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. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Here is one we use, this was a prototype, better if two legs were facing to rear, and one under the horn
  7. About 25mm/1" diameter works OK, or you can slit at 30mm /1.25" and open up to the required diameter on the bick
  8. Drifts are bettertapered at both ends, and the finish size/shape of your required hole on the central portion so they can be knocked through and finish size the hole being made. Use the one you made as a drift, and it will be producing an Hexagonal shape hole If you need some practical advice you are welcome to come along to one of our BMASW members days at Westpoint Forge, Exeter, second Saturday in the month, and we can chat and show you what we use, and discuss various options.
  9. Hi Sascha, Preparation for both is the same, Incise two opposite sides near to the edge, the length of the twist section required, then make a short ¼ twist, then make a reverse ¼ twist at the desired spacing, and repeat along the required length Both twists are basically the same, one has a quarter of a turn, as long as you wish, The second twist is the same proceedure, but a half a turn twist is used, I believe these were known as Water twists The quarter twist has the incised line showing at the edges in an intermittent pattern, the half twist results in the incised line visibly running in each section , it does not show in the picture, as it was taken from the no show side You could do the same twists but without the incising. Enjoy !
  10. The point of the question was to try to make is that as blacksmiths, we should not assume, but get our facts together and act on them. Many times I see items (usually made by people new to the craft) that do not seem to suitable for function, either comfort wise or safety wise. This is not a criticism, merely a comment, and some may note and act on it, others ignore it. If you are making it for your own enjoyment, then it's not a problem, however if you are making it to market, then safety and comfort become more important. Enjoy your Thanksgiving day
  11. Well executed, but is this an appropriate twist for an item which has to be hand held?
  12. These are some of the ones in solid 1/2" square bar, I'll see if I can find the old samples and photo them again. I also have a selection of multi strand twists we have done on courses and elsewhere.
  13. This is a Chess set and table that was made by James Deane and entered into various shows in the UK in 2016
  14. 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.