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. Bill in Oregon

    Wood fired washtub forge?

    Thomas -- love your idea about using wood that has been reduced to charcoal outside the forge itself.
  2. Bill in Oregon

    Good steels for fire steels

    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.
  3. Bill in Oregon

    Good steels for fire steels

    Thanks fellas. Dick, I'll take your lead on this if I can just locate a better hand-cranked blower for my charcoal forge.
  4. 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?
  5. Bill in Oregon

    Shout out to Morgan Jade Iron

    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 ...
  6. Bill in Oregon

    how i make charcoal

    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.
  7. 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.
  8. Bill in Oregon

    Treating copper so it does not react with skin?

    JHCC, thanks. I was unaware of this stuff.
  9. Bill in Oregon

    Treating copper so it does not react with skin?

    Good ideas, guys. Will give them a try.
  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. Bill in Oregon

    wrought + molasses

    Hello, Gordon. Imagine meeting my old British Militaria Forum chum over here.
  12. Bill in Oregon

    Bees Wax and Renaissance wax

    Always so much to learn here.
  13. Bill in Oregon

    "soft" hammer?

    Frank, dang it I just moved from Pacific dogwood country ...
  14. Bill in Oregon

    "soft" hammer?

    Jasent: Thanks. Just a fine idea.
  15. Bill in Oregon

    "soft" hammer?

    Slag, I had forgotten about keeping a copper plate handy for an auxiliary anvil surface. So that is part of the answer for sure.