Ben Hoover

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    Cedartown, Georgia
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    Writing, Smithing, Family.

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  1. Ben Hoover

    I use Coors Light as my quenching medium...

    Someone found a use for Coors? Wait, that's even thinner than a water quench. I wouldn't risk it.
  2. Ben Hoover

    Another etching question

    Nice looking blade Buzz.
  3. A smiling Wilford Brimley?
  4. Ben Hoover

    Nordic Whipser Baby not preforming well

    Frosty, that would be a video I would have paid good money to see.
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    Nice looking blade!
  6. Ben Hoover

    North Georgia Newbie..

    Wayne, thank you sir. I'll also make sure to heed your answer on what to do to make it as safe as possible. Edited to remove off site links
  7. Ben Hoover

    North Georgia Newbie..

    Well, got my little single burner forge sitting in the corner, and there it shall stay until I feel comfortable enough about coating the kaowool with either rigidizer or satanite or whatever winds up being the solution to getting to use it safely. Going to probably be getting my anvil and sander next week, order the other things I figure out I need along the way (I live in a one horse town and someone stole the horse, so ordering or long drives are the norm). But all will wait until I get this kaowool thing figured out. There are a LOT of stickies and info on here.
  8. Ben Hoover

    New Edge Forge

    Also sad that burying history and attempting to forget it seems to be a growing problem as modern society wants to hide the atrocities of the past so that they can act as though everything is fine.
  9. Ben Hoover

    scrap owl

    Ausfire, I really like that. It's clean and intriguing. I am not just seeing the owl, but looking at the individual components as well and it all flows so nicely. Very nice.
  10. Ben Hoover

    Forged In Fire Tests

    Loved the Ryu episode. I do know I've seen a bladesmith being shown 'normalizing' his blade on a few occasions, walking around swinging a smoking blade, then shoving it back in the forge and repeating the process. To the gentleman that wants a tee-shirt that says 'it will kill', they don't make those, because that isn't actually what Doug is saying. He believes in knives as defensive weaponry, and is instead saying 'it will keal', which is an acronym for 'keep everyone alive'.
  11. Ben Hoover

    North Georgia Newbie..

    Watched several videos on them. Let me rephrase. If I mess up on them, I won't decapitate someone. No offense was meant.
  12. Ben Hoover

    North Georgia Newbie..

    Well, just got the tracking number for my forge. Shipped faster than expected, so I may get to hammering faster than expected. Already have my plan laid out to start, and no two handed great swords are involved. I think I'll start simple with a bottle opener and tongs, working off the KISS acronym.
  13. Ben Hoover

    Minwax Paste Wax

    Thank you. I shall now return to licking windows on the short bus.l
  14. Ben Hoover

    Minwax Paste Wax

    I realize this is going to be a head injury short bus riding level question, and I fear that the answer is as obvious as I think it is, but this is actually the first mention of using wax on blades has been mentioned. I would assume this is a preservative to prevent oxidation, or is there more to it than that?
  15. Ben Hoover

    North Georgia Newbie..

    Thanks Gentlemen. WayneCoe, sadly I work Saturdays and don't get off until later in the evening. Hopefully when my schedule changes in a few months I will have some time to attend the meetings, since Atlanta is about a ninety minute drive. Charles R. Stevens, I have noticed that, but I also research pretty heavily and realize that, when it comes to forging, I am pretty close to Helen Keller as a traffic director. It's gonna end badly for a while. I will happily absorb information from the Oracles upon this site, and just as gladly thank them for providing it. Have a drive tomorrow to a friends, he stated he has a stump and I am welcome to come see if I want it, so maybe I will have a stand to use. If not, I have no issues with building a stand out of laminated.