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About Frosty

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    The improbable Curmudgeon

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  • Location
    Meadow Lakes Alaska
  • Interests
    Metal work, people, puns and other bad jokes.


  • Location
    Meadow Lakes Alaska
  • Biography
    Real name's Jerry Frost. I've lived in Alaska for 37 years. Been a hobby smith since I was maybe 10.
  • Interests
    metal working of all kinds leaning towards blacksmithing.
  • Occupation
    Retired equipment operator
  1. Blademithing series on History channel

    Congrats Theo, god job. But. . . But . . . (Yeah, there's ALWAYS a but) . . . But. . . Ta dum . . . TA DUM? We need to have us a talk about jokes kid. We'll write you some good material for the next episode you do. Get you something at least a LITTLE snappy to say. I mean, REALLY. <sigh> Frosty The Lucky.
  2. Good News

    Yeah, keep their cuts just a bit lower than child care and you should be okay. What kind of books are you going to read to him? Frosty The Lucky.
  3. Food Safe Bronze?

    Ah come ON, Gremlins weren't so bad, blame Vegas those things sucked big time. The '70s version of the Albatross around your neck if you bought one. Couldn't fix them, couldn't sell them and in short order couldn't drive them. Gremlins were just ugly. Frosty The Lucky.
  4. Need some info.

    If I hooked up our dogs I wouldn't get out the driveway. One is the 10 year old service dog Abby. Then there's Baxter the dachshund sports star, yeah he's a dog jock. Lastly there's Falki the Icelandic Sheep dog, beautiful, lovable and almost untrainable. I'd have three dogs tangled around me in about 15 seconds. I wouldn't mind doing a little snow birding though and Deb just bought a RV. YOU have to explain why I want to use HER RV till next summer. She doesn't want me to touch anything in it yet, well I got to ride shotgun once but Baxter was upset at me I was in his seat. Brother if I took her RV she would hunt me down and take it back, me not so likely . . . I don't predict the future though, one never knows. Frosty The Lucky.
  5. Mini Foundry Question

    Welcome aboard Spooky, glad to have you. If you'll put your general location in the header you might be surprised how many members live within visiting distance. That isn't a "foundry" just as a wrench isn't an auto shop. That looks like a lead pot used for melting lead. You see similar tools now and then I have a couple. They were used in the day when molten lead was used for plumbing, anchoring things in concrete stone, etc. casting fishing weights bullets, and such. There would have been a melter that fit in, possibly heated with a gasoline or kerosene torch, maybe electric if it's recent enough. Looking more closely it looks like there are two pots on in the other. What's the larger one look like inside? Frosty The Lucky.
  6. STOP CARRYING IT AROUND! Don't repair anything more than a vigorous wire brushing, a cup brush on a right angle disk grinder with serious PPE is perfect. Just stay away from the chipped edges, there's plenty still there. That fine old lady is a work horse, you can make anything on her. If you need a shiny face, sharp edges, special shape, etc. make a bottom tool with a shank to match the hardy hole welded to one side. Remember if you run out of room for your tools it's time to build a bigger shop. Good score. Frosty The Lucky.
  7. Question about my first forge

    It's supposed to be like that to keep the clinker out of the way. Frosty The Lucky.
  8. Need some info.

