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. Hi Alex, whereabouts in the UK are you? Complaints about noise are taken very differently by each local authority, and are subjective as to the degree of annoyance concerned. Decibel counts are not the criteria that are used. What noise is generated by your forge/hearth, and why? Anvils can be quietened, but by and large if you are forging hot metal as opposed to colder, that will reduce noise. If you are in the Westcountry, you can have forge time at Westpoint on members days which may help your situation.
  2. Forging meteorite

    In 2008 I had a the pleasure of forging a meteorite for a client, purportedly to have originated from Jupiter according to analysis (could not find Made on Jupiter or any other ID on it, so assume it to be as stated) It wasn't a large sample, and the client wanted it forged into the shape of the Ursa Major constellation. ( aka Great Bear, Big Dipper) Unlike the one Mr Steels was attempting to forge in his video, you could see the striations on the lower surface as it had travelled through the atmosphere to its resting place in the Sahara desert where it was found. To look at it was reminiscent of the cone shaped capsules of the NASA projects as they were heated upon rentry into the Earths atmosphere. This was supposedly similar to the items used when mummyifying Egyptian Pharoah's bodies prior to being entombed in the pyramids. It was in this case to be worn as a necklet. The process proved quite interesting, as when this metal was originally used it was forged pre the iron age, more valuable than gold, and the Egyptians thinking it was sent by the Gods fronm the stars. After a slow start and a couple of attempts, in a coal fired hearth, to get the feel for it. I found it best to work by keeping to a high temperature and not allowing it to cool too much, it was quite manageable. I first forged it into a small rectangular bar, Manipulated it to the rquired shape, cut off the excess which I also used to make a pendant for the clients daughter, and then formed the shape by bending the bar on edge and punched a small hole through the tail end of the dipper. The position of the seven stars were then stamped into the item, and a light clean up undertaken with a file and emery cloth. The excess that I cut off was reforged, twisted and punched, then polished. The finish was superb and easily polished to a mirror finish, due to what I believe was a high nickel content in the sample. None of the forging processes proved troublesome , must have been beginers luck, or the Gods were smiling down on me that day.
  3. Hi Dan, why not pop along to your local steam railway and ask them where they source their coal from?
  4. ember problems

    Try shaving the hammer shaft to fit your hand properly, and don't use too tight a grip. All tools you make or use should be comfortable.
  5. The coal Joel mentions is good to work with, but if you are used to coke, then you will have to modify your fire management technique somewhat. It is good to fireweld with, and creates less clinker than the coke. It is also a lot cheaper to purchase. There are rumoured to be a couple of other private sources, but are usually difficult to find, and you need to order in multi ton quantities or collect yourself.
  6. ember problems

    Don't wear gloves, old timers would have a piece of flexible leather that was large enough to cover their hand (about 10" x 8") with a slit cut across one end to slip over the hand like a bracelet, giving free access if you should need it, and they fit both right or left hand.
  7. You could in future consider marking the position on the side, not in the corner of the fold
  8. Saturday 9th December, Members day and our Christmas get together for family and friends, pop in if you can, open forges from 9.30 entetainment post lunch and demo for making a snowflake as seen posted on this site byJHCC (Thanks for that) which also led to a video, again by John Bennett, to make a Christmas Wreath Ribbon Hanger If you Can't make it, Have a great Christmas and a Very Happy New Year, and don't forget our members days are the second Saturday in each month.
  9. Modern Farrier rasp

    Heat treatment is from about 3 min on
  10. Modern Farrier rasp

    Hi Thomas, can you clarify something for me that I find confusing? There is a lot of talk about case hardened files, and why they are not as good as they used to be. File teeth does not seem to be an application for case hardening, as it is more for wear resistance than actual hardness for cutting. It may be that as the files concerned seem to be/are made of a more modern spec. carbon steel, that they are surface induction hardened, a cheaper production operation than the older material and hardening and tempering process. The case hardening process would take longer, and hence cost more than the surface hardening method. Could it be a misinterpretation of terminology between our English/British language and your US English language. Would be good to see a video of the making of these rasps which would clarify the process used.
  11. Blacksmithing apron?

    Also keep a lot of the heat radiated by fire and work off you, and can be used to hold otherwise unbearably hot metal in an appropriate situation. Flexible is my main criteria for an apron, too heavy/stiff and they can be uncomfortable when in use.
  12. The new show location up and running, competitors found it a lot easier to access and a great welcoming atmosphere. Hope to improve on this good start next year. Here are some pictures, Getting Ready Nice easy start, James and Nick warming up. James and Adrian, Getting down to business and some of the forged entries made The peoples choice on day one, with the piece they chose, a snail, and its maker, Keith Winner of the Show Champion prize Vlad Navratil and Keith showing off the winning piece that Vlad made SImon Hall receiving the Live Forging Champion Award Thanks to all who came along and helped make it a great show. Why not come along next year and say hello or better still, come and take part.
  13. Hi Luke, we have a members day at Westpoint forge this Saturday if you would like to come along for a chat and meet some like minded people. Its a mile and a bit away from the M5 Exeter services, enter by main gate, and turn right then pass the Devon Drivers Academy and we are the last building on that avenue.
  14. Butcher block brush

    Maybe it's how you are using it, Just try brushing in one direction, if you brush backwards and forwards, the 'spring wire bristles' will break, or fall out.
  15. The shop has not been sold as a going concern so there will be an auction of the contents as listed. The forge will be open for viewing from 10 am with the auction starting at 12pm. Forge address is Unit 2, Mells Pit Works, BA11 3RH but please note that Sat Nav does not generally get to the right location. If travelling from Mells direction, pass Vobster Dive Center and on the right hand side before Babbington house is Mells Pit Works. Items purchased may be collected on Sun 11 June with a possible second collection on Sat 17th June There will also be a working party to clear up and prepare for the sale at the forge on Sun 4th June from 9am and any assistance would be greatly appreciated.