoes available too, no rr spikes that I spotted at first glance. Thank you for your time and thoughts, Brent
  11. Beatsy, I landed a volunteer position (ha ha) at a local recreation blacksmith shop that has a forge just about like this. It uses a large bellows on the far side for air instead of behind but otherwise it's almost the same thing. I'd be happy to take pictures and measurements if you wish. I'll be going there this Thursday. I may not be able to measure the firepot because it'll already be going when I arrive. It has a brick table though, and last I saw it it was not cracked at all. I'm pretty sure it has a clinker breaker and air gate out the side also. Best wishes, Brent Frosty, If you enjoy leading people to information, I'm here for the "leading"! I'll read just about anything. Brent
  12. Thank you, any idea on the production year of this anvil? Brent
  13. Could you explain what is in this tank that took off all the rust? Some sort of chemical?
  14. Here's some useful charts from the war departments technical manual from 1942. Obtained a copy from a friend of a WWII veteran that it was issued to I believe. Hope this helps someone in a least a little way! Brent
  15. This is the hardest thing I've read in ages. Beautiful smile. I'll be praying for your daughter also. Brent