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  1. On 12/19/2018 at 1:13 AM, Rmartin2 said:

    Avenue Trucks????? A guy at the skatepark had some and he let me take them for a spin. They have a cooI feel to them. These with a set 78a wheels would probably feel Cadillac on the street. I'm going to have to get a pair one day. 

    Yes that is me AV Trucks. Took my metal/blacksmith skills and started a company. Send me you address and I will send you a pair.


  2. On 11/28/2018 at 11:29 PM, Shabumi said:

    I saw this thread earlier and it had piqued my interest, so I went to the source, the evaporust website. It has alot of explanations of what evaporust is and does, but a summery is that while vinegar is an acid that disolves everything. Evaporust, IIRC, is a chelating agent that only effects iron molecules,

    Saw you area  local NC guy. I live in GV. Drop me a note and maybe get together


  3. On 10/28/2018 at 7:19 PM, Jboon said:

    gaswizard, hoping your name has more to do with flame welding than flatulence.

    I bought the 150lb Howe in the other thread and was wondering if you have any info about the Seattle connection for rubber. Mine are shot. I've  were been a couple places in Portland OR and they were not helpful at all. Have you found any other info on the Howes? Did you pour an isolation pad? Thats where I am. need to pour the pad and set it down. 

    I restore gas chandeliers in the shop and many of them I convert back to burn gas, a fellow lighting shop gave me the name gaswizard. For the Howe I need to draw 3D drawings of the aluminum mold that needs to be machined so I can make the rubber cushions with my vulcanizer, coming soon. No other info on the Howe other than what IFI members have assisted with. For the foundation pour, not yet, also coming soon. Going to add 800 square feet onto the shop in April for the power hammers and blacksmith equipment.

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    Just now, gaswizard said:

    I restore gas chandeliers in the shop and many of them I convert back to burn gas, a fellow lighting shop gave me the name gaswizard. For the Howe I need to draw 3D drawings of the aluminum mold that needs to be machined so I can make the rubber cushions with my vulcanizer, coming soon. No other info on the Howe other than what IFI members have assisted with. For the foundation pour, not yet, also coming soon. Going to add 800 square feet onto the shop in April for the power hammers and blacksmith equipment.

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    PS, If I am in the area, can I swing on by and take a look at your Howe?


  4. The town of Pike City (which is now known as Pike) was an old gold mining town that had a population of nearly 1200 people in the early 1900's. I asked the fella who owns the old apple orchard about old relics lying around the town ( current population 100) and he said about 20 years ago this area was pretty much picked clean down to the bone. The ranch he lives on was built in 1857 and still has one old standing barn that is solid as the day it was built. I will ask him the next time I get together if he had ever walked the land with a metal detector. And yes, the swage block was there on the land when I was a kid but cannot pinpoint the exact date it was found and when I was there.

    13 hours ago, Lou L said:

    I love every part of that story.  Did he have that swage block there’s when you lived there as a kid?

    Also, I’m highly curious about your patent project....I hope we will get to see more when it becomes possible.

    Completely jealous about the swage block.....

    The patent is almost finished, waiting for a few details that need polishing over. So far we have made over 600 prototypes of this spring (yes it took that many springs to get the performance from we needed for this project). All heat treating was done in house along with all casting and machine parts. This project was made from scratch by hands in the shop. Take a guess what it is for?

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  5. Here is an old Columbia 4" vise that was owned by my late grandpa Roy Lindquist. This vise was the last and only thing left of his stuff bolted to a table in the garage that know one wanted after he passed away so I took it. Grandpa was a tinkerer of all tinkerer's. In 1939 on Addison Ave in Palo Alto CA, Roy became Hewlett-Packard's very first employee but since he was there for only 6 months he never received recognition as an employee for that company. In 1940 he moved onto Eimac in San Carlos, CA. Eimac offered Roy a $.60 an hour more than what HP was paying him so he went for it. He made high performance transmitting tubes and was known as a scientific glass blower. He made TV sets with the old cathode ray's. Later on he made the exterior light bulbs that went onto the first manned spacecraft for the Apollo Missions, my "grandpa Roy lit the moon". He assisted with the design of the Standford Linear Accelerator back in 1961 during the design and build stages, "grandpa Roy was splitting atoms". He built homemade telescopes and polished his own lenses so he could look at the universe at night. I can remember him bringing out his 6 foot long x 8" round telescope at night to show us the stars and planets. When I was a little guy he told me "you see that TV screen, there is a camera inside of it, they are watching you". He was married to Milga and had 3 kids, Roanne, Judy, and Bill and lived in Woodside, CA on a couple acres.

