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About Laynne

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    Rural Marion County, KS
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    Blacksmithing, Scottish heavy athletics

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  1. I made a wooden handle for my three pound Fiskars club hammer. They are fitted like a pick or mattock. I have used it for a couple of days with no issues. I am unable to attach an image. Hope the description makes sense. If anybody else is using one and are developing hot spots or blisters, it is possible. Laynne
  2. Beyond words my good man, beyond words. Thank you.
  3. Thanks CGL, of course I had to post right before Alexendr. That is some amazing work.
  4. My first foray into split bar work. Both are from spikes, the Celtic cross was hot cut the other on a bandsaw. Lots of room for improvement but I'm happy with the first attempt. Oh yeah, the stars aligned and the ring is forge welded.
  5. You might try a solar powered light with motion detector since both of the critters you mentioned are basically nocturnal. I don't know how feasible that would be for you. I'm set up in an open implement shed so roosting birds are the biggest mess. I know some people swear by moth balls, you might try dumping a box where the entry points are. Good luck, Laynne
  6. There is always something to learn on this forum. Thanks for the insight and the practical application. Laynne
  7. Maybe it is. In forty plus years as an aviation electrician I've not had any thing like it in my tool bag either military or civilian. In my experience aviation crimpers have a ratcheting mechanism so once you start the crimp there's no going back. It could predate me because there are fifty some odd years of aviation before I started. Laynne Just searched "vintage aviation crimpers" and there they are. So I learned something this morning. Laynne
  8. That is so wrong in so many ways it burns me up. I don't know what to say. "No good deed goes unpunished" etc, etc. Hoping and praying you get it worked out. Hopefully what they say about karma is visited on your antagonists.
  9. Abandoned storage units I remember used to have auctions. That must have gotten too expensive, now they contract to have them cleaned out. One of my coworkers and his son do that. He is on the alert for Blacksmithing equipment. He gets better than scrap and I make out. Laynne I ended up buying the PW anvil from him when he told me $350 for 147#er.
  10. If you are out my way (Kansas) contact me. I have a working buffalo Climax that is just collecting dust.
  11. I get my fire started with charcoal then feed it wood chunks. If/when I get behind I give it a scoop of charcoal. One less labor/time intensive process. As far as versatility, I haven't figured out anthracite yet. I need to dedicate a whole day using it. Deeper fire more air, same depth more air....
  12. Good for you. I had noticed a lack of posts on your part over the last week or so. Pre-employment stuff I'm sure. Laynne
  13. It's obvious that you have done your homework.
  14. Thanks Frosty, The heat shield isn't attached so it's completely removable if the wind is calm, doesn't happen often in Kansas. I can rotate it to have an eight inch gap to work longer pieces. The vise has 5 1/2 inch jaws with faint serrations, closes evenly. I think it is missing a thrust washer on the movable jaw. It took two weeks of soaking, tapping, and a little torch to get the screw freed up. Laynne
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