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. Could be a drop forge parting line,
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The drawings are a little sloppy. Forgive me. I attended a shoeing school in Oregon in 1964, no longer there. Charles "Dick" Dickenson was the instructor, and his method of laying out six nail holes for a single shoe I share with you. First, you should know that the hoof wall as viewed from the bottom varies in thickness, being thicker at the toe and thinner as it approaches the heel. Immediately inside the hoof wall is some connective tissue called the white line, about 1/8" thick or so. The white line isn't always white; sometimes, it has a yellowish color; sometimes a little red or orange can be noticed. In any event, the nail goes into the white line which is insensitive where the nail enters. As viewed from the bottom, the white line separates the hoof wall from the sole. Dick had us space the nails as shown, because these were usually specimen shoes which were not to be nailed on a live animal. He figured the "average" wall thickness including the white line was 1/2" somewhat near the toe and 1/4" just below the bend of the quarter, the widest part of the foot. The riding horse shoe was normally made of 5/16" x 3/4" stock. The shoe, when blanked out, could be placed on the anvil with the line of stride parallel to the anvil step. The toe will overhang the far anvil edge leaving 1/8" daylight between the inner aspect of the toe-center and the anvil. When done, the anvil edge will indicate the toe nail layout. Then, coming in 1/2" from the outer border of the shoe somewhat toward the shoe center, you intersect the envisioned anvil line. That's where the toe nail is placed. The heel nail is !/4" in from the outer border of the shoe just a tad toward the heel from the widest part of the shoe. For the middle nail placement, split the difference between toe and heel nail and make it 5/16" in from the outer edge of the shoe. The hoof has some expansion and contraction, especially in the heel area. It has to do with weight bearing. The expansion occurs with the weight load and the contraction takes place when the hoof is lifted from the ground. A newly pulled used shoe will show small shiny wear patterns near the heel extremities where the hoof wall has been widening and narrowing. This natural occurrence is good for the horse, and the shoer doesn't want to constrict it, so no nails are driven back in the heel area. I've drawn a shoe blank to show the difference between a front and hind shape. The blank is the hind shape, a little more "pointed" than the front shoe. The front shoe is more full and rounding than the hind shoe.
  9. David Gano told me once about similar tongs, "Dja ever try to get a pickle out of a jar?"
  10. Dick Cropper of Chatsworth, California, founded the Multiproducts farrier tool company about 1960 and had the anvils and some of the tools made in Japan.
  11. And in glimming the old books, I see that "drawing" was used to mean "tempering." Furthermore, "temper" was used at one time to mean a suitable carbon content for a particular end use, as in "saw temper." I believe the current Spanish word for our English "to temper", is revenir (literally "come back").
  12. A valuable sequence of photos. Thanks. Not to be nit-picky, but "carving" to me indicates engraving; ie., removing metal. I think I would call your work "chasing."
  13. Made a couple of snipe hinges which will go to a chest lid.
  14. Lookin' good.
  15. Nice photos and nice work.