Lou L

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    Metal Mangler Ph.D

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    West Hartford, CT
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  1. Lou L

    Memorial garden work

    Wow, that’s certainly the hard way to do it. I struggled getting even heat on those 16.5” knives for heat treating and I have my forge set up to create a long narrow trench style fire. Kudos to you! Lou
  2. Lou L

    Hello from a flyover state!

    Welcome aboard Moly. I’m curious to hear more about how one gets employed as a blacksmith. I’d love to hear more about how you came to become an apprentice. It sounds like it could be a story that I’d right up our alley. As per usual, allow me to direct you to the must see thread for new members: Read This First Lou
  3. Lou L

    Shop rebuild

    That’s an enviable shop. Congrats!
  4. Lou L

    Memorial garden work

    I’m impressed by it all. Most of all, though, I wanted to get a look at that coke fire you had going. That was a huge heat you had on that stock! Awesome work, thanks for sharing.
  5. Lou L

    What did you do in the shop today?

    A good drift for hammer eyes is definitely on my short list. I’m so behind on making tooling which is strange because that is my favorite part.
  6. Lou L

    New Work

    Thomas said it best...your prices are too low for certain. In my neck of the woods you could make a year’s wages selling that beautiful furniture and people would get in a bidding war.
  7. I don’t think it could hurt your anvil if someone already did the damage. I’d just suggest you do the research to make sure you’re friend is able to get everything just right. Blues man was kind enough to give you your first point of data. You may want to grind out the areas where the bad weld should were made. If it was the wrong rod it will keep on cracking despite the new welds. I know Morrell Metalsmiths does an annual anvil repair workshop every year for the New England Blacksmiths. You should inquire Tom find out if a similar workshop occurs in your area as well. Once it is done correctly you will have a top notch anvil. Good luck, Lou
  8. Lou L

    Some more puukoos

    I so look forward to your posts. Something about your work appeals to me. It is rustic and elegant.
  9. I can’t even begin to imagine how to start that. My chances of getting all those punched holes to line up would be at Powerball proportions. Beautiful.
  10. Lou L

    T Burner Illustrated Directions

    That’s MUCH better. I already checked for magnetic north and tested the burner for continuity to verify.
  11. Lou L

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Here’s the little hammer JHCC and I worked on yesterday. In reality, he worked on it and I missed with the sledge hammer. Decided to make it into a two sided fullering hammer with two different radiuses. Been wanting a leaf making hammer for a while.
  12. Lou L

    T Burner Illustrated Directions

    I mean, seriously, did anyone pay attention to the details in my pictures? A can of beans? Who gets size perspective for an object in a photo with a can of beans?
  13. Lou L

    What is it?

    It would be interesting to know how wide the blades can open...and how heavy it is. It certainly doesn’t look like it is for overhead use. It seems to me that a saw would outperform that thing on wood but I’m not sure if it has the mechanical advantage to make it’s was through metal.
  14. Lou L

    T Burner Illustrated Directions

    I’m sorry, I guess my picture was at a bad angle and you couldn’t see the gas fixture. I took another for clarity. Now it should be obvious that the flames shouldn’t be coming out of the “T” but they still are.