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About 671jungle

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  1. very inspiring work, Alexandr. I want to do what you do, make rails and gates. I would love to see your jigs and other setups. Sweet table Billy. Tweeking for level can be a pain for me at times. "It's level but out of plumb", "it's plumb but not level", It's plumb and level but short/long. Which brings me to the door jam for the shop that took me half a day to install. I have never installed one before. I am proud to say it is level and plumb. The shop...not so much. But it is coming along. 8'Wx16'L,
  2. Slick tongs JHCC. Been at it with the shop the last several days. Trying to get it done before the snow flies. While I am no framer, there are a million things I would've done different, I am happy. If I were to do this by myself, at this scaIe, it would've been a disaster.
  3. Dang! that'll make you strong. When I was in my mid 20's I worked with an old Filipino man who had me dig a crawlspace foundation through limestone. This is where I learned the "slow and steady wins the race" lesson. I will spark test them before forging. This hammer was found on the intersection in Grand Junction Colorado. It has been a treat to work with framing the shop.
  4. I don't know. The stock I plan on using most for twisting will be for gates and rails once I get there. It doesn't get any simpler then the machine John posted above. I am sucker for simple but overthink quite often. I had plans all drawn out in my head that would require excessive welding and heavy duty blah,blah,blah, until I understood what i was looking at in the pictures above. Sometimes my brain is slow to interpret what it thinks my eyes see.
  5. I really need a scrapyard like Thomas’s. My local metal hole rarely gets big heavy things. Anywho, my Love’s dad brought me some auger bits. Anyone know what the bits on the left are used for? What would y’all make out of them? I finally bought a brush. Pretty cheaply built but I got it for under $10 including shipping. It’ll beat the bbq brush I’ve been using though.
  6. Old thread, I know. Had to look it up but that machine is a cheater if I ever saw one. Is there a recent thread with existing pictures of homemade powered and manual twisting machines? Would love to get some ideas. Maybe start a "Show me your twister thread"?
  7. Thanks for the tip Thomas. It is a letterpress.
  8. Good finds everyone has been sharing. I am especially interested in the pitch experiment. These machined out tong kits came home with me from the event in Kanab UT. $15 each.
  9. PHOTO HEAVY. The Hammerfest Event in Kanab UT turned out to be quite the time. Met some great people and learned a bit during our stay for the weekend. There were several demonstrations, vendors, auctions and people from all over who attended. It was a 5ish hr drive for us but well worth it. A small town vibe with the event being run by some of the local families. The first several pictures up to the grinding wheel were taken at one of the local restaurant/watering holes. Is the machine with the big wheel a "bander"? Is the machine with the what look like "rollers" a
  10. been busy with the shop build. Loves dad has experience framing and building so the in-laws came to town to help/take over the build. I have learned a lot from him during this but it has been tough. His communication skills and stubbornness rival my own. I am Grateful.
  11. Just about made pants pie when I read this. For some reason I thought it was "black locust" I read not to use but it was actually "black walnut". So I did some research. The toxin is highest in Black Walnut trees. English Walnut produces less than a 1/4 of juglone than the Black Walnut. And fortunately, a healthy soil system breaks down the toxin much sooner than a barren soil. We have a pretty alive soil. I would just avoid it in the future. Thanks for looking out, Stash and Thomas! In "shop news", the slab gets poured tomorrow morning. I must say I am pretty excited to "cement" th
  12. Nice work everyone has been cranking out! I have been busy with non forgings but shopish related. A few months ago I was bitten by a 11lb rat terrier chihuahua. The injuries left me out of heavy work with my hands up until a couple weeks ago. Anywho, with the recent wind storm here in Utah, we thought it a good idea to order a chip drop (online website that contacts tree services who need a place to dump their wood chips. Catch is you must take the whole truck load.) We moved the whole pile of english walnut throughout the garden and piled in various spots by hand in about 10hrs. Had one day t
  13. Thanks Thomas! That was the first thought that came to mind without using both top and bottom dies, although that would be very convenient. The last couple of weeks have definitely been practice on the basics and I must say it has been very satisfying to get the shapes I want even if they are simple.
  14. 671jungle


    Been working on a Ida shaped bush knife. Any one have any tips on forging the medial ridge evenly on both sides? Got this one pretty close but its tricky with the blade's narrow width in the middle and widening at the tip. I saw someone using top and bottom dies.
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