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  1. Before you make you axe out of that I would recommend making a test sample out of a small piece and see how it hardens. If it hardens with oil that could change how you heat treat and temper the final axe. Just my two cents:) David
  2. With that TV show, price in the “open” market are pretty high. You really need to find the people out there that just want the tools put to good work and are willing to help someone get into blacksmithing. Maybe a bit hard with the current circumstances... David
  3. Most tools steels are sold in the annealed state. This allows for the machining operations needed to make the parts. After the basic machining operations are completed, the part would be hardened, possibly have EDM operations done. Then, the final sharpening/polishing. There could be many other steps, but almost always starts out soft(er). If I remember correctly, A2 may not be a very good home forge steel... David
  4. Can you rig up a lever or something to make it convenient to turn the air blast down between heats. You’ll save a lot of fuel that way, and if it not convenient, it won’t get used. Your hook has a really smooth taper and nicely rounded out! I can’t even see hammer marks. Symmetry is hard and will come with time and patience, but I think you may have found your calling. David
  5. When I made my wrought hammer, I just etched it in vinegar for a couple hours and that turned out pretty nice. It was pretty course wrought iron, so it didn’t take much. They look great! David
  6. Gofishunt, the leaf looks great, but one very small critique. You may want to radius the edge of your texturing tool. That would lessen or eliminate the tool marks near the the center vein. As for the stem breaking, try to keep it hot, maybe. Honestly, I struggle with the same problem. David
  7. Not sure if you’ve watched many videos, but the YouTube channels linked from the references section here are really helpful and well vetted. David
  8. Believe me, I’m not trying to be negative about you first hooks! I would love to say that you should look up local blacksmith group and spend sometime working with them. That’s usually on of my first recommendation, because it made such a big difference for me (and my sons). That’s not a option now, in the current situation, so I just wanted to give the same try of input I would give a new person visiting our groups hammer-in. Unfortunately, I can only really use the written word (not really my strength) here. No where near as good as watch you a giving pointers first hand. Keep it fun! David
  9. For general purposes hot rolled will work just fine and is welded everyday in fab shops. David
  10. Molten, just a recommendation on you s-hooks: Start with the length of stock you need for the size hook you making (keep in mind that the section the will be tapered will approximately grow in length by about 2x). Then taper one end square. Once the square taper is drawn out, round it up. (Alway draw out in a square cross section, the go to octagon by hammering the corners in, the bring to round.) Then, start a small roll on the point. Just light taps off the side of the anvil, flip an knock the start of the curl back toward yourself to finish it up. Quench this small scroll, it will burn easily being thin, so starting colder that the rest of the stock when going back in the fire will help a little. When up to temperature, bring it back out quench just the scroll (to avoid deforming it), and hold the scroll up just of the anvil and tap it down to start this end of the hook. Keep feeding the material off the anvil to continue the bend. You’ need to flip it over and bend it back toward you after a little over 90degrees. Repeat with the other side, but trace the curve of the first on the anvil to match the second side. Doing hooks this way will really help develop several different skill sets: tapers, scrolls, bending, forging to specific dimension (match both sides in this case), fire control, hammer control, etc.). As you make a couple, compare the results as you go and try to make each one better than the last. They also make a pleasing, graceful hook, that will sell if is an option for you. I’m not trying to belittle what you have achieved (which is pretty cool), just trying to help you get to the next level...Picture below as an example. Keep it fun, David
  11. Is the solid stock for the swing arm itself a big advantage? I’m a bit stingy with my limited heavy stock... David
  12. Sorry to hear that. It’s hard to substitute anything for a post vise, but check out the JABOD thread and improvised anvil thread. Could get you up and running quickly! David
  13. John, that’s a good deal if the HB has good ring and bearing tests. Is the blacksmith getting out of it, or just culling the heard? You may want to ask if he has any tooling available. Misc tongs, hardy tools, punches, etc. will come in handy. Do you have any other metal working equipment (files, grinders, hammers, etc.) available? Don’t fret, once you have some basics you can build up skills making what you need. That’s half the fun! David
  14. Frosty, just so you know I didn’t take you post in any kind of negative way! I just had to comment in the post from Jennifer. I liked the sentiment. Is not about being perfect, it’s all about learning and getting better! Also, can you post or PM me more pics of the dachshund figure head. My wife would love that! Keep it fun, David
  15. Very well said Jennifer! Personally, I’m always trying to do better, and can see all the flaws in what I have done. It doesn’t upset me, it just makes me think about what to do differently next time: a bit more with the butcher bush, a bit more planishing(sp?) to save time with the file or grinder. I read up on IFI and listen to what experienced smiths have to offer. I find it very rewarding. I’m in this as a hobby, money from sales is nice, but the compliment from a happy customer is better. Best of all is the focused-almost-meditation of swinging the hammer, making the material move the way I want. I usually leave the smithy a much happier person. Keep making beautiful things everyone! David