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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?

    @Lou L these to finish that billet?
  2. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Mark @littleblacksmith swings a mighty fine hammer.. i love seeing someone like him in action..
  3. Jasen's smithing progression.

    Air trapped either in the weld or under the object and between the anvil face.. Congrats.. that is a great start.. Not to belittle you but more from a historical reference.. anybody can forge weld and anybody can forge weld when it's the first clean weld.... Where the chaf gets separated from the wheat is with the next welding attempts. If you don't clean and prep properly on the second welds then the failure rate will be pretty high.. This is where the domain of experience comes in as then you know what to look for without all the hubbub of removing all the scale and flux to start with totally clean materials.. There are some steps that would help.. files are tough to weld unless you remove all the teeth.. each tooth is a chance for inclusions.. I'll post a picture of a rasp billet I started.. later.. you can see why it can become a problem if not addressed..
  4. @c.baum Done properly they are very strong.. Not properly and you might get 1 use out of them.. I personally don't make tongs with either of the slitting methods. .I'm to lazy.. it can be a valid method though and good to know.. I can forge a set of tongs and weld the handles on in 45min start to finish.. I get ready to take a nap by the time I get the cold chisel out to finish marking them.. While the process in an of it's self is a neat one to undertake as it's a great skill set to acquire.. The whole reason I have done this series or really any of the last 4 videos is for people who don't forge weld.. Next video is on Non welded heart trivet (in this video I use the tongs made in this video they work great).. There are so many videos on tong making now.. In fact there are so many videos on making so many things now that in some regards the videos I am producing are behind the times.. But, there are not a lot of videos with the information I have been trying to present or at least not the skill sets presented.. The videos are certainly not entertaining so it becomes just learning a new or different skill.. Thanks for taking the time to reply..
  5. Show me your anvil

    @foundryguy You taking on custom orders? I can supply the pattern..
  6. Tong obsession

    Looks to me like you have it nicely figured out now.. And I do agree they are sharp looking.. In the way back I used to use that style of tong and find them to be very pliable with just the right amount of spring in the jaw/to handle boss where it it thins just behind the pivot.. Really nice job.. I have to confess I'm lazy when making tongs now and for a lot of them I don't even bother with the offset to re align the handles behind the pivot.. I just shove the handles in line where my hand goes.. LOL and call them done.. Great work and love seeing the progress.. How long does it take you to pound out a set of bolt tongs now??? Jim Poor was one of the first guys to produce tongs in that style in the way back.. I"m sure there were others but a pair of his tongs were the first I had seen that way..
  7. First Tong Attempt

    Hello. Congrats on getting done what you did.. Few things about tongs which are important.. Which as you progress will become less important but for the beginning phase of your journey you might want to look at making the handles/reins straight with no wobble to them.. The jaws for straight tongs or bolt tongs when holding stock will line up with the jaws and then the handles in a straight line.. This will help with making the metal being worked on the anvil from squiggling around as you rotate the tongs.. There are ton's of videos on making tongs ( I just posted 2 new "How To's" ones) and if you look at examples of tongs and refine your designs to the basic shapes it will pay off in the long run.. Nice job overall.. Could just use a little refining..
  8. Chisel tong

    You did a nice job.. How big are they? It's hard to tell size even with the anvil present.. Nearly all the wood wedges I have are in easily in the 3-6lbs range..
  9. This is video #2 in the "Non Welded Rein" tong making series.. Please like and subscribe.. If you don't like it then say so.. If you do or if something you watched in the video makes an addition to your skill set, comment..
  10. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    I run my tapers for tongs on the outside to inner.. This keeps the tongs joint tighter for a longer period of time as there is a taper on both sides as well as the rivet heads to support the pivot/jaw area.. if I need a straight hole through I just drift it to size.. You's gots a plasma... . Nice work..
  11. "How To" Forge Lip/Hoop Tongs (single split) Non Welded Tong series #1

    Perfect application.. 2 or 3 heats and youd be done..
  12. "How To" Forge Lip/Hoop Tongs (single split) Non Welded Tong series #1

    @1forgeur thanks for the kind words.. Your very welcome.. I hope you were able to get something from it.. I love the feedback.. Thanks so much..
  13. This is the latest "How to" Video on Non welded tongs.. There will be at this point a series of 3 videos each with a slightly different twist or skill set for each set forged.. The 1st of the series is the hoop/lip tong, the 2nd in the series is flat jaw. the 3rd in the series will be bolt or hollow jaw.. For the most part forging is minimized but skill sets with hot chisels, uniform forging when done, and hot punching and rivet making. There might be a follow up with a non welded rein tong set with drawn handles but feel this has been covered by so many other smiths to good merit that I might not spend the time.. I edited the video and gave it a fast watch through. But find there are always mistakes on the first solid edit.. If you guys find any let me know.. Thanks
  14. can you break your swage block?

    I have never seen one broken in Half.. But lots of corners missing... Sometimes those corners are pretty substantial..
  15. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    What did you leave for hammer to anvil spacing? No adjustment for material height?