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    anvil making, utilitarian tools, hardware, tooling, knife and sword making. Martial arts tools especially Ninjutsu.. Industrial forged items..

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  1. Portable Blacksmith shop

    Not really I mean I'm not a heavy footed driver when towing but 64sq ft of sail makes a little difference.. . I do feel this huge air brake I'm pulling.. anything over 60mph and the shear sq footage of the front will slow you if there is a head wind or you let off the throttle even going down hill.. Under 60 and it pulls really nice.. tracks straight.. I have since installed all new greaseable bronze bushings and new pivots... It pulls like a champ.. Thats how I had it weighed.. At a gravel pit.... I can't confirm it but again I think the weights might have gotten mixed up.. If someone wanted to figure out all the matieral weights and then added all the equipment together it would be close.. LOL
  2. Portable Blacksmith shop

    I had it weighed.. the person doing it swore it was correct but I doubt it is.. 16,600 combined weight of truck and trailer.. 6800 truck and 9800 trailer... I don't think it's right because the truck is a 96 F250 7.3L Auto with long cab and long bed with all the shoeing equipment in it.. GVW on the sticker is 9800lbs and it has a Dana 60 front vs TTB.. The anvil 275, stand 290,, vise 230, forge 225, HC box 275, bar stock 600lbs, tongs 150lbs, hammers 100lbs, shear 35lbs.. coal 100lbs.. 4 sheets of 18G 4X10', 2 18G 4X8' sheets. 40ft of 3" heavy channel, 40ft of 1/8'x 1" sq tube. 80ftx 0.062X1"sq tube, 50ft of 1/8"X1"X3" tube, Fenders are 1/8" X24"X 8ft X2, Stack is 100lbs, Work bench I figure is about 200lbs and blower 80lbs... Water tank 300lbs.. 30ft of 1/2" black iron water pipe.. Jacks 50lbs.. The springs in the trailer don't even take a sag and have plenty of arc left in them when on the ground... if someone wanted to figure it out all the materials and equipment weights are there..
  3. Answers are there for people who want them not for people who need them...... Hoof imbalance and distortion plays out in nearly every horse I have ever seen in domestication... It's a matter of addressing these problems in a clear and concise way that puts the horses feet into a position to heal themselves and this is what the "Barefoot hoof movement " is striving for George vs just following what you were taught and then using any tidbit of information you can find produced by traditional farriers whether they use their own money or not sadly this is the reason things don't change.. Innovation starts with people looking for answers in a place that no one else dared look despite critics or naysayers.. I used to run barefoot myself back in the 90s and every body would tell me... Oh you going to ruin your feet.. LOL.. You are so stupid to run barefoot.. Guess what running barefoot or with open 5 separate toed shoes is promoted now.. Anyhow, if you believe you are offering the most up to date professional service and you are comfortable and proud of your work and your customers are happy than that is all that matters..
  4. If the hoof is distorted away from the coffin bone and not paralel , the shoe ideally should be placed or set back to where the hoof wall would be if there was no distortion.. Filing off the toe to paper thin to make it look better does nothing to address the toe distortion.. Nearly all farrier organizations don't see distortions as a problem to be fixed.. Same with flares.. Flares on a well trimmed horse are there because of imbalance so if the horse continues to have a flare after a few trimmings or shoeing s it's because of the lack of hoof balance.. A flare on a well trimmed foot is because of a lack of pressure.. IE non pressure bearing.. Removing this flare or toe distortion to make it look nice is conventional farrier work.. I totally disagree with this practice.. If you balance the hoof for proper weight bearing the flares will disappear all on their own.. Every video, and every farrier I have ever seen work files back the flares so it looks better vs function.. Again, the whole process could be better and if more people understood why these problems exist and worked towards fixing them... functional vs fixed and functional is the problem I have with conventional farrier teaching and works.... I was there I drank the cool aid and was a conventional horse shoer for years before I started looking for answers...
