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    : Terre Haute area, Indiana, USA
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    Blacksmithing, playing Ultimate (frisbee)

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  1. You hear what they are saying about its value. But, apart from that, good job on asking.
  2. beech

    Latest (Broad) Seax blade

    I really like the different layer densities.
  3. I would have to agree though, that I'd rather listen to a real expert with plenty of real experience (which many of those here are, and which I most certainly am not) instead of a self-declared "expert", whose "expertise" is in error. I note that though it seemed to be implied, he does not say that he has been hammering steel for years. He says that it has been years since he thought he would start hammering, and that over time he has acquired some knowledge, but he does not state that he acquired it by experience. I have learned many things here myself in the same way, though I have found that my head "knowledge" and skill are two very different things... While I disagree with the attack on much of the knowledge here, by the same token I hate to see someone get dumped on. I just hope that this reply isn't more oil on the fire...
  4. beech

    Long version of T-Burner

    or the folks who "know" stuff that just ain't so. I have to be careful sometimes not to accidentally fall into one of those two groups...
  5. beech

    Can a bellows be too powerful?

    Well, yes, it is. Obviously if were to blow coals out of the forge it would be too powerful, but I believe that you can have so much air that it actually cools the fire down.
  6. beech

    Anvil ID ?

    looks like the mi..hs might be part of "smiths"
  7. beech

    Ever had a song stuck in your head?

    I've had the Hallelujah chorus recently.
  8. beech

    Newest Tomahawk

    The only thing I can say as "criticism" is that the handle grain might be better off running directly up and down the handle to help prevent breakage.
  9. beech

    the handy rail spike

    Ok, so since nobody else appeared to have taken it up, I did. I know that it didn't turn out as even as many of you can make it, but it was good practice tapering. Oh, did I say I took three forging sessions and who knows how many heats? (and yes that is my foot)
  10. Ha, you're one of those people... you should fit in.
  11. Umm... it looks pretty warm to me...
  12. beech

    What did you do in the shop today?

    I left about 12:00.