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About JustAnotherViking

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    Northern Ireland
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    Mostly Motorcycling and Metal (The ear splitting, guitar screeching kind, and the stuff that you can heat up, hit, grind, and make into all kinds of exciting creations)

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  1. JustAnotherViking

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Either that is a tiny anvil, or those shears are massive! What weight are they?! I started a new project over the weekend, a little more ambitious than my usual attempts of beating metal into submission. So far i've got 2.5 out of 14 pieces roughed out... the plan is to finish all the pieces, get the relevant ones reasonably matched/shaped, and finally clean it all up with final forging, filing, etc, and assemble. Should have had 3 or 4 pieces roughed out by now, but one leg ended up in the river.... something something, don't get distracted and chat when steel is in the fire. Starting stock was 1" square bar, and right about now I really wish I had a power hammer.... this will be a good exercise in patience, taking my time, and working on consistency. Considering I usually work with significantly thinner stock, this has been good hammer therapy following a particularly bad week.
  2. JustAnotherViking

    sculpture or trash?

    Cost dependent, a small plaque with a laser engraved photo of the bridge and a few dates would look nice set into the timber
  3. JustAnotherViking

    Anvil Stand Upsetting Block addition???

    Most of my upsetting is done in the kitchen. Apparently wiping my hands on the curtains is not acceptable just because there wasn't a towel handy.
  4. JustAnotherViking

    What did you do in the shop today?

    This one? Some really nice tooling there.
  5. JustAnotherViking

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Quite funny with all this talk of keeping work clean and scale free.. i've been having the opposite issue with recent pieces. They've been too clean of scale and hammer marks, so i've been having to gently hammer some scale back in to achieve a specific aesthetic
  6. JustAnotherViking

    What did you do in the shop today?

    That post vice stand is a work of art! Might have to borrow the ouroboros idea and give it a go... and finally get around to trying out a troll cross. Nothing exciting from myself recently, just been doing a bunch of small bits getting some practice in.
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    Ok I’m over the whole build my own or use a freebie

    False economy... a bigger forge costs more in fuel to get up to temperature and run on a daily basis. So if you 'outgrow' it after a year, the money you've saved by running a smaller, more fuel efficient forge can be invested in a bigger forge for those two or three infrequent times you need to work on something bigger... the rest of the time, just continue running the smaller one.
  8. JustAnotherViking

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Thanks. Yes it's a small side table... big enough for a large mug of coffee. Didn't have anywhere to set a cup on the armchair and came across an interestingly shaped piece of spalted beech in the firewood pile and decided to repurpose it
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    Working wrought iron

    Work it close to a welding temperature. If you get it hot enough it'll stick back together with ease. Flux not required.
  10. JustAnotherViking

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Very little forging but a fun project all the same. Also added a bit more to the metal tree Just another hundred or so leaves to go
  11. JustAnotherViking

    A little help.

    I think you may have misinterpreted what I was trying to say. It was not supposed to be a blanket statement that people should use meds. I was trying to make the point that people with a real medical need can be judged too harshly and people should be more conscientious of jumping on the bandwagon of medication is bad full stop. As to my own credentials/experience. I'm afraid a public forum isn't the place for me to get into it. The the majority of views are saying avoid pills at all costs, I was trying to balance that with: it shouldn't be stigmatised if there is a medical need much in the same way other physiological issues are treated, be it glasses, insulin, etc
  12. JustAnotherViking

    A little help.

    Well said Charles
  13. JustAnotherViking

    A little help.

    I think we're getting caught up in the semantics of depression and being depressed. Completely different beasts altogether. One, as you say, needs therapy, and one which is a physiological issue needing medication. Just a bit of a touchy subject as people with clinical depression can get tarred with the same brush, adding to the stigma of pills being negative, whereas in their case it is essential to have a property quality of life and nothing to be ashamed of. One best left to the experts to properly diagnose and treat accordingly
  14. I was working on a motorcycle frame a few years back, and unfortunately there was no easy way to watch where the sparks were going. All of a sudden I smelt burning, and my crotch felt a bit warm. I looked down to see I had burnt through my over trousers, jeans and fortunately stopped in time before burning through the final protective layer. That was a rather close call!