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David Durman

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    Lexington, Kentucky
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    Bronze Casting, Silver Casting, Blacksmithing, Bladesmithing

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  1. I don't know why I would get mad; obviously I am doing it wrong. I had taken a more general approach to figuring out the problem, formulating different questions centering around back pressure. For whatever reason, it didn't occur to me to check the forum on here for gas forges. 1. Is there a particular burner you would recommend for this assembly? I originally bought this for my much smaller furnace and put it on here for at least the curing and to see if I could get it to work. 2. I figured that I had it on there wrong; I'll reposition it.
  2. I'm interested in getting a touchmark too; are you still making them, Stamp Man? Mine is fairly simple, nothing more than the Roman numeral XIII with bars across the top and bottom.
  3. I don't know why it is showing two different screen names for me. Anyway, do you think that using chicken wire or woven wire mesh as a rebar frame would help?
  4. A Titanium-Gold alloy (Ti3Au) has been developed that is purported to be 4 times harder than titanium, making it the hardest material known that is compatible with living tissue. Interesting stuff, primarily since I never thought that titanium and gold could bond in that manner (not that I gave it much thought), although it probably has no particular application for metal working. Still, worth a read: BBC News Article Science Advances journal where the paper is published
  5. Thanks, gote. My main interest in the video was that it seemed like a reasonable way of fixing the lifting tongs that I posted an image of upthread, since they too are made of rebar. Most of that I can fix with welding, but I definitely want to reset the hinge pin; currently it is very loose and offers little protection from twisting.
  6. I actually took a program back in the Spring that covered several different basics, such as casting (I made some bronze ingots), welding, and a touch of blacksmithing. That is where the aforementioned professor comes from; I've spent the intervening time building a furnace for more bronze casting with the little spare time and money I have after home and kids. I should finish tooling up for that around September; I bought a small MIG today so I think I can fix the issues I have with those tongs. I am very, very tempted to modify my furnace to be a lift-off version like you mentioned, but I am
  7. If you pop the key off and cushion it with some electrical tape around the socket, you can make it harder to accidentally push; might need to fine-tune the amount, though. Good mechanical keyboards are pretty reasonably priced nowadays and their keys are fairly stiff enough to prevent that as well.
  8. Thanks, Frosty! I did think it was weird that he quenched them. Like I said, I thought the video might prove useful in fixing those lifting tongs. I think, if I am going to make some tongs, I'll start with the kits that Thomas mentioned. The rest of your comments are taken to heart as well. Thanks, John!
  9. The situation here is similar in that he has plenty of graduate students to help him. He's already let me go there a couple of times to use the shop but I know that the head professor would have a problem with it and I'm certain the Fine Arts college would have a fit over the liability issue. I'm sure he would let me use the shop again, but I don't like taking advantage of his willingness to stick his neck out.
  10. I meant to add a sentence about trying the ILL through the library; sorry, but I apparently left it out. I would bring my Kindle, or my phone, into the workshop except maybe across the room on a side table. If I need to reference something, I'd probably just print it out for the added bonus of easy note taking. Rust doesn't bother me too much either, but it seems like all of the scrap yards in the state don't sell anything, at least not to individuals. They seem to only buy, consolidate/smelt into bulk loads, and sell commercially. I'm lucky if I can get any of them to do anything
  11. I think I checked at the library for blacksmithing books when I took my toddler there last; I haven't picked up a physical book in years having largely converted my reading onto my Kindle, but I did just order Lorelei Sims The Backyard Blacksmith on the recommendation of JME1149. I'll see if I can scare up a copy of Weygers's book as well. I suppose I probably should start spending more time around flea markets; hard to find the time though with two toddlers. Like I said, I see plenty of old claw hammers at yard sales, so I think I might start picking them up just to have some metal to pl
  12. Thanks for the responses; it certainly is a cheap hammer of the cheap brand big box store variety. I think I originally picked up for driving things when a full sledge would be impractical; I find myself usually reaching for my decent ball pein for the limited shaping I do from time to time. I think my first intention for fixing my heavy hammer will be to rehandle it and see how that works. I try to keep an eye out for hammers, but it is rare for me to come across any that aren't mass-produced claw hammers. I'm also working on acquiring other tools sets at the moment; looking to pick up a litt
  13. I am curious if you have an ordered list of projects that would be good for developing the basic skills. I ask because I come across good beginner projects, but I'm not sure what order they should be done in to avoid developing bad habits that will have to be unlearned later. Currently, I'm still obsessing over casting, but I expect that I'm going to swing back to beginning to blacksmith about winter time; my current plan is to start with making tools for myself. I have a store-bought hammer, but I dislike the weight and feel of it for anything where I am not simply beating as hard as I can, s
  14. I'm just haunting the threads and this one seems fairly old, but I wonder if you could anticipate the distortion that the twisting would cause on an inscription with actual words/text/symbols and compensate for it when you make them. It would be an interesting experiment, but it seems like it would be almost certainly easier to simply do it after twisting with a dremel.
  15. Thanks! I was mainly concerned as to whether the product was appropriate to the purpose or if it was some other mesh mask that I wasn't finding. I was fairly certain it was, but I try to be as cautious as I can be with safety.
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