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Awrksmokey

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    Boston-ish area of Massachusetts
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    Blacksmithing, rock climbing, music.

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  1. It looks like a fantastic place so far! I can't wait until it's finished and I can maybe take a class there!
  2. Looks good to me. That's a really cool use of the offset wood planks for a hammer rack.
  3. I restored my post vise today (bought for 25 dollars )! It was rusted in place. It has no markings but I think it looks like a PW vise to me. if you have any ideas lmk! I also tested a wheel rim and it's wrought iron!
  4. I forged this whale today out of 3/4 round bar. I think I could turn it into some type of bottle opener. It was a fun small project.
  5. That's a nice small setup you've got! I think the buckle looks real nice, I will have to try making one of those someday.
  6. Alright. I'm hearing a few different things but I'll definitely try them all, one of the advantages to living near a city is that we have a bunch of places that sell steel and not just one supplier. Thank you all for the great advice!
  7. Hello, I've seen several people on this forum talk about how they get steel cutoffs and drops from a steel supermarket. I'm considering trying that, but it occurred to me that they may not want me to get steel for free from them instead of paying. Some of this is talked about in other threads but I think it might be a useful resource to have this info in one place. Here are some of my questions, should I buy metal from them and then mention looking through their scrap? Is there something I could do for them that could be useful for them to feel more comfortable with me taking their steel? How
  8. This was an overpriced, cast, completely average hardware store hammer, but it was the first hammer I ever used. 2lbs crosspeen. I rasped the varnish off, reshaped the handle to my liking and refaced both sides several times as it is a bit soft. Not an excellent hammer by any means but it was my first hammer and it still works well, and will work well for a while longer. The second one was the first hammer I ever made. I have a different post about it, but I've always been super interested in hammer making, and it was an incredible amount of fun! It has a ton of flaws and isn't that amaz
  9. I didn't do much in the shop today, I worked on another corkscrew and edited my first youtube video. The teak handle works quite well. It is only on a small texturing hammer so I'm not putting substantial force on it, but it's holding up great, not to mention the colour has really been coming out in the wood. I like it, but it was fairly splintery to shape and i had to go very slowly in one direction so I wouldn't get any splits in the grain.
  10. Very nice, it really looks like different shades of gray clay smooshed together. Super cool!
  11. Wrought iron is a lovely material. I really like forging it too, when it's hot it's like butter, and looks amazing too. What are you planning on making out of the billet? A hammer?
  12. Thank you for the info SLAG! It was originally an outdoor chair, but the chair broke and I managed to convince my parents to let me keep it, good to know.
  13. Thanks guys! i put a teak handle on it, I'm not sure if that's a bad choice for wood but as a texturing hammer i don't think it will need to withstand a ton of force anyway.
  14. Yesterday I forged this small texturing crosspein. It's 4.7 ounces!
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