Ranchmanben

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  1. Ranchmanben

    What did you do in the shop today?

    I’m a big fan of those wrench openers. Especially that darker one. Great work Mark!
  2. The best book I can recommend is Mark Aspery’s first book, Mastering. The Fundamentals of Traditional Blacksmithing. The books are a bit on the pricey side but worth every penny. All the instructions are very clear and each step has at least one accompanying photograph. Well worth the money.
  3. Ranchmanben

    What did you do in the shop today?

    That’s looks good and stamps good too. What’s AA?
  4. Ranchmanben

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Thank you very much for the compliments. It’ll get used at some point but it’s going to get fondled at the house for a bit first. Arkie, we do make a good team but, at times, if you heard up working cows or working on a windmill you might not think so. We always end the day best friends so it works. He’ll be happy to hear of what you think. Believe it or not, He’s actually far better at tooling leather than engraving.
  5. Ranchmanben

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Thank you. It might be too fancy to use but I enjoyed making it and like looking at it.
  6. Ranchmanben

    What did you do in the shop today?

    A few weeks ago I posted a batch of hammer heads with one that wasn’t quite like the others. I’d teased that I had plans for it. It’s finally done. 2lbs with bois d’arc handle wedged with hickory. I had my dad do the engraving. Cold blue finish.
  7. Ranchmanben

    I tried a new stack

    Awesome work!
  8. Ranchmanben

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Ha! Let’s just say I was very careful not to disturb the scenery.
  9. Ranchmanben

    Aspiring blacksmith wishing for personal lessons

    I wouldn’t have guessed that of you! You probably would think I’m a rider either! Use to race downhill and dirt jump. Haven’t ridden in quite a while but I look at my trail bike all the time and think I need to dust off and go for a spin. I’ve still got my downhill bike and dirt jump rig but only because there’s no money in old bikes.
  10. Ranchmanben

    Let’s see some fire pokers

    That rams head poker is killer! Great work on both.
  11. Ranchmanben

    What did you do in the shop today?

    I ran out of time and had to ditch the Damascus hammer for now. I ended up making it out of 4140. I had a really hard time handing this hammer over, I really really liked it. The bois d’ark handle is just so pretty and the grain is really tight. The head is just a hair over 10oz.
  12. Ranchmanben

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Two failures in a row. The hammer billet with the twists split when punching the eye. Next was a layered billet that split when I was nearly done forging. I’ve learned that there are no shortcuts when fooling with damascus. Once I get done licking my wounds I’ll give it another go.
  13. Ranchmanben

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Played with Damascus again today. Hopefully, this will end up being an 10oz rounding hammer with 2 flat faces for a knife maker.
  14. Ranchmanben

    It followed me home

    Why does the carbide need to be removed?
  15. Ranchmanben

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Makes sense. I wasn’t sure if it was a twist pattern since it had been cut and restacked.