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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. Thanks, I'll have to take a look at them. Technical pens are great. I have Koh-I-Noor rapidograpghs. I had some pens that were disposable that sound similar to the ones you mentioned. I can't recall their brand off the top of my head. Prisma maybe? Anyway thanks I'll check it out. Pnut Speedball may be the brand but I think mine were made by prismacolor.
  2. I have a set of nice rapidograpgh pens that are excellent for stippling and pointillism drawing but they're a pain to take apart and clean. If you don't use them frequently you have to take them apart and clean everything or you'll destroy a forty dollar pen. I don't draw as much as I once did so nibs are easier to deal with. Pnut
  3. I tried it a long time ago. It's trickier than you'd think. You have to split it and drill a tiny hole at the end of the split so it doesn't propagate. I think it also acts as a reservoir for the ink using surface tension. To answer your question, nope no more quill sharpening. I've stepped up to steel nibs. This is the age of the difference engine. Out with the old and in with the new. Pnut
  4. I've recently stepped into the 19th century and gotten a mechanical pencil but I still do a lot of sketching with a nib and holder you have to dip in ink like a quill. I can't remember the date but in the late seventies in the opening of the Buck Rogers remake I think they said he started his mission in 1988. It's funny watching old sci-fi films and they use year 2000 as the date when they think we'll be colonizing the moon etc. Pnut
  5. I would imagine you could pyrolize it in the same fashion as charcoal. I would find a smallish metal container with airtight lid and poke a few holes in the lid, then after filling it with peat and putting the lid on I'd build a fire around the outside of the container. When white smoke stops coming out of the holes plug them with dirt or whatever is convenient. Keep the fire burning for a bit longer and when it's gone out and the can is cool open it up and see what you have. It will take some experimenting with how long to keep feeding the fire etc but that's why I would start small. Good luck. Pnut
  6. As far as I can tell it's more efficient using sideblast. A bottom blast burns the charcoal up at a startling speed. As for the why Frosty and CCS pretty much typed close to what I've witnessed. The only thing I might add is that a side blast lets the air flow linger just enough due to having to change direction from horizontal to vertical that the oxygen is more completely consumed. Pnut
  7. I know it's not really pertinent to the thread but I've forgotten to ask any former contestants when I've had the chance. I've noticed some folks on forged in fire working in what doesn't seem to be the most comfortable position. I wonder if they set the anvil height per the contestant's instructions or if it's one size fits all. I haven't seen an episode in over two years so I can't remember their anvil stands. Pnut
  8. The lining material will vitrify. It took a sledgehammer to break my last jabod apart. You could tap the fire trench and it tinked like glass. I was astonished at how hard the lining was. I even tried adding water to make it easier to break up but essentially it was fired clay so it didn't help until the layer that was fired hard was removed. Don't over think it. As Frosty said the clay is only to hold the fire and keep the box from burning. Good luck. Pnut
  9. Claying a forge or making a ducks nest would be the terms I'd search. If you're using coal you want a ducks nest. If you settle on charcoal it does better in a trench shaped firepot. You can find ample info on trenches in the jabod threads. You're hand cranked blower will save you plenty of fuel just starting out as Thomas mentioned. You'll have your hands full without having to remember to turn the air off every time you take the steel out of the fire. If you happen to be using anthracite you'll want an electric blower to keep it lit but Bituminous, charcoal,or wood you only need air going to the fire while you have your stock heating. Glad to have you, be safe and remember it's supposed to be fun. Pnut
  10. It appears you may be able to take the "lid" over the firepot/hearth" off but the side walls may still be in the way depending on the type of smithing you do. As Lattacino said, "Be kind of a shame to cut a hole in it, but to each his own." Pnut
  11. I know the place. I had some family members tell me horror stories from OSP. I think they still do tours at the old Ohio Reformatory. There's lots of correctional institutions around Columbus. Some are pretty old and still being used. Old prisons are creepy places. Pnut
  12. It does look like a cap. I was thinking end cap on a bannister or handrail for steps. Pnut
  13. Charcoal ash is light enough that if I want to clear it out I just turn the air up a little and blow it out. It's a delicate balance between blowing the ash out and blowing the whole fire ash charcoal and all out of the trench or firepot. If I crank the blower too fast or open the valve too much when using the electric blower it'll blow everything out of the forge hahaha. Pnut
  14. I can't find it either. It's the firepot that you diagonally cut a square piece of plate to make the ends. If I find it I'll link it here. Pnut
  15. If you weld plate into the dimensions of a trench style jabod I think you'd have a top of the line charcoal firepot. I believe Charles has a thread of the side blast firepot he made somewhere. Iirc it's a flat bottomed slope sided configuration. Exactly what you want for charcoal. I've been using a jabod or MarkIII jabod for the last year and a half or so and they've done everything I've asked of them. I've been sick for the last month and haven't gotten a chance to really do much but I think I might try to light it up today if it doesn't rain. Good luck and welcome aboard. Pnut
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