Lou L

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    Metal Mangler Ph.D

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    West Hartford, CT
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  1. What did I miss?

    I didn’t supply a link, it was the name of a blacksmithing group on Facebook. I wasn’t aware that we couldn’t use people’s names or mention the name of other internet resources. I thought the rule was that we can’t post commercial links. I’ll PM you.
  2. The other names listed may be the other officers. The guys at dragon’s breath forge are highly,involved and it may be their names you got. Reality it, the Guild was just recently reconstituted and the names Abana has may be old. Lou
  3. The next Connecticut meet is scheduled. The time is not concrete yet. Email [email protected] to join and get on the email list. Specifics of the schedule will be emailed soon. I’ll update here when I get the email. Saturday - June 16th, 2018 Time TBD Where: Guilford Art Center 411 Church St. Guilford, CT 06437
  4. “Whom”....that was autocorrect I swear. I meant “who”. Had to fix it in case JHCC sees it!
  5. What did I miss?

    DOH. <palmface> I’m not certain if that was +1 or -1 milligrump. I guess we are boiling water here.
  6. The CT Blacksmiths Guild is back alive. The president is Mace Vitale whom teaches classes at the Guilford Arts Center. We have meets every two months. The next one is in the second week of June at the Guilford Arts Center...IIRC. To get connected email [email protected] and ask to be added to the email list and to join. I’m in West Hartford and willing to help out if you can travel. Lou
  7. What did I miss?

    One tong maker has an interesting concept tong he now sells. It is an adjustable,pair of tongs that he admits is not perfect for anything but is useful for filling gaps in your collection. No matter what you get, using long stock and hand holding it (with gloves) is WAY better than using pliers, channel locks or the wrong tongs. If you plan on doing s-hooks and bottle openers to start then some 1/2” volt or wolf jaw tongs will be perfect. Wolf jaw are more versatile because you can hold flat stock as well. If you plan to make knives then bolt tongs or knife makers’ tongs are needed. If I keep going I’ll be channeling Thomas......”It depends...what type of work do YOU intend to do?” A lot of good gear posted in your neck of the woods. It might be worth a look. Im with JHCC on the side blast forge. It is much easier to get started with one and simpler to run. You should check out Torbjörn Åhman’s recent video on the concept. It would be perfect for your temporary setup. Concerning hammers, I think it is wasted money to buy an expensive one right out the gate. A flea market hammer is waiting for you. Heck, Harbor Freight blacksmithing or engineers hammers aren’t bad at all and are a cheap way to experiment with hammer dressing. (I just pictured a weirdo with his hammer and some Barbie clothes and can’t get the image out of my head..<sigh>). I don’t know your budget or your personal values so I can only give my opinion....but I would go cheap on the hammers and forge, buy at least two decent pairs of tongs, and then save the rest of my budget for the bigger tools. Post vise was an excellent suggestion because there is little substitute for one. Anvils are everywhere...they just don’t look like the ones the coyote buys from ACME. It’s clear you’ve been spending your time overseas quite well because you have been reading. I’m positive your obvious research has warmed the heart of a curmudgeon....at least one full degree. We need a name for that measurement! How much energy it takes to warm a curmudgeons heart up one degree Celsius. Thanks for your service, Lou
  8. Help identifing this anvil

    It looks like it may have been part of one of those multi-tool anvil kits that seem to have been popular in the early 20th century. They would be mounted alongside a vise. Either way, the casting is clear as a longitudinal line right down the middle of it.
  9. Gift for Brother's New Restaurant

    Make him a set of brands (one large one small) with his restaurant name or logo. I think custom branded meat would be cool.
  10. Complete Beginner

    Wow, apparently role playing and blacksmithing are deeply intertwined. I have some old connections in the gaming world as well. My best was back in my bartender days. I befriended a regular female customer and she turned out to be Margaret Weiss’ daughter. I ended up meeting her a few times and she loved me. She offered that, if I married her daughter, we could have our wedding in front of the castle at Disney. Very cool lady...originally trained as a classicist, became a travel writer, got a job at TSR..etc. Her story of how the Dragonlance story actually came about is neat. A good pal of mine (from our original gaming group in high school) is highly connected. He is the guy who brought Warhammer to Japan. He knows basically everyone in the industry. He also won a miniature painting competition as best of the year in White Dwarf magazine. I think that’s how he landed his gig at Games Workshop. Me? I just like playing ridiculous characters like a fighter with ridiculous strength, low intelligence, and a deep belief that he is destined to be a wizard. Clumsy, loud thieves are fun too.
  11. Curing Kast-O-Lite 30

    The only thing I could find on the MSDS was a vague mention of a cancer risk associated with long term exposure. I don’t remember if it was on the document or somewhere else but it seemed to be specifically about people working around furnaces and kilns using the stuff at the industrial level. I was assuming it was the dust from created by daily use over years. Personally, when I do it, I’m following the advice mentioned by the big dogs and starting it off with a bulb for a few days or more.
  12. You have an excellent collection that anyone should be proud to own. Please start using them...or send one to me
  13. If they are wrought iron you can make all sort of small trinkets and key fobs out of them, give them a bath in vinegar to etch out the wrought grain for cool factor. If they are modern steel but thick you can do the same but not get the cool grain...or if they are thicker you have a lifetime supply of rivet stock. You could always straighten them and neaten them up and resell them as vintage nails for those people who want purely traditional jobs done. practicing forge welding with them is a good idea too. Remember to keep your eyes out for hardware and other metalwork! Lou
  14. The first five things I thought my anvil might say would have gotten me banned. This thread is bound to get someone in trouble. Speaking of which...my anvil would likely say, “strap me down ...this sand isn’t doing if for me.”
  15. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Similar story here. I tried out the coal I got from my brother-in-law. He has about 15 cubic yards of it in his small barn. Thought it would be super Smokey but it wasn’t. It burned rather well. I l8ke it better than the stuff I normally use. So I have a huge, free supply of old coal....just it is nearly two hours away. I forged the latest version of the fantasy dagger my friend asked for and I’m pleased with it. It is my final design. I got to starting the next one but ran out of time. Hungry children+me forging=angry wife. Life math.