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. This is a Chess set and table that was made by James Deane and entered into various shows in the UK in 2016
  2. Meteoric iron is like Wrought iron in the fact you have to try it to establish the best way of forging it, and it will depend on from whence it came. Some give up because they do not have the relevant forging experience to reach a successful outcome. When using wrought iron on a job, each bar was usually tried and tested before putting it to an application. Genaralisation is very misleading, Its like saying doing it the proper way, There is no proper way, so long as it works for you, and done safely, then I can go along with that, some ways may be easier or quicker than others, but that is usually developed as you go along the learning curve, and that is why you can learn faster being with someone in a hands on tutoring situation than trying to learn from scratch.
  3. The better your hand hammer techniques are will be of great benefit when you come to use a powerhammer. Many go the powerham before understanding how the metal reacts under a hammer.
  4. Youv'e got me ! (But teaching is easy money after the hands on making a living from smithing/apprenticeship)
  5. Depends on where you are going to use them,both are goodlooking, One to hang, and one to lay down, got to consider more than just comfort. (although the guys liking the cube twist handles' opinion may differ)
  6. Thickness of the material will have a bearing on what techniques to use, and a fair amount of annealing may be required, or do it hot. Similar method to your your skillet, just has higher sides.
  7. BBQ forks, one with added bottle opener as a modification. Would be better if transition corner was left with more metal, instead of the step. Next ones will be better, lesson learned.
  8. That appears to be standard steel pipe, if it was treated with zinc, or any other plating, the weld heat bands on the seam would not be visible,
  9. In my family car, I carry large bolt cutters for exactly that purpose, can shear up to 1/2" square to suitable lengths to fit inside. Previously when i had a more industrial vehicle I had a guillotine/shear which would cut up to 2" x 1/2", mounted on a steel plate that extended from the rear of the guillotine/shear by about 12". I then used to park a rear wheel on the plate, and cut the steel as required, No Batteries, electric supply or a lot of physical effort needed, saving energy, especially mine!
  10. Always remember the shape of the section on the faces you produce is the same as the anvil face in relation to your hammers face, any slight angle from parallel will be reproduced, and that has a bearing on the next section that is formed from your next hit.
  11. An equivalent style of brush here in the Uk is what butchers use to clean off their wooden meat cutting tables,or you could try a farriers supplier if you have any over there.
  12. That particular pen is paper correction fluid, in the UK it can be purchased as Tippex or Snopake Similar in operation to a ball point pen, Shake to agitate a ball internally to mix the fluid, then apply to the metal, depress the tip and squeeze gently to control the flow. Do NOT apply to hot metal, or ball will get stuck as liquid hardens, resists heat up to a reasonably high red. I am told the contents are a titatanium oxide, hence the heat resistance.
  13. John B

    Forges 101

    I prefer these chocolate ones,
  14. Try a search on this site, or google, there are videos readily available. I also have manuals for the B, and C if you want to contact me. I have a C you can see working, basically the same as a B but without the traverse mechanism and large anvil. Whereabouts are you?