    I use this vice every single day of my life in my lighting restoration shop. Every time I use this vise I think of him and all he has done.

    "Thank You Grandpa Roy"

    Cheers and "happy metal working"

    Paul

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  6. In our local town of Nevada City, CA we have a radio station KVMR that has a once a week live radio flea market. I called in and asked the question "Hello, I am looking for blacksmith stuff along with old  rusty machines for my shop". I received 6 calls from local people that have blacksmith stuff for sale. Went on a few trips and met up with 6 wonderful people. On one of the stops a guy who has lived on this farm for most of his entire life and told me a story of how he found a swage black. On a rainy day he was driving his tractor through the apple orchard and the "tractor hit a bump" He got off the tractor and behind him was this large block of mud that stood straight up. He loaded this into the bucket and washed it off. He had this block of steel for over 40 years and thought it was something for the barn that once stood on the land before it burned down. He did some research and found out what it was. He gave me a call and said come on over and pick it up for free, WHAT A FREE SWAGE BLOCK!?" As I was driving down his road I saw the foundation of the old Pike City Hotel where I once lived as a kid. The fella who had the swage block lived across the dirt road from me where I used to play and ride my bicycle when I was 9 years old. He did remember me as a kid that lived in the old hotel and asked how the rest of the clan was. After a few hours of chatting we rolled down the road in his tractor to the barn and said it is yours, just please stop on by every once in awhile for a cup of coffee.

    Cheers and "happy metal working"

    PS, this is a heavy one at 156 lbs, 16" x 16" x 4".

    Paul

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  7. Over the last 3 weeks I spun 100 6" aluminum 6061 balls that are .055 thick with a pacman cut out. These attach to fascia on the Marin Civic Center building and get anodized 804 inorganic light gold. This was last building Frank Lloyd Wright designed before he died.

    Cheers and "happy metal working"

    Paul

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  8. On 7/31/2018 at 8:54 PM, Chewey Tilton said:

    Hi Paul, 

    I just picked up a 100# Howe.

    I have never run one but couldn't pass it up at an auction.

    The previous owner had put new cushions on it.these were made in Seattle.

    I am waiting to hear who made them. 

    Otherwise this hammer appears to be in great shape.

    I would love to hear from other Howe owners is from folks That have fun them.

    Chewey,

    Love to see a few pictures of your Howe. Were the cushions made in Seattle?

    Sounds like you picked up a heck of a good hammer. Still working on mine.

    Cheers

    Paul


  9. Hello IFI friends,

    I just recently acquired a 6 1/4" jaw Kinsley I&M Canton Mass vise with foot pedal for grabbing material in the jaws. I have searched for info about this vise and come up pretty short. If there is anyone who has or knows much about this vise please let me know. How old? What was its purpose designed for? 

    Cheers and happy metal working

    Paul

     

     

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  10. 37 minutes ago, ThomasPowers said:

    Well if I drill a hole for a postvise to set in I make it the same size so that may not be indicative.  

    Anybody have some old smithing catalogs?   My Sears Roebuck reprints don't show such things but I'd not expect them too, (1897, 1905, 1908).

    Most of the "bases" I have seen commercially supplied with postvises are incorporated with "patent" stands.

    if that's cast steel it would be an expensive option!   Cast iron would seem to be a more likely way to go back then.

    Just checked with a prick punch, you are right cast iron. Sure seemed like cast steel when it dropped on my foot


  11. 1 hour ago, ThomasPowers said:

    Lovely vise; but is there anything to show that the base was original to the set up?  I've re purposed a lot of different things to provided bases for postvises.

    Good question. I pulled it out of 1910 blacksmith shop and they were together, same hole size on the base as the stud on the leg. I have looked online to see if there was any info on Colombian vises and there was but no bases. I would think other companies offered accessory's and that is where this base comes into play. The hole in the base was cast into place and not drilled.