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    Purcell, Oklahoma
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    Tuning perfectly good scrap into amorphous blobs of burnt steel at the moment.

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  1. DHarris

    Question about HT with a pipe

    No. Actually a real book would be preferable. I am not opposed to online, but real beats virtual for everything but searching a long article using keywords.
  2. DHarris

    Question about HT with a pipe

    Are there any videos or articles on this? I’ve searched but I can’t find what I want because of all the videos and articles about heat treating of pipes.
  3. I second that PPE suggestion. The piece I want is almost always on the other side of 12 inches of mud. Learn to walk in 12 inches of mud without falling. It is harder than you might think. Also bring gloves. Everything you touch will be covered in mud, grease, and other questionable appearing gunk If they have a dog, make friends with it if possible. If not possible, find a way to make it possible or find another yard. The owner of the yard I go to now that Nemo’s in Purcell is closed has some sort cow dog. She came out to meet me when I first stopped by. I stopped and talked with her a bit before going over to the yard owner. He was pretty friendly toward me after that. On the previous two visits I had made to the place, I was invisible to him and everyone else working there.
  4. DHarris

    Dragon head guitar stand

    That was my thought as well. The stand looks amazing, but I would have been afraid of damaging my guitar. Even just wrapping it with twine or just leather shoe laces should work and not look out of place.
  5. DHarris

    Carving Letters in Steel.

    Did anyone ever post pics of their tries at this? I believe I will give making a bracelet for my daughter another shot. When I do I will post it here. It was just a flattened length of copper ground wire. I put all four of her cats’ names on it in runes. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I took nail sets, small chisels, and punches and reshaped the ends using a file and an angle grinder. Somewhat similar to yours, but just different enough to make them fairly useless. It was just a couple of months ago. I wish I had gone into this section and read your posts before I wasted all my time trying to work everything out on my own. Thanks for posting this. I can see now why I failed. I can’t wait to give it another go. Loki, Missy, Grey, and Rooh are their names by the way.
  6. DHarris

    DIY Micarta

    It looks a bit like Jello and makes me think of my grandmother’s Formica table and kitchen countertops for some reason. It needs nickel silver bolsters I think. I like the layered micarta and wood scales better.
  7. DHarris

    DIY Micarta

    Cool thread. I have been wanting to try making micarta for a long time but never knew how to even begin. And in G rated terms, can you say what the naughty bit is?
  8. DHarris

