MrTMichaud

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  1. Tarp probably won't be happening. That would make it about 8x7. I'd have more luck convincing my better half to let me build a bigger shed...
  2. Hopefully you don't need to make a claim on that fire insurance. Brother in Big Lake is awfully close to it.
  3. That is some awesomely neat stuff right there. Crucible is on my "to do" list in the future. After I get the bloomery done. Which is only after I get a retort built...
  4. I don't blame you on those facts at all.
  5. I'm not thinking that any of those 3 are WI.
  6. Not too soft. Not too brittle. Not too small.
  7. Wives are never ready for us to be "underfoot." My FIL is retiring this summer/fall (he needs to figure it out) and my MIL is anticipating it. Then again he is a curmudgeon of the highest order. Self-employed Master Electrician/electric motor repair/auto radiator repair and rebuild. He's been doing this type of work for 50+ years. His body is ready for retirement, but his mind /heart isn't quite there yet.
  8. Briquettes have too much clay as binder. Lump is the way to go if you use charcoal.
  9. I hadn't thought of those Sheffield smiths. On a similar note, wouldn't a post anvil, which has all the mass under a smaller face area, end up having a lesser overall mass and still be as effective?
  10. Been there more than once. I was once at a job where it seemed like it was more "duties as assigned" than duties that the job was posted for. Not at that place anymore, found a better place, with a much better work environment.
  11. 75 kilo and smaller. Not to mention the specialized smiths (blades and horseshoes), who often work on anvils in the 35-40 kilo range.
  12. Definitely both. You could "rent" out the second one to someone who has no space to do blacksmithing.
  13. I agree with Frosty. I've been there too. Being a moldable employee is always a good thing. Be willing to change your point of view or methods of doing things if what you have been doing isn't working. These employability skills are infinitely transferable.
  14. I didn't mean anything by it. I read through the entire other thread. Then I saw the writings on this thread. Just thought that it was uniquely coincidental is all. Apologies if it rubbed anyone the wrong way.