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  1. This is my favorite chandelier, Alexandr, especially the view from the bottom. In one of your other videos you showed a white exercise room. Do/did you box or do some other combat sport? If I were to send you a picture of an area of my yard, do you think you could give me an idea for an arbor there?
  2. Beautiful piece. It almost looks as if the wood pieces are floating or embedded in ice. Have you done any videos of yourself working? I wouldn’t be able to understand anything you said, but most of the time that doesn’t matter. JLP never really said a word in her earliest videos, or not the blacksmithing videos. She did have a ninja video which was pretty early in which she spoke. Mod, Can you delete the video I pasted in the quote. I was able to remove the photos, but couldn’t work out how to delete the video.
  3. Would the swivel allow you to spin a grill hanging from it? I am going to copy that chain on the left if you don’t mind. I rather like it. I am looking forward to see the completed table. Of course Russia is civilized. I wasn’t implying it is not. I was more curious if you have “big box stores” like Home Depot or Lowe’s and if so, what I would see lining the shelves of the tool department. Also, unlike most Americans who think the Allies won WWII because the US Army, Navy and Marines are the best of the best of the best (which they are, the Army at le
  4. Will the legs be steel or same as the top? It looks interesting and will surely look more so when complete. Why didn’t you fill up the smaller gaps with smaller branches? Do you have to buff it to make it clear, or does it set up that way? And a totally random question, what brands of powered hand tools are available in Russia, cordless specifically? My knowledge of Russia is pretty much limited to WWII and Cold War propaganda. I visited most of the countries in Western Europe in the early 1980s when I was stationed in Bad Cannstatt (part of Stuttgart). Travel to Eastern Europe wasn’t al
  5. Joey van der Steeg did a video on this.
  6. Ever played World of Tanks? I believe a croc’s teeth are still visible when their mouths are closed, while a gator’s teeth are hidden, or at least mostly hidden. As for my work beneath the oak tree today, almost finished with my flatter from a utility trailer, axle spindle. Punched the hole and smoothed everything out with a flap disk. Hole went crooked on me, even with the two guide holes I had drilled. Primarily because I punched and drifted the hole and then noticed something on the ends I should have cleaned up first. The hole collapsed and went cockeyed. I
  7. Did we ever find out what the blobs were?
  8. I didn’t know modern saw blades were high carbon. I’ve always assumed they were mild steel with carbide tips attached.
  9. The hammer is filled with 60 lbs of lead. I assume it would pack quite a wallop. I don’t really want one for drawing out stock. I need it because I don’t have a striker and it is often hard to hold a top tool, the item being forged, and the hammer all at the same time. I can work around that with a spring swage or a Smithing Magician, but not in every case.
  10. Gerald sent me the parts list and the contact info for the SCABA member, Rickey Vardell, who made his. Gerald said he bought the steel to make two hammers, which was how he paid Rickey to build them. Rickey made two and kept one. To compact the dirt, I will rent one of those machines that do that. More so than a hammer, what I need most at the moment is a grinder. I paid for the plans to build one, but have yet to begin.
  11. HIPAA is necessary but a pain. When it first came out most did not understand it. It was more Health Information Prevent Access Act than it was Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. We would have clerks refuse to give physicians results of tests they themselves had ordered unless the patient first signed a release authorizing it. I’ve even had problems myself with things which are in no way a violation of HIPAA law. One example about five years ago concerned coverage of a procedure for my wife. I wanted to make sure it was covered under our plan. The billing department refu
  12. I definitely does not look like a hippo now. Too bad they didn’t give you more time. You could have made that thing truly fearsome. Speaking of hippos, many people in healthcare have trouble when asked to spell, HIPAA. The mascot for it used in training is often a purple hippo, leading people to think it is HIPPA.
  13. I asked Gerald today about it today. He said his treadle hammer and that of Byron Doner are both swing arm types. The design is that of Mark Gardner of Illinois and were fabricated by Rickey Vardell. Rickey sells them. I had jus assumed it was inline because of what I had read about interchangeable dies. Gerald says it requires a little tweaking to get them to line up, but that isn’t much of a problem. How much energy do you think would be lost if the hammer were to be placed on compacted earth instead of a concrete pad?
  14. We were discussing necessity or The Mothers. I am fine with either, although I didn’t really get him when I was younger. He was just someone who wrote strange music and gave his kids odd names. You must have very lean processes.
  15. In-line. Primarily because both of the examples I would copy are in-line and it seems it would be easier to copy something I can directly measure than it would be something I can only see photos of. I really like that they can be fitted with both top and bottom dies which appear to be easily swapped out.
  16. My NCO’s were all top notch and all my commanding officers decent men except for one. We didn’t get much spark testing done. He had a hard stopping point due to a luncheon he had to attend. Most of the time was taken up by be going “Ooh! That looks cool. What is that and what do you use it for.” In other words, I would yell, “Rabbit!” and down the trail we would go. I think I could spend a week walking with him around his shop, just asking him questions. But I did leave with a very good start to a collection of known steels, all the major steels of interest to a blacksmi
  17. Cool bowl. Your post caused me to think of Frank Zappa.
  18. Possibly what Arkie said. But if the rails are connected by fishplates and not continuous as if all one piece, it would be doubtful. We used to walk and play along the tracks when I was a kid. It was cool waving at the engineers and such as the trains passed. We would look for whiskey bottles—there were plenty—spikes, rail anchors and coal. No way I could do that as an adult. The engineer would think I was an escaped convict or someone looking to do mischief. A deputy sheriff would be waiting for me at the next crossing. This I know from experience to be true.
  19. I also managed to get the coal off the trailer. It slid easy while on the trailer. Not so easily when on the grass. The bag fell over off the pallet (oak I will use for random things later.) It fell on the bag opening. I will have to cut it open.
  20. Alexandr, how long does it take you to produce all of that? Hauled a load of bulk trash to the city recycling center. Came home with wood for my smoker.
  21. As an essential worker, I was never really on lockdown. It was sort of tough at first knowing my neighbor was home relaxing, but as it went on longer, I was thankful I was considered essential. My neighbor works in oil and gas, which had bottomed out around that time. While he and his wife had to dip into their savings, I was able to pay my bills and eat without worry. My paychecks were never interrupted. As the lockdown became longer, I began to feel a little guilty. What I’ve done in the shop today. Took a small piece of the san mai billet and tried to grind out a drop point hunte
  22. He is a retired US Army sergeant major, Field Artillery. Korea as a PVT in 1963 and the RVN as a SSG in 1967. Very good people indeed.
  23. That Early American Wrought Iron book by Sonn would be good for such ideas.
  24. Not sure I would want to taste dog patina. Gerald Franklin is going to show me how to properly spark test steel as well as give me the small, known samples once we are finished this Saturday. While there I will show him a couple examples of the links I have made so far and see if he has any suggestions as to how I might make them a little faster and more reliably. One is basically a normal link made with 1/4” round bar, just longer and twisted in the center. The other is from 1/4” square bar. It is basically a closed S hook with the center longer than normal and twisted. Hard to describe
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