  5. See here is the thing.. We feel the same way.. I was a cold shoer and still am when the call arises... As it was explained to me and it made perfect sense.. If you can level a horses foot absolutely flat, then you should be able to flatten a shoe absolutely flat and then there is no reason for burning the shoe into the foot which just destroys the keratin and basically cooks the tissues around it... the hoof has a lot of moisture in it.. You can see it if the foot is on the mat and it ,moves.. There is a wet spot.. Water boils and turns to steam.. Anyhow I'm with you.. And with you also.. Sole support becomes or is the most important part of the function of the hoof.. This does not mean fitting the shoe tight to the sole as the sole is designed for pressure give and take and not constant pressure like when a shoe is applied with not enough clearance.. I used to make a ton of shoes and at some point will make a few how to's on it.. I to back in the day before I switched over to barefoot would forge out primarily from stock shoes (keggers) and forge weld on or make from scratch but also open toe egg or heart bar shoes.. I like a rimmed shoe as long as there is plenty of break over.. In other words I like a training plate vs a race plate... I use Eventer shoes now and are the only ones I keep in stock up to size 4... I also like a huge radius on the inside web so there i no chance of sole contact.. The relieving of sole hoof material or IE not over thinning the sole because of over trimming the hoof wall is also very important..
  6. @Charles R. Stevens See here is the thing.. Most farrier types think I started out as a barefoot zealot which is not true at all.. I was a shoeing farrier and even today I shoe some horses if it is absolutely required by the owner.. Today it's a process but will turn down new customers if they want shoes for the sake of shoes... Ideally as long as it's not complete and udder jibberous I always listen with an open mind., sadly for me internet conversations can be way to abstract. but there are tidbits of information everywhere and truth is true no matter what you throw at it.. No gray matter in truth.. It is or isn't.. No maybe or could be, or would be.. Simply is... You and I would get along just fine either at the forge or out shoeing horses.. Like minds and all.... It's all about the horse.. not politics or hearsay.. I dislike speaking or demonstrating in public but I have been know a time or to to jump up and set a person in the right direction when needed..
  7. Ill be looking forwards to it.. .:) Nope the rest of the horses life which is usually much longer with no shoes.. This particular issue or topic has been beatin to death on here " Vs for vs against" vs Debunking barefoot vs shoes.. etc, etc.. I'm for it.. All traditionally trained Farriers are against.. At this point I no longer discuss it with traditionally trained farriers as it's 99% a waste of my time.. Needless to say but its a hot topic..
  8. i can't agree with this one.. I certainly satisfy both categories but haven't seen a higher power smiling when it comes to either of those.. Now the barefoot horse care.. That just continues to grow and feel both good about the job done, and the finial results..
  9. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    There is a guy who resharpens them and he is reasonably priced.. I don't have his information but I have seen his work which is top notch.. He labels the no good ones with red handles and the files I have tried that he has redone cut nicely just about like new..
  10. @ThomasPowers That is funny.. LOL. Pretty neat, right... I mean it's one of the coolest things about blacksmithing..
  11. Here is the latest non welded ring... It will eventually be made into part of the series on Non welded rings "How to" videos.. This one was made out of 1.5X5/16 A36 I filmed the making of it with a new camera vs my old setup and the lens doesn't offer the same field of view... After the fact I might end up running the 2 3D cameras and the new camera strictly on the horn.... Its pretty neat revisiting these skill sets after all these years off.. There are just so many little tidbits that get forgotten until you make the item again..
  12. Anvil, I am very envious.. I'm self taught and while I learned through trial and error and it does eventually reap results to learn from an "Ol" timer just brings in a skill set that seems natural or normal. I learned in 10 years what a person with a mentor could easily learn in 2.. You are very lucky.. or a better expression would be" You were in the right place at the right time".. Super nice.. no matter how you look at it
  13. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    that is funny.. Here's what I made today.. its for another how to video series on Non welded ring made into a heart but I am experimenting with cameras and lighting so the footage isn't great.. I need a little wider lens.. This is as forged..