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  1. The whole sword thing bugs me a little, but I would love to learn bladesmithing someday... I respect both arts equally, most people are uneducated about things like these. Now the whole "you should learn to shoe horse" thing, that bugs me probably like the topic creator. People don't understand the knowledge that farriers have.... I don't either but I know enough to know that I don't have the knowledge and haven't been around horses enough to even think about doing it.
  2. So true, first thing i do when i get a work sweatshirt is rip that string out for the hood... That would get caught in a skillsaw or grinder or table saw pretty easily.. I shave every day, both head and face so hair isn't a problem... But I hate seeing people not that safety serious on job sites. Now for on topic, another great video... I have access to all the rebar I want, but i've only used it once forging.
  3. Great video, Yes please post more, you are my favorite smith on youtube... Although there are quite a few other very good ones to be fair.
  4. way better than anything ive done, Ive got about 60 hours forging time.
  5. Thanks for all the input, hopefully tomorrow i can light the forge up and try to make a nice small taper..
  6. Long story short, I’ve taken some classes off and on past two years, 6 months ago I got my forge Semi set up, I’ve mainly just messed around. My welder friend has job where he might need 150 pickets made with just a slight short taper. It’s easy but I’ve never made something that has to meet a criteria. I told him I will try making a few. I’m still new but this is simple. I feel it would be a great learning experience. They don’t have to be perfect but they have to be nice. Here is a sample of what he wants. Any insight on how to keep things similar would be great. Thanks
  7. Motor blew on my Champion blower.... But I brought my new anvil and Mandrel cone there, dressed up the faces on my hammers and called it a day.
  8. ^That is very true.. When you know little about the process, you start to see WHY the smith is doing what he/she is doing.. Can't wait to watch this video.
  9. ^Thank you. I will get a picture tomorrow.. We will use our Bobcat to unload it, and get a picture then. Its real heavy, the Peter Wright, I can pick it up off its stand... This one, I can swivel it, but that is it. I couldn't not buy it, it was owned by a very good friend, its in great shape, and its very heavy. It really does mean a lot to own something like this from someone who's inspired me when it comes to metal. I did find a mark, under the horn that says 1... From what I read, that could be an inspectors mark? .
  10. ^ you are right about that, but they where rude about it... But that is besides the point. Anyways, I think the anvil would break the scale. Yes, a two men grunt to lift is heavy. This welder is one of the strongest men i've ever met, he said he used to pick it up himself when he was younger. I'm also pretty strong, between my exercising and working construction.
  11. ^ I did look quickly this morning but didn't see anything.. I will try and get a pic of underneath the base today or tomorrow.
  12. Got an anvil from very good welder friend (who started as a blacksmith 40 years ago).... I also got a post vice and a 4ft tall Mandrel.. I also got that nice oak stand behind the anvil.. A few people on facebook group said Hay Buddens, but then they also said the anvil looked like it was only 150lbs, when I said it must be around 300lbs... So I don't value their opinion... Like I do with the fine people here. Its 34inches long, and 13.5 inches high... Me and him picked it up and put it in the truck, but it was way heavier than my 221lbs Peter Wright my uncle gave me. We never decided on a price, but I'm thinking $1500 for everything.. It's in great shape. I felt sad, pulling away from his shop with it... He's retiring and moving to Florida... Even though i'm buying them, it still felt like he is passing the torch on to me.. (there must be a blacksmithing pun in there somewhere)....
  13. ^Thank you. I hope I can attend this year. I have a family reunion in New York in July... So I don't know if I can do both...
  14. Got a stupid question... Do you need to be a ABANA member to go? I plan on becoming one, but I'd like to bring my Dad, uncle and bro in law..... Do they need to be members?
  15. got up early, made 4 letter P's. it may be 13degrees outside but, you wouldn't know it in the shop.
  16. We watched you the whole time, might have seen my feet a couple times.. Will have to watch the full videos later. Can't wait for this years competition.. In the future, I'd like to compete. My instructor competes, and has won first place a few times.
  17. Thanks for the responses... Here is a picture of the outside.It is attached to his garage, that actually looks like an old barn but was built in the 1980s, with wood from the saw mill right down the road. We recently re-roofed it them small room, (I obviously paid for it). When my brother bought the house, our plumber came up and my brother was showing him around and when he brought him the little room our plumber said "whats going in here a blacksmith shop"... My brother laughed and said "actually yes". There are no neighbors, only an apartment complex 500 feet away separated by trees. That is just a shed or something for the complex, behind the trees...
  18. That is true, and something I've thought about. But I will just work with what I have for now.. This is in a room off my brothers garage.. Hopefully in a few years I have my own place and can set up there.
  19. ^I get it, believe me, I have my ways too. I wish I had the patience to experiment like what you discussed here.
  20. All I know is, the little time I have, I wanna spend it forging, not converting leaves into charcoal.. The idea is cool, but at end of the day, what is YOUR time worth?
  21. Finally, got my forge moved into the shop. We hooked the vents up to the Chimney. We lit a fire with some wood, to test the draw of the chimney, and the chimney works but it did get smokey. Next week, I need to patch the old hole in the chimney. Hopefully that should help with the smoke. I'm also going to put some roxul insulation behind the forge and chimney and some Hardy backer, which I believe is rated for fire. Its nice, the place his a high block foundation.. The chimney has only an 8inch flue, so hopefully that is ok. I will light an actual coal fire in it next week. Is there anything you see wrong with my set up? Besides the hole in the chimney obviously..
  22. Looking good, if I had time Id love to come by and help. Unfortunately, I don't right now. Its been a year and I still haven't been able to get my shop up and running. Hopefully this weekend! Good luck its already cold and rainy in 'eastern Mass and lately all I"ve had is outdoor work.
  23. Very true. You can never be too careful.
  24. i just made a thread a week back with a picture of me at my forge. I had a scally cap on and stood off to the side with my dad, brother in law, brother and his fiance. My brother in law was way more excited and interested than me and he's never picked up a hammer. If you ever offer one day classes, I will totally drive out there for one and probably him too.
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