    Sounds like a good time in a good cause Dick. I'd love to participate but . . . <sigh> Frosty The Lucky.
  9. Sorry didn't mean to frighten you. You aren't doing the same kind of spinning we did, we didn't turn the lathe off to drop a part and insert a fresh blank. Getting the blank a little too far off center when you're putting it in the lathe is how you get the flying meat slicer AFTER it's walked up your arm. You aren't doing production spinning, not a problem. What to call those poor blighted souls who don't spin metal. Let's see, spinning is a method of both sinking and raising so folk who don't spin are either Sinkins or Raisins. Hmmmm? Call yourself a " "modern journalist" then. Pffffft on the facts and definitions is soooo Network. Overworked is a good term I haven't seen anybody ask what you meant, It'll get that way after a while. Part of the learning curve. Next time try drawing the tip, then back to the stem just a cone with a BIT of a point. Now, use half face blows to rough draw the stem, keep it good and hot and the leaf section will bend out of the way and not deform much. This is called isolating sections, a leaf has two. Leaf and stem. Once isolated you have your preform. Now gently refine shape the leaf isolation BEFORE you flatten it. This is just to clean up dings from forging the stem. Bring the leaf section to screaming HOT and hammer it straight down onto the anvil. Do the leaf's edge at the edge of the anvil with half face blows. Steel WANTS to be thinner at the edge of the anvil especially using half face blows. Use the physics. Leave the stem for last. Remember the thinner the steel the faster it heats so plan process steps to finish thick to thin. (thickest parts first, thinnest last. hmmm?) Now you have your leaf, tweak, texture, finish and done. Leaves are harder than it seems till you give it a try but they're good learning projects. Frosty The Lucky.
  10. Try steel cut offs and shot in sawdust for the media. It won't produce dust and the saw dust is surprisingly abrasive but soft so it preserves fine detail. Also, the finer the mineral media the more slowly it is reduced to dust. Try starting with sand. How many RPM are you turning it? Is there a lifting lug? Frosty The Lucky.
  11. Denise: You can't legitimately claim to be a journalist on this issue when you're expressing conclusions and opinions without sufficient knowledge base to back it. You're editorializing with a serious conflict of interest. The exerts say, "that ain't a bad leaf." Focus that in your zoom and expose it! It really is pretty darned nice especially for a first session. A lot of folk get roped into teaching classes there's more to it than being good at the craft and just being talkative doesn't mean you can explain things or keep them in order. The flame suggestion is a good one. You need to take a position more like Bob Ross's in that there are "NO MISTAKES just HAPPY ACCIDENTS." The ONLY mistake is not doing. It doesn't matter what something looks like when you've decided you've done enough, every blow, every result is recorded for later assimilation and integration. For example, I generally make leaves shorter with much shorter drip ends. I generally pattern on what I have available to model from, Willow are favorites, cotton wood leaves (the obnoxious pests) are generally large and smooth edged with widely spread veins. Good for things needing a large feature Birch leaves (besides being brain eating zombie trees) have serrated edges and more tips. A harder leaf to forge but attractive. I can see what you probably did to make the drip tip so long, it happens to everybody starting out. It's EASY to chase the transition from leaf to tip into the leaf and end up with a really long tip. Regardless if this feature makes you happy it's an important thing to remember how to do WHILE you learn how NOT to do it. I find myself over extending terminal tapers when I'm making a new item, my first bodkin turned into a needle bodkin rather than the, "short sharp pointy plate poker" Bodkin I intended. The socket came out good though. For a first arrow point that is. I'd really like to see pics of your spinning failures. I may not be much good helping fix the cause but it might help, can't . . . WHOA! I almost said can't HURT. Making mistakes on a spinning lathe most certainly can hurt, LOTS. I was probably the ONLY kid in elementary school who didn't panic at the sight of blood and knew how to control major bleeding it. There were a lot of kids who's parents were doctors but I'll bet they didn't take their kids to work. By 9 I knew what my Father's thumb joint and Ulna looked like in the bottom of a meat slicer cut and learned to pick out debris with bloody tweasers, pinch the edges closed, apply butterflies and wrap the wound while Dad called Mom with the other hand. Sorry, got off on memories of what CAN go wrong on a spinning lathe. The worst were when a blank got loose, parts coming apart or wadding up on the tool weren't anything by comparison to having a, oh say 9" dia disk of 14 ga. steel spinning 3,200 RPM. go zinging across the shop. They do, they ZING, it'd be a pretty sound if it weren't so terrifying. Remember how you made that leaf, it'll be a lovely flame finial with a LITTLE tweaking. Frosty The Lucky.
  12. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Nice. I especially like how you mention 40' of fence almost as an after thought. Well played sir. Who gets to ride the Moped? Frosty The Lucky.
  13. i wonder if this will work?

    Yes, buy a zinc free alloy, there are I don't know how many and some or many have zinc in them! If I need some I ask my bronze caster friend and he lets me dip into his trimmings. I stopped fantasizing about alloying my own bronze a long time ago. Not because I didn't THINK I could do it but the paycheck job kept me out of town most of the time and I never got around to it and now I can bum some or take a class. Frosty The Lucky.
  14. i wonder if this will work?

    Ernest: It CAN be done safely but I can NOT, WILL NOT encourage it. Just buy some "Silicon Bronze" proper flux, plaster of Paris and sand for investment molds. Investment is easier than green or resin bonded sand casting. There are bunches of easily available books with how to's including specific safety practices to make bronze casting a reasonably safe home project. Aluminum is hazardous but a good start as it's much lower melt so a little safer. Get it on you and it's just a screamingly painful 3rd. degree burn rather than the 4th of molten bronze. You'll spend a LOT less on a couple ingots of good casting bronze than just the ventilation necessary to assure yourself you aren't breathing BADNESS. One of the biggest dangers of casting bronze is maintaining dry conditions, a drop of water will expand a couple THOUSAND times in volume on contact with molten bronze. PPE and a sand pan over which to move and pour is a MUST. Sell the brass to the scrapper and buy Silicon Bronze. You'll get better results be safer and not have to listen to me harping at you. Heck, getting me to shut up aught to be worth it. Frosty The Lucky.
  15. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Nothing cool about wrestling a bear, even trained ones occasionally remove body parts in grizzly ways. Oh that hurts! I spent a few years studying the martial arts and we drilled constantly no how to fall. Catching yourself is NEVER the right move but it's a reflex that's almost impossible to overcome. The #1 secret to a long happy life is summed up in two words, "Don't FALL!" Next time put the kid in socks and chase him with a drone or RC car. We're well past our "bounce by" date. Frosty The Lucky.