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  1. Glenn II

    Damascus with only hand hammers?

    Will W. - Sprint cars are Direct Drive. No Transmission, No Gears (except differential gears in rear end housing), No Clutch. There is a shifter to disengage drive line from engine, but the drive line cannot be re-engaged with engine running. Starting the engine with a starter motor would be like trying to start an old manual transmission vehicle while in gear- you'd burn out the starter motor after a few attempts. When you're talking 850hp and speeds under 100mph, the weight of a 4lb starter motor is not an issue. My apologies for being off topic from the OP, just wanted to correct a minor inaccuracy.
  2. Glenn II

    How do you stay cool ?

    Frosty- the Roger Degner you mentioned above with the Peter Wrong anvil, would he be in his mid 60s, long gray hair and beard, glasses, retired chief of police? If so I had the pleasure to work an open forge near him recently. An interesting character, great with the visiters at the living history museum, and made some great kettle corn while taking a break. As to the Peter Wrong, "Rog" has it setting in front of the shop. I didn't know it was hollow, as it looks like a rusty old unused anvil. So you can about imagine my amazement when I encouraged my 70# 10 yr old boy to walk up and lift a 300#+ anvil, and he did!
  3. Since becoming a member here, I have often thought how cool it would be to visit some of you guys at your shops, hang out, learn some of the trade, make something interesting. But after reading this thread...forget it. However, some of you guys are welcome to visit me any time. The Winters have a fascinating way of keeping the rifraff out of our part of the country.
  4. Glenn II

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Hey Das, I'm thinking a nice wolf paw print with A's for its claws or maybe a wolf head with "AA" for ears. Might have to be a bit larger punch, but for the bigger pieces.
  5. Glenn II

    Swage block/bending jig

    We always said in the Fab shop, "If you aren't a good welder, you'll learn how to be a good grinder!"
  6. Glenn II

    Quality of this Trenton?

    I am an Auctioneer, mostly part time due to seasonal weather in my area. Frosty, I certainly am sorry about your rotten experiences, and offer my sincere apologies on behalf of the honest auctioneers of this world. There sure are some unscrupulous individuals in that industry trying to make a quick buck, like any industry I guess. I run an honest show, if I or my staff intends to bid on anything at a sale, I am bound by Federal statutes to announce that prior to the start of the sale. I inform my staff, that if they bid on items, it is of their own accord for their own purpose, and not to drive prices. I believe in having an honest and good reputation. Once that is gone, there may be nothing left of a man. Being a state championship bid caller, I have had the opportunity to work for a few guys that ran a crooked show several hundred miles away from me. Everyone in the community knows he takes "schill" bids and drives prices. Good for the seller, bad for the buyer. He has managed to keep the competition out of the area. When he settled up my wages at the end of the day he said, "Wow, you did a really good job, we'll call you again next time we need a hand." I told him, please don't bother, if he runs all his auctions this way. I don't want to be associated with his company in any negative way. A good reputation takes a lifetime to build, but only a moment to destroy. Also, I find auctions to be a great place to find many antique tools for Smithing. Sure, someone may have an anvil, but they may also have many other tools that don't get the attention of an anvil, ie: leg vises, post drills, tongs, pedal grinders, forges, blowers, etc. They may have sold the anvil and still have many tools left because no one ever asked about them. Picked up an Edwards No. 5 shear and pedal grinder a little while back. It was a bigger sale, so we ran in 2 rings, (2 auctioneers selling at the same time usually some distance apart.) The 50 pound anvil was beat up pretty bad and sold at the tool shop. The shear and grinder were to heavy to move and were sold near the barn. It was displayed, but everyone went up the hill to buy the anvil, I was working down by the barn and bought the other tools. The most important tool a Smith has at his disposal is his mind, not the hammer or anvil. Sometimes you have to pass on the anvil to buy something else. TPAAT works. That little 50# went for $185 beat up as it was. A guy approached me a week later to sell an anvil probably around 100 # for $175. Bought it, brought it home, turns out it's 235# Hay-Budden. Just under 75¢ /lb.
  7. Glenn II

    Tree Identification

    My grandpa told me the "little kids" (he was 3rd born) would spend their late summer afternoons in the cow pasture collecting "fuel" for the heat stove in the basement. "Ma would never let that near the cook stove, those came in the cellar door and stacked the other side of the basement, away from her Crocks and cannings." Was just thinking now how very blessed I am to have had 25 yrs to spend hearing stories like that.
  8. Glenn II

    Tree Identification

    My ancestors settled in South Central North Dakota. My great grandmother used corn cobs for fuel in the kitchen stove. Of course corn cobs were often used for many things on that farm, with 17 children, the Sears catalog often didn't last too long, according to my grandpa. Not too many trees in that area for wood, so they were resourceful for heating and cooking fuel. Great grandpa would make 2 trips to town with the older boys on horse and wagon to purchase coal in the fall, for long winters, another trip may have been made with the sleigh nearer to spring. Grandpa said the sleigh trips we're miserable. If the sleigh broke through the snow they had to unload the coal so the horses could pull it out, then shovel it back on the sleigh to continue. Was 11miles to town. Up and down hills both ways. Haha
  9. Glenn II

