Origins of Iron

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  1. Bolt tongs I made a few months back. Todays project: scroll tongs. Tripod with trammel hook I made for a buddy. That hook turned out better than I expected for a first run.
  2. I think ive gotten the direction I was looking for. Thanks for the feedback.
  3. I have, but my work schedule runs long and complicated, and my manners have taught me to not bother folks after work hours. I have sent a couple of emails. Considering the value i put in this group, your comment and direction is almost as valuable as the teachers...almost (i dont want to come across as a kiss ***).
  4. Thanks for the input so far fellas! You're definitely confirming my gut instinct. This was my biggest concern; that the toolmaking course is above my skill set.
  5. I'm coming to you all with a question that's needing a veteran answer: Simply, which class should I chose - Turleys toolsmithing or his blacksmithing class? Not so simply - I'm a year into this craft, and not only am i hooked, but according to some of my buddy's in the custom metal fab industry, " i have the eye". Ive invested in many books that I've been learning/working from (Asperys series is almost my bible), have been making my own tools to make more tools to make more things. I have both gas and coal/coke forges to learn on/work with, restored a couple post vices (sold one, kept the other), and worked my way into a nice anvil from a hand-me-down that started this whole thing. In short, i have found my passion. I'd like to get to a place where i can fabricate and sell custom mortise and tenon and/or key items. As i learn this craft I'm understanding that the ability to make ones own tooling for a specific job is (or seems to the greenhorn) to be a paramount function. But first, i need some real life training. The only school close to me it Frank Turleys, and given his reputation, im excited about the opportunity to learn from a dyed in the wool master. That said, here's my conundrum: I have limited resources, and limited time to take a class. Either of the above mentioned classes are doable, and interest me, but i cant do both. The Toolsmithing course seems like a good direction, so i can enhance my knowledge on the metalurgical aspects of the craft. Making lasting tooling properly is an important skill to have. Heck, maybe i could even make and sell some tooling to help fund this adventure. However, the Blacksmithing course seems like the logical direction, as it provides a broader scope of learning the craft in full. Hence, im stuck. And yes, ive reached out to Frank, but im not going to fidget about no reply. I'm sure hes a very busy man and email probably isnt high on his list. no worries there, i get it. Ive been lurking here for about a year, and have just recently come out of the shadows. I respect the knowledge pool this forum provides, and I appreciate any and all input provided. My thanks in advance. Trev
  6. Id think a lot of us were "farmer made"...if ya get my drift.
  7. @patrick This was some of the best explanations I've read in some time. Granted this post is dusty, its phenomenally informative.
  8. For the sake of conversation, i'm going to second (or third) this comment. Not only is it a great learning experience, but there's also something satisfying using tools you've made.
  9. I did my research well before even purchasing the WI, and yes, high yellow heat it works like clay, anything less is damaging to the grain structure. So much fun to work with! odd, i was hearing something similar. or maybe it was the "viking metal" radio station streaming through the shop. same difference.
  10. After a productive weekend ive decided to forgo, for the time being, crafting tongs from wrought iron, and save that material for more decorative items. I'll probably give it a go at a later date once i get more comfortable with how W-I heats and moves. Thanks for the info guys. the knowledge well is deep. Φ
  11. I love the migration from materials to scavenge for tools, to deep fired Acrididae snacks. Classic! and yes, fried grasshoppers are rather tasty. Had them in South Africa a few years back.
  12. Thats my thought at well - not that i make a habit of water quenching my tongs. I'm going to have to see if i can find a spark test guide that shows me the pattern if HCWI. Thanks for the heads up on that.
  13. So I recently picked up some 5/8 round wrought iron scrap from Old Globe, and its great stuff! Such a fun material to work with! I'm considering using some of this material for tongs, however i am reluctant due to the rare nature of wrought iron these days. I've got plenty of mild steel to work with, and have been perfecting my tong making with this, but a nice set of wrought box jaws would be a cool tool to possess. Can i get some feedback as to the benefits vs drawbacks (if any) of using Wrought for tongs? Thanks, Φ
  14. I just picked up a brand new JHM Legend (215 #) for under a grand from a farrier company here in Colorado. I've seen "boat anchor" anvils in antique stores that are being sold for what i paid for new. Ridiculous.