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About BillyBones

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    SW Ohio, just outside Dayton
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    Quiet evenings, long walks on the beach, poetry, catching snowflakes on my tongue, a nice cup of tea next to the fire place......Yeah right i am a guy. I love fast cars, beer, and killing small furry animals with my muzzle loader.

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  1. I used to work in a tattoo shop and done some art for them. I really got into knot work for a while and it was popular in tats. It is really not that hard once you learn the technique. I used to try and recreate a lot from the Book of Kells. I read a legend about the art that the artist would always put 1 mistake in the knots. Provably more true that it is just hard not to make a mistake but it sounds good. When i show the wife these i will now have to make a weather vane also. Thanks for the input i will now see what i can create.
  2. I had to look that one up. Now that i saw it you are correct. So i read a little on that symbol and it said that it represents the 4 Cardinal directions. Which is pretty cool becuase there are some that say the Celtic Cross was originally used as a compass.
  3. Love it, i think the lady of the estate would like one for her b-day. Does it move with the wind and is it easily blown off? We get some pretty good winds here and i am wondering if it would need the axle secured in that situation.
  4. Thomas, thats easy, becuase we can. Thats reason enough.
  5. Celtic style cross. That is one of the better pics of it.
  6. IDF&C, those are really cool. I would like to see some close ups of that Celtic cross in the background though. I am of Irish ancestry and Catholic so those crosses kind of hold a special place for me. Even my Rosary has one and my touch mark is one. Actually to be honest i would like to see more of all 3.
  7. We also have St. Francis, my old lady is a manager at one. She runs the antique store. She found me a Zippo with the "Shop Smith" logo on it. If i dated the Zippo right it is late 60's, 68 or 69, from there. She keeps an eye out for anything i can use but not much in the way of old tools and such come in. I have not been following to close and not sure why we are talking about flat ware, but cheap flat ware can be had at the Dollar General also. I think it is mostly just cheap stainless stuff but that is where we bought it at when i was a boy scout to take camping. They may not have them
  8. Shouldnt this be in "Solid fuel forges" and not "Gas forges" subcategory? The reason i ask is that i have been trying to follow this thread and i was starting to think the thread may have been deleted if not for Charles timely posting.
  9. That takes some training. After a while you will be able to look at your fire and see clues like the color of the fire, dead spots, etc. These will tell you if you need more air, need to clean out the fire, or even need less air. Again most of what you are asking is fire management. This is something that you need to do and not just read. SOFA here has an introductory blacksmiths class that teaches the basics of fire management, but again it is hands on, not just someone explaining it. I could say something like to weld your fire needs to be a bright yellow, however usually bright yellow to me
  10. Odd, i always liked the smell of PB blaster. If you can add some heat Sea Foam works great. I thought the bits some what small myself. The ones i have seen are used in a chipping hammer and have a 1/2" shank. But that does not mean some one out there has not made them for an air hammer. Regardless, if i needed it and it fit, that is what it would be used as.
  11. Those air hammer bits look like grounding rod drivers.
  12. Natkova, yes. I burn myself like that all the time. I think what is happening is that just the top couple layers get burned and the heat is not there long enough to get the underlying tissue hot. My problem is my hands are so rough and callused there are times i do not even feel the burn till it is to late. Great to see the kids working in the shop. Those hearts would be cool for grandparents if you put the kid's photos in them. Kind of little picture frames. Maybe a ribbon to hang them with and they can even be hung on the Christmas tree. I had my granddaughters in the shop with m
  13. I picked this up at the TSC i think for about $8 or so. A little more than $3, but it is just painted and the jawed part on the bottom (can not remember what that style is called) is surprisingly handy. I have used it more times than i thought i would.
  14. So you do not have it yet? Go to the section of the forums titled "Forges" and look at the JABOD. Just a box of dirt. Simple, cheap to build and very effective. Cheap to run also. They do need charcoal, but if you have the wood to burn for a wood forge you have the wood to make charcoal with. You could even build a wood burning JABOD if you try. Basically the same set up as the whitlox, a box that contains a fire, that has a side blast of air. The difference is that the box is dirt and wood and not steel and fire brick. Many smiths use the simple box o' dirt.
  15. Better to err on the side of caution. Kao-wool in the lungs is not a very pleasant thing. As i said, i was not even sure what a whitlox was. I am sure somebody here will come along who has much more info than i. But i see the ends of the blanket exposed that will release ceramic fiber into the air. I would either treat the kao-wool or not even use it(still looks a little overkill). Like i say, better safe than sorry.
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