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  1. Here's a magnet tester I made for heat treatment. Has a scroll handle and a magnetic tool-holding stud welded onto the business end. Hard to weld a magnet without destroying it, had to keep most of it in water while welding.
  2. O1 also sparks weird... looks like mild steel.
  3. My friend saved me some scrap chain, gears, and axels/shafts from his workplace. The heavy double-strand roller chain makes for a great hold down, and the hammer head I'm working on is from one of the shafts. No idea what steel, it was 1 5/8" diameter.
  4. Wow, how do you find that much coal in the wild? Did you have to dig it yourself?
  5. These are beautiful, well done. What heat treatment do you use to prevent them from breaking on a lathe catch?
  6. It was a crazy place to wander around, here are some pics of the inside. That same day I went to the sawmill and bought some nice pieces of hardwood (two maple legs, a maple stretcher, and a russian olive top) to make a side table for my bed. I'll have to think about forging some hardware for it.
  7. So today I found a flatter in what must be the least likely possible location... a prop warehouse having a going out of business sale. It was part of the mining display props. Bought it for $20, thought it was a great find (been wanting one for years). They had welded a tab to it for positioning or something, should be easy to break/cut-off and reface. It was surrounded by giant tiki heads, mummies, pirate ships, leprechaun gold, and all sorts of miscellaneous bizarre crap.
  8. Here are two recent projects. The dragon was a collaboration with my father, who made the amazing copper wings with his chasing and repousse skills. It was originally meant as a coat hanger, but now I might make it a decorative piece. I made the hammer for his Father's Day gift, it's a jewelers planishing hammer made from O1 and moradillo with a design copied from the talented Saign Charlestein
  9. Regular wire brushes are pretty weak, their thin flimsy bristles don't do a lot of heavy scale removal and smoothing compared to a block brush. Block brushes have wide flat high-carbon bristles that scrape hot steel smooth.
  10. Eventlessbox, that's a great-looking anvil and mounting job. Might want to forge the ends of those rods into something less pointy, though.
  11. I made three glowing rectangles yesterday. They are going to become tapered extra-wide laminated hand plane blades for an upcoming competition (kezurou-kai colorado). Starrett O1 cutting edge, 1018 body, ~3x6x1/4". I mig welded all the way around to keep oxygen off the forge weld.
  12. There are adzes setup both ways, but typically an outside bevel (outcannel) is desirable as it allows for better control of the bowl wall curvature (you can adjust the angle of the adze and it will follow the bevel in a swooping cut).
  13. I recently completed this pair of bowl adzes. Mild steel bodies with forge-welded high-carbon edges. One has a low layer 1080/15n20 pattern-welded edge and a moradillo handle. The other has an old file as the edge and an apple handle. Finished with Tried & True Varnish Oil. The moradillo one is headed to the Richard Arnold Charity Auction in the UK as a donation. I'm keeping the other.
  14. I made the dragon head into a key rack I can screw to the wall. Also started making a small wooden box with dovetail joinery today.