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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Tons of Shagbark hickory on our place, going to find a a piece of seasoned dead fall and start shaping.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Thanks, very cool. I am hoping it would be useful for making chisles.
  8. Can you explain further what you mean by working cable?
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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