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About JNewman

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    Hamilton Ontario Canada
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    Blacksmith, Patternmaker

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  1. Blacksmithing like many other manufacturing trades is different than the trade you are used to quoting in Rockstar. The tools and experience that different smiths have make a huge difference in what shops have to quote. I would often expect to see 20 30 even 100% differences in quotes based on differing overheads differing equipment and what the smith has experience in. I have a lot of overhead here and cannot compete on a lot of high labour jobs. I am very slow at drawing and not very good at selling people on architectural work so I stay away from that type of work. I often refer work
  2. I have a light industrial Mig in the shop and I don't think I would want anything smaller as the only welder in a Blacksmith shop as the penetration is not good enough. I bought a lincoln AC tombstone 25 years ago and it worked well for building a treadle hammer an air hammer and lots of other things over the years. A few years ago I bought a small Esab inverter welder and have not used the AC welder since. It welds so much easier than the Ac welder and much less spatter, if I want to take it home and fix something it will run on 110v. I have some jobs that have to be welded with 7
  3. Suspect it won't last due to oxidation. I do know a guy who found some Inconel in his local scrap yard and lined his gas forge with it very successfully. He felt the inconel was indispensable for his work preventing damaging his ceramic wool. I do know he needed a little more to cover an area that he had not covered wit the original piece of inconel and found buying it new was incredibly expensive.
  4. Maybe offer to come over Wednesday nights in the fall to organize the shop for Thursdays. Offer to come in and help with some sweeping, painting or any other help over the summer to help him out no strings attached. I understand being burned out and having a person take a bit of the load off can really help. On the other hand he might just want evenings and weekends for family and himself for a while.
  5. Try contacting Mathieu at Les Forges de Montreal. He was asking me about making them for him about a week ago. I think that is what he was used to using in France.
  6. There was an online book seller that was selling the video on DVD. Possibly blue moon press. Artisan????
  7. I am pretty sure the Canadian Giants were Little giants made under license here in Canada in Kitchener. So a 25 Lb little giant sizing will be the same and you may be able to buy one from Little Giant if you want.
  8. Come out to an Ontario artists blacksmith association meeting and join. There is a meeting in February in Milton. I am not sure if we are having a January meeting. We are here in Hamilton business hours and some times on the weekend. Not always forging but we will be tomorrow. Newman Forge & Pattern
  9. A number of years ago Forgemaster posted his kiss block set up which I modified and copied. The nice things about his setup is that the kiss block is on one side of the dies and any swages mount on the other. I can Forge down on the stopper hit the lever to remove the stopper (kiss block) and drop a swage on to swage on the same heat. You can search for pictures of his set up under his postings
  10. Hi Anvil. The pots and my swage blocks are sold in the US by Blacksmiths Depot. Unfortunately I have not made any progress on the new swage blocks as we have been so busy in the shop I have not had time to do anything with it. Lots of big patterns and Lots of forging. 30 pairs of tongs (30-60" long) in the last few weeks and about 100 prybars and chisels.
  11. Very sorry to hear this. I always enjoyed reading his posts here.
  12. As a former rock climber I have to disagree on spectra having better heat resistance to nylon. It actually melts 100 degrees LOWER than nylon. http://rockandice.com/climb-safe/climb-safe-spectra-versus-nylon/ It also has some issues with not holding knots as well. I do agree a static line is better for rappelling unless you stop or slow down part way with a sketchy anchor (which you should never rappel from but seems to be what this conversation is about). A stop or slowing down on a static line will transmit all the load to your anchor which is much more likely to break it than on
  13. I would not try to shop heat treat a a spring in a situation where a failure is likely to cause injury. However in your case what I would do is just air quench the spring. A kitchen oven is not even close to being hot enough. The size of the spring you are talking about will cool quickly enough to harden in air. The residual heat will then temper it. You will not get as good a result as a commercialy heat treated spring. But it should be acceptable. If it turns out to not be a hard enough at least you don't have to start from scratch, you just need to heat treat again. If it turns out
  14. Set up right it is a fair bit less than 5 minutes to re point a breaker bit. Grant, the person Thomas is referring to did have a number of employees as well.
  15. Curious who you bought it from? It must have been kept in a heated shop to have no rust. Or they kept it oiled.
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