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About Whiskeysup

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    Mystic Kentucky
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    Farming, good bourbon(its what I do for a living), vintage firearms, old tractors anything old.

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  1. Make a great T shirt Thanks for posting my pic-I am an idiot with computers. Definitely an analog guy in a digital world.
  2. old anvil.msg Found this in an old dresser I was restoring, coincidentally I am a bottling supervisor in the bourbon indusry here in Kentucky. Thought you all might enjoy it.
  3. Two years after starting the build, a new granddaughter, tearing down the old and building a new house I finally got the forge done and started making tools. Making lots of mistakes but am learning a lot. Didn't know how easy it is to burn steel. Made a hot cut hardy from a truck axle, boy that was some hard steel. Ugly as xxxx but it sure cuts! Feel free to comment. Still figuring out the best placement of everything, so far it's working out real well, having lots of fun.
  4. Am planning to cut a bourbon barrel in half, the water will keep it from leaking. The other half will be for coal storage. Guess I can always add a bucket to it if frozen or use a stock tank heater. Figured water would be handy for wetting the coal as needed, cooling parts while forging etc.
  5. Was wondering what you all use to keep your quenching water from freezing in the winter. I have an unheated shop and am thinking of putting salt in it. Dont want to use antifreeze because of the dogs. Thanks for any suggestions.
  6. Tons of Shagbark hickory on our place, going to find a a piece of seasoned dead fall and start shaping.
  7. Was at a flea market last weekend with my wife and granddaughters when I found this for $5. Got the "not another hammer/old rusty tool" look from them. Still very new to smithing but knowing that rounding hammers are not that common couldn't pass it up. Was pretty grungy but it cleaned up nice. Just need to fit a handle, weighs about 2 1/2 lbs. Let me know what you all think, always looking to learn something new.
  8. Here's mine, brand new to smithing, found this up in Southern Indiana. Columbian about 100 lbs. Sweet ring and great rebound. Stump off a blow down from last winter. Paid $2.00/ lb. The face was in terrible shape, weld splatter all over it, very careful scraping,mild sanding brought it back.
  9. Was at the Lanesville Indiana Heritage festival yesterday(crazy about old tractors,machinery etc.) when I saw a couple of blacksmiths giving demonstrations. He said he made the pattern out of styrofoam and had it cast. Beautiful and impresive.
  10. Thanks, very cool. I am hoping it would be useful for making chisles.
  11. Can you explain further what you mean by working cable?
  12. Found this today scrounging for blacksmithing tools. Tag said it was a bench anvil. Measures 5.5 in tall, 3.5 in wide and 1.5 in thick. For $6.00 figured I couldn't go wrong. Any opinions what it is?
  13. You may be right, but I really don't mind finding out if I am, been wanting to do this for so long. I will post success and failures. Thanks for all the advice.
  14. Charles, Thanks for responding. I can remount the blower but I would have to remove the brick. The reason I mounted the pot and blower where I did was to be able to use both sides of the pot, be able to mount the hood to the table sides and leave room on top for coal and a handy place to leave tools. Once I start making sparks I will know if my 5hinking was off base, all part of the learning curve.
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