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  1. A pair of coyote got stuck in my woodshop overnight which left them in a very bad mood when I went to open the door (still not sure how I didn't hit my head when I did a superman flight out the door). A 1100lb bull decided to take up residence in the woodshop. A 150ish lb Saanen wether who loved to sleep in the wood shavings after a day of heavy planing in the shop that stayed for 5 years roaming around the shop and outbuildings. And sadly a great horned owl that had been hit by a car tried to hide in the shop, even though I got it to the local raptor rehabilitator when I found it in the morning it's wing was broken and had to be put down, that was truly amazing since it let me handle it without gloves and never even snapped at me when I picked it up and put it in the truck and drove with it in the passenger seat for an hour to the rehab center. A rather Well I suppose my shop buddy qualifies as a weird animal in the shop, so here's one of Ubie my fox too....
  2. I want to see what my friends come up with since a couple of them have pipe certs etc and know the welders in the area better than I do so I'm waiting to give them a few days to see what they come up with.
  3. The ground finally dried out enough for me to get it to the shed... It's good to have friends since this came from a farm near us... I received the forge, the blower, the PW 142lb as a package. The blower has a busted off attachment point but otherwise is in excellent shape (the shafts in on the gears are still shining clearly), the forge has a crack along the attachment point with the blower support arm but otherwise in really good shape. I dropped in a centaur forge large firepot since one of the tabs on the original pot, the tuyere plate and the clinker ball, and the hood are missing from the original set. Talking to a couple of really good welders I know and finding one who's really good at welding cast.
  4. Nice!
  5. I needed a rod with minimal delay (between work and home) so I cheated and bought a 3/4 a510 at tractor supply, equivalent to AISI 1018.
  6. Thanks for the input, I thought about the point a bit after I left the meeting. Second project started, but not finished had trouble lining my body up to use the edge of the anvil to form the shoulder at the top of the hardy. Since I don't have any hardy's at all yet I set to work on making a hot cut off (had to cut this project off with a hacksaw due to vertical design of my temporary forge). Then the makeshift blower died and I had to quit before finishing drawing out the cutting edge (which is small 1.25"). Upset a 3/4" round rod into a 1" sq with a taper, drove it into the hardy 1/4" to set my size and form a bit of a snug fit. Then cut the end of the rod off (too long since it sticks up way farther than I wanted to). Then reheated and started to draw out the hot cut blade. And the hair dryer blower failed... Went to the local scavenger's house and rooted through piles until I found a damaged but potentially repairable Royal Western Chief cast iron blower with a broken shaft. By the time I repair it hopefully the ground will be solid enough to move the forge into place and start using a real forge... Please by all means comment on with things I should work on, or seek to improve. I am new to this so I don't even know what I don't know.
  7. Visited the Maumee Valley Blacksmiths today, great group of very knowledgable folks. I walked in with some steel and a bit of time and received a good bit of information, a heap of humility, and perhaps a thimble full of wisdom. They were all great at helping me to learn hammer control, flame control, and ingenuity. I spent a lot more time watching others and listening and made a small project stopping to talk about what I was doing at each step and (more importantly) why I was doing it. Cannot thank these volunteers nearly enough for all of their time and help. So Tada my first wall hook.
  8. A word, as someone who has asked questions that are answered in the forums (pinned or not). I asked because what is logical placement isn't obvious to those who don't know as much as the authors. After all it used to be that information was lost when the last person or copy died out, but now it's lost because it is buried in the masses of posts. That said I quit asking while I try to digest the pinned posts at least =-)
  9. I will look up the Weygers book. I don't expect to turn water to wine tomorrow as the saying goes. Thanks for the input!
  10. My current material on hand is 1018, A36, and 1045. So, steel would be the accurate answer. What I want to forge out of it is open, right now I want to learn because I don't know. My question was driven towards learning the fundamentals that can be used in blacksmithing in general. I would like to learn eventually to make my own smithing tools and at some future date to harden and temper steels for woodworking. For now I am looking to the very beginning projects, think what you would hand someone walking into your forge never having seen an anvil, what would you teach them first. I know what I would teach an aspiring machinist first (care for your tools), but I am asking you folks what you would teach first. Come to my machine shop and after 20 years I know the things I would teach you first because they are the foundations of learning the skill of machining.
  11. I guess this should be filed under "I want to forge Iron"... If I have to ask the question, I know others have the same kind of question I do, so I will be the one to ask. Can any of the more experienced heads here give a progressive learning kind of organized list of projects? A few of the books I have read suggest starting out with a simple flat head screwdriver, beyond that very basic shaping of iron I would love some input from you all on a good strategy to learn the fundamentals of smithing? In a way I guess the question is about what are the most fundamental lessons I should be learning more than what the final product is.