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  1. Thanks for the further info! -- Dave
  2. Very nice looking result. Can you talk a bit about your process? I'm assuming there is no weld, fold, weld, fold, repeat... iteration for this, as there is for other Damascus? Just start with the lump of chain and weld it all together once? How many heats does that take? Are you using flux? Is it important to degrease the chain before starting or does it all burn off? Never having tried this, I have these absolute beginner questions... Thanks - Dave
  3. I like that you're starting to get some more lighting in there. Those two ceiling spots alone looked pretty grim to work by. Seems like your shadow would often be on the work. I'm slowly converting my fluorescent fixtures to use the new 4 foot LED bulbs that look just like fluorescent tubes, but are brighter, and work great even when it's so cold the fluorescent ones fail to light. -- Dave
  4. Yes, I messaged him, too, and found that that James Cooper lives in the UK. Would have been a neat coincidence, though. -- Dave
  5. I'm guessing that may be the James Cooper who is active on the 'Fly Press Forging' facebook group - with his most recent post about 1 hour ago... -- Dave
  6. That's what I'm doing. 14" diameter with 3" insulation. It's what Ron Reil on one of his pages said he would do for his next one, so I thought I'd give it a try. -- Dave
  7. And I have seen it used in the window on an old wood stove.. -- Dave
  8. I have heard of adding crushed oyster shells to the corn in a corn-burning furnace to affect the hardness/quality of the clinker developed in those stoves. I believe that depending on the design, some corn stoves/furnaces have a clinker breaker and if the clinker gets too hard they have problems with that. So I think it's probably a real thing, but I don't know any more about it than that... -- Dave
  9. I like that! Are the braces and stretchers secured by wrapping only, or is there a weld under there? How did you manage any tweaking needed to keep it from rocking on a slightly longer leg? What kind of power hammer is that? Looks pretty hefty... -- Dave
  10. I was thinking that a 50% duty cycle would mean in use half the time, or 5 minutes on, 5 minutes off. And 5 on, 10 off would be 33%. Am I confused about that? -- Dave
  11. I'm inexperienced also, but all I can think of is that it must not be mild steel like you thought. Something that air hardened, maybe? -- Dave
  12. Here's a photo of a Nazel hammer in Bob's shop in WI taken when I was there just over a week ago. He demonstrated a bit on one and it was very controllable. Big machine, though. -- Dave
  13. It's the brand name of a two-part epoxy. -- Dave
  14. The other methods I've seen for making charcoal cook the wood in an oxygen deprived environment. I bet your yield could be improved by doing that. Here's an example link I found with a quick search: youtube charcoal retort -- Dave
  15. Nice, Alan, and Brompton bikes!