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    : Terre Haute area, Indiana, USA
  1. I assume you figured out that the computer probably will not be well served by hot steel...
  2. I suspect that this thread could get really long over time...
  3. And if it gets too cold it might make it more likely to try to pop out, I would think, as it would have more resistance. I have a minor scar on my face where a dagger blade (before I decided that I was not ready for such items) did that too. I was wearing my safety glasses, but I think maybe I let it get too cool and might not have had the right tongs (or not had them positioned correctly). It was a learning experience, but could have been bad.
  4. "Despite the very long list of woods below, very few woods are actually toxic in and of themselves. But what a great number of woods do have the potential to do is cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. However, all woods produce fine dust when worked, which in turn can damage your lungs and cause a number of other adverse health reactions." This was quoted from the first article mentioned above. So simply handling something like Sassafras occasionally is not a problem in and of itself for most people? Also, what level of exposure does the chart assume? Just wondering.
  5. True, but for a large hunk of steel, terminal velocity is significantly faster that.
  6. Oops, that's supposed to be Sear's tower.
  7. I had a math problem once about dropping objects from the Seas tower-- 208 mph when they hit the ground...
  8. At least you're not incorrectly calling it "smelting" like some who've been here...
  9. And then we have the OSAs, which of course are Object Shaped Anvils (like part of a forklift tine)...
  10. The stock support stand I have (got with the rest of the stuff) is two pieces of square stock that fit inside each other, welded to a plow share thingy, with a v-shape on the top and a handle welded to all-thread that goes in a nut on the outer piece of square stock to make it easily adjustable. Sorry, no pics now, and not a very good description. Now I have to start my German homework...
  11. Well, we're glad to have you join us. Put your location in you profile, and always read the stickies at the top, we don't mind questions, just not ones that have already been answered about a dozen dozen times. I've seen people get in big trouble over not doing their research, but you shouldn't have any issues. P.S. If your back is getting you it very well could mean that it's time to raise the height of the anvil, so you're not bending over.
  12. Yes. It was great.
  13. Well, I burned myself... but only once, made my first leaves (including a beech leaf), made a hanging hook for my leather apron from a rail spike, and met up with the local smithing group. Oh, did I say I learned a lot? Unfortunately I don't have any pics just now.
  14. When you dress the anvil you may as well (should) dress the peen as well. (I need to do some of that too, used some today that were done right, and decided mine need more work.)