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  1. Got the beginning of some tongs torched out, and shown some love with a grinder. (10 pieces of each size) (To quote my dad:”well, we made a functioning pair each. Time to speed up the process”)
  2. What did you do in the shop today?

    Thanks for checking my work for mistakes.
  3. Forging candlesticks with square bar

    example of a simple one. (10mm round stock) Heated with a torch, flattened on a vice and bend on a pice of pipe/tube, didn’t really considered forged at the time.
  4. What did you do in the shop today?

    Cherryred quench in oil and afterwards holding it in the fire till blue.
  5. What did you do in the shop today?

    reforged, hardend and tempered.
  6. What did you do in the shop today?

    Just finished my first paying gig. reforging a dozen jack hammer bits today. nothing to glorious or with pretty pictures, but it is nice to know that my “hobby” pays for itself.
  7. It all depends on your expectations. I made my first "knife" when I was twelve years old from an old sawblade with a pair of pliers, some paracord and a file. Some folks make beautifull knives without touching a hammer or an anvil. Does a experienced stock remover need to make s-hooks and bottleopeners? Of course he needs to learn how to forge a taper and bevels. When I started forging with my dad last summer I knew I wanted to make a knife "someday" . Fifty hours of instructed forging later (and about the double that uninstructed at home) I started forging a knife, did my research wanted a big fat chopper with a very sturdy point ended up looking very Orky. Not very happy with it oh well learned from it, but am kinda done with knives for the next few months. Sure i'll make another but I enjoy blacksmithing more then bladesmithing. Then my teacher told me the following quote from Gandalf
  8. What did you do in the shop today?

    started out with a simple twist with a hook on both sides to hang our hammock chair. seeing as it was a wee bit long however so I decided to tie a knot in it.
  9. after fingering the hardy hole I conclude that the face plate is 1,6 thick. It may also help the condition, that when I bought her she had been standing in a barn, coated with half an inch of grease and mud for atleast 25 years.
  10. I made one from mild steel but shaped it like a medieval auger (a twisted strip), works well but you need to sharpen the tip like you sharpen a drillbit.
  11. It created long and darker sparks that did not fork. To clarify a bit more on its origins, it was used as a part in the cement industrie, not in a more conventional/portable tool.
  12. So I torched and ground this Drillhammer into to shape. Does anyone have experience with hardy tools made from HSS steel? I made this thinking that a hard and high thermo-plasticity would make it a superior hot cut? (Of course in combination with an anealed hammer) I have also made a plate to keep the HSS from touching the anvil face (contact surface was a bit to small for my taste)
  13. My pride of the shop the Carl Schlasse from 1882 (not sure on the weight but we needed 4 people to lift it on the stand) And on the other end of the spectrum, this aso cut out of a massive plate of 1030 steel with a torch and prettied up with an angle grinder
  14. North German Anvil from 1882

    Thank you everybody for helping me. First of all I got it cleaned up, installed and initiated in my shop. She works like a charm and I am certain that she is going to outlive me. And Wicon you were right.
  15. North German Anvil from 1882

    Makes topografical sense, seeing as Hagen is less then a 100 miles from where I bought it. Gonna spend some serious time brushing this weekend.