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About CrazyGoatLady

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    Callisburg TX North Central Area
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    Family, farming and forging

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  1. Right on. I know you have to be careful with RR property. I bought spikes I think for around 38 cents (US) a pound. Can't remember. I have more spikes than I'll probably ever use in my lifetime. Don't know what I was thinking
  2. Do you know of any scrapyards near a train station? We have two and both are full of spikes, track and track plate and probably other rail parts and pieces that I have no idea what they are. That may be an option to check out
  3. I'm a right hander when it comes to writing and things like that, but I do most everything else left handed. Counting money and operating a fishing pole, which is set left handed comes to mind right off the top. I tend to use my left leg more. I can write left handed and it's legible, but feels odd. My Dad was ambidextrous and could write beautifully with either hand. He had the prettiest handwriting of any man I've every seen
  4. I have read this many times. I must be fortunate because my steel supplier doesn't charge me to cut. I generally buy a 20' stick and have it cut in half. Any other cutting I do myself with a hacksaw or the chop saw, depending on size
  5. I love the trivet also Justin. Really good stuff as I've come to expect from ýou. Sorry I haven't commented in awhile. But I've been keeping up with your progress. You're really good
  6. That is great news. So nice to hear good things especially in the times we are living in. Prayers won't stop
  7. I think I got burned and cauterized all at once. Neat looking scar from it though. Kinda looks like a bird
  8. I have several little scars from burns. Mostly scale landing somewhere. Including on the back of my neck. I thought it was a mosquito until it kept getting more intense. The best one however, is on my upper thigh. It is the perfect outline of the boss and rivet from a pair of tongs... I don't suggest wearing jeans with holes in them while forging
  9. Prayers from here too
  10. I'm so happy that you are posting pictures of your work. I know you're particular about things just like I am and you think sometimes it's not good enough to show. I encourage everyone to show their work. Wherever you are on your journey is, well, where you're at at the time. I show the good, the bad and the ugly with few exceptions. Those are right nice looking little tongs. You're doing great
  11. I used to hate filing and felt that if I were a better smith, I wouldn't have to file. Over time though, I came to actually enjoy filing. Especially in artistic pieces. Don't get me wrong, I avoid it if I can because it's time consuming and I have very little of that to spare. But it can sure refine a piece very nicely and no shame in it
  12. Nice assortment of hammers. I didn't know Nordic Forge made hammers. Nordic Forge branded horseshoes are my favorite ones to forge out of all the old shoes I have. I set those aside when I come across them. May have to check out one of their hammers now.
  13. It's looking real good Jennifer. Long time coming, but it's taking shape nicely. You'll be teaching befor you know it
  14. Er, no. I am definitely not THAT committed. Thomas must be one tough hombre
  15. Thank you. I'll try to get a picture for scale next time I'm there. It won't need to move far. There is a private road up to the house that it sits beside. Just needs to be closer to the county road to be seen better
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