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straycat_74

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    Wisconsin Rapids, WI
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    blacksmithing, knife making, prepping, and too many other things to list

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  1. local police said that since I "Invited him into my home" and "contracted with him for services" that there was nothing they could do. they suggested a lawyer and sue him. Turns out (name redacted) he's a pedophile, child rapist, registered sex offender, convicted felon, and Meth addict (none of which did he admit to when I hired him on short notice) the lawyers said it'd cost me $6,000 to sue him, and as a meth-head he ain't got nothing worth taking so I'd be xxxxxxx good money after bad. tried local newspaper, but they refuse siting 'libel and slander' as unpublishable.
  2. recently I moved out and had to use a local mover on short notice. this weekend he unloaded my stuff after 6 months storage so I could finally get back to my life.(long story, not relevant) and my anvil is missing. my 138lbs 120+ year old Peter Wright Anvil, is "missing". it's one of a dozen things that didn't end up back at my place after the storage period. my heart is broken, and most of my home brewing equipment is as well.but my ANVIL. I wanna hurt someone. SO I am out of the forging thing... because I'm not good enough to actually SELL anything... until I can Power
  3. recently I moved out and had to use a local mover on short notice. this weekend he unloaded my stuff after 6 months storage so I could finally get back to my life.(long story, not relevant) and my anvil is missing. my 138lbs 120+ year old Peter Wright Anvil, is "missing". it's one of a dozen things that didn't end up back at my place after the storage period.

    my heart is broken, and most of my home brewing equipment is as well.but my ANVIL. GOD I wanna hurt someone.

    SO I am out of the forging thing... because I'm not good enough to actually SELL anything... until I can Power Hammer, or get my anvil, or a replacement.

    and JUST to rub salt into the wounds, I'm an over the road truckdriver, I have to leave in the morning and will not be back for 2 weeks.

  4. trial etch on the cable knife. I also used it to chop a 2x4, and got a slight delamination on the blade edge that you can JUST see with the single exception, I thought this turned out pretty good it was actually supposed to be a leaf bladed dagger, but the steel wanted to be a bowie, so that's where I went with this WIN_20170529_21_46_55_Pro.mp4
  5. Nothing illustrates how out of shape you are from 17 years playing steering wheel monkey (17 years as a otr truck driver) than trying to forge weld a 1 inch piece of cable on your ONE day off this week >.< got half of it forge welded, one inch at a time, three cycles each... before I ran out of steam and couldn't lift the 2.25lbs rounding hammer I only JUST got in the mail yesterday I'll try to get some pictures on my phone when I can lift my arms again... also, twisting wrench I "made" with a one foot bit of rebar (only my second time welding with a wire feed)
  6. my first forge I musta run for 10-12 hours off of a 20lbs propane bottle. I finally ran out the otehr day so I took my 40lbser to Ace Hardware to get it filled. Was cheaper than bottle exchange! swapping bottles (around here anyway) is $22-25 for the 20's, but getting a 40 filled was only $29! I run two 1/2" burners with .025 mig tips around 10-12psi as as long as the stuff I'm working on isn't too thick I can even forgeweld with it
  7. there are a couple of us around central WI... I'm only home every other weekend, but I made a propane forge. not the best, but I've limited funds. already starting to collect stuff for my "next bigger better badder forge" and will get it done... oh, at this rate... next winter XD personal experience: the forge isn't the hard part. ANVIL was what kicked my but trying to find/afford
  8. oh goodness I haven't made chainmail in decades. being cheap and broke most of my life I used 14ga galvanized fencing wire, a 3/8ths dowel rod for winding, power drill (usualy cordless) and the lid from a 50caliber ammo can to put the other end of the dowel into. I've tried using a Dremel, I've used wire cutters of various sized and configurations. I think the wire cutters I used most looked like a very small set of bolt cutters... and I wore out like 5 of those cheap things. I got pretty got with 4-in-1 weave, but never had the time to try others.
  9. I tried a RR-track anvil and was NOT happy with the results. my first "real" anvil cost double the "going rate per lbs" but was, I believe, well worth the money. first it's at least older than 1880 based on the markings, second it's in decent enough condition for a VERY used anvil and lastly, I've ALWAYS wanted a 'REAL' Anvil. granted, I could have bought a new one thru HD for $800+, but I didn't HAVE the extra $300 to spend at the time. could a GOOD smith do Good work on a RR-track? probably, but I'm not there yet, not even remotely close... better tools, less garbage to
  10. howdy folks, Straycat_74 here in Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, central Wisconsin. looking for other smiths in the area to hang out, do some forging, and chat/networking. I'm still rather new, and I work as a truck driver too much to make Much headway in teaching myself much, so having another local smith to chat with would be awesome.
  11. here's my RR track ASO (anvil shaped object). turns out the weld on the bottom didn't take, and I had to add a brace to it and reweld it again. I don't have a pic of the "fix" but I'm still using the ford tractor axle as my base...
  12. as a former diesel mechanic I kinda figured this would be the answer, but it's best to ask.
  13. POP: King Of Random on youtube. the metal I'm using for the forge is literally two Ravioli cans, and no. it won't last at these temps, but this was a "figure it out as I go along" kind of situation. my next forge will be Perlite/sodium Silicate and a used (rusted thru) propane tank. actaully I wanted to ask your opinion on perlite and sodium silicate as refactory... Tongs, I have a few but they are "some assembly required" and have to be finished... I don;t know how you feel about advertizing, but I got 5 sets of tongs what I found two professionally made tongs for... anvil height: y
  14. my first knife. 01 steel, 1 1/4 inches wide, 1/4 thick. this was the last 6 inches off an 18inch bar-stock (the other 12 inches is still a work in progress) blade is 3.5inches long I got in such a hurry to put a handle on it, I forgot to heat treat it. handle is oak, pinned with brass, then epoxied into place. I hit the handle with a bit of stain because the stain was open.
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