Ranchmanben

Members
  • Content Count

    697
  • Joined

  • Last visited

3 Followers

About Ranchmanben

  • Rank
    Senior Member

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Clarendon, TX

Recent Profile Visitors

1,762 profile views
  1. Ranchmanben

    Tong obsession

    Hmmm. I used a plain twisted wire wheel. That must have been the problem.
  2. Ranchmanben

    Tong obsession

    I actually did do it but I didn’t like how splotchy it looked where the ti wasn’t really clean. I tried it again after using the wire wheel and it looked even worse. Did the wire wheel again and called it quits. Here’s what they looked like blue/purple.
  3. Ranchmanben

    Tong obsession

    The ti I forged before this definitely was 6al-4v and it had the same color scale. That’s why I think it’s the same grade.
  4. Ranchmanben

    Tong obsession

    Here’s a picture of them before I was done forging them to show the scale color.
  5. Ranchmanben

    Tong obsession

    I was given a 4’ bar by a friend. He said it had been passed around to a few different shops but no one knew what to do with it. Other than tongs, I’m not really sure what would be a good use for it.
  6. Ranchmanben

    Tong obsession

    That’s what I figured but wasn’t sure. I’m not positive what alloy it is but I suspect it’s 6Al-4V.
  7. Ranchmanben

    Tong obsession

    I’m not sure what you mean.
  8. Ranchmanben

    Tong obsession

    I cheated on that pair. Titanium scale is a weird orangish brown that looks really ugly so I used a pretty liberal dose of wire wheel.
  9. Ranchmanben

    Tong obsession

    Thanks Jennifer.
  10. Ranchmanben

    Tong obsession

    Farrier style 3/8” fire tongs made from titanium. Starting stock was for each side was 4” of 1.125” round stock. They weigh right at 17.5oz and hold better than any other tongs I own.
  11. Ranchmanben

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Thanks everyone. I can’t take credit for the engraving though. My dad did that work. He’s tried to teach me but I haven’t knack, some people can hammer steel and some can carve it. The knife was a fun change of pace. The Damascus was very fun to make, I can see how people get sucked into making elaborate patterns. I’m going to be playing with it more.
  12. Ranchmanben

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Got some Christmas presents handed over yesterday. A couple of fancy hammers with bois d’arc handles and one user 2lb rounding hammer. Also a knife with raindrop damascus I forged from 1084 and 15n20. Ebony scales and copper pins peened to fill the holes tight.
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. Ranchmanben

    What did you do in the shop today?

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