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  1. Nice find! I've never seen a wrought iron horseshoe to know it it was.
  2. I tried the can this morning and it worked as I had hoped. Thanks again for input.
  3. masonred

    hammer ID

    I I can't find any info on this hammer. It's a 2 lb sledge with the only these markings, just interested in maker, quality and age if possible. The shield is nearly complete just very vague near the bottom and not sure what letter or emblem is in the middle.
  4. Found this morning hammer has no dings on face looks unused.
  5. Thanks for replies. I have bending forks make from 1/2 round stock that do a great job, but for repeated use a jig will be faster and more uniform. I've got wood patterns that are 20 + years old and might only get occasional use but are so nice when ask to make another rocking horse, stool or steps etc... I'm building up my selection of tools and supplies for forging. I like the saying "it's the carpenter not the tools" however the appropriate tool is helpful.
  6. Would filling a can with concrete work for a form to bend 1/4 round rods? Possible putting in a piece of steel to hold in a vise. I plan to make some beverage stake holders and possible to hold candles. I've looked for pipe with no luck and don't want to spend money on something to be used half a dozen times, I have some ready mix left over from building fence so no cost there.
  7. NICE! I like the profile and want to see it with the oak attached, good job.
  8. Never mind gremlins gone I gave the parts another blast of PB then light lube, assembled as I remembered and wear marks looks aligned. Tried by hand and it worked, put into frame, belt on and all good. Doesn't seem like a little extra cleaning would matter. Go figure!
  9. I'm new to blacksmithing and never worked on a blower. If the description is vague or wrong terms used its the best I can do. I did search for diagrams or pictures with no luck. I have a lever operated blower rivet forge. It was locking up but would work fine after the big wheel was rotated a little. Thinking it needed cleaning and to inspect internal parts I disassembled. Cleaned and put together then the problem. When the lever is pushed down the wheel doesn't spin but does when the lever goes down ( has to be hand pushed) so I reversed the 3 pieces inside with the same result. The only thing I think that could be put together wrong is the 3 pieces pictured. Any help is appreciated, I've got lots of good information and read some humorous post here. Let me know what if any specific pictures would help.
  10. NIce work. What did you do to the 3rd knife handle, dyed or what to bone? I'm working on some similar styled knives, I haves a few deer leg bones.
  11. Similar to you it's a method to free thoughts and do 1 thing. The satisfaction from making something and seeing others enjoy it is also nice. Plus its just fun to beat hot metal with a hammer!
  12. Junk store find also got a 4 lb cross pein. Didn't know what it was so looked up hammers here and found a ship or top maul, nice place to learn. maul.docx
  13. Stash, correct the 2-3 inch wide by 10 inches square, not the stricker version. I'm using a small piece of RR track so this type would weigh more and hopefully be within my starting budget. I don't plan to make sword or other large items, just hooks, leaves, crosses and hooks etc. All with smaller than 3/8 or or perhaps 1/2 material.
  14. I have seen a brian Brazeal anvil (the rectangle type with different surfaces on a thin edge) on the internet. Can these be found and what might the cost be of new or used? Making one would be relatively straight forward or would it? What type of steel is used for those?
  15. I was recently having trouble keeping a fire going. As a rookie I assumed it was poor fire building or management nope the, the tyre had clogged up with small pieces and dust. Simple solution to knock out but caused frustration for several attempts. A little oil on newspaper will help start a fire, started doing this for charcoal in a chimney.
  16. Nice! I'm also starting making knives, its fun and frustrating for me.
  17. My thought was chocolate molds, seen some similar ones in an old bakery as a display.
  18. Help! What is the Tolkien reference?
  19. I've watched farriers many years and even did it a little myself. This is a natural step toward blacksmithing and i finally decided to give it a try. I got a small RR track from a mine or amusement park type setup. Also some refractory pieces and ordered some furnace cement. Hope to have everything in place before the end of the month, and start making hinges, handles arrow heads (medieval points) and yes even a knife. This place has lots of information and should really help. I live near lockhart its 30 miles or so from Austin. Thanks Masonred
  20. I need to make a draw knife, and yours looked good, until oh bother.