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  1. 4elements

    First time forging copper.

    There are a lot of us close to you. I'm in Granite Falls, WA. There are at least a couple of other smiths I know of in Olympia. Are you acquainted with the North West Blacksmith Association?
  2. 4elements

    Top tool? For what?

    I have a similar tool, bought at an antique store but I've never used it. I believe they are "veiners", top tools for making a raised linear bead
  3. 4elements

    Chisel made of Titanium

    I work in the aircraft industry. Titanium has flammability characteristics similar to magnesium (not identical). I have had drill chips spontaneously ignite from too high of a drilling RPM. It has its uses, and limitations.
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    my secound forge

    I notice you have only the one cutout in the front to allow the stock to enter the fire level but there isn't one opposite that one to allow you to heat the middle of a bar. That might be a good thing to consider. Glad to see your progress.
  5. 4elements

    my secound forge

    How do you control and vary your air input?
  6. 4elements

    Complete Beginner

    In a pinch you can use tongs to break it, just a little squeeze will do. That's especially useful if the piece is already in the fire. Also a large piece on the top of the fire can create a chamber which is sometimes useful. As the fire burns that piece will spontaneously break up into smaller bits without your intervention.
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    Doming discs

    Theoretically a disc with the same area as the intended 1/2 sphere would work, but that doesn't take into account stretching and forming
  8. 4elements

    Doming discs

    Surface area of 1/2 sphere; A=4pi(r sq.)/2. Sorry I don't have symbols Alternatively; A=C×r, C is circumference and r is radius of the sphere. The area of a sphere is equal to the lateral area of a cylinder circumscribed around it. So A=C×D
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    Handle Material

    I have seen antler sold as chew toys for dogs at my local COOP. You haven't put your location in your profile so it's not possible to give you a definitive reply for your area of the world
  10. 4elements

    Any use for forge scale?

    This Saturday 6/23/18 at 9am in Longview, wa is the next meet. Check blacksmith.org for details and directions
  11. 4elements

    What did you do in the shop today?

    I recently visited friends in Bardstown KY, and went to antique stores. I asked for their rusty junk and looked for forge welded things. I got a nice strap hinge half and an adz head. Cheap too. I came back home and went to the NWBA conference where a guy from Montana had a trailer loaded with WI salvaged from a bridge. If you want it, you'll get it, it's around
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    140# Baby Rhino

    Hello from Granite Falls,WA. Don't wait to get more active. I went to an NWBA meet a while back, and at the time I needed a post vice. A guy came in while I was talking about that and said his friend who buys out storage units had some things to sell. He laid out 3 pictures, anvil, swage block and post vice. I got the 5 in complete and working vice for $100US. Waiting may mean losing opportunity both for tools and the fellowship of other smiths.
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    Boattlebot, I start my coal forge with a mapp torch too, but I clear the grate and put a hand full of lump charcoal on it. I light the charcoal with the torch and begin to give it air then I pull in coal a little at a time until the fire reaches a good forging state. This way produced little smoke as opposed to lighting the coal directly, and in my opinion is more effective than using wood, paper, kerosene, etc.
  14. 4elements

    bit of fun ..

    Very cool, but where did that darn dog get off to now?
  15. 4elements

    Forged or not?