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Bill in Oregon

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    Alamogordo, NM
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    Old iron, fishing, hunting


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    Hills above Talent, Oregon
  • Interests
    Smithing, archery, antique firearms, paleo skills

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  1. I have built two of Tim's forges based on the instructions in his video, "Knifemaking Unplugged." Hard to go wrong. This was the first one. Miss the old Champion No.. 40 blower.
  2. That blower is just gorgeous. Congratulations on the spectacular cleaning job!
  3. Thomas -- love your idea about using wood that has been reduced to charcoal outside the forge itself.
  4. Yes, talking about charcoal, not briquettes. My third Tim Lively washtub forge. I really hate to use power with this, and will continue my quest for an affordable Champion or Buffalo blower. I tried one of those made-in-India blowers and it just doesn't put out the volume needed for my forge. Funny, they are all over Craigslists 500 or 1,000 miles from hear, but locally, nada.
  5. Thanks fellas. Dick, I'll take your lead on this if I can just locate a better hand-cranked blower for my charcoal forge.
  6. This has probably been exhaustively covered, but a search for "fire steel" pulls up hundreds of posts. I was thinking of forging a couple of fire steels for flint-and-steel fire starting from cold rolled, but also have some of the ubiquitous Nicholson files in my stash. What steels are optimum for this purpose and which might not work well at all? If you used an old file, who would you heat treat it?
  7. Steve, no, I didn't get to try one, but I surely liked the looks of them and he had a bunch in stock. I thought them reasonable as well. If I didn't have a decent old Trenton ...
  8. Great thread. Tempts me to make a barrel myself, probably using Gambel oak, one of the main hardwoods available in south-central New Mexico. I'll have to admit scavenging charcoal from slash and logging waste burn piles on national forests. Not the best stuff -- lots of conifer softwoods -- but for forging smaller stuff in a washtub forge, it worked just fine and the cost was agreeable.
  9. Columbia Fire and Iron held a hammer-in this weekend at the Morgan Jade Ironworks in Spokane, Wa. Got a very friendly tour of his shop and watched some newbies "getting the hang" of hot steel. Love seeing the gospel spread.
  10. Wondering if there is a way to treat or coat copper objects -- bracelets, for example -- so they do not react with human skin when worn. My understanding is that some folks' chemistry is more reactive than others'.
  11. Hello, Gordon. Imagine meeting my old British Militaria Forum chum over here.
  12. Frank, dang it I just moved from Pacific dogwood country ...
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