John B

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    Dawlish, Devon, UK


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    Starcross Devon UK
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    over 40 years engineer and blacksmith
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    promoting and passing on blacksmithing skills
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  1. My take on this would be that it is not cast iron, that is inappropriate for a struck object and would have not mushroomed at the struck end. You could try heating above critical and then quenching the edge and testing it with a file to see if it will harden, you can then continue to make a qualified decision on what is needed for the edge you require. If you want to put a steeled edge on then you can do so, or maybe you just want to try that for practice. Whatever you choose, enjoy and let's see the end result.
  2. Also IMHO proper fitting tongs would help, you seem to be holding it on the twist rather than at right angles to the anvil face and it looks awkward. It will also put stress on your wrist.
  3. Due to the coronovirus precautions, a lot of the participating shows have been postponed or cancelled. Some have already been rescheduled, and the current situation is that the results from the shows that do go ahead will be used as normal to establish the Champion Blacacksmiths. A lot of participants rely on these shows to market themselves and source new clients, so I hope that these circumstances do not adversely affect anyone who usually enters exhibits or competes. Whoever you are, and wherever you are, stay safe and take care of yourself and others.
  4. Thanks Jennifer, there is so much more to this craft than people realise, having come from an industrial background, most of my abilities were originally based upon these books. I had so much trouble trying to get good information forty something years ago, which is why I carry on and support passing on the information so passionately.
  5. Great videos Jennifer, interesting to see your methods. This comprehensive list may be of use as to variations on what they are and where to use them References are from the CoSIRA Books, The Blacksmiths Craft and Wrought Ironwork 1. Faggot welds 2. Bolt end scroll RDC WI Lesson 5 3. Chain link RDC BC Lesson 10 4. Straight Scarf Weld (Drop tong) RDC BC Lesson 30 5. Collar weld (as ball or cube or head for bolt) RDC BC Lesson 20 and 21 6. Balls on bars (eg doorknockers, infil bars) SDC WI Lesson22 7. Water Leafs RDC WI Lesson14 8. Top scarf welded ring (Tyre) RDC BC Lesson 14 similar to straight scarf weld 4 9. Running Scrolls RDC WI Lesson19 10. Finials, Dog bars (1+2) RDC WI Lesson 25 (1+2+2) as sample 11. Round bars RDC BC Lessons 5 with glut for radius and 7Barb end as log roller 12. Welded and drawn down point RDC BC Lesson 9 13. Side scarf welded rings a) square bar and b) round bar RDC BC Lesson 13 14 Turned Eye weld RDC BC Lesson 15 Hinge eye weld 15. Cleft Weld RDC BC Lesson 31 16. Glut weld square corner RDC BC Lesson32 17. Eye welded to shank RDC BC Lesson 33 18. Scarf and Cleft T weld RDC BC Lesson 34 19. T shaped pocket weld RDC BC Lesson 35 20. Diagonal and Straight Corner welds RDC BC Lesson 36
  6. We can arrange a forge welding day(s) for you at Westpoint if you are interested, we ar near Exeter in Devon.there are other courses available, some may be nearer
  7. IMHO I would interpret it to be, File it lean , because. Most working/cutting tools were wrought iron edge steeled with blister steel, so filing/wet grinding on stones, exposed the welded edge. "Lean" meat in butchery terminology has little or no fat, the fat showing up in a "marbleing" effect, (That gives the meat flavour) it also reveals differences in composition. Filing removes the inclusions at the edge of a working surface, and exposes the actual structure and integrity of the weld, Lean also does not mean thin, different cutting edge thicknesses are required for different purposes and materials. eg Scythes or axes
  8. Hi Daniel, we may be a little away from you, but can offer a comprehensive intensive basic blacksmith skills course. will give you some idea of what we do., we also have back up betyond this course. Good luck wherever you choose to learn.
  9. Must be whats called a "megnetic prersonality" Rumour has it you can't scar a scar, but it still hurts when its hit with hot stuff.
  10. Anvil is 75kg, and they are relatively easy to adjust, Just tilt the unit on two legs (if you have a helper they can hold it,) if you don't have a helper, I manouver it around so I can tilt it and rest the anvil's relevant edge against something relatively immovable, then pull out the clip, remove the pin, adjust to required setting, replace pin and clip, repeat on other legs until you are satisfied with its height.
  11. Just google tool steel suppliers, if you want known quality tool steel expect to pay for it, some delivery charges may add to costs, West yorks may seem pricey but I like their excellent service and approachability if you have a problem. Apologies to the site administrators for including a commercial link
  12. Don't know whereabouts in Dorset you are, but you could try looking at glass makers in the area and see if they can help, Alternatively go to a solid fuel centre and see if they sell firebricks, Log burners use them and they need renewing, I also purchase vermiculite sheets from my local logburner and flue installation shop to make gas forges with.
  13. Their are a number of tool steel suppliers who will deliver small lengths to your door also their websites will give detail comparisons on UK and other countries steel nomenclature for comparison, as well as the metals appropriate charecteristics for forging and heat treating, I would suggest trying here for starters Commercial link removed Or if you can get to Westpoint, we have some stock of EN 24, EN 46, D2, and H13 that we use for toolmaking courses
  14. They have proved useful, the inside support legs also have holes drilled in which give a height adjustment in 1/2" increments. Also made some portable leg vise stands to use at shows or in the workshop, bottle screw at rear allow adjustment if floor not flat.
  15. Here is one we use, this was a prototype, better if two legs were facing to rear, and one under the horn