Frank Turley

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About Frank Turley

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  • Birthday 12/10/1935

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    Santa Fe, New Mexico
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    American Indian dancing/singing
    Cowboy culture and horsemanship
    Traditional Hispanic ironwork, esp, hardware
    tai chi chuan and chi kung


  • Location
    Santa Fe, NM
  • Interests
    Cowboys and Indians
  • Occupation
    instructor blacksmithing

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  1. Yes the cold hardie is handy. I use a nice one made for me by Tom Joyce.
  2. It's shaped like a cold cut probably from so much sharpening over time. Cold cuts and cold chisels are dressed to 60 degrees, included angle, if intended for cutting mild steel, a greater angle if the material is harder than mild steel. Hafted cold cuts were common in the old shops and were often used with a striker to nick and break small and large lengths of iron and steel. We don't often see anymore cold hardies; they were also fairly common in the day. They fit the hardie hole of the anvil and most had the 60 degree included angle.
  3. Probably a mill pick aka "mill bill" used to chip the channels in grist mill stones.
  4. Granite tool sharpeners' stake. The stake is wedged to keep it from flopping around. It's normally used with a hot-cut hardie specifically made for the pritchel hole. The hammer face is made with an angle to match the angle of the stake, so that the hot granite tool takes a wedge shape between the two, via hammering. The worker can sharpen and cut without having to constantly exchange stake and hardie in the square hardie hole.
  5. Who are the curmudgeons? I consider myself knowledgeable in the field, but a humility sign in my shop says, "Nobody knows 10% of anything." One of my students had a business card that said, "Mechanically Declined." I've borrowed that to talk about me. I am mechanically declined. I have done some mechanical things, only because I wanted to be a smith and I dug for the answers. Years ago, I poured Babbitt for my power hammer by calling around trying to locate Babbitt material...finally found at a windmill supply. Pouring instructions were in a blacksmithing book. Somehow, I got it done. I thought I was hot spit when I learned to change points on my pickup distributor, but then points were becoming obsolete. Therefore, in responding to beginners' questions on the forum, I try to stay clear of mechanical stuff. I know when to be quiet and let the big guys talk. Another thing, thinking as curmudgeons, let us not give so many answers that we feel elitist and wind up culturally slumming.
  6. As Will Rogers once said about real estate, "They ain't makin' any new land."
  7. Anvil lookin' good. KInda' looks like a Trenton, 200+ pounds.
  8. Wish I could be there to see what you're talking about. When a weld puddle solidifies (freezes) it gets a dendritic crystalline structure and often elongated grains. Much other stuff happens too deep for me, but google weld puddle solidification and read. The solid is no longer exactly the same as the parent metal and it will sometimes crack or open up when hot forging is attempted. Sometimes you will luck out like Perry Mason. I've welded mild steel with haywire filler rod, and I was able to forge the weld area without breakage.
  9. Could be a drop forge parting line,
  10. Horseshoeing can be interesting if you can later on, specialize. For instance, you can focus on horse shows where your customer may be showing 3 & 5 Gaited or Tennessee Walking horses. Show Morgans is another one. Hunters and jumpers are fairly popular. Dressage is a good one. Harness track shoeing is where some shoes are hand forged. Shoeing horses for the race track where jockeys sit aboard, is called plating and done with boo coo aluminum ready-made shoes. Some shoers get well known doing therapeutic work by forging specialty shoes and braces for the veterinarians. The old joke is "It takes a strong back and a weak mind," but don't you believe it.
  11. I've seen a couple of occasions where the owner has his gyp rope or lunge line in use and he or she has the horse go more in one circular direction than the other. In both cases, the person was facing the horse's near side and the horse was going counter-clockwise moreso than going clockwise. It was kind of an unconscious thing where the person didn't realize they were favoring and spending more time on one side than the other.
  12. The old manufactured fullers were categorized by the diameter of the half-round working end. They were efficient but left a finish of little 'valleys' which had to be hand hammered and/or flatted. Same thing is true of a half-round peen on a hammer head. With the more blunted fuller face as shown in the picture, you can still move metal, and there is a little less "cleanup." I once attended a Peter Ross demo, and all of his hammer cross-peens were blunted to where they were nigh flat, yet had slight radii on the edges. I asked him about this, and he replied, "You can still spread metal and there is less "cleanup." Fullers can come in various shapes. For example, a relatively "sharp" fuller is used for making a horseshoe nail crease. The crease is properly termed a "fuller." Straight, curved, and tapered fullers are used on baroque leaf work.
  13. Another fire which I recently posted in the Prayer section. Johathan Nedbor of High Falls, NY, lost his shop and house to fire on April 23. Jonathan is a friend and professional smith who has specialized in Dutch Colonial architectural hardware. He developed Black Magic welding flux which he was marketing. He is active in the Northeast Blacksmiths' Group. His daughter is in charge of raising funds so he can hopefully, rebuild.
  14. Sure, you'll use it. Brian Brazeal can do amazing things with his rounding hammer. The ball face is good for texturing, sinking, and controlling spread on leaves, etc. Most smiths have a whole arsenal of hammers.
  15. Talented New York state blacksmith, Jonathan Nedbor, lost his shop and house to a fire on April 23rd. His daughter has requested monetary link removed. Jonathan is a professional who has specialized in Dutch Colonial architectural hardware. He developed Black Magic welding flux. He is active in the Northeast Blacksmiths group. It would be nice if he could rebuild.