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  1. What do you mean by fluorescent? As in glows? Also chatoyant if it's polished with a gem like cut to shimmer since it's so dense correct? Mine seems very yellow not quite neon though lol. I'm lucky down here I haven't had too much of an issue with Beatles yet but I definitely need to do some clearing in my forest. 250 years is crazy Id have a hard time using it being that old! I think I can be patient but we'll see in a couple months what I say lol
  2. Thanks for the info remind me in a few months and if I'm making enough money for postage ill send you a package of them for the great advice
  3. Great info slag! Does it follow 1 year per inch like most woods for aging? Also I know about the rot resistence from experience they make great fence posts nice and straight at that. The heat of them burning is amazing to know i have a whole forest of them so if I'm short on coal that would be great. Do you age it before burning usually or just burn it green?
  4. Has anyone used black locus for knife scales? Im about to clear out a patch of forest around my house for more farm use and read its close to hickory in hardness. It would be a shame to waste it if it could be used. If it is of any use any tips on aging it? I'm familiar with the microwave method but I'm not in a hurry to uses it. Should I just debark it, cut it in foot long peices and wax the ends?
  5. We have a farrier store the next town over where I get my coal I don't know why I didn't think to ask the owner he seems like a pretty nice guy. Thanks for the info frosty its appreciated.
  6. Does anyone know how if farriers generally take on apprentices or do you have to go to a school? Its something I'm thinking about getting into, but I'm not sure how one would go about it. As a side note is it a pretty decent area to have a job or is it a pretty hard area to make a living?
  7. I'll definitely have to make one asap that's a great idea I have plenty of spare sockets to make a pretty modular system too
  8. Other then avoiding zinc any tips on blot selection? just a plain steel bolt should work even with it being in the forge right?
  9. Kind of like a bending hardee tool? Nice jig I'll have to check into that it would help with the positioning a ton lol is that just a 1/4 inch plate?
  10. Even if i could derust them that's what they mostly are lol I wouldn't even have a place to grab them. I'm thinking drill them out then use long carriage bolts all the way through thoughts?
  11. I didn't find much info for making a treble clef so I figured it tell yall what I learned while I made one for my wife for mothers day. The total stock length should be 3 times longer then what you want the finished product to be. The bigger scroll diameter should be 1/3rd The total length of the peice. The smaller scroll like wise should be 1/6th it's easiest to forge both scrolls first then do the final bend. So for making a 1 foot treble clef; Cut a three foot section of stock Forge a scroll 4 inches in diameter. Forge a second scroll 2 inches in diameter on the other end facing out the same direction Using the 4inch scroll as a guide or measuring 1 foot from the bottom bend the middle price in a half circle fashion where in intersects the large scroll directly half way through making the peice 1 foot tall.
  12. I'm thinking drill out old bolts then jbweld some all thread into the forge and thread it through the blower and bolt it on
  13. The rust isn't too bad I think it would just come off with use the tuyere is unmountable as is so I'm trying to decide if I want to drill out the original bolts or make a track system to mount it. Is the little turny thing inside a air control or a clunker breaker you think?
  14. The man who owned this forge died in the 1980s he used it before electrucity came to oklahoma in 1937 he inherited it from his father it was the main forge in the dibble/Blanchard Washington region for a long time how long I'm not sure. Any ideas of the origin before that or how to restore it?
  15. Perfect sense not a bad idea I'll see what I can figure up
  16. What do you mean by dirt to bank against? Also the top portion is removable mainly for rain and wind protection Any ideas how to connect it up there? I considered welding it but my welding is still pretty iffy
  17. That's the plan I think if I can think of a good way to mount my anvil Yep Washington , it's actually Cole but most people recognize Washington better. Anyone know if it's possible to pay dues for saltfork in person? I hate dealing with the post office. Also although further ado here's some pics of what i got accomplished.
  18. I got pretty busy over the weekend but I managed to upgrade my forge, I used a washtub and mounted it in 3/4" plywood. I'll post pictures later after work.
  19. Dang that's not a fun one to fix, I'll check around I should atleast have a sledge I think my father-in-law has an old propane grill i could swipe
  20. Thanks for the heads up you saved me from grinding the rust off and trying to fabricate a stand, the bad news is I drug about 70lbs of i beam about 100 yards for nothing lol i guess I'll find something for it to do, maybe i can get some nails into my stump to hold the door stop for now. I'll take a look and good luck with your buddies car.
  21. I tried making a hot cut hardee tool and it got hard enough to skate a file so I'm guessing I got lucky with the bit I was working or it's atleast 1095. If I get a chance I'll try another one soon. Thanks for the heads up I'll check it out
  22. I have saterday free to forge, I'll take a look around I betcha I have something to work better as a forge. Being on a farm and working construction I get plenty of materials to mess around with I'll report back with what I find tommarow, maybe i can convince the wife to let me atleast build a roof to forge under as well lol. As for the door stop it's not staying long I'll get a I beam rounded up sooner than I use that sucker it already fell on my toe once thank God for steel toe boots lol.