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    Hammering hoof picks 2 Same poor hoof pick, different angle...
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    Hammering hoof picks 1 Here I am forging a used horseshoe into a hoof pick for a horse lover friend of mine. The hoof pick turned out horrible, so it stayed in my shop as a learning piece.
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    Mesmerized... Here I stand mesmerized by my coals...
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    First knife 1 My first forged blade! Forged from half an old horseshoe. I was more interested in the forging processes than the finishing, but all in all it ain't bad, I guess. And it cuts!
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    First knife 2 Knife forged from half an old horseshoe...
  6. Guardian of the Smithy Saw this ugly little gargoyle and had to have it. My lovely wife surprised me with it recently. Now it rides the wall high above the forging station in my little smithy and helps keep gremlins from the shop...
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    My forge, no hood My homebuilt coal forge, no hood yet...
  8. Gorgeous! Love the leatherwork, too.
  9. They already are... via Cable T.V. :o
  10. You may indeed. My 'training' is as a wildlife scientist. Lots of study design, research statistics, and science advocacy has been hammered into me over the course of my doctoral work. When it comes right down to it, though, I like to play with critters in the dirt. LOL...
  11. May God keep him safe.
  12. Recently was offered a 'real job'. One that will draw directly on my training yet still keep me out of the petty politics of academia. AND, they're working with me on finishing my doctorate while I'm there. They created the position for me. I even get to help write my own job description. Talk about blessings falling right in your lap! Plus, I'll be closer to where I grew up and when my bride of 8 years and I finally start ourselves a family next year, our kiddos will get to be near their grandparents. Yeehaw! Ain't God good?
  13. I really like that shovel! Very unique!
  14. Just wanted to jump in from the shadows and say thanks for the ideas you've given. I've been thinking of doing some bookends recently for my new office but hadn't given it much more thought than that. It sure would be a nice way to close down my shop before I pack it all up for a big move! See, you never know who you're helping by asking a question. :)
  15. Thanks Jr. I needed a "giblet" of advice like this today.
  16. My prayers for Ralph's family and friends. We'll sure miss him here.
  17. 175 lb. Laurel Machine and Forge - One of the last ones. I got it at half price new when they were closing out on them. I love it!
  18. Hey Don! I built my forge with a Centaur firepot on a piece of flipped 1/4 diamond plate steel (freebie). I bricked mine and it fits wonderfully! Incidently, if you're shopping for firebrick in K-town, shoot me a private message. I've got some good leads for very affordable firebrick.
  19. Hey Archie, what exactly are you talking about when you mention "biomass briquettes"? I'm not familiar with the term.
  20. I know a 3 local smiths here that went to one of Clay's workshops and built these things. They can't say enough good things about them or Clay's input. At least one of these smiths has a larger mechanical hammer (Little Giant mayberrr) and he prefers his new tire-hammer. FYI, I believe Mr. Spencer has a NASA (?) engineering background so that combined with his blacksmithing enthusiasm would be enough to convince me to go to one of his workshops if I had the time or capital. I've seen one of his treadle-hammers in person and all I can say is 'wow'. I'm supposed to go check out one of the power hammers this week. If I can get some pics, I'll post them with the owner's permission.
  21. Thanks folks! I had some suspicions that you've nearly all addressed. There's a ton of stuff welded together with a stick welder and called "wrought iron" on Ebay, and there's no way someone who had forges can compete pricewise. I'm going to check out etsy.com and watch some of the forged stuff on there for awhile. I'll have to check out some local markets and see what opportunities arise there, too.
  22. Very nice! Nothing wrong with a 1 piece!
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