Ben Hoover

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About Ben Hoover

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    Cedartown, Georgia
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    Writing, Smithing, Family.

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  1. Friend of mine was on vacation with his wife out of state and texted me a picture of a Vulcan anvil that had a bar welded across the top, and asked if that was what I was looking for (I was using a RR Track at the time). I replied and said yes, but didn't have the extra funds at the time. Three days later he came back from vacation and had it in his trunk for me. His father in law heard I was beginning to blacksmith and said 'all it's doing is gathering rust out there, go give it to your friend'. So... I now have my anvil. Along with a lot of other stuff he's given me to help me along. Obviously, his money is no good with me, and I've made him a few things along the way and given them to him and his wife. Will continue to do so. I like my little anvil, but his friendship and support are worth far more.
  2. Das, nice paddle. I thought I was about the only one out there that did those!! They seem to be rather popular.
  3. Thanks Fowlife. They are not galvanized. I soaked them (even though I didn't think they were galvanized) just to be safe. The rust is gone!! that was the only change. The shims I am just tossing aside. The rest? Time to play.
  4. Thanks David. Got a couple in vinegar. I think they're galvanized, but once cleaned up I'll play with them.
  5. My oldest son brought me some steel from his job. He works in a business that does a lot of fab work. I know not to mess with the tool dies, I am going to use them as a poor man's swage for the moment. I THINK the quarter by half inch steel he gave me (about fifteen to twenty foot long sticks of it) are tool steel. But those pins? I have not a single clue what they are. Any ideas?
  6. Now I have to make more. I've made five so far, cutting the paddles, sanding and then forging and attaching the hooks. Simple project, but folks seem to like the concept. Still have a way to go, but folks like this.
  7. Don't beat it like it owes you money. Controlled strikes using necessary force, and planish when it's cooling. (I learned this the hard way.)
  8. Same boat Ausfire. I appreciate the comment. I'll figure it out.
  9. I am thinking I need to close off the opening to trap heat and get better at adjusting then.
  10. Rofl!! I deserved that. I have not yet figured out how to do it then. I am going to have to determine what to get next forge wise. No need to quote the post we all just read.
  11. Finally got a chance to play for a bit. Got some filing left to do. And my forge will not forge weld!! Ugly, but I made it.
  12. Thanks JHCC. I'll leave it then.
  13. Bought a Nordic forge 2 # hammer, sharp beveled, so since I don't yet have a sander I hand filed and hand sanded up to 320 grit. Gotta get some finer grit, but it's a good start.