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  1. Shabumi

    Anvil Harem

    You could have a school of anvils for students. There are a few other animal group names that could work as well. A Sounder, a smack, a pride, a labor, a drift, a mob. You could even have a cast of ASOs
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    Interview with a blacksmith

    1) Name: Josh Gibbins 2) Location: about a half hour outside of Nevada City, CA 3) What type blacksmithing do you do, what do you make? As of now, tools to make what I want to do. What do I want to make? Gates, fences, garden art, hardware, trinkets ect. 4) How and when did you get started in blacksmithing? I'd been interested for as long as I can remember, but about 6 months ago I found an anvil in the barn where I live and decided to start. 5) What object or thing did you use as your first anvil? The ~98lb Peter wright anvil from the barn 6) Tell us about your first forge, hole in the ground, camp fire, brake drum, stacked bricks. It was a JATROD, a tire rim of dirt with an exhaust pipe between a hair dryer and the forge. 7) Who assisted you or encouraged you in the craft. It's mostly been everyone here on IFI who has assisted me. I'd have to say my family has encouraged me to follow through with smithing, though I see their eyes glaze over when I start speaking in smithing jargon. 8) What event changed your attitude about blacksmithing. Finding the anvil in the barn 9) What tool has changed or made your life easier in the shop. Tongs that fit the piece I'm working on. It's amazing how much easier it got when I wasn't fighting to hold on with every hit. 10) What advice would you give those starting out in blacksmithing. Find someone to help teach you. 1 hour with someone showing you what to do can teach you way more than 10 hours of trying to learn on your own 11) What advice would you give those already involved in blacksmithing. Find someone to teach, their "ignorant" questions can provide another way to look at things 12) What are some of the interesting things that have happened to you in your life as a blacksmith? Besides a couple of close calls with hot metal, nothing to interesting has happens to me... Yet
  3. Thank you ID. I looked it up and it's definitely that style forge, I'd say it looks more like the #133 double width based on the dimensions I remember
  4. Then how would you hold your tongs?
  5. Don't be sorry. Life happens, and not always the way we want it to. I was mostly checking if you had finished it and had forgot to post it. No need to rush it though
  6. When the instructor was learning, they were carrying it up high when someone lost their grip and a piece of hot metal went down someone's tucked in shirt. So the rule in his class is to keep the metal as low as you can while moving it. I did have a few choice words for the fellow who almost got me, and when the instructor came to see what was going on I showed him my pants. He took away the forge priveliges of the offendee for an hour, and then watched as he proved he can be safe when moving metal. I know an hour doesn't sound like much time, but in a 3 hour class with discussion first he lost half his usable time. He was alot humbler after that, hopefully it carries through to next class. As I think about it, would it be considered a paid class if all you pay for is the nonrefundable materials fee? Honestly though, the class isn't as bad as this post makes it sound. I was mostly just venting after a bad day. Though if things don't change, or get worse after I talk with the instructor, I will end up walking away.
  7. I know it's only been a few months, but I was checking to see if there's been any progress on this tool. Ive been anxiously waiting to see the final project.
  8. The class was after hours at a local highschool. It is a paid class, but only 6 were supposed to be in the class. The other 2 were more advanced students(though they don't act like it), who had permission to use the forge with the class. 6 anvils, so at least there was plenty of those. 7 if you count the cast ASO in the corner that was used an example of what not to get. 4 vices, 2 post, 2 bench. The first day wasn't bad at all, one piece per person. The problem was when the instructor said at the end of the first class that we could bring in projects from home to work on in class. So yesterday it seemed like there were 3-4 pieces per person in the forge. I took the class to learn, so I stayed with the project at hand. I can work on my own projects at home. The "always announce when moving hot metal" wasn't meant to announce to the whole class, just the people your moving past. When I was hot rasping my slitter, I caught someone moving hot metal behind me with my elbow because I didn't know he was there. My elbow caught him and he spun towards me, burning the back of my pant leg with his work. A simple "coming behind you" would have prevented this. The forge is built in, has a huge footprint in the forging section of the shop so it already takes up alot of space, and I don't know if the school would allow another forge. I hate being a worry-wort, but I'm going to bring my concerns up to the instructor before next week's class to see if that helps. Otherwise I'll just keep playing second fiddle to the others who are too impatient to wait 30 seconds more to heat their work, and stay out of the way while I wait.
  9. I was at a class earlier tonight and there were 8 people sharing one forge. I'm not sure what kind it was, but the best description would be a natural gas pit forge. It was about 2ft x 1ft x 1.5ft with brick sides and an open top. The burners came in from the bottom of one side. I noticed everyone crowded their work peices in the hot spots. I would put my piece a little out of the way, sure it took a little longer to heat up, but I wasn't fighting everyone for the hot spot. If I had knocked someone's piece while I was putting mine in, then I would carefully put it back. But not everyone was as nice as me, in fact it was like a free for all to get the hot spot. I even saw a couple people move another's piece out of the forge to put theirs in it's place. There were other things as well. I had asked another class mate to hold my work while I made the first few hits with my slitter, after it was set I could get the rest of it without assistance. But 2 heats later, his tongs start grabbing my work WHILE IM HAMMERING. I know his intentions were good, and I politely told him I didn't need any more help, but it really irked me. Ok my late night vent is over. So, while I was driving home, I thought of a few things that I feel would be considered good etiquette when sharing a forge. Some I thought would've been common sense, but that's not so common anymore. In no particular order 1. If you move someone's work when you remove or return your work to the forge, put it back where it was. 2. Worry about your own work, not someone else's. 3. Don't grab anyone else's work without being asked to. 4. Always announce when hot metal is moving to and from forge/anvil/vice. 5. If it's not your tool, ask before using it, and put it back when your done. 6. If you need help, ask someone not in the middle of something. This is just what I could come up with. If there's anything you'd like to add, please do.
  10. I kinda agree with Marc on this, except I feel it's a holographic representation of your own perception. Who's to say what I see is what you see? I can describe it, and my description may match what you see, but is what we both percieve exactly the same? Does it matter? Does it take money to blacksmith? Yes. Somewhere along the line you are going to have to pay for something. How much you pay is entirely up to you. Whether you buy a new hammer from a box store, used from a yard sale or make your own, it costs something. Even if you get all your tools, materials, and fuel for your forge for free, you'll have to pay for the gas to get them to your forge. And don't forget to bring a towel
  11. Shabumi

