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  1. Ohio

    Book recommendation

    I write pretentious literary fiction, Frost. And no galleys, not on this project. Mostly I was looking for research material that will help me with existing characters. I've had four books published, three novels and a textbook on filmmaking, and I'm pretty comfortable with more challenging narrative forms, which this project has. Think something like Rashomon but then take the characters back 6 years to understand the choices they made to get to this one specific place and time, and then get all William Faulkner on it. Toldya, pretentious literary fiction. I got xxxxxxxxxxx references from folks here and have already started reading selections. And TP suckered me into the Sears catalog, so I just paged through two of them on archive.org---dang it, I had stuff to do today---and now my eyes hurt from the teeny tiny type. Can you imagine typesetting all that? Yowza. Is this referring about a load of Manure ? use a different phrase next time
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    Book recommendation

    I'll have to ponder on the location part as this character moves around quite a bit. I'm fairly familiar with the change from man power to steam power to electricity, esp. out here, and have a collection of articles about on-the-job accidents that are pretty gruesome many of which involved new power sources that someone didn't quite understand. I'll look up some more about acetylene. That's interesting and would apply to lots of industries. I'm pretty focused on 1910-1917---I just asked about a wider swath of time because this character isn't just starting out, so I need to ground him in smithing knowledge. I just downloaded a load of AMERICAN BLACKSMITH volumes for a bit of help. And I'm starting to love the Sears catalog idea. A lot. Maybe too much.
  3. Ohio

    Book recommendation

    Excellent. Thanks, TP, Al, and JHCC. Here's the dealio---I have a character (yeah, okay, I write books, don't make fun of me) who is a blacksmith during the later end of the time period. As part of the narrative arc, I'd like to convey what his day-to-day job is. Characters often live and breathe in the gap between getting it right and getting it wrong. This character is one of a cast of thousands and I want to explore the hands-on aspect of the actual work across a variety of jobs, trades, and crafts for pretty much all of them. This is a multi-year, multi-volume project with fiction and nonfiction sides that only an insane person would attempt, but I've always thought sanity was overrated. Seriously, this is a crazy effort but we all have our obsessions and I won't make fun of yours if you don't make fun of mine. Scratch that---I will totally make fun of you. Like, totally. Anyhow, I really appreciate the help. Now I need to go outside and make some hooks for holding material. Imagine that---I can actually make the hooks I need because I can blacksmith. That is awesome.
  4. Ohio

    First forge

    CRS, I have yet to run across a post of yours where I didn't understand what you were trying to communicate, a real mark of brain power. And like a lot of people, it was your JABOD effort that inspired me to jump in to the craft. Lupercal, Charles's JABOD efforts really are worth following. He combines deep knowledge of smithing with down-and-dirty (literal) tips so you end up not just hitting up metal and moving it with a hammer (which is amazing) but grasping the basic principles of forge design. A generous gift from that fellow---the typos are just a fringe benefit.
  5. Ohio

    First forge

    Ok, was I the only one who giggled when I read this? That gosh darn new dangled fuel. If only it was "new dangled fool." That would've been perfect. Lupercal, seriously, Charles's JABOD III is a great place to start because it's cheap and it totally works. Build one and you'll find out quickly whether blacksmithing is for you.
  6. Ohio

    Book recommendation

    I'm looking for a book or articles about historical blacksmithing in the U.S. circa 1900-1920. Specifically, how blacksmithing was changing with the onset of other industrial processes. I'd be particularly interested in what happens to general smithies in small and medium-sized towns during the period, but even an overview would be helpful. I'm not afraid of challenging textbooks and academic papers. Come on, ThomasPowers. I bet you can think of something.
  7. BryanL, this looks really good. I think, though, that since you're leaving in a few months for work, you should send this to me to keep for you. I won't even charge you rent. I am offering this out of the kindness of my heart as I am all about generosity and not merely covetous. Srsly, thanks for sharing the pix. It's fun to see your progress.
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    sculpture or trash?

    Frosty, dude, you're so literal. I was going for the idea of the poem, not the sculpture---how you look at something you think will last forever and how...not so much. So, MotoMike, whatcha think? Know what you're going to do with it?
  9. Ohio

    sculpture or trash?

