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  1. Depends on whether you're a coyote or a roadrunner.
  2. An eye bolt is a good example of a symmetric wrapped eye.
  3. Thanx. I found a reference on the internet that gives angles for many different kinds of metals. It being the internet, I'm planning on a test bit or two and a test piece or two before digging into the real thing. It's not like I'm a pro at this ...
  4. Thanks for the tips, Frosty. Didn't know lathe bits for copper alloys were different. I'll go hunting for that info. Glad you came along before I made a disaster of it!
  5. Got to fire up the forge again, this time coated with Plistix (thanks, Glenn!). Wow, does that make a difference. I decided I wanted a third eyestrap and quickly learned what happens when you overheat bronze. Got the timing right on the third try: Overheating wasn't so much a problem on my next piece: I need to make a 1.75-inch sheave (pulley) to go in the mast head. Closest suitable material at hand was a 1-inch x 1.5-inch bronze bar left over from making another boat part. So I beat one end of the bar down to make it wider. That hunk of bronze soaked up a lot of heat before it was maleable, and it took a lot of re-heating and hammering. Got the billet out to 2 inches wide. It gave me a nice 2x2 blank with which to try out my new (to me) lathe. I'll also be making some 1-inch pulleys from the remaining bar. More on them later.
  6. Borax flux melts at a temperature that's good for silver brazing. That's way too low a temperature for welding steel.
  7. Look for grills fueled by wood pellets. My dad had one, made by Traeger. An auger fed in pellets at a controlled rate while a blower kept the fire going. Both were multi-speed so you could have different heat settings. The setup worked OK and Dad loved it. Dunno if there are other manufactuers of wood pellet grills.
  8. I purchased an NC Tool "Round Horn" anvil in February. My prior experience was a 1-day blacksmithing class two years ago, so I don't know enough to know if it's a "good" anvil. But it hasn't been a bad anvil for this beginner. You can see a photo of the anvil and my setup in this thread. Oh, and I don't have to worry about the neighbors calling the cops. They are the cops.
  9. If you don't understand machine language, how do you grasp what the machine is doing? I programmed for about 50 years before retiring from the field. The underlying logic structure of what the machine can do is common to all the programming languages that live on top of it. For a long time the rest was syntax and function calls (subroutines for you BASIC folks, macros for Microsoft Office). Windows, Mac and object programming were simply different ways of packaging the same stuff. Artificial Intelligence and the underlying chips that support it have really begun to change the game. I'm here because in retirement I've decided that pounding on physical things is a lot more satisfying than pounding on keyboards.
  10. Here are the last two bits of forging for the boat. A bracket to hold up the center of the splash coaming: And a bow handle: I'm going to resist the temptation to forge the mast and boom so I'll be off carving wood for a while...
  11. Spent the weekend making a 6-brick forge. Copied the "no weld" design that Frosty posted. Not positive, but I think it's somewhere in Forges 101. Anyway, it was straightforward to build just from a photo. It worked fine for my purposes. With my Zoeller 1/2" burner at the lowest level I've been able to sustain fire (4 psi) it got a spot on the wall opposite the burner glowing orange. Since I'm forging bronze right now that's good - not too hot. I imagine when I apply Plistix and crank up the BTU's it'll be hot enough for steel work. That bit of 1/2-inch rod you see next to the forge transformed itself into a bow handle for the boat. Here it is, patterned (loosely) after the commercial one on the right. Still needs to be ground, drilled and polished to become bling-worthy.
  12. My plan is to hit the "Rescue Me" button, lay down horizontal and take a nap.
  13. I'm with George. High visibility in the wilderness is generally undesireable unless it's hunting season or you need rescue. The personal satellite beacons are good - they'll summon help quickly. I carry one on my person when I fly myself over wilderness terrain or ocean as the beacons in planes are notoriously unreliable. The ones that let you send texts require a subscription. Target market for those are people who want to send home an "I'm still OK" message when on a multi-day trip. Or just want to tell the home front when to get dinner ready. They can still summon help.
  14. "Chenier's Custom Crafted Boat Doodads" has a nice ring to it. Did I mention I use traditional methods?
  15. Thanks all. I'm tackling these projects in order of (anticipated) difficulty. More to come. Pnut: One of the tricks to forging bronze is don't let it get too hot. Dull red is the max. That's not hard when your heat source is an open-air gas burner such as I'm using. I was able to get the 1/4-inch rod for the padeyes to show some color. Not so much the gudgeon. But that got hot enough to be workable. JHCC: Yup, gudgeon are fish, too. Frosty: No requests yet. All of these doodads are available off the shelf in plastic or stainless for way less than I'd charge (if I were making a business of it, which I'm not.)
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