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  1. I like the stamina and all, but I wouldn't mind having access to the shop and the anvil. I love that style. nice video. danke
  2. Very nice, both in minimalism and form.
  3. My luck when making these is to start the screw in the "wrong" direction, and now I am the happy maker of the left-handed cork screws. sold a bunch of them at the state fair this year. Thank you Uri for providing this tutelege. I looked it up a while ago and was able to make use of it. I use mild for the most part, but happened on a about 20 feet of 3/16 medium carbon rod used for overhead power lines. I can make a thinner screw if needed.
  4. Dan, it's kinda like saying the front bumper on a car is the car. As for magical hammers, I remember seeing a hammer made by one of the IFI members a few years ago; the thing had four faces/sides - kinda like a blacksmith's mace. one face was a straight pein, one a cross pein, one a left 45-degree diagonal pein and one a right 45-degree diagonal pein. The whole thing was a "hammer" and a work of beauty, but each face would be what part of the hammer? As far as Brian trying to use or market some kind of magical hammer, I have never seen him advertise any of his tools for sale. It is my sheltered understanding that you kinda have to work with him and make your own. In short, if you consider yourself the power hammer, then the tool you use to move the metal is the top die - the anvil the bottom die. Also, I pulled this from google: die 2 (d) n. pl. dies or dice (ds) 1. pl. dies A device used for cutting out, forming, or stamping material, especially: a. An engraved metal piece used for impressing a design onto a softer metal, as in coining money. b. One of several component pieces that are fitted into a diestock to cut threads on screws or bolts. c. A part on a machine that punches shaped holes in, cuts, or forms sheet metal, cardboard, or other stock. d. A metal block containing small conical holes through which plastic, metal, or other ductile material is extruded or drawn. (sorry if this seems rantish. definitely not meant to be. it's just the art of communication. If you grow up thinking that boots are things you put on your feet, when you go visit the "old country" people will thing you're a bit touched when they see you standing in the trunk of the car. see what I mean?)
  5. My dad once found a nest in his back yard after running it over with a mower. He was stung over a dozen times. Now he has been known to be a little vengeful. He found their entry/exit hole and, at night, slowly poured 4-5 gallons into the hole. He waited about an hour for the gas to settle in and tossed a burning stick to the hole. That's when he found out there were two holes. Both had a foot-long finger of flame and burned for about an hour. never had a problem with them since.
  6. Those are awesome! you must have to use high pound test line to reel them in. Nice
  7. found a pic of my stwisting wrench and thought I would resurrect this old thread
  8. I thought I would kill this thread by adding to it. Here are a few I made a little while ago. The one on the stool was from many years ago. I used a RR spike, drew it out to about 18 inches and made a long rattlesnake out of it. mounted it on a "cactus". The whole thing was about 16 inches tall.
  9. Thomas, the mini pipe hawk idea sounds neat. also, could you show some pics of the penny hats?
  10. I understand the resting and ruminating purpose of more or less dropping the hammer. I recently worked at the state fair and there were a few smiths who were working small stuff (not thinking stuff) and the pattern would be piece, piece, anvil, anvil... Drove me nuts. I asked oue or two about it and the response was along the line of "that's how you're supposed to do it". I then picked up my hammer and made proceeded to make the horseshoe oyster shuckers and intentionally did NOT "rest" my hammer. just kept on bangin'. If you're not whaling away, it takes a long while to get tired. rant off
  11. Gerald, did you emigrate from the "north"? Virginia was considered the South. As for all them non southerners, suchs to be them :) 99ppo, what part of Germany are you in. I lived down in Augsburg for several years back in the early 80's. Great work on the punch.
  12. any pictures of all these cool sounding arrowheads? I know I can google them, but what about the ones made by forum users? Thomas, thanks for all the other cool ideas. I have been collecting them for years also. lots of things you can do with 1/8 round
  13. what a read. anybody who hasn't should read the WIP thread. Phillip, thank you very much. When you decide to toss it, post it here and see how many people show up to watch ( and possibly go for a swim)
  14. I definitely concur. I still carry my very first leaf that I made 7 years ago. My wife usually claims my "first" of just about anything she likes. Our house is heavy.
