SFC Snuffy

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  1. I'm with Frosty. That's not a mistake I'm prepared to live with. I started PPE acculturation with my now-five-year-old back when he was about two; now he wears safety glasses and earplugs whenever he's hammering on something. You can find kid-size safety glasses at most big-box and hardware stores.
  2. I'm interested to know what your project is. I've always admired Celtic knots, and thought once or twice about how to reproduce one in metal without engraving it (a discipline I haven't the time, tools, or knowledge to mess with right now), but I've never gotten past "maybe someday." Best of luck to you.
  3. I set myself on fire at work a couple of weeks ago. A little too much excitement for an ammunition factory. My son did a bit of both (moving metal and marking the anvil). I got him a small ball-pein, but it's too light to move much steel. He does okay with my little 2-lb. rounding hammer, but it's really too heavy for him to get more than a few swings in. Fortunately, the striking anvil is a good height for him so that's what we used. Thanks for the kind wishes, all.
  4. Today is my son's fifth birthday. He got his first visit to my friend's forge and made his first nail and first hook.
  5. Thanks everyone. I appreciate the compliments. As a novice, it's easy to get discouraged in the face of some of the stellar work that appears on these forums. I've set a goal of trying the do the simple things as best I can and build the skill (and tool) set for fancier things in the future.
  6. I made some progress on a fireplace set, getting the poker about 75% finished, and making some progress on the ash rake and shovel. Not bad for only a couple of hours time.
  7. Nothing new or exciting here, but I'm actually happy with how this is turning out (which might be a first ). I need to do some cleanup on the tip and I plan to twist a 4" section or so near the middle for a little visual interest. I'm also working on a shovel and ash rake for the set, but progress is slow. Material is 3/8" square HR.
  8. Hey Daswulf, That candle holder you showed a couple of pages back (I haven't checked in for a few days)... about how long of a piece of stock did you start with? 1/4" diameter, I'm guessing maybe 2.5' worth?
  9. Just a suggestion: railroad spikes can be used to make a decent trowel. You can find them all over Etsy for around $40-50. Chandler Dickinson makes a nice one here. If you're wanting a larger/wider blade, you could certainly rivet such to a RR spike, while still having plenty of stock for a nice twisted treatment.
  10. I could use some virtual tutelage and opinions from you more-experienced smiths. I'm using 3/8"-square HR, and aiming for something like the twisted handle John B. showed on page 3 and described on page 4 (and that ausfire put his own excellent spin on, above). This is what I ended up with: And while it isn't *bad,* per se, the loop is a bit misshapen. I had trouble getting the punch marks aligned, and real trouble getting the loop into a symmetrical shape. I've got a pretty basic bending jig... maybe my heat wasn't even? Maybe I didn't isolate/freeze the right areas? Do I need different or better tooling? Maybe I just need to do it a dozen more times for practice... sigh. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Below is a pic of my bending jig. I have a few other sockets, but I was aiming for roughly a 3/4" ID loop.
  11. Alexandr, that's truly beautiful. My hat is off to you, sir. Mudman, sorry... no pics. Feeling a bit inadequate today.
  12. I had a productive few hours today: Made a couple of nice-looking nails. Easy stuff for most of you, but it's been several weeks since I made one; I was pleasantly surprised. Flattened the ends of some rings made of 3/16" stock for what will eventually become penannular brooches Curled a pigtail on the edge of an 8" pipe cap for a yarn bowl to appease the crochety old lady Made a prototype for some fireplace tools out of 3/8" square HR. Need to make a jig to get more consistent results, but I'm happy with the twisted handle. We'll rivet on a shovel scoop and use this one in the forge.
  13. High manganese alloys work-harden, right? Will your overwraps of wire be contributing enough mass for the overall manganese content to get that high?
  14. Well... he certainly straightened the spring quickly. But with no gloves, no apron, short sleeves, and only a couple of vice-grips holding his stock, he's one small slip away from a serious injury. In the (US) Army, we say "If it's stupid but it works, it isn't stupid." That's well and good right up until it doesn't work (or doing so gets you hurt). JHCC, I've been thinking about straightening some springs. When the time comes, I'll certainly give your jig a go.
  15. Man, I never found anything like that when *I* lived in Chicago. I am appreciatively jealous!