    Not treating a cedar handle

    Those trees are horrible. Not so bad when large You can prune them up and they will make serviceable shade trees, but unless kept under control they spread like mad and will outcompete other trees. They also burn way too easily when small. When I was a kid they weren’t nearly the problem they are now. You would see cows on farms. People commonly did controlled burns every few years. Now the cows are mostly gone and the land sits idle. Much of it sold to developers a decade or more ago, the land within the Greater OKC Metro area anyway. With the land idle and controlled burns rarer now, there is nothing to keep them in check. I don’t make knives, but considered taking a couple of logs from many of those downed by the storms this past Spring and cutting them up on my bandsaw to use as scales for bottle openers and such. After seeing how yours turned out, I wish I had. Beautiful wood. I would be interested in learning how yours holds up over time. I almost forgot to mention the worst part about these “weeds”. If you have allergies they will make you want to leave the State when they are releasing pollen.
  9. The true cost of buying the first one would be hard to calculate. Oklahoma doesn’t require alimony, but they do child support. Plus unlike many men, I really would miss my wife if she were gone. :-) i will track what I spend. I expect it will be very close unless I add the cost of the fuel I would have spent driving to Arkansas to pick it up. One benefit of doing the repair is the experience. Having succeeded or failed with an anvil no one cares about, I will feel a little more confident attempting repairs to my Dad’s anvil. He got it from his maternal grandfather who was a working blacksmith in Graham, Oklahoma. It is in very bad shape. Much of the plate is gone from the plate. The only flat spot on it is the table. The Hardy hole area is still there, but the Pritchel part of the heel was broken off long before I was born. If Dad agrees, I will probably find a professional to do the skilled work and I will just do the cleanup.
  10. I know nothing of the other people or how they went about welding the edges. My son-in-law, on the other hand is a known for me, as will be the process he follows. As for selling it when a perfect anvil presents itself, no. I want a larger one as a primary anvil, but will keep this one because I can easily transport it. But if I were to sell after repairing it, I wouldn’t let it go dirt cheap. As long as we follow the proper steps, the anvil should be almost as good as when new. Thanks for the info. One of the two different anvils the SCABA is considering selling has turning cams. I have one of their swage blocks and like it a lot. Assuming the anvils are also priced well, I will likely buy one of the 75 lb models to use in my garage. it does have making on the side facing you when the horn is to your right, but it is almost all gone now. I will try a pencil rubbing or maybe chalk dust to see if I can get it a little more legible for a photo. There is still enough left the I can make out part of Armitage, what appears to be an image of a mouse followed by the word HOLE. At the bottom I can see the 0 and 3 pretty well, but the third part of the weight number I can’t. It is either an 8 or 14. If an 8 the anvil weighs 92 lbs and if 14 it weighs 98, if I am calculating the English system correctly. I can’t actually weigh it because we are one of the few homes in the USA without a set of scales in the bathroom. I got it mounted today. I didn’t forge anything. All I did was make a hair thing for my wife from 4 gauge copper ground wire. I will try to make a steak turner tomorrow evening. It was very loud until I got it chained down to the stump. Now it is too quiet, but perhaps that was just because I was striking copper and not steel.
  11. Never knew those were called C-girders. We call them channel iron here in Oklahoma. They are used to make utility trailers and truck beds. This is what I used as an anvil from the time I started about a year and a half ago till tomorrow when I will mount the anvil I purchased a few days ago to the stump in the photo. It looks like a piece of railroad track, but isn’t. The recycling yard here in Purcell where I picked it up said it was part of a bridge being torn down. They had a metal bin full of them. I only had to pay scrap steel price for it. Meaning it cost me just $10 or so. I believe the actual scrap price for it would really have been about $5, but I wasn’t in the mood to quibble over $5 when I knew I would likely want to come back again, because Nemo let me walk around the yard. The larger places I tried in OKC would not. That chunk of whatever it is really works fine for the piddling around I do. The only real problem I had with it was it had no horn or Hardy and Pritchel holes. When I needed a horn I either used a trailer axle, spindle on the end of the axel, or which ever size of random bits of drill pipe I have scavenged. For Hardy tools my plan was to just mount them in a stump. Those are available free at the City of Purcell’s recycling center. When one of the City’s work crews removes a tree, they dump any sizable sections to the side at the center for anyone to pick up and take home. I was just about to try forging the first stump tool when I found the Mousehole I bought. I had chopped the pointy end off of a bale spike and bent it 90 degrees to make up for the bridge piece not having a horn, but hadn’t actually finished carving a hole in a stump to drive it down into. I may or may not do that at some future time. The bale spike wasn’t easy to bend. It is a little over two inches thick at the point where I chopped it off. Had I to do over again I would probably have made the bend BEFORE cutting it to length. I think the bend may have been easier. If nothing else I would have had more material to hold onto. TL;DR: Necessity is the Mother of Invention. You don’t need an actual anvil to do this. Just continue to improvise as you have done.
  12. Well that one fell through. I made the mistake of telling She Who Must Be Obeyed that I was going to Arkansas to pick up an anvil. Since I prefer to not cook my own food, wash and iron my clothes, and certain other things, I obeyed. The anvil I actually ended up with is much more beat up than that one, but being 92lbs is probably better for me now anyway. I sometimes need to load up for demos. Not to show off my awesome smithing skills. I do it primarily because it lets me forge all day without worrying about the noise, and to show people that, yes people still do this AND it doesn’t cost nearly as much to start as you think. I think it may be a farrier’s anvil, because the waist is narrower and the heel is thinner than they are on most other Mouseholes I have seen. The face still has most of the plate left and is reasonably flat. Less than 1/16th of an inch light visible under a straightedge. A half inch ball bearing bounces 9 inches when dropped on any place the face is left. Someone in the distant plast welded the edges. Not a good job but it has not hurt anything as far as I can tell. Since it is a rather common anvil and not one I spent a lot of money on, $2.60/lb, I think I should be able to repair it for less than I could buy a comparable Mousehole in perfect condition, especially here in Oklahoma where almost any decent anvil appears to be selling in the $4.50 - $6.00 per pound range. There is plenty of info here on how to do it. My son-in-law is a welder, that coupled with the instructions should make it possible.
  13. DHarris

    What do you think of my slitter?

    I take it from it being said the handles break a lot, your hands or wrist bones would be breaking a lot if you used a punch without a handle or tongs designed to hold them?
  14. DHarris

    What do you think of my slitter?

    So if you don’t wedge them, do you make the handle taper from thin to thick as it gets closer to the tool? Much like you see with pickaxes or tomahawks?