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About DHarris

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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. One hairdryer should be plenty. More is not always better. 2 inches of coal doesn’t sound like it is enough.
  2. Yesterday’s work. Two steak-turners and one of the three leaf hooks. It is the one that looks nothing like the other three. The three that each look something like the other are things I made months ago to see if I could forge 3 identical hooks. Close, but not close enough. All the girly things on the table were made by my oldest daughter. She is trying to raise money for an autism service dog and was given a free booth at a local craft fair. So far she has raised just short of $1400 USD.
  3. I was in about the 3rd grade, making it 1970 or 1971. Times were different then. Oklahoma has always had and still has the “best justice money can buy”, but it was even worse back in the day. Dad just let it go.
  4. My opinion only: use what you have, then replace it later. That and what Thomas said.
  5. When my Granny died, my dad’s attorney didn’t tell him about overdue taxes owed on several lots on Main St in Duncan, Oklahoma that she owned. The attorney’s wife bought all of the lots at auction later.
  6. I’m going with olfart and am curious how he knew.
  7. I am sure there is a better way, but I use an app called Image Size.
  8. My wife works for the city. She gets really freaky about my forge at times. The actual ordinance governing it is a bit vague and to me at least, open to interpretation, but she is correct. I am risking a fine every time I fire it up. It is an open fire. i’ve never had a problem with it escaping though. The only times I have ever caught anything on fire it has been caused by hot steel slipping out of my tongs and that doesn’t happen as often now, and when it does a bit of water from the 5 gallon bucket between my anvil and forge takes care of it quick. Rather than a permit I am hoping the fire chief is a reasonable man and capable of thinking logically. Bricks, once I actually get them down, cannot burn.
  9. Most city ordinances don’t really know how to class forging. The closest Is welding or using a torch. You can get around the burn ban in many places by poring a concrete slab or laying down a brick patio. The trick is to have at least the minimum required area of non-burnable space. Once you have that, go to the local fire department and ask for a permit. They will come out and assess your area and if it looks safe and is up to code, you can pay them for the permit.
  10. Those I have seen have all looked like a variation of the one Glenn posted.
  11. Many sinks are stainless. Stainless can be hard to put holes in. Just find some pallets and go with a JABOD.
  12. Do you have a website or a gallery of all your past work all in one spot?
  13. And money. You left out that one.
  14. I suppose it may not be QuadState, but it is still a pretty big deal, plus you don’t have to drive clear to Ohio to attend. Although I suppose if you are now sitting in Thailand or Maine that may not matter much.
  15. Beautiful work. Someone has likely asked before, but do you do your own leatherwork? Iron, as in literal iron? I assume so, because on a BladeForums post of a knife you called The Ghost Dog you said its bolster was mild steel.