    I'm with Das. That's neat. You could always write up what you have here to give it a provenance and tuck it away somewhere, maybe in a waterproof container kept near wherever you put it or engraved, mounted, and set nearby. Or not. Is anyone else reminded of the Shelley poem, "Ozymandias?" (This moment of artsy pretentiousness brought to you by six of the seven liberal arts.)
  10. I don't care what anyone says, JHCC, I think you're funny. MotoMike, there are responses above from several people regarding baja's original question, including concerns about the approach---trying to get the MIG gun into the space, how to deal with the s7 warping, etc. BigGun and Frosty also suggested a different approach using brazing that really seems do-able. A quick review of the thread gives details on both the OP and this other approach. Frosty, I use my mini-lathe with stick tools. I know a lot of people who use Powermatic wood lathes for spinning, but if I get a dedicate spinning lathe, 24" with scissor tools would be my absolute maximum.
  11. Not a huge swing. Probably no more than 24", probably less. I do manual spinning now---I made some of tools (including the t-rest and wooden mandrels) and bought and handled some others. Not scissor tools, yet. You showed me some pix of your dad's spinning work, especially one bowl he spun on air using two different metals that is amazing.
  12. October 12---mark the date! And get out your credit cards! My list: Drag-capable Hypertherm plasma cutter Lincoln stick welder and consumables Oxy-acetylene set up because I should have one of these already and consumables Spinning lathe---I have successfully spun an aluminum cat bowl, so I feel I am now an expert Time (If I could save time in a bottle...hahaha, Jim Croce jokes never get old) One of those hammers JLP made because it looks awesome Maria Curie is someone for biggun to aspire to be as he does his brazing experiments. Work with me, Frosty. We volunteered him for this project and I'm pretty sure we can push him into actually doing it if we present a united front. Serious now: I don't need birthday presents (<---lie) because I won't get any new tools until the shop is remodeled, which will be happening in fiscal year 2019. Then I will have a dedicated metalworking area for all my new stuff. In the meantime, I smith outside and make my own tools (badly) as I need them. I suck less at blacksmithing and welding than when I started, so that there is what we call progress. A few days ago I fabricated a crappy stand for my improvised anvil that actually works. No, I will not share a picture---it's so bad I rattlecanned it Rustoleum gray to hide my shame. And my avatar is a cat named Vogelmann. He has since gone to that great Litter Box in the Sky.
  13. Frosty, dude, I'm a girl. With a hammer. And a lot of skill in setting things on fire. Not a fellow, at least, last time I checked, which I am not going to discuss further as this is a family-friendly sort of place. And I won't go into my neighbor's shop without him because that's like wearing someone else's underwear---just wrong. Therefore, I am committed to the nomination and election of BIGGUNDOCTOR as the Marie Curie of this endeavor while I remain a lowly member of the peanut gallery. My neighbor and I did discuss trying some test blocks as soon as he's up and about again, and I think that could be pretty fun. He has a kiln, so we don't have to commit to building one, and we have materials---and we don't have I can get from Whiteside, the scrapyard, which is like Disneyland for weirdos. P.S. My birthday is coming up and I will send you the list of acceptable gifts I'll let you buy for me. Please don't feel obligated to get me the most expensive thing---the second- or third-most expensive will be fine.
  14. Frosty, the process you described is almost exactly what my neighbor just said when I asked him how he would do this. He said, "drown it in flux," and "I'd put the solder more toward the center," but otherwise, the process, including flipping it over to use the ASO's weight, was the same. Also, he didn't say anything about Vascowear but he did say, "I have a piece of grader blade we could use for the top plate," and I am not kidding. He also busted up his knee, so I don't see us doing this any time soon. I did offer to move all the tools in his shop over to my place while he was on the mend and he appreciated that. Told ya I had manners. Guns better hurry up and do this so I can see it.
  15. I would never bring up your pickup truck, Frost. I have manners. It's the kiln part I'm intrigued by. Are we talking like doing the thinning and tinning, then fluxing and laying in a thin sheet of solder, and then bring up with kiln to temp to melt the solder, and then----ramping down to do some kind of heat treat? I think this sounds dang near brilliant, but I know just enough to be dangerous. I vote Guns do it and Skype it so we can all watch live and shout advice at him. "Dude, don't get burned!" "Dude, fix your butt cleavage!" You know, the usual crap you yell when you're helping. And if Guns doesn't respect our voting him into office as official kiln solder testing guy, I may have to get my blacksmith/metalworker neighbor dude to think about how to do this because if he starts doing it, he'll end up just doing it. Or more accurately, we'll end up doing it, which would be pretty neat. I'm gonna go ask my neighbor what he thinks of this idea. We wants me to build an anvil (famous last words, "It'll only take a weekend!") and he's got the gear, but he really wants to do the rails and rod style of build and I am not sure if that's the way I want to go.