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Dax Hewitt

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    Leeds, UK
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    Motorcycle, Shotguns, Smithing.

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  1. Thanks guys. Oil quench and blue it is. I will report back with the results.
  2. I don't know what you call them around the world but in the UK we have a tool called a Fox Wedge. Think a thin wedge about 3 inch long, 1/4 or maybe 3/8th at one end, 1/16th at the other end and a taper ground on the last 16th and about 1 inch wide. You use them to hammer in between machine components to split the faces. I'm going to forge some, mild steel is a bit soft so I'm thinking of using some 9/16th section coil spring that I have from a mate fitting new springs to his 4x4. Does the hive mind think they will be tough enough without hardening? I don't know what steel the springs are and I have not done any heat treating since I made a center punch at engineering college 32 years ago.
  3. Wouldn't the can just cover the Damascus pattern that way?
  4. If I go first the Mrs would sell the stuff and rightly so but if I'm last man standing I want it gifted to someone. My Anvil is a London pattern with a 22 / 6 inch face and is 36 inch long in total, that and the swage block cost me nothing but a bad back loading them in to the van. Now hopefully I will still be hammering on it for the next 20 or so years but you never know. Hopefully in the next 20 or so years this will still be a fantastic forum full of helpful people sharing their advice and experience to other people and if that's the case I definitely want the members of this forum to decide who my gear is gifted to, that could be all to one person or parcelled out to a few people. If the forum has anything like the caliber of people it has today I know my toys will end up in the right hands.
  5. I had not thought about shipping. I will ponder on it, I would rather it remains in the UK because there seems to be a lot more available in the states but then there are a lot of members in other countries too and at the end of the day a couple of grand from my estate for shipping is nothing in the grand scheme of things. I already have 2 executors set up, one is 27 and the other is 18 so I should be covered there. It was an off the cuff idea yesterday but the more I thought about it over night the more I love the idea. I will be discussing it with the Mrs tonight and making her aware of the idea. Unfortunately if I go first she will want to sell up but I will do all I can to make sure my toys go to a good home.
  6. I love that terminology, the latest custodian. Makes me wonder, there is only myself and my brother in our family line. Neither of us have kids and at 48 I'm not planning to start. I would hate to think of my anvil going scrap when I'm gone. Hopefully a long way down the line but still worth thinking about. Sussed it. If I don't find a good home for my forge when I'm too old to use it or I go suddenly I have a plan. We are due to update our will and when I do the executor will be instructed to come to this forum, read it a bit to find out who the shall we we say senior posters are at the time and they can decide who is deserving of it being gifted to. Ideally someone enthusiastic with developing skills but not having much equipment.
  7. Thomas's. My Mrs swears by porridge oats to keep her blood sugar in line. She has me on it too but I use mine to make a thin milkshake that I can down in one. One glass keeps me going until lunch time.
  8. Thomas I don't know if you can get them for pumps but the Mrs keeps her insulin in a close fitting gel pouch when we are out and it's hot. You soak it in water and the evaporation keeps the insulin cool for 12 hours plus.
  9. Good idea, I could weld some steel across the roof and slide the chain the full length of the anvil
  10. Now that's an idea I didn't think of, leave the stock long but support one end on a stand. I don't have room for a floor stand but if I put a hook on the roof I could drop a chain down to support the end and swing the working end between the forge and anvil. That may be Saturdays project.
  11. My process was to punch the holes in the round stock first then I cut it off and formed the D. I put some wood on the floor to stand on so that I could hold the length of round stock between my legs to punch it. Without a second set of hands I'm not sure I could make the D then punch the ends. Maybe a short hold fast so I could put the D over the heel of the anvil and hold it down to punch. This is what I love about smiting, working out how to get to where you want to be. Thank you Awrksmonkey. It's a very compact setup indeed, it's a 10 by 10 storage container at my work. It's a bit of a pain because it's on top of a 40 foot storage container so everything has to go up by ladder but it works.
  12. Thanks Frosty. I looked at widening it before I fit the hinge bar but it would have been out of proportion, wider than its long, the ID of the d section is only 1 1/4, I am going to add 1 1/2 to the bar to make the D for the next one. Might step up from 3/8 bar to 1/2 bar too. I need to make a hold fast first though, holding the bar stock, punch and hammer wasn't easy.
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