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    Meadow Lakes Alaska
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    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. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    I'm behind again, I gotta stop doing yard work! I love the Rakkenfowl Das. The guitar sounds good but I think it looks like it's playing a keyboard. Part of a band maybe? I was thinking of a pile of small nuts and bolts under it. The corners and sharp edges could explain the expression. No? That's a wonderful sculpture 58er, it REALLY tells the story. It portrays a real sense of motion telling the story. The looped line is only exaggerated for dramatic effect. It's fly fishing and the fish is in mid jump taking the fly in the air. Fly line rolls out in a loop unless you're working the fly it close. A good live action fly rod flexes quite a bit without more weight than the line. The sculpture caught the fisherman just as he's bringing the rod back fast to set the hook, that's why the rod has such a tight bend. The fish took the fly before the line reached full extension, the slack isn't quite out of the line but the loops are closing fast. Setting the hook in a jumping trout, is probably the trickiest part of fly fishing, hooking the fish that way is a real rush. A fly fisherman would read and appreciate the story your sculpture tells. I really like both these pieces, maybe put a fly rod in the Rakkenfowl's talons and put them both on the mantel? Frosty The Lucky.
  2. Smoke isn't what can kill you and others in the building, you NEED "CO" detector / alarms if you're going to burn gas. CO stands for "Carbon Monoxide." Frosty The Lucky.
  3. People who call Doxies or Dokles as our German friends call them, wiener dogs have never lived with one. Dachshund is German for Badger Dog. They were bread to track, chase to ground then go into the den and bring the badger back for the hunter. Fast, utterly relentless, strong, very flexible and just crazy stupid brave. GREAT dogs, never underestimate one. Welcome aboard Jaeger, glad to have you. Sorry about sidetracking into doxie talk, Baxter is a great little dog, nothing small about him. So, tell us a little about yourself, what you do, want to make at the anvil, you know the usual stuff. Oh we LOVE pictures, anything you'd show a young child you didn't want to explain the icky stuff to. Frosty The Lucky.
  4. Ethan: The reason you don't understand what the manufacturer is telling you or what folks trying to help you here are saying is you haven't done any of the homework. When you say "I read somewhere here that. . . " means you didn't understand what that person was talking about. The rules of thumb that say one well tuned 3/4" burner will reliably bring a 300-350 cubic inch forge to welding temperature are pretty well established as accurate. You are proposing using two 1/2" burners to heat a 8" x 8" x 12" forge. Did you to the basic arithmetic that tells you how much burner that will require? Do you know how to calculate volume? Did they teach you how in school? We're not trying to discourage you or get you to give up but you don't know enough to build a forge. Honest Ethan you aren't even close to knowing what to order let alone making a successful build. If you just order stuff you'll be spending money for a poor return. You want to get your money's worth and this isn't going to do it for you. Frosty The Lucky.
  5. Insurance

