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  1. I used to be in Saskatoon. The guild if really good up there and they put on a beginner class at the Saskatoon Western Development Museum that you should look into. It will give you a leg up.
  2. I usually start a wood fire in the forge and let it burn for a while to take the chill off the shop. Dress warm and wear gloves until things warm up. If it gets below 30 Celsius, it gets a little cold to take the gloves off. I always make sure my boots have good, thick tread. That makes a world of difference when working on snow. Never forget your long underwear.
  3. He will be referring to a media scare a few years ago about charred meat being possibly carcinogenic. Likely got twisted around like these things do before it got back to him. Charcoal is not considered carcinogenic according to anything I've read in my veterinary texts. Any smoke is carcinogenic because it is a mucosal irritant and any irritant that leads to increased cell turnover can cause an increased risk of cancer because every cell replication could have a DNA mutation. Basically a cell not replicating is less likely to have it's DNA damaged and it passed on to other cells.
  4. For these projects, I only used standard sized shoes scrounged from my local farriers and horse owners while out on veterinarian calls. I usually end up with a truck box full after a few calls if they shoe regularly.
  5. Most farriers I deal with leave them at the horse owners these days.
  6. I recently wrote an article for Canadian Cowboy Country magazine on a few different projects you can make from old horse shoes such as a hoof pick, cutlery set and a bottle opener, and yes that is frost on the anvil. Hence why I'm using a glove on my hammer hand while posing for the photos. I don't recommend gloves because they force you to hold your hammer tighter, increasing your risk of repetitive strain injuries. All of these projects start out by cutting the shoe in half. Always choose a shoe that isn't too worn in the toe as that is the steel you need for forging. All of these project
  7. Another trick from the frosty north, which I'm surprise Frosty didn't mention, is to preheat your anvil with some hot iron to help retain the heat in the piece you're welding.
  8. I always try to match my scrap steel by what it was used for in it's previous life along with the spark and hardening tests. If it was used to cut, it can be used to cut again. If it was used to take heavy loads and still flex a bit it is good for tools.
  9. Personally, I would just start with using charcoal, maybe mixing in some coal to help stretch your charcoal and not waste the hard coal if you are learning to forge. Will work until you can find soft coal or just keep using charcoal.
  10. How long is the fire lasting? Are you certain that the coal has caught? Could be the charcoal portion of the fire burning out before the coal lights. Charcoal is very easy to light, coal not as much so.
  11. I'll bring it back. Here's a link to a how-to article on making tongs that I wrote for Hobby Farms. http://www.hobbyfarms.com/crafts-and-nature/crafting-blacksmith-tongs.aspx
  12. What level of welder are you at the moment as that will determine the types of projects that would be best.
  13. I've done similar styles before. They are stable if you use 3/8 and above I've found. Needs to be lined up correctly though. Very nice for your second one Dunstan.
  14. It would also depend on the quality of the tongs you were trying to repair. If they are really rusted and showing signs of stress fracturing, I wouldn't bother.
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