    forge extension

    I realize this post has gone a little cold, but this may be worth mentioning. A few miles from where I live is the show grounds of the "Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion." It is sort of a living and functional "museum" of sorts that operates every Labor Day weekend. This is where my kids developed a fire for blacksmithing. All of the exhibit areas are run by volunteer members. There is so much to see and learn from pioneer living on the North American prairee, horse drawn equipment and farming, small town main Street and post office, general store, several different blacksmith areas representative of different time periods of American history, functional turn of the 20th century carousel with organ, Papbst Steam Engine, functional steam locomotive that circles the show grounds and gives rides to passengers on 5 railcars, steam powered saw Mills, gas powered engines, printing shop, the list goes on. A very neat place, we've been going for years, and have not seen all there is to be seen. Anyhow, 2019 will have the "Case" be the featured manufacturer of the show. Record number of visiters for Case Expo are being prepared for. But this recently completed project is all the buzz! It is a full scale replica of the Case 150 HP Steam Traction Engine. I had some friends that went to the show in Andover, SD and said this thing is Massive and Amazing. I believe the gentleman is planning to bring it to WMSTR for the Case Expo 2019. I would encourage anyone to come, it is a family event with a variety of things to do for all. Camping is available on the show grounds, modern hotel accommodations are available within a 30 Mile drive. I would certainly be happy to meet up with anyone from IFI!
  10. Glenn II

    Anyone near Fargo nd

    I am near Fargo, ND. New to the trade and the forum, so not much experience or equipment. I met a few guys out at the Western MN Steam Threshers Reunion (Rollag) this fall, so I know there are more in the area.
  11. As Ausfire is getting ready for summer, I am preparing for winter...I use an outdoor wood boiler for primary heat for my house. Day time temps have been around 50 F, so mostly just running the boiler at night. I ran out of charcoal last weekend, and was disappointed my project would have to wait until the next time I was in town to buy some. I thought about making some, but as has previously been stated, I'd rather be Smithing than making charcoal. That's when I remembered as I checked my boiler in the morning to see how much wood was burned over there previous night, the nice bed of glowing "coals" that had been left behind. I started saving those nice little nuggets, I put them in a metal trash can with a tight lid and let them cool. Easy, "free" charcoal. It helps with the moderate temps that the boiler doesn't run too often (it cycles based on water temperature) so if the blower fan has been off for some time and the inlet damper shut, I have some decent sized chunks of charcoal to transfer to my can. The bigger pieces break up pretty easily. If when I go out in the morning and find the boiler firing or recently having fired, I flip the electrical disconnect switch and transfer after I come home from work. It's a little like robbing Peter to pay Paul...I loose a little heat for my house, but it feeds the fire in my soul, and warms the anvil a bit too!
  12. Glenn II

    Anvil Stand, maybe

    Here's a YouTube vid that does a pretty good job of explaining how to prepare a wood stump for an anvil. Explains pretty well how to get a level face.
  13. 1) I actually read this entire thread, not a task I usually would have the patience for. So, In honor of Frosty, "Read before you go posting and asking questions!" 2) "There are no mistakes. There are always Second Chances - in Metal and in Men." -Larry from Alabama Not sure who "Larry" is. Just something I glanced over on the internet the other day. Glenn II
  14. Glenn II

    Forging equipment and tools

    Thank you Steve, my sincere apologies.
  15. New to Smithing, and new to the Forum. I've been interested in Smithing for a few years, now my kids, 10 and 12, have gotten bit by the bug. I've managed over the last few years to accumulate almost all of my tools at Auction sales. I'm an Auctioneer part time, so I'm at a sale almost every weekend in the summer. With the exception of anvils, most tools can be acquired at totally reasonable prices. For example: I bought a portable forge (ferriers forge) for $15, a leg vise for $10, post type drill press for $10, several sections of RR tracks to hammer on for $8.50 (total for 3 pieces at different sales), Edwards #5 Shear for $55, old pedal style grinder wheel totally functional for $35, a whole milk crate full of about 20 pairs of end nippers which will be turned into tongs for $15. All of this stuff works like new, just needed a little wd40 and some love. Another tip is to let everyone in your network know that you are looking for these types of tools. That's how I stumbled upon my anvil. $175 for a 235# Hay- Budden. Please don't call the cops! A guy knew a guy that knew a guy, who was cleaning out his farm and moving to the nursing home. My blower is being borrowed from a friend of mine who now lives in an apartment and had no place to keep it. Another tip; don't buy the first one you come across, and don't get discouraged. I have watched some things get ridiculous at auction sales, usually when family members get involved. Leg vises go for $200 because 2 brothers want it. I have passed on a lot of tools because the price gets higher than what I want to pay. Sometimes the right people don't show up and you can get a good deal. Or people don't know what something is, such was the case for my Edwards #5 shear. I was bidding against a scrap buyer. He didn't know what it was, just that it was metal and heavy. It was only worth $50 to him, so I got it for $55, and I see they are asking up to $600 online. They post drill too. About 10 people asked me after the sale what a post drill is? I explained how these were the first drill presses used. About 10 minutes to mount, and 4 shots of WD-40 later, I am drilling holes in metal. So like Smithing, be patient. Plan your work, and work your plan. Auctions are a great place to buy tools, and you may find them in the least likely of situations. Hopefully, there aren't too many people interested in the same thing as you that day. Glenn II