Glenn II

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  1. That was a good read! I can nicely imagine that conversation between Death and a commissioned, yet frightened, Blacksmith.
  2. Very true indeed. At a working history museum I volunteer at, we keep a small supply of items on stock for sale: dinner bell triangles, steak turners, duplex nail swords, and a variety of S hooks. Often times I'll just start by drawing a taper or deburring the end of a freshly snipped piece of 5/16" square stock and someone will ask, "What are you making?" At this point in the process, I really hadn't decided, unless the master Smith has suggested we are currently low on an item. So I tell them, "Anything you want to buy!" Usually get a strange look followed by, "Hey, can you make a such and such?" "Maybe. Never tried." Is my typical response, followed quickly with, "If you have 30 minutes, Let's find out together! If I can't, it cost you nothing but some time." So many "items" involve the same basic methods. Even the most complex concepts draw on the knowledge of previously learned and mastered basics.
  3. Glad I finally found this thread. Saved me a $3.79 headache. Almost bought a bag yesterday when the big box store was out of lump charcoal. Went to a different store and found lump charcoal. Guess it's time to get dressed and head out to the shop...
  4. Update to my post from 12/15/18: Paired the bottle opener and corkscrew with a bottle of JW Cabernet Sauvignon and a six pack of Summit beer. (I guess the wine is like $65US per bottle in my area, but we acquired it randomly and prefer sweet whites like Riesling and Moscato.) Sold the complete package at Auction for $95US. After the contest I overheard a gentleman offer the new owner $25US for just the Corkscrew. The new owner said, "For $25 I'll sell you the bottle of wine, but I just paid $95 for that Corkscrew." Can't believe I made a $95 Corkscrew. Thanks to all of you on IFI that have contributed to my learning of this craft. Now if I can figure out a way to make, market and sell about a dozen per week for the next 50 yrs, I could quit my day job! Glenn II
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    jabod ?

    Side Note:. Good advice on roberry deferral Frosty, try to be cooperative first. However, I read something the other day that was quite eye opening. Don't hand over your valuables. Throw them as far as you can and run in a safe direction. I had never thought of that before. And of course it's easy to say while never been put in that position.
  6. It might not be "something" in and of itself. What I mean is that it could be part of a tool, or other object for that matter, much more complex than a simple flat bar 12" with beveled edges. Something deep inside of something else that few people rarely have seen. For instance, if you found a bracket with the stamp "Ford," you would probably not find many people that would know what it is or belonged to, other than a Ford vehicle, maybe. I definitely don't want to discourage your efforts. Some pieces are easy to distinguish, while others not so much. Best of luck in solving this mystery (not that I was able to help other than to provide some perspective.)
  7. Well, I would have thought leaving a nice slice of med rare prime rib, local craft brew, and a generous slice of home made Pecan Pie by the fireplace that maybe i would have seen a 40 lb. bag of lump charcoal? No dice. What did you try Das? Thanks for the Intel Santa Powers.
  8. Not exactly sure how to take this, as it is my first Blacksmith Christmas. I'm not sure if I was "Naughty or Nice," but either way I did not receive any Coal for Christmas! It was all I asked for. Although I'm feeling a little disappointed, Santa did leave me a box of Oatmeal Cream Pies and a Butcher Block Brush in my stocking.
  9. Had a busy day in the shop today. Had some good helpers too. Since Christmas hasn't come yet, they weren't wearing their aprons yet. My son made a toasting fork from 1/4"(6mm) mild round stock. He's 10, but did the bending and twisting of the handle. He ran the blower while I hot cut the fork tines and dressed them. We had fun working together to make it, but I believe he liked the testing process more! My daughter made her first split cross from 1/2"(12mm) mild square stock. I helped hold it while she did the hammering. The texture was hammered in with a fencing pliers. Finished the day with my first leaf on a wall hook made from 1/2"(12mm) mild square stock.
  10. Made a reverse twisting jig today like I had seen on a link from this site. I'm quite sure I must have around 50 open end adjustable wrenches (crescent wrench.) Took me longer to find 2 of the same size and shape than it did to build the jig. (After the jig was done of course, I found wrenches everywhere I turned in my shop.) Then made a steak turner to test it out. Made from 5/16" 1018 square bar stock, wire brush and olive oil finish.
  11. I like the color bleed. It really enhances the 3rd dimension (depth) aspect of the project. Like a real tree, it creates a shadowy hint on the inside of the tree. Near the bottom where the branches may be a bit thin, you can see the trunk. Well Done!
  12. I've seen a pair of anvils at an auction that I wouldn't have paid $40 for. They both went to the same gentleman for $385 each. They were around 35-50 pounds, and we're in real bad shape. I figured I was better off hammering on my RR tracks than either of those chunks of metal. I don't remember the brands, but they were definitely abused.
  13. My great grandfather built one using a car axle. He made it in the 1930's, so the car was from the earlier 1900's. Had this shape and dimensions. Square on one end, round on the other with about 1"(25mm) of the round end threaded. You may be able to find something like that?
  14. Safety First! Lift With Your Legs using proper ergonomics. Plan and clear your path. Carry the load low and avoid twisting motions. If it's too heavy to safely load by yourself, get some help from a friend or mechanical lifting device: hoists, boom crane, forklift, payloader. Also, think about how you plan to unload and move it when you get home...
  15. Maybe this will help your confidence JLP... LOL. My first, or rather second actually, split Frederick's Cross. (The first attempt succumbed to a crack when I tried to flatten at too low of temperature.) 1/2" square A36 steel, brass brush finish, coated with SC Johnson paste was, faux suede cord.