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    New Hampshire, USA
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    All metal working, blacksmithing, welding, machining

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  1. Made a spoon to match a bbq fork I had made. Also I refined the fork a little. Was hoping for a wider spoon shape, but not enough material to spread out. Used 1/4” x 3/4” bar stock.
  2. Goods and Frosty, in Mark Asprey’s first book he shows a chisel with one of the side edges with a radius or fuller and the other side sharp, seems like a good tool to have and would work well for the fork. I haven’t had a chance to make one yet. My first fork I had punched a hole at the base for the radius before chiseling the split. demos: I did do some research before attempting it. IFI had some good info. I had read forge welding should be avoided due to the spray of flux. (I am not that good at welding anyway). I had also read that short small projects are best because people don’t stay too long and cycle by through your area. Twisting seems to be the biggest hit. I just finished the second day, which was shortened a bit due to Tropical storm Henri impacting my area (mostly heavy rain). I highly recommend doing a demo. The only drawback, don’t bring too many heavy pieces of equipment or too many tools. Travel light! Bob
  3. Worked my first blacksmithing public demo today at a “living history” event in Hillsboro, NH. Made some S hooks, nails, and a gate latch. It went very well. I was surprised by the intent interest of children- I didn’t expect this. My workshop instructor had recommended me for this event. I initially felt that I did not have enough experience, but after encouragement I decided to do it. If you get the opportunity to do a demo, I recommend that you give it a try. It was a fun event. bob
  4. Teaching people have Respect versus fear of power tools is important. Too much fear will drive them away. Tools are safe if used properly. I’ve been teaching college machining courses for 29 years. The first two lab weeks are entirely about safety. Safety is constantly monitored by faculty throughout the entire course. We stress thinking before acting and having prior knowledge before attempting any thing. If a student is unsure or questions any procedure they are encouraged to ask for help. There are no stupid or silly questions. Having the proper knowledge is a tool in itself. Bob
  5. All good points mentioned earlier. I would like to add two things: 1. Watch for even chip formation from both cutting edges - if not a sign of one edge dull. 2. Listen to the sound of the drilling action- if it does not sound right e.g. high pitch screeching, crunching etc.- stop and check the cutting edges.
  6. Am thinking of a machinist magnetic stand with an adjustable stop arm/bar.
  7. I was trying find a better way to create a simple fixture for wrapping various round loops or arcs, like an “S” hook. first I tried this, simple pipe to a fitting I can hold in the vise. the problem as you would expect is that the nut moves left- right. I recently built a portable hardy hole stand I thought of this idea, make a hardy to hold various pipe fittings. I built this today it is now easy to change pipe sizes using various adaptors. And it is stable in all directions. Mostly all parts available at the hardware store, pipes, adaptors, flange. Thought I would share this idea. Bob
  8. The “Trades” have been given a bad rep. Not lowly by any means. Big thing is being employed and employable. Luckily I chose manufacturing and engineering. My students all get jobs with their degrees both associate and bachelor. Too many other non-employable majors out there. Too many good paying trade jobs unfilled.
  9. What size is the square hole? I’ve used a HSS square lathe bit as a drift to create a square hole. I ground one end to a round shape to match the pilot hole I drilled first. It worked for a 1/4 square.
  10. I have one very similar too. It was attached to a work bench that my dad built for me when I was a kid (mid-late 1960s). It is cast and mine appears to have JAPAN in raised letters on one side.
  11. Thomas and George: I appreciate your suggestion about trying a higher forge height. I am 6’1” and the forge is setup currently at the height it came. I’ve only worked at one other coal forge setup where I attended several workshop sessions. George, may I ask the height of your two forge setups. thanks
  12. I hadn’t thought of raising the forge, but now that you mention it and I look more closely at the picture, it is a good idea. I am still new to blacksmithing and am in the experimenting phase (trying different tools, methods, etc). I bought a hand crank blower this year - and like it better (better fire control ) verses the small squirrel-cage electric blower I had.
  13. Was working in the forge yesterday, and my wife caught this fire dragon image.
  14. We bought from MSC. My previous college had an older (1960ish) Kalamazoo saw, about same size. It is still the main cutoff saw in the machine shop. Good dependable saw brand.
  15. Looks like a Clausing Kalamazoo saw, my college bought a new one a couple years ago. Dovetail track for guides and control panel look very similar.
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