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    Northern KY
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    blacksmithing,skateboarding, playing drums, reading, photography, air rifles ( field target and long range shooting), archery field target and historical,bow making and target shooting of any type or equipment i.e. atlatl, slingshot, firearms, hitting a target with anything interests me.

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  1. Marc1,Proficient shooting is definitely a perishable skill and I'm pretty sure your right about welding falling into that same category. I think most things that require dexterity and technique must be practiced to stay at YOUR peak level of performance. After being away from field target competition for a while I definitely let myself get rusty and had some catching up to do. Pnut
  2. Glad to have you. I'm just outside of Cincinnati. Sounds like the Blacksmithing addiction has already got you in it's grip. Yeah you are lucky to be right by SOFA. You won't have an excuse for missing quad state I guess. Welcome aboard. Be safe and remember it's supposed to be fun. Looking forward to seeing you progress. Pnut
  3. pnut

    What is this

    Looks a little like a turnbuckle but I don't know for sure. Maybe something for heavy rigging. Pnut
  4. If you're working in a shop and trying to make a living it seems prudent to use whatever method that will have good results with the smallest expenditure of time money and materials so I have to say yes with the caveat unless you are making a reproduction with the methods used during the historical period that the item is from and arc and oxy/acetylene welding wasn't the norm then. If you're a hobbyist that's a completely different mission. You can use whatever you enjoy using. The short answer is yes I think arc and oxy/acetylene welding has a place in blacksmithing. I would guarantee a working smith from whatever period used the most efficient methods at their disposal as blacksmiths tend towards practicality and pragmatism. The " period blacksmith" is a pretty recent development with the exception of traditional Japanese swordsmiths who use older techniques as it is involved in their Shinto belief system and not because they want to be "old timey". Marc1, I agree with the master blacksmith you mentioned above. Pnut
  5. pnut

    Buying a forge

    I live in a tiny one room apartment and don't have the space to build a forge. I'm not allowed to build anything outside so I've contacted a couple forge manufacturers and if the neighbors continue to complain about my solid fuel forge I will be buying a diamondback series III two burner blacksmith forge that comes lined with ceramic fiberboard and some plistix. The landlord said if there's continuing complaints about a forge sitting outside I can use a gas forge so long as I bring it back inside. This forge fits the footprint I'm looking for and I haven't been able to find a bad review about it. It's under five hundred dollars but not by much. I know some folks like tinkering with forges and burners but I prefer to spend what little free time I have actually forging versus building forges. Regarding the K-26 soft firebrick and angle iron forges I wouldn't expect them to last very long until it turns into a pile of rubble. Pnut
  6. Strange but true. Calling them limited edition and numbering them in a series also adds to the snob factor. Pnut
  7. pnut

    Buying a forge

    I don't know about the op, but after I added everything up and without scrounging any materials plus the cost of miscellaneous tools like taps etc. I came up with about the same price for a home build as a commercial forge and burner, not to mention the forge and burner I build wouldn't be any better and quite possibly a lot worse than what I can purchase. If I could attend a forge building workshop I would be very interested in going that route as I don't have an indoor shop or tools really. The main reason I build jabods is because I have the tools to do it properly. If I had a shop, a welder, and drill press which I know aren't strictly necessary but make it much easier, I would give building a gas forge a try on my own. That's my personal reasons I would prefer to buy versus build. Pnut
  8. Like IFD&C said smaller pieces work best. Somewhere between a walnut and an acorn is what I have the best results with. I use charcoal dust and beeswax as a lube for punching or sometimes I just drop a pinch of charcoal dust in the hole. I haven't been able to figure out a good way to use the dust as fuel though. If you can compress it enough to not need a binder you can use it for fuel but that's the part I haven't been able to work out. If you use a binder you might as well be using briquettes and they make too many sparks for me. Pnut
  9. I was just funning with you about how patient you are when it comes to answering the same question over and over. I for one appreciate your help. Pnut
  10. I experimented with the crayon method too and it likes to roll. I prefer making cakes about an 1.5 inches thick and four inches across. I used a paper fast food beverage cup as the mold but I tried to make it as simple as possible by only using lampblack charcoal dust and beeswax. Pnut
  11. Coopers carve a V shaped notch around the top and bottom of the inside of bourbon barrels but that doesn't look like the tool. Pnut
  12. My neighbor says the dog will alert him before the pump. I'm sure that for a lot of people the cost is prohibitive. I think they put the dogs through about a year of training which isn't cheap. I wish you the best of luck with your insurance and docs. They can be trying at times. I was recently told my liver isn't damaged enough yet to receive treatment that could keep me from having further liver damage. It made no sense to me whatsoever. It's like telling someone your house isn't burning enough for the fire department to come. Wait till the fire is bigger. Pnut
  13. It looks like an "as forged" finish that they weren't particularly interested in trying to get very smooth and maybe even put a few random dings in it with a ball pien hammer as it cooled instead of trying to smooth it out. A dip in chlorine bleach or swimming peroxide will make it quickly rust. Pnut
  14. Glad you made it through it. I don't know if you're a dog person or not but I had a neighbor who was having a very hard time with diabetes. He has a pump but still kept crashing and having seizures and ketoacidosis etc until he got a service dog that alerts him when his blood sugar is getting too low or high. If you'd like I can try to get in contact with them and PM you the details about the foundation he got the dog through. Pnut