    First solo Tamahagane smelt

    These puns are just gar-ish. I shadn't have started reading them in the first place
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    Carbon migration question

    Very interesting. I found alot of info on it on the first search of "ultrasonic weld". From that quick search I found out it's called "Ultrasonic Impact Technology (UTI)" which is used for tensile stress reduction(annealing) and/or introducing beneficial compression stress(work hardening) on welds. It can be used to treat hard to reach areas without any heat, and it's programmable for consistent results. It has been effective on alluminum, bronze, Cobalt alloys, nickel alloys, steel, and titanium. Where I've been mulling over my idea for months without being able to find any info on it. It took me 5 min to find all this info with the right search terms. Guess my google-fu isn't as honed as I thought. Now that Im on the right track, it's time to do more research. Thanks Jennifer.
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    Carbon migration question

    Thanks for the answers everyone, and the book TP &JLP. I have it downloaded and it's on my reading list. After posting I thought it through and reasoned it probably wouldn't work, but for different reasons than stated above. I thought the carbon fiber would burn out before you got the rest of the metal to welding heat, leaving you with ash. The ash could be used as a flux to weld the two halves together I guess. It was just an odd ball idea that popped into my head, so I thought I'd ask. I have a bunch of those floating around in here... Differentially electro-magnetized levitating anvil(DC power wrapped around anvil 'stand' and wrapped reverse around anvil feet to magnetize and levitate, AC power wrapped just under face to demagnetize. The stand is a large metal block with tracks above it to keep anvil at right height and to stop wandering), cymatic casting/annealing table(using sound or micro vibrations to align the crystaline matrix while cooling), bacon matzo ball soup(bacon pieces in the matzo balls, not kosher but it would taste amazing). The list goes on and on. JLP, that hammer looks great. Would love to see it when it's done... Never mind, I see it's on its own thread in the hammer section. It looks great.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Made my first set of tongs yesterday. Had a bit of time before the class ended so I added a little scrolling on the ends of the reins. It makes it look like I meant to make the ends uneven
  15. I've been reading up on carbon migration, and I just had an off the wall idea. Could you take a thin sheet (~1% of billit size) of carbon fiber and sandwich it between 2 pieces of mild steel, forge weld it together and fold it a few times to homogenize it to get a billit of hardenable steel?