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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    Blacksmith
  1. Heat treatment is from about 3 min on
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Bath and West Show at Shepton Mallet next week, Wednesday May 31 to Saturday June 3rd, after much effort theBlacksmith forged metalwork feature has been completely revised, and made more competitor friendly, entries will be taken on site on Tuesday prior to the show opening, (on line booked entries up to 09.00am on the opening show day,) parking for competitors is a lot nearer to site than the previous location was, less than a couple of hundred yards away, and accessible by paved road, The new location is the Woodland and Countryside area, and inside the Dulverton Pavilion for the static display, competitors can sell their products. Non NBCC live competitions will be judged by a member of the public each day, the winning makers piece will be kept by the person judging , and the maker will receive £25. This competition piece is " Anything made in an hour" and gives everyone an opportunity to make something within their comfort/capability zone, and stand a chance of winning, it is being judged on appeal rather than NBCC standard technical criteria, so even beginners will have an equal chance of winning, and four days to compete. As many entries as you like over the four days can be attempted under the new "Blanket entry fee" system. Pictures show the outside area for live forging, and inside for the static display., Entries will be accepted up to 9.00am on the Wednesday, or daily for the live competitions if you are visiting the show and would like a go.
  9. Hi Thomas, sadly because of the location being very near to the coast, client had it with a galvanised finish.
  10. Bank Holiday Mondat is the North Somerset Show at Wraxall near Bristol, There will be static and live forging competitions with the winners gaining points towards the National Champion Blacksmith Competition, and some of the Best UK 'smiths will be there. The live competition will be judged by Hector Cole, and the theme is something related to a nursery rhyme, ....so that should be edificating to say the least. Come along and enjoy if you are able. Next show is the Devon County Show May 18, 19, 20. Here are some pieces from last years shows
  11. Hi Joel, Best insurance for what I do I have come across, highly recommend them. Do you reckon Don and me ought to get together as the new Little and Large? or you could join us and he can be the Good/Bad, and you could be the Bad/Good, and I'm typecast for the other. Next time I want a stunt double.
  12. Had a gent drop in and did a little video of what we do on our three day course which may or may not be of interest,
  13. Everybody elses metal stays hotter longer than yours does.
  14. There are robotic forging stations already in use, and you can purchase these manufactured items easily, which is why so many professional blacksmiths have been replaced by so called blacksmiths who produce "hand forged" items. Sometimes these forgings are cheaper to purchase than the cost of new steel I have to source to make a similar item in the traditional way Having said that I can make items that machines cannot (so far as I am aware) reproduce. Quantities are the key to the economics involved with thes machinery installations. They still need a skilled/experienced smith to oversee and design the making and use of these products. INDIVIDUALITY IS OUR SPECIALITY
  15. Thanks Marc, It is not my shop, that went some years ago, but a younger colleague who has been struck down in his prime at 54, and wants to try to get something together to leave for the family rather than let them have to dispose of the items piecemeal. It is a great opportunity for someone to carry on with what he has taken time to establish and to develop it further. I do not know what the shop space is, but it does have 3phase electric, Power hammer, air compressor, grit blast cabinet, fly press, welders, rolls, pillar drill, capstan lathe, guillotine various forges, portable and larger, 3 anvils, swage blocks, cone mandrel, leg vise, circular saw, gas cutting equipment, jenny swaging machines, benches, vertical bandsaw, twin spindle grinder, plus many other blacksmithing tools and ancilliaries. So, as you can see, all there and waiting to go, shame to see it being dispersed or scrapped, Viewing could be arranged for genuinly interested parties. Obviously time is of the essence, as at the moment it is just money going out which he could put to better use, and April is another tax year start so ideally he would like to finalise before then.