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  • Birthday 12/03/1987

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  1. JHCC is the forum incarnate of my mother... Grew up under an English teacher, sometimes i think that i subconsciously make grammatical errors just to get back at her for all the corrections!
  2. You nailed it. I "planted some seeds" at my parents church (the one i grew up going to) and while my dad was working with one of the congregation members replacing some carpet in the lower level he mentioned blacksmithing and was talking about how i got into it etc. Anyways the guy was a farrier for 30 years part time along with his construction job and hasnt touched his smithing stuff in 15 years.. I'm not receiving 2 anvils, bunch of tongs, (maybe) a new forge, (maybe) some hammers, all for free... He just wants the tools he has to be loved and used as he used them for all those years.. I'll post pictures of this wonderful find once i schedule a trip to go pick it all up. I'm overly excited after my father called me and gave me that news last night.
  3. Thanks! ill have to try that technique! I enjoy both ;P
  4. I plan on custom making all my handles, so i imagine ill be fitting them all the opposite direction, so i think i've cornered myself into spending time fitting handles
  5. Thanks! I really want to make axes as one of my main points in forging, so i need lots of practice :P.. although i think the next one i'll make will probably be a medium carbon steel body with a high carbon steel edge forge welded in.. need to practice some forge welding though. and i need drift tools for the eye.
  6. All i have is a coal forge currently :P, i'm thinking about building a propane one this summer.. Was actually planning on making a kindling chopping knife out of a RR spike on wednesday... (i have a bucket of RR spikes, so just trying to really get decent at shaping / forming by using them before i break into using my good steel)..
  7. I didn't really think of it being too small for a hatchet, but i didn't think of it too much in the beginning. I dont have any drift tools at home D= but could potentially drift it larger at my blacksmithing class on saturday.. Since i've already done so much shaping and grinding on the back end should i drift it out more?? Not sure how much i will actually use this, i figured i would make a decent handle but hang it in my shop as a reminder that this was my first project and to aspire to get better and better with each new project, so i want it to be functional but i'm not planning on using it much (maybe it will just end up being a handle shaping axe for my new ones)
  8. I planned on trying to just do an edge quench if possible, i'm actually going to take this into the blacksmithing class i'm taking to have them assist in the quench process to make sure i do it correctly as it's my first time.. There is still quite a bit of width in the material by the bladed edge and i planned on keeping a fair amount there as you said =].. Thanks for the critque
  9. This is my first blade project, it started out as a ball peen hammer. Here it is a few hours of forging before i started grinding. I then hot cut off the ball on the end of the hammer and did a lot of work to straighten the front of the axe and smoothen it out, as well as some extra shaping on the "beard" I just started grinding on it last night and still need to do a fair amount as you can see some occlusions that i hammered into it =/.. Overall i'd say i'm relatively happy with how it's turning out, but with my 1x30 grinder i'm not sure i'm going to be able to make the lines under the beard that i really want to.. we'll see though.. This being my first real bladed project, if anyone has any critique or tips, let me know =]..
  10. Me too, just cook lots of bacon after the initial seasoning and you'll be good
  11. I actually saw that thread after i posted. I may hit you up for some advice about using the treadmill motor with the build since you've already done it. I planned on making a housing for the motor and potentially off setting the motor from the grinder a bit and adding a pulley.. A filter idea would be cool and actually a thin mesh computer fan filter might be good, and they're super easy to clean, something like this then just build a circular housing and wrap it around the end... i dunno it's just ideas at this point but seems like it could work.
  12. I believe a lot of saw blades are 15n20, which is good steel that will harden well and make great knives.. =] i may be slightly off base but this is what i've been told
  13. So i bought a little 1x30 belt grinder this weekend, and it works... But i understand now why everyone uses the 2x72, That being said my forging buddy and me got a pretty decent treadmill for free and were able to pull out this little motor We have the motor and all the electronics in still good and working condition.. Will this work well for a home made grinder? it seems to be a slightly lower RPM than a lot of the ones i see used (3400 vs ~3700) but it's 2.5HP instead of 1.5 or 2... Let me know if this will do the trick. Thanks guys.
  14. that actually helps a lot, i will do that tomorrow when i light her up again. do you think you could maybe post some pics describing this process? i have a pretty good idea of what you mean and ill make those changes tomorrow to my fire technique