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About Arthur210

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    Quebec City, Qc, Canada
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    Historical recreation, archery
  1. Workshop update: Some progress this weekend, despite some rain. I finished digging and leveling the area, built the form for the concrete slab and started putting the gravel that goes under the concrete. Note that there is a slope in the backyard, which is why one end of the form is sunk into the ground while the other isn't.
  2. Sadly, not much progress as there has been a lot of rain in the last 2 weeks. I also had other things to take care of. Weather forecasts are good for the next 2 weeks, so things should pick up again. On the positive side, I was able to spend the better part of 2 days working with a blacksmith last weekend. My wife took a few pictures so I will post something about that when she transfers them to me.
  3. Nice!
  4. I am indeed interested in historical cooking. I have a number of books, though not those you mention (even though "Le Ménagier" is well-known around here). One of the most interesting that I have is "Food and Drink in Medieval Poland" by Maria Dembinska. I found it quite interesting and tried a few of the dishes contained in it.
  5. Hi Thomas! I joined the SCA in 1993 and my persona is 13th-14th century French, so this would of course be of interest to me, but I've never been strict and limited myself to a specific period and location in my explorations of the medieval culture. I've noticed several posts where you mentioned Viking age blacksmithing, so I'm gueesing that many of your sources are from that culture.
  6. Just saw those additional comments. I'll look up the subject of condensation and rust prevention. Good idea about ordering some ball bearings online. Just ordered some. Ebay is my friend. Thank, Scrambler! A-210 made me smile. The numbers were added because the forum wouldn't let me register Arthur just by itself. That's been my name in the SCA (medieval re-enactment) for over 20 years.
  7. Salut SLAG, j'apprécie tes commentaires. Indeed the winters are long and cold around here. But the shed will be fully insulated and I plan on installing a small heating unit to keep it above freezing temperature in the winter. I won't have running water in the shop, but will probably bring a bucket of water from the house whenever I fire up the forge. In any case I don't intend on wearing any synthetics when forging! But that's certainly good advice to anyone who reads this. A small stick welder is indeed on my wish list and you raise a good point about the fumes. I am hoping that with the chimney and the windows being on opposites sides of the shop, ventilation won't be too much of a problem. It certainly won't be until everything is closed up and insulated, since there will be a roof ventilator. Once the insulated ceiling is installed I am hoping that the chimney can provide enough draw to get any fumes out quickly. I have a little bit of experience with stick welding from growing up on a farm, but I appreciate the warning in any case! P.S. I'll keep scouting out the various local scrap yards over the summer, hopefully one of them will have ball bearings. In the meantime I have an 8 oz ball pein hammer that I can use if I find an anvil to test. P.P.S. Work on the shed is progressing slowly at the moment. Digging through the roots of the removed tree is a lot of work. Nothing unexpected, but will hard work. Cheers!
  8. Workshop update: The old shed is gone. You can see the materials I recovered from the old shed on each side of the picture. I plan on reusing most of it. I've started digging to prepare for the concrete slab. The stakes delimitate the area where the workshop will be and the planks (which are level) show the yard's slope. The red pry bar to the left (in front of the piled-up wood) is where the left-most corner will be.
  9. Yeah, it looks like it was sold within 3 hours of the add being posted.
  10. It's all moot now. The seller got back to me and it's been sold already. I'll keep my eyes open.
  11. Thanks Frosty. Yes, I've read about the rebound test in the "Anvils: A beginner buyers guide". I'm re-reading it now to refresh my memory and see the particulars of how to perform the test with a ball peen hammer instead of a ball bearing... (Can't see anything about that.) Would the added mass of the hammer affect how much rebound I'd get?
  12. Thanks for the comments Daswulf. I will only be able to do a partial rebound test with a small ball peen hammer, as I don't have a ball bearing yet. The one scrap yard I have visited so far didn't have any and I didn't expect to have to test an anvil so soon. I'm waiting to see if the seller has some additional pictures he can send me. Like I mentioned, it is perhaps too heavy for what I need and the small workshop I am currently building. It will be hard to move around, or even unload from my trailer for that matter. And I would have to keep it outdoors (I'd wrap it up to protect it from the rain) until the workshop is built. I was on the lookout for something in the 120-200# range, but seeing an anvil for sale at such a low price is quite tempting. Did I mention that the price is in Canadian dollars? That would make it about $0.85/pound in USD.
  13. I just saw the following anvil for sale near my location. At first glance, it seemed to be a bit heavy for my needs as a beginner, particularly since I am still building my shop. The seller mentions that it is about 350# but the single picture doesn't show any markings on it. I'm also puzzled about the hole on the side being so close to the surface and wondering about its quality. Could this be a cast iron anvil with no hardened face? The price seems quite low at about $1/pound. I've asked the seller for more pictures, particularly of the surface and any markings on the anvil. I will post them as soon as I receive any. Worth the time to go and see this in person? Any advice appreciated. Thanks!
  14. I spend a lot of time with folks who speak a different language: English. My primary language is French. (My previous comment was tongue-in-cheek. I just don't find swear words that useful in life, so I concentrate on learning more useful ones instead!)
  15. Why is it that most people seem to pick up the French bad words faster than the rest of the language? Of course, that doesn't seem to be unique to French, so it may simply be human nature at work.