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
  • Interests
    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. http://It looks like a PW to me except I can't explain why the legs are not chamfered.
  2. About 10 years ago, I was at a Southwest Antique show in Albuquerque, where they featured Cowboy and Indian stuff. At one table lay a Japanese forged trammel. I pretended ignorance and asked what it was. They said it was a steelyard (pronounced stillyerd), an unequal arm balance. "Does it have the sliding weight?" I asked. And by golly, they did have one! So I bought it at a fair price and it hangs in my shop so I can use it as a "show-and-tell," 10" x 56" in the closed position for the first one that I had shown, the one I forged.
  3. Rooting through my ironwork photos and came across an 'early Turley.' The trammel was made to show at the 1976 ABANA conference held in Carbondale, Illinois. I got the idea from a Japanese trammel that a friend showed me. He acquired it from Gumps in San Francisco. I designed the fish which has a broadened back with a hole through it for the sliding vertical. This makes for a friction stop. I also added the double-running scroll. The pot hook I pretty much copied from the original. The University Galleries at Southern Illinois University acquired the trammel for their permanent collection. You lift the fish's head for height adjustment. Material is wrought iron.
  4. I've been working like JHCC has his anvil setup as shown in the first picture...since 1963. I like my anvil movable. I have it four feet from center of fire to center of anvil for small work and small, quick forge welds. I move it to five feet for everyday average work, and six feet or more for heavy ironwork. I first learned as a right handed horseshoer, and most of us kept the horn to our left. We were working over the horn a lot, so the tongs and shoe were already in the left hand.
  5. Thomas was referring to [personal information removed].
  6. The vise has an overall conformation of a Peter Wright, although the lack of any chamfering on the legs I would consider an oddity. The only pieces that might not be period are the pivot bolt and hex nut.
  7. Here are photos of my three Peter Wright vises which I have garnered over the years. The first 3 pics show my go-to beautiful vise which I got from evilbay (haha) a few years ago. Its jaws measured 6 7/8" and it had no spring or mounting devices of any kind, but I saw its possibilities and sent for it; I have a little over $200.00 in it. The original PW's had a "manta ray" appearing bracket. I made mine using the old fashioned split-and-splay method which was very common on the old shop made vises. I like to mount my vises each with a tool tray. The fourth picture shows my 5 1/2" vise, and the last picture shows my 5 3/4" vise which is usually kept at an outdoor work station. For the big vise, besides the split bracket, I made the spring, the U shackle with its slots, the gib key, and the wedge. Peter Wright's patent date is 1863 when they went to the solid box. Prior to that, the boxes were composed of forge brazed rings of iron which were later, lathe turned. The female threads consisted of a coil brazed inside of the forge welded portion of the box.
  8. It's old, it's forged, and it has an early English shape. Maybe George Washington used it (kidding).
  9. The wires on a file card face are ducked back a little toward the handle, so I was told to push a file card, not pull it. Pulling it may distort the wires. Verdad?
  10. I think the curve toward the bottom of the movable leg is unique. I can't tell how the spring is attached, and the mounting bracket is missing. The older English vises had the spring with a rectangular hole near the top and a matching hole through the fixed leg just below the screw box. The flat bracket had a forged tenon going through both holes, and after insertion, a small hole in the tenon was used for a wedge. This method of bracket and spring attachment predated the later method of using a U-shackle for holding the spring, with a gib key and wedge holding all together. I suspect it was shop made by some enterprising smiths, but maybe not professional vise makers.
  11. From the shape of the base and feet, I can only say that the anvil is old and it's English.
  12. That was quite an article! Thank you.