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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. I went for the compromise of setting my rails face halfway between my wrist and knuckles. It seems to be the best all around height for me. The rail was 29 and 1/2 inches but I put it on a paver with sand on top to fill up the little gap that is around the outside of the bucket and it's actual bottom. It's worked pretty good for me. I haven't used it in a while but I got the okay for a gas forge from the landlord so I need to quit being lazy and file my taxes. Pnut
  2. I dug the clay I use straight out of the ground. I get any rocks out and use it as is. I don't even pick the leafs out. Real charcoal is what I use mostly. It works great. No slag, burns clean and the ash is good to mix with clay for later forges. Briquettes are a poor substitute for lump natural charcoal. Pnut
  3. Are you trying to make it cold short? Pnut
  4. I've had my eye out for something like that for a while. When I run across something similar I'll grab it. No real scrapyards around my area anymore unfortunately. Single buyer contracts put an end to those. There used to be a good sized scrapyard in a city right across from Cincinnati on the confluence of the Licking and Ohio Rivers. They load railcars and barges at the scrapyard but they won't let you purchase from them anymore. Pnut
  5. I have a Webber kettle grill just like that. I did something a little different with it but it worked. I filled it up with clay to even with the rim and made a one inch depression in the middle about four inches wide and eight inches long and stacked bricks on either side of the trench with a pipe underneath the bricks on one side. It worked great but I didn't have it assembled very long. It was more of a proof of concept than a permanent forge. Pnut
  6. The piece of rail I have definitely weighs more. I figured it out a while back but don't remember the exact weight. Somewhere around 109 or 115 lbs. It has a smaller face to Work on but there's 29 and 1/2 inches of steel under that tiny little face. It moves metal just fine and cost $0.00 so the price was right. I would like to have a little anvil like that one though for hardy tools and the horn but not for that price. I don't know if they deliver to where the op is located but one of those 30kg accacio Anvils would be cheaper and heavier. Edit: 111.44 lbs Pnut
  7. What are you going to be using it for? If it's not going to be used for processing whole animals I think it should hold up fine to average kitchen use. People use ceramic blades and they're brittle. It looks good but as to the temper I'd say use your best judgement. Pnut
  8. It looks like it to me. The way I always tell is by knicking and then bending it. You should be able to see the grain easily. What you have looks like WI to me but there's a lot of variation in the quality of WI so hopefully someone with more experience than I have will chime in to either confirm what I think or tell you I'm wrong. Pnut
  9. Great work. One other thing I think might be helpful along the lines of what IDF&C said Is you may want to contact a moderator and have them add the words pic heavy to the title. Some members still have to pay for every Kb of data and may want a little warning before opening your thread. Keep it up. Pnut
  10. I understand. If that's how you want it to be that's how you want it to be. I wanted to make sure you knew they weren't critical. I like the look also. Do you have a chain hold down? If you do you could make a simple hand held spring swage out of a piece of round stock bent into a U. Hold the billet with the hold down. Spring swage in one hand hammer in the other. Pnut
  11. If you do purchase it make sure it's secured solidly to a heavy stump or stand. It will bounce around if it isn't. Pnut
  12. That's something everyone should become familiar with. A good card and some acid will bring a borderline file back to life. Also wrap them up so they're not loose and banging into each other when not in use. Pnut
  13. I thought it was the best thing to do but, man it was hard not to go back. I really wanted to. I wonder what ever happened to that guy. I haven't seen him in about seven or eight years. I don't think he's smithing at all anymore. Probably safer for him,his family, and his neighbors as this was in the middle of a city. Pnut
  14. Can't wait to see where it goes. You seem to have the one resource I'm sure most members would love to have and that's the ability to get some forge time in every or almost every day. I'm excited to see more of your work and watch you continue to get better and better. Pnut