Irondragon Forge & Clay

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  1. I would say that that spot didn't get to welding temp through out, maybe let it soak in the heat a little longer.
  2. In the world of muzzleloading beeswax is an important ingredient in patch lube. I get my pure bees wax from a local beekeeper. In the it followed me home yesterday, I took our trash to the county compactor and returned home with a truck load of various metal pieces. Another fireplace grate (smaller this time 3/8 sg stock), a square tube frame of some sort to be converted into a stand for the propane forge in progress, 2 sections of black iron pipe 6 feet long and, 3 full boxes of 13 gauge carbon spring wire insulation supports.
  3. Ya done good, be proud of your work.
  4. Go for it. My wife is in her 60s and just recently started Smithing. She moves just as metal with her technique as I can using brute force. She is the artist in the family. Check out some of the galleries at ABANA.
  5. I ran into the same problem several years ago when building a Raku pottery kiln. Went to two propane (LP gas) suppliers and got the deer in the headlights look, when asking for an adjustable regulator. One told me they didn't make an adjustable one and tried to sell me one for the 500 gal tank set to 10 in water column household regulator. Discussed, I went to eBay and got one with a Power Jet hand held burner with a Fisher Control's 810L LP gas regulator, 0-30 psi gauge, 30 ft of hose and all fittings. If I remember that rig cost less than just the regulator alone. I never built the Raku kiln so the rig will be used on our propane forge that I'm in the process of building. I'll start a new thread when the forge is being built using the GACO MR-750 burner.
  6. You might try this."iforgeiron"+post+vice+mount&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
  7. Reviving this thread. When I started the only anvil I could afford was a #10 Vulcan. It was in good shape and if I recall I paid $75 for it in 1985. My previous anvil was an ASO from Harbor Freight (which I still have), That Vulcan is still my main anvil and I love it because it's quiet and has reasonable rebound and no damage after all those years. Of course the heavy hammering is done with the power hammer.
  8. I sent a message but so far no reply hence my question, hoped someone might know him.
  9. A couple of those followed me home, we always called them "stump anvils".
  10. Been my experience that bevels on the anvil are easy to put in and almost impossible to take out. Proceed with caution.
  11. Rifle rack out of rough sawn ceder and RR spikes. Walking stick used as a self defense weapon in the Balkans, called a Fokosh.
  12. I'll wager that it is the same anvil, and still too high in price. I offered $600 for it back then, and the owner wouldn't budge.
  13. I'm in the same boat. Back in the dark ages '90s I would have considered myself at journeyman level. Making and selling my work knives and usable things with very little artsy things. Sometime in the late 2000s I put down my hammer and put out the fire. I didn't pick up the hammer until a couple of years ago so I guess I'm an experienced beginner all over again. I learn/relearn something every time I fire up the forge now.
  14. Where is this located & how much are they asking? The one I looked at was half way between Eureka Springs and Rogers at a private residence. It could very well be the same one because it is no longer at that residence which has different owners now.
  15. Anyone know if Bob McRee is still around? In an earlier post he said he worked with Ike Doss from Berryville AR. What a small world, Ike Doss was my mentor and got me interested in blacksmithing from 1984-1991 when he passed away.