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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. Tons of Shagbark hickory on our place, going to find a a piece of seasoned dead fall and start shaping.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Thanks, very cool. I am hoping it would be useful for making chisles.
  6. Can you explain further what you mean by working cable?
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Thanks for the advice, wasn't aware that at times you need to rotate stock while cranking. Unfortunately the pot is bolted to the table through a hole I cut in the top- it's how the pot is designed. If it becomes a problem, I have a couple of electric squirrel cage blowers I can replace it with.
  11. Pieced together the brick to to level out the table to make pushing coal into the pot easier. Boy howdy I am no stone mason! At least the brick was free and the sand came out of my creek. Next is figuring out a hood/ stack. As always comment and suggestion welcome especially if it keeps me from big mistakes.
  12. Frosty, thanks, that's a great idea, I think I have an old exhaust flap cap from an old tractor rebuild around here someplace. Love the ash dump idea.
  13. Thanks for the idea. I figured it would be easier for me to fabricate the "T" fitting underneath the bowl for the air pipe if it was at 90 deg. There is a plate that I will weld the T to that slides 8nto a fitting under the center of the bowl . It looks to me that the original design was for portability and ease of assembly/ disassembly. Notice the hooks on the blower outfeed. Anyway there is still lots of room to adjust the handle, I have it adjusted so its balanced.
  14. Finally got a weekend free and got my welder working. Found the forge parts and anvil at a yard sale last year. Pretty rusty, they were portable calvary forges so the guy said. The boxed were beyon salvage but the blower I rebuilt and the anvil cleaned up very nicely. The fire pot took a lot of work but it turned out all right. The table was $10.00 on craigslist and the side wall metal was free scrap from work. I am lining the table with old red brick to bring the bowl edge level to the table surface to make it easier to rake in the coal. Some final air pipe and fittings and I will start makin
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