  15. Yeah. counterweights. Cranial (as in brain) effluviation (as in effluviation - look it up) time . the flume idea sounds neat if you are near a place with hils and running water.
  16. Beautiful knife. picture reminds me of Andre the giant with a Rambo knife.
  17. The hair blow-dryer or vaccuum ideas do work. The water bellows would work but would be a work-OUT. just think about lifting even a 5-gallon metal drum repeatedly, ALL DAY LONG! for all that, I would build a set of double bellows. They even take up less space and are easier to carry (think about moving two 55-gallon drums of water). but then again, you could have a circulating quench tank...
  18. It holds the bottle without tipping or ripping the neck off. Only God is perfect. Great first project. Worth copying/borrowing, if I do say so myself
  19. How's this. Mark, you give them pictures of the actual thing and I will try and draw this stuff out (mind you, I am not an artist) 1. Start with a horse shoe and straighten it out. 2. next, I fuller both ends to isolate the blade and the thumb pocket. For the pocket, I try to leave about 1 to 1 1/4 inch of shoe at the end. This will be upset then mashed flat to make a disc/penny end about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inch in diameter. for the blade end I try to leave about 2 to 2 1/2 inches of shoe. I have found with diamond shoes that have 4 holes on each side, I fuller between the first and second holes, a little closer to the first. 3. Now, as Mark mentione, when you flatten the pocket end and hammer in the blade bevels, these have to be done with the shoe oriented as it would be on a horse (the groove with the nail holes goes down). I just taper the blade end to a spear point, without drawing it out any longer that I started with. 4. Next, I upset the thumb pocket area to a round shape then flatten it down to about 1/8 inch or so thick. The goal here is to get about 1 1/4 inch in diameter. For the blade, hammering near the edge of the anvil, I hammer a out a very thick tapered spear point, kind of like a patch knife blade - only having one beveled side with the bottom being flat. I also flip the whole thing over and dish the thumb pocket on a wood stump. The idea here is that when the thing is finished, the nail groove will be on the outside. This has an already rounded contour and is comfortable in the hand. 5. Lastly, when I bend it over, I do not bend in the center of the shoe, I center my bend at the end end of the nail groove on the pocket side. This way the pocket ends up roughly above the fuller for the blade. because I did not figure out how to put the pictures in the post, they are in order (more or less) at the bottom of the description.
  20. Thanks for the idea Mark. It was a surprise demo that was really easy to get away with. as for pricing, I was pushing them out for $20-25 depending on finish. pre-made ones were up, shop made ones were 20-22
  21. I'm gonna be a little wordy. skip the first paragraph to get to the meat. The NC state Fair in Raleigh just finished yesterday. I had the privilege of working there a few days. In years past I usually (mostly by choice, as well as seniority/ability) worked on the side anvil making hammering noises, explaining what was going on, and talking to just about anybody that happened along. this year, one of the gentlemen that more or less runs the shop (Al, for those of you who have been there) said "Paul, set up on the big anvil, and start hammering." That's what I did for an average of 7-9 hours each of the three days I was at the fair. At first, I just made the usuall - hooks, leafs, snakes, etc...Then I tried out demoing something one of our IFI members, Marksnagel, described some months back - reforming a horse shoe into an oyster shucker. One end I fuller-isolated to make what I call a thumb cup. The other end I fuller-isolated for the blade. When working with a good bed of coke, they crudely take about 20-25 minutes for me to make. This does not include filing the blade end to an edge and brushing the whole thing down. The time is just long enough to keep peoples interest and they were selling as fast as I could make them. The beauty of these things was that I was able to modify them to true usefullness by asking onlookers to hold them and critique them for me. This actually helped a bit because people that did this usually bought one - often the one I had them critique. I even got several commissions for some of these. Here are two of them.
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