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  1. I have tools that I've made and have no idea what their purpose is.
  2. I don't belong to the club. Maybe I could join, if they'd have me. I do agree with their principals and practices. I made a prototype head badge that I thought to put on my Whizzer, but never mounted it. After years of sitting around the shop, (It would surface every now and then.) I gave it to a friend who was into lowrider bicycles. He ordered badges with the lettering for the club. He's figuring ten runs, of ten badges. The club is world wide. Several careers back I worked in bicycle shops, and now I'm a blacksmith, so yeah, I do my own mods. I've been making stuff and modifying things since I was wee. My exposure to forge work was a blessing. Custom parts needed were suddenly very available. It's easy for me cause I prefer the 'rat' look. I don't spend much time grinding and polishing. My passion is simple; I like pushing the metal around. The challenges drive me now. You know, make a tool, to make a tool. Or I'll make something just to see if I can. My fastest motorcycle was a Kawi H-2. I was about twenty-three years old. As I remember, it would lift the front wheel in third gear. Scared myself a couple of times.
  3. Thanks again. I guess I didn't mention 'The Others' is a bicycle club. I'm just finishing the second run, of ten head badges, for bicycles. I still commute on my bicycles. It's about five miles to the forge. I've had a number of motorcycles. Still have a Kawi 250 dual sport. I haven't ridden it lately, I prefer bicycles. I also have a couple of Whizzer bikes, one factory, and one I built, but they're buried in the barn. They haven't been out for a long time. Summer is coming, though.
  4. Thanks folks I appreciate the kind words- The clutter isn't necessarily an asset, but having all that stuff means fewer trips to the hardware store. I kinda know where things are. There are, however, places and things in my forge that I haven't seen for decades.
  5. I saw this on a Nazel 3-B (called Nermy,) and made one for my treadle hammer. It's versatile, and works great. Some tools can be swung to the side, (like your cutting plate,) fixtures can be mounted securely, and easily swapped out. Two pics show my version of the 'safety stop' mounted in the collar. I don't recommend holding punches and chisels by hand, but for delicate, or accurate chisel, and punch work, hand held tools are way easier, and faster. However the risk of mashing yourself is too great. With this device in place the tup stops about four inches from the anvil. Enough room to hit a punch but not your hand. It has saved me once, which is enough to make it worth while. It's made from 5/8" round with a bit of 1/2" round welded to it to fit the holder. Another pic shows a fixture for bending 3/16" flat bar into something that looks like angle bar with flanges on the sides. I was using them for motor mounts on bicycles. The swages you see on the side were made with the treadle hammer. There are other tools, fullers and cutters visible with the swages. Also a couple of top tools used with the TH. The twisted flat section in the handled top tools are to provide flexibility in the handle. And lastly a swaging tool to make the Japanese style bail pull you see wired to the tool.
  6. The badge is hot forged into a die. The rough texture is from the rusty flat bar I made the die from. I was motivated to join your forum after looking at treadle hammer tooling. Thought I might blunder around that section, and see if I can't embarrass myself.Thanks. Sorry if my intro is a bit much.
  7. The mushroom knife is for foraging. Some mushrooms are best identified if you can get to the bottom of them. Hence the folding trowel. Some 'shrooms leak a milky substance when cut. Also used for identification. If you're going to eat them is best to know what you've collected. My blades are made, start to finish with a hammer, and just a bit of filing. No grinders. Here is a pic of the lock-back, and a copper head badge. O.F.F.O. stands for Others Forever, Forever Others. Oh, I have both Coal fired forge and propane. Mostly I use propane for the convenience and cleanliness, but a coal fire is hotter than my propane unit. I've been using 'Elkhorn Smithing coal' from Lazzari fuels in South San Francisco. It is the best smithing coal I have encountered. Super hot, really clean, and very little ash or clinker. It's wonderful stuff.
  8. Thanks Mr. Frosty. Most of my career I've made household hardware and such, (curtain rods, brackets, fire screens and tools, window hardware, door locks etc.) but like most metal shops, I done a lot of other stuff, from welding mufflers to making small parts for repairs. I've had a passion for folding knives since I was very young, (I've collected around three hundred of them so far.) and so I make simple clasp knives, for fun and profit. Though profit has never really been a goal. (Do you know how to end up with a million dollars while smithing?...... Start with two.) I have four variations of the folding knife, and two versions of fixed blade. The two knives posted here are my 'Kneck Knife', and mushroom knife. The 'kneck knife' is "quick release", with just a tug. I also make a lock-back version that still has just three parts. Recently I made a batch of bicycle head badges for an outlaw bicycle club, 'The Others' My forge is a heap. The scrap pile is mostly everywhere. My Companion Animal (wifey) tends to stay away. She doesn't feel safe there. And rightly so. I am generally motivated to clean up after I trip over something.
  9. Hi folks. I've been lurking around this site for a couple of years, and decided to take the plunge and join up. Thanks for the opportunity. I've just about finished my third decade of smithing, and, man, there is so much to learn. I hope to gain some pointers from you folks, and in turn, hope I can share some bits I've learned while doing things wrong, trying to get it right. Looking forward to participating. -Lester