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Irondragon ForgeClay Works

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  1. https://www.iforgeiron.com/forum/268-tpaaat-applied-anvil-acquisition-technique/ The internet is the worst place to look for blacksmithing tools. I learned that the hard way years ago. One of the best methods for locating stuff is to talk to members of your local blacksmith club. Seems to me the NWBA is in your area. https://www.iforgeiron.com/forum/212-northwest-blacksmith-association/
  2. In my area and estimation $150 is way to high for the condition it is in. My high price would be $60 if that was refused I would keep looking. Have you used the TPAAAT when searching for one, it works just as well for vises as it does for anvils.
  3. Is that third picture a 45 ACP bullet? Looks like a Lee mold and what metal was it cast from?
  4. On both a single bevel (chisel about 20 degrees, a 45 degree bevel is usually used for a chopper) and not razor sharp. I also liked the Dexter Russel pelt scraper a buddy of mine had. Make your friend all three and really please him.
  5. I'm lucky my wife makes a good improvised nurse for splinters and band aids.
  6. The thing that disperses the air is called a fire grate, easy to make or buy from most blacksmith supply stores. The #40 & #140 Champion blowers were free standing like mine and attached with a hose/tube or were attached directly to the tuyere like the #147 in your picture. To keep the pan in good shape, it must be lined with dirt or clay to prevent the cast iron pan from cracking. A Champion style fire grate.
  7. Hammer vs Cock comes to mind. But then we use half cocked instead of half hammered.
  8. My folks relocated from the Cleveland area to Florida (of all places) when I was only five, long before I could become corrupted.Dad always said they were tried of Lake Erie catching on fire. I have run into some of the strange (by our standards) use of words when working on old British firearms.
  9. I think it's interesting that they spelled vise wrong.
  10. That's interesting about your experience with LED lights in the shop. Mine has been the exact opposite. I have been replacing the florescent tube lights as they stop working, tubes burned out and in cold weather the starters won't light the tubes. My first lighting was 8 foot florescent tubes that came out of our fire station when it was converted to the Police Dept. Those tubes were a nightmare and I switched to the more common 4 foot lamps. I started replacing those with 4 foot LED from HF about two years ago and none of them have failed yet, when I could only expect around a year from the florescent lamps.
  11. The Cleveland brand was made by Columbian Vise & Manufacturing. http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=11508
  12. That's an interesting idea of running dual stacks. I would like to hear from some who have tried it or seen one in use.
  13. I would say because his hood is larger area wise than yours and may run straight up through the roof. Mine worked somewhat if I really preheated the stack and there wasn't any breeze to deflect the smoke. I must admit, I never thought of lowering my hood.
  14. My wife made her guillotine tool to fit heavy truck leaf spring size for the dies. It's 5160 and we use them normalized. They don't mushroom bend or break and the springs are free from a truck repair shop near us. I also have made some fullering dies out of mild steel and the only mushrooming is on the struck end if the stock gets too cold, which is easy to grind out if the top die is long enough.
  15. I have always received excellent service from Victor.
  16. That regulator should work, looks the same as mine for the forge. The only thing I can suggest is to watch the tank and how you turn the gas valve on. The newer tanks with the handle like the one pictured have a safety flow limiter in the valve. If it's turned on too fast the limiter will kick in and shut down the flow.
  17. Those Lyman lead ingot molds for bullet casting come in pretty handy. I've used everything from muffin tins, bread pans and corn shaped cornbread pans. When ever we are out checking yard sales/junk shops, I always look for any cast iron pans to pick up for a reasonable price.
  18. What type of tongs do you use for getting the crucible out of the furnace? When we were doing pottery, I made several long tongs to get stuff out of the kiln without any damage to the pottery. If I remember correctly the long one is about 40 inches long and the one on the far left is a pair of hammer tongs.
  19. It all depends upon what hide he wants to flesh out. My favorite for deer size hides is a curved draw knife. For smaller hides a curved skinning knife or butter knife. Never had a liking for the Ulu knife because I tended to scrape/cut too deeply, but that's just me.
  20. I would forge out some heavy stakes and attach 3 guy wires to stabilize the old threatened friend. I did that for a large beautiful Red Bud tree on our mountain. Within a year or so the guy's came off and she is still doing fine.
  21. Good catch on the forge pan in the background, that does look like a #147 Champion pan. According to the Champion catalog #52 from 1926 that I have the 147 forge uses a blower that looks like a # 40 or #140, although the catalog only calls it a helical geared hand crank blower and doesn't give it a number. A picture of a 140 I have. (not-numbered)
  22. Well, I do believe there are forum members in your region. Might check this out. https://www.iforgeiron.com/forum/54-ontario-artisan-blacksmiths-association-oaba/
  23. Pictures will help if you have any. Also knowing where in the world you are located, you may be surprised how many members are near enough to lend a hand.
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