Lou L

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  1. I agree with your anti-jig argument (prepare for a Dirty Dancing reference of some sort from JHCC). I may have to correct my terminology a little. Perhaps most of what I'm working on is tooling. Right now (I just stopped for a break and to look for more grinding burrs) I'm working on making a die with the logo of a liquor store so I can stamp the logos onto bottle openers for the owner. I'll make each opener by hand and eye and the. Use the die to make the logo accurate each time. Gotta admit though, if I do start making knives there will be jigs for grinding!
  2. Those designers of cell phones did an amazing job creating a digital environment with light, sound and touch that just pulls humans in. It blows my mood no how quickly senior citizens can get their first smart phone and be almost immediately trained by it to respond to its notifications sounds and lights. I make a practice of ignoring my phone EXCEPT in those cases similar to Frosty in which I expect it may be a time sensitive missive from the Mrs. Even then I have been known to ignore it. I'm terrible with my phone and proud of it. I see it as a tool for me to use when I want to. Everyone else treats it as a tether.
  3. I know you felt just a little bit like you were stealing when you walked out of there! I would have run to my truck before a manager followed me out to the parking lot. Congrats on the sweet deal!
  4. They would say the same about my prison experience. Im very weirded out about that typo, BTW. I've been getting these weird issues hitting space bar on the iPad instead of a letter and the autocorrect has been having a field day.
  5. Despite what JHCC thinks about my dancing.....I'm working on speeding up my forging at the anvil through repetition of projects. I tend to like experimenting at the anvil and either work without a plan (just a avague idea) or I go off of my plan right quick. That's why I work slowly and methodically. I've found that I go much faster when I know exactly what steps I'm going to make and what shapes I'm looking for right out of the gate. On top of that, I've started working on jigs to make certain steps consistent and fast.
  6. I must have that shirt! I would wear it on dress down Fridays. Because I'm an 11th grade English teacher it would be a lesson in irony...or some other literary sounding term.
  7. Charles, if you haven't used a French press to make your coffee yet do it. Get the water boiling them turn it off and wait til the bubbling sounds is gone...about 205 degrees...them pour it into the coffee grounds. Wait about four minutes or more if you want stronger and press the grounds down. One sip and you will nevertheless go back.
  8. Are you certain it is "Fortunate" anvil. My first thought was "Fontanini Anvil" which would be easy to find with the name I gave. Greatnancils according to some of the professional smiths here on IFI.
  9. I guess I should start scrounging up adolescents I can coax into indentured servitude if I want to be legit... I think that will be in conflicts with my profession as a teacher. There may be phone calls from parents. I'll exp,win it is simply a history lesson on "traditional" blacksmithing.
  10. I think the IFI members from Grat Britain are clenching their jaws and quivering trying not to jump into a "best tea" debate with Americans! Welcome to the forum! Best way to learn is to hit some metal and try a small project to give you context. Start simple and very cheap...like sledge hammer head anvil cheap...and then, when you read things will make even more sense. Enjoy the journey, Lou
  11. I remember it. I was watching for a while. I was intrigued with the speed with which you work. Let's just say that I have time to hum along to large refrains of the classic rock I listen to when I'm working at home. Though, lately, I've decided to find efficiencies since I may have e the opportunity to seek a lot of the same item,
  12. Yup, I'm going to the Fall meet. I'll try one out if I get the chance (I have a backlog of projects...one possibly being a continuous sale of custom bottle openers for my favorite beer outlet). I like the challenge of figuring out the order of steps to take for things like the shaping of that head. It's a logic puzzle to me and it feels good to get it right. I'll definitely be seeing you in the green coal tent. Were you there last Fall meet?
  13. Les Stroud cooked and ate one on a desert episode of his Survivorman show. He said it was the most vile thing he had ever eaten...and that says a lot coming from him. If I remember correctly it wasn't near his first time eating it, he was prepared and still revolted.
  14. You would be amazed at how much fixing up you can do with a rasp on black hot steel. I just whipping out a 1/4 inch punch using just the rasp and a file once it was cold. Came out smooth. But I have to admit, it is really tempting to clean up the boss area with power. I'm still at your level of tool making...I understand completely! Getting the bits right are still my downfall. I end up over working them every time. Lou
  15. Very cool. Lucky kid for sure. I'll tell you what, as a teacher I can't help but think of the educational side of smithing with kids. Get him doing some of the research, measuring out projects and keeping notes on forging sessions lessons learned. He will be more math, reading and writing growth doing something he is excited about than he will get at school. Also, you may want to flatten out the bits on those rebar tongs a bit more to make them more "grabby". Lou