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
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    instructor blacksmithing

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  1. Oklahoma Newbie

    I presented the Salt Fork's first conference workshop in 1997 and was called upon again in 2003 to give another workshop, both of them at David King's museum in Guthrie. The Salt Fork Craftsmen is surely worth looking into and joining.
  2. Books?

    A beautiful and most informative book is, "Werk und werkzeug des Kunstschmieds" by Otto Schmirler. It shows and depicts how-tos from the Schmirler shop in Vienna, Austria. Each page of text is in German, English, and French! It is likely out of print, but may be available through Title translates as, "Work and tools of the Artsmith." Well illustrated.
  3. 5" post vise - Identification tips

    The shape of the box, the smallish ears at the jaw bases, and the overall shape tell me that it's a Columbian.
  4. Blacksmithing gems and pearls

    A friend from Iowa used to go to northern Missouri every fall to help on his uncle's farm. HIs uncle used a sythe and it was noted that every 10 to 15 minutes or so, the sythe was stood upside down on its snath and the blade given a number of strokes with the whet stone. My friend said to his uncle, "Gee unc, you sure do sharpen that blade a lot," to which his uncle replied, "AIN'T NO TIME LOST IN THE WHETTING."
  5. What is it ?

    Copper and brass tools are used where you don't want sparks. There could be an explosion.
  6. What is it?

    No. The cast iron chunk.
  7. Keeping it old school......

    Vise looks like it's straight from Germany.
  8. Blacksmithing basics

    Just a note about Bernhard Heer, co-author of Basic Blacksmithing. He's visited my shop/school a few times during the last year. He is presently in Gallup, New Mexico, USA. During his last visit, we drove to the Center of Contemporary Art in Santa Fe to look a Tom Joyce's latest exhibition. Tom is doing some truly amazing large, forged sculptures. Before Bernhard left for Gallup, he took several photos of me, and said that he was going to make a cast bronze bust of me. We shall see. One of my fave books is "Plain and Ornamental Forging" by Ernst Schwarzkopf. It's written in English.
  9. The basics.

    That could be done in 6 days of hustling. The faggot weld is a simple lay-back. The twist and bends are done on a lap welded fire rake, 5/8" square handle to a 1/2" round shank. Tapers, cross peen, shouldering, and angle blows are on decorative scroll ends (centers). I expect a lot from beginners. They only have a few days as compared to the old apprenticeships.
  10. The basics.

    I've developed a curriculum for beginners. In sequence, we faggot weld the first morning of the first day; tapers; half face blow shouldering; cross peen spreading; free hand scrolling; using scroll form; fitting scrolls to a design; lap weld (done with helper if need be); textured twist; some bending. This list is OK for starters, but it leaves a host of techniques and methods waiting in the wings.
  11. No spring or mounting bracket

    Good job on a nice, little vise.
  12. Yet another " WHY DIDN't I THINK OF THAT"

    Good ideas. Something we've done in the past to hold flat pieces horizontally is to clamp the fixed jaw of the drill press vise in the leg vise, screw handle at the top.
  13. Blacksmithing Hammers

    A good, overall discussion. To my eye, the picture below the hand sledge shows a large cold cut, a tool of indirect percussion. The two hammers with the thin peens (above Hofi's) are Warrington hammers used by woodworkers. The small nail is held between finger and thumb and the peen gets in between to set the nail. Once set, it can be driven home without holding on. However, thinned peens have other uses for the smith. One is when rolling up an unwelded hinge barrel over a mandrel, the thin peen is handy to tuck in the barrel edge to complete the barrel shape.
  14. Who's made a set of spurs?

    I've made Mexican style spurs for a school traveling exhibit in New Mexico. They didn't want the real spurs go around the state in a museum truck, as they might be stolen. A good book on spur making is "How to make Bits and Spurs" by Robert M. Hall, 1985. He says that four metals are used: aluminum; monel; stainless steel; and just plain iron. However, just plain iron, ie., wrought iron, the material, is no longer manufactured. Hall probably means mild steel, having a carbon content of about 20/100ths of 1%. Today, you can also purchase a misnamed "mild steel" called A36 by the steel suppliers, an American Society for Testing Materials number. Carbon content is normally kept below 0.27% and the steel has an addition of manganese. 4140 is a good, strong steel, but it is not necessary for spur making.