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    Rutland, MA
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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. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    68 was a good year.. I'm a summer Baby as well.. I love the heat and summer sun.. When i was younger I was driven to explore abilities,, I have sustained so many injuries over the last 49 years, Sometimes I think angels smile on me as now I get hurt and just don't care about it anymore.. I think I really stopped caring when I got to counting 500 individual scars just on the back of 1 hand.. The only time I care about the scars is when I get all dolled up, as I only have a few spots that don't have any scars.. my body looks like it's been through a hamburger grinder.. LOL.. Sounds like you might be one of those play hard kind of person also.. LOL.. Anyhow, thanks for the kind words and show of support.. Greatly appreciated..
  2. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Yes, wiggle wiggle " Bad" no wiggle wiggle " Good".. Diagonals will help out so much even if its only at 2 of the corners.. 8 corner braces( 2 each corner) would be ideal especially with the weight involved.
  3. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    JHCC, Some diagonals on those legs will be helpful... I have a ton a welding fabrication experience and can just about guarantee that the welds on the bed framing will crack, not at the weld but at the (HAZ) heat affected zone.. I have found bed angle construction the welded areas usually need more weld linear feet than mild steel or structural angle.. the haz zones dont like any flexing so anything to stabilize flexing will help.. welding both legs of the angle as an example.
  4. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    JHCC.. Looks really good... How tall is the bosh? Will you be able to see inside?
  5. Show me your anvil

    Jlblohm I have a pen tablet computer and was able to make the picture pretty large.. It looks to me like it might just be the way it was wire brushed.. The brush being held on the edges longer.. The wear and the marks in the metal run concurrent.. I've done acid etching on anvils and it's a neat process to see just where the face is.. It also works on Steel anvils as the hardened areas will show up..
  6. Swage block stand

    Great stand. Love it..
  7. Need help learning to forge weld

    True that Charles. Getting together with a knowledgeable and capable smith willing to share can shorten the learning curve by years..
  8. Advice for creators of YouTube videos

    Well as a Youtube Creator.. This is very interesting... I have to confess I make videos that I believe fill in some gaps or give greater understanding of a particular skill set.. The problem I run into is " It's the skill set I am showing".. Not the finished product which should speak for itself.. And many people look at the item made as the ideal behind the video.. I am confronted and would get discouraged with most content on Youtube and the stuff that is being shown as blacksmithing both in basics and advanced concepts.. it's the whole 20/20 vision thing.. Once you know it, it's easy to look behind you and understand the mistakes... It's a whole other affair when these mistakes are being shown as gospel and because these people have a huge following the mistakes are never corrected and everybody else picks up these mistakes.. As a side note" I encourage all peoples to leave feedback on the videos good or bad.. Nothing bothers me like someone living a thumbs down but not saying the reason why.. As it's be pointed out the video I produce are learning oriented.. And not entertaining.. That is the whole idea.. I produce videos I would want to watch.. They are in no way perfect but each and ever one of them, is just me sitting down and forging something.. Literally, and even some of the items made are the first time using the technique to make the particular item, since I usually do things in a faster way.. But the technique themselves again are what I aim to teach.. If anybody has any suggestions in content, or suggestions as to make the channel more usable I am open to it.. By the way, I make no money from the videos nor do I promote or sell product from them.. They are free and the time I have to put in to edit them is astronomical.. I'd be lucky to produce 1 video a week unless it was my full time job.. Very interesting thread..
  9. Navy Hammer sell off

    Frosty, I knew or know a few things about steam, but it's all hearsay or stuff I have read in little blurbs here or there and what you wrote is the same things I have heard.. Steam has a lot more punch vs compressed air.. there is also an expansion ratio one can expect with steam.. Most steam boilers are only good up to about 15psi unless it's a true pressure vessel for steam machinery. I called them and the preview 7am-10am Monday morning in Boston right on the water.. If you guys knew just how bad traffic time is then, .. argh.. I was like who would schedule it for that time slot.. I plan on going so will take lots of pictures.. Most the equipment here won't ever be seen in the same setting again.. They also have a few rolling mills,
  10. I was looking at buying a commercial hydraulic press and came across an Auction for Older Steam hammers in the 3000 range.. I almost want to buy one, but I don't have a clue as to how much air it would take to make one run.. I used to have a compressor that put out 100cfm at 100psi but it's long gone now.. I was looking at the Erie open frame or so.. What size compressor would I need to drive one of these? Brochure Proof - 4 Pager - FINAL.pdf
  11. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    You certainly will have plenty of water cooling around the end sticking out to the fire.. JHCC are you going to do a complete redesign on the JBOD?
  12. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    from what I have read.. The tube inside the Tue iron should taper from about 3" down to the 1-1.25" thus increasing the velocity of the air as well.. there is a ratio for a traditionally designed blower.. If you completely close off the air duct the blower will become super easy to turn as the fan blades just egg beat the air inside.. Yet if you open the end of it completely to atmospere, it will get quite a bit harder vs having it connected to the tuyere in regular fashion.. I always thought it was pretty neat.. I based the opening on the side blast I made years ago on this factor.. Bottom blast vs side blast that is..
  13. Show me your anvil

    Koek, 25 years to an anvil is like time to granite.. I have my primary anvil which I got when I was 16.. It was a 175lbs hay Budden london pattern.. I had been smithing for 8 years when I got it.. I was so excited... By the time I got it, I had excellent hammer control.. In 15 years of using it daily 8-12hrs a day I put in 2 very small dents in the face.. Tiny, small enough most wouldnt even see them.. When I pulled myself out of retirement and started smithing again,, I put 6 dents into the face in 6 months from bad hammer control.. I was so disgusted, I went out and bought a brand new anvil.. Of which I don't really care if i dent it or not.. (I do and don't want to dent it but if it does happen, it's brand new.. no harm persay) but with a piece of history like the Hay Budden or any other vintage anvil it bothers me so much so.. Most forged anvils today are over 100 years old.. There are not a lot of tools or machinery that old still in use everyday that can be in use for another 100 years easily if cared for properly.. What is the easiest way to mess up and anvil in use???????? She is a beauty.. I'm envious... Congrats.. Those German and swedish anvil makers had it really figured out.. Both fit and finish was excellent.. some of the german anvils were monsters and all hand forged.. 400-500lbs seems pretty common... Same with Vises.. The industry there for smiths was just far greater for a longer period of time vs in the USA.. Lots of 150lbs anvils or smaller... 200lbs seems to have been the most popular with full time shops and then the 300lbs and up seemed to radiate around industrial forging areas and Rail road shops..
  14. Show me your anvil

    Nice Hay Budden it looks like.. Any idea about weight?
  15. Show me your anvil

    There are a bunch of early german anvils in mint shape. Unlike here they had it perfected on the process including a thick face plate 1" thick, usually covering the complete top of the anvil including the horn vs here leaving the horns of simple wrought iron.. A well made anvil used properly will last hundreds of years no problem with very little shown as what we think of as traditional wear sway back and chipping..