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  1. I know the state meeting was today, but I when to the Vernon chapter meeting at John’s. Not sure about January’s meeting, but I plan on being at Ken’s in February. It’s only 10min away from my place. If you were there last year, I was the guy who brought the crate in with the ~30” bearing races with a couple of the balls and rollers for the iron in the hat. (Of course, that may have been the chapter meeting, they were back to back weekends) David
  2. Thanks! That’s what I thought you meant. I’ll give it a try next time. I need to make a few of these to keep. Both my boys are wanting to learn to throw them, and I keep selling them faster than I make them. I need to order some handles and get to work. David
  3. Thanks Jennifer. No concave bend and to be honest I’m not real clear on what that is. I basically forged the eye on the mandrel which is more round than the handles that I had on hand, but the same circumference. After forging the eye in on the mandrel, I let it cool, then had to work it cold to fit the handle. I need to buy more handles, and if they don’t compare really well to the mandrel I have, I guess I’ll just have to forge one of my own... Looking forward to that next video, David
  4. Thanks all! Just got home from a hammer in. The hawk was wrapped, welded, then eye drifted/forged in the post vise with the weld clamped tight. Other that clamping in the vise, made very similarly to your video (just added a few more hours!) Oh, I forgot! I do forge a small step down where the weld of eye measures out to. That way the weld is exactly where I want it, and I don’t accidentally weld back too far in the eye. May just be a cheat to compensate for lack of experience. Here’s a side/top view:
  5. I was asked if I would make a tomahawk for a friend at work to give to his brother. Well, finished the second try today. I feel this one is good enough. (Actually, I kind of want to keep it for myself!) 1018 with 1095 bit.
  6. Looks pretty good, but BLO may not be the best rust prevention to use on food processing item. keep it up! David
  7. Don’t sell yourself short! While the poker end may not be prefect, that twist is really long and consistent, along with a good clean elegant loop on the end. Keep it up, David
  8. I’m not sure a man hole cover or weight lifting plates would be the best fit. I would think rotational inertia is what you want now just mass. Double the effective radius, quadruple the effect. Both items would have a relatively small radius, but heavy to work with. Michael’s design of a heavy ring with a large diameter looks very efficient to me. David
  9. Keep an eye out for small diameter garage door spring. You could make hundreds of hair pins out of one of those and they’re often free. To the comment of hardening the pin, be wary, there are still some areas with old laws still on the books from when women would use hat pins for self defense and male leadership at the time frowned upon the number of men with puncture wounds... and women defending themselves. (Can’t give concrete details on this, my son is the well of knowledge here)
  10. Leave it normalized. It is a lot harder than hot steel. Also, just like struck tool ends, you don’t want it to shatter when you hit it with a hard hammer.
  11. This technique works well, but keep in mind that this truly only tells you the surface at that spot is up to welding temperature. You may need to give it a little more time to get the heat even. David
  12. CLG, for the rim shoes, you could try heavy wire brushing before the fuller is completely closed, then flux and forge weld it. I actually had luck doing that with a trammel hook made from 1 1/2”x1/8” material. I drew the hook out too fast and saw the same type of cold shunt starting, but was afraid I couldn’t work it back out with out ruining it. So I tried forge welding it and it worked out. (Would have been better off if I was paying attention from the start...but at least my forge welding is starting to get better.) Great for “practice” work. keep the work coming, David
  13. CLG, great work! On the next hair piece/ broach, you may want make the end into more of a centered loop so it’s less likely to pull through the “clasp”. keep it coming, David
  14. Thanks, that’s almost exactly the same size that worked out for me. I tried about 2” longer for two hawks, but the proportions came out all wrong.
  15. IFC, sorry! Misread your post twice. (Sometime my brain just sees the words it wants to!)