    Welcome aboard Refractorygirl, glad to have you. If you'll put your general location in the header you might be surprised how many of the gang live within visiting distance. Drake: Insurance companies don't care if you make knives anything like say decorative let alone architectural. Doing demos is entirely different and potentially very high risk for the insurer. If you wrote your proposal to them with the same level of spelling and grammar as your current posts they aren't going to take you seriously. You aren't an industrial concern industrial insurers cover factories I know Dad had trouble getting insurance Cos. to talk to him he only had 7-8 employees so I think he ended up with a rider on our home owners. Did you talk to a broker in person or email one? Talk in person, tell him what you do and ASK what you need and who to talk to. Like any decent agent s/he's going to want to insure you to the max and insuring your tools will be silly stupid expensive. Bank your monthly premium for insuring them and you'll be able to replace them all with brand new in a couple years. What you REALLY need is liability . . . healthy hospitalization, especially if you're going to have students in your shop. Insurance for demos should be more reasonable unless you let someone do any smithing on your equipment. You'll have to have very good safety precautions, plexiglass barriers that cover you on 3 sides and something to keep kids from sneaking around behind you. Kids WILL. By what you've written here I get the impression you're pretty young and selling some craft work as you can. You wish to expand, folks have been asking you for lessons and you haven't discovered how rarely one actually wants more than an hour or two banging hot steel to satisfy their urge. The impression you give is as a hobbyist who sells a little, not a professional shop that wants to expand. I'm not trying to discourage you but you have a LOT of work to do before you start talking to insurance agents, as it stands you don't inspire confidence that you are a good risk. You need to learn to speak well, English at least, better yet their language so you can communicate clearly. Saying things like, "I'm not within their appetite or something close to that" is only going to convince them you are NOT a good risk. Of course they checked your social media accounts. You want THEM to put their money on the line to insure you and you think they're not going to check you out? Again, I'm not looking to make you give up I'd just like you to have a chance. You really have a lot to learn to get to a point where they'll be willing to insure you. Frosty The Lucky. Frosty The Lucky.
  6. Emtor: Do you do much steel fabrication? Do you have access to a welder capable of heavy section welding? Making a built up section for the anvil you describe drooling over is mostly an exercise in controlling warping. 2" x 4" or 50mm x 100mm square the length you wish. Lay 1/2" or 12mm. round lengthways down the center of a 2x4 bar and tack it in place. Tack another 2x4 to the round stock. Carefully stitch weld the 1/2" gap solid. Stitch both sides to control warpage. You'll need short pieces of the spacer stock to keep the sides being welded from pulling together. Once the bead gets close to the temporary spacers the fillet should be good enough to keep it from pulling more closed and you can knock the spacers out. Make a couple doubled bars use a 1/2" spacer or one wide enough to get your welding stinger or gun close enough to weld properly And once again stitch weld it into a larger bar. You use 1/2" round for the spacer because you can weld 100% penetration through 1/2" stock and weld the sections 100% solid. IF you can do this kind of welding. Each fillet will require about 17 lbs or 7,6 kg. of welding rod, wire, etc. to weld solid. That's EACH one, remember to account for the expenses of consumables, welding rod or wire, gas and add it to the time necessary to make that much weld. Personally I think it'll be a lot more economical to buy one of those 12" dia. pieces of shafting, take it to a fab or machine shop and have it cut to length. A 6 hr. drive is pretty nice compared to spending longer than that fillet welding that much heavy section. There is NOTHING pleasant about being that close to that much HOT steel. Believe me I went to school to do exactly that kind of welding. I'd take the drive, pay to have someone else do the welding in a heart beat if I had to: weed gardens, mow lawns, sweep driveways, pick up dog poop, etc. to pay for it. Frosty The Lucky.
  7. Help please

    I just spent a good 45 minutes scanning through scout axes and hatchets without finding a closer match. I believe Thomas has it. Frosty The Lucky.
  8. Help please

    At the bottom of the page Thomas's link opens shows what looks just like the one pictured in the OP. You can make out "Scouts Axe" in the first pic. I'd have to call it a "Boy Scout's camp fire ax." There is a nail pulling notch in the blade, the checkered sides would let you drive stakes with less chance of it slipping off and being larger than a hammer head poll would be all round safer. The pick would be good for digging, earlier examples of military trench hatchets and axes say the pick was a digging tool. That's my take from the evidence I see here. Frosty The Lucky.
  9. Welcome aboard Fox, glad to have you. Were you at the club meeting Saturday before last? Next meeting is July 14th in Palmer. There are high impact braze and silver solder rods. I replaced tungsten carbides on drill bits with silver solder and if you can stall out a 453 Detroit diesel catching one then yes. IMHO they'll withstand the rigors of combat. No need to use copper, bronze was common enough to be "period". Frosty The Lucky.
  10. UK bolts safe to forge

    You may have to drive farther than you like if you can't buy mild steel close by. Evaluating found steel is a many part skills set, from identifying what it was made to do originally through a list to finally doing shop tests to see what YOU can use it for. Buying bolts for stock is not an economical way to buy steel. Start off with a stick of 1/2" round or 3/8" square, both shapes are darned close to the same amount of steel per linear inch. It's a good size for learning basic processes proficiency. It's heavy enough to hold heat for a while while being light enough you won't have to kill yourself to finish a project. Once you're proficient with the basics moving to higher carbon steels is much easier, the only new things to learn are heat management and requiring more force to move. Heat treat is later still. Forging stainless takes rather specialized skills sets, some isn't forgable in a home shop and all of it is pretty temperature finicky. Forge welding requires the use of some darn toxic fluxes to break down the chrome oxide surface layers. Bladesmithing is another specialized set of skills and is easier to learn after you've developed good general smithing skills. Make sense? Frosty The Lucky.
  11. Tilly's a pretty girl. Do Tilly and your goat play? I really like goats, smart, curious and mischievous for livestock, great animals if you don't teach them the wrong games as kids. NEVER teach a goat butting games, like pushing on their heads. Goats love to play tether ball but not so much as singletons. Frosty The Lucky.
  12. What, wrong AGAIN!? Is that twice today or maybe I'm thinking yesterday. Thanks for catching that Steve, my bad. Frosty The Lucky.
  13. A ribbon will give more even heat over a length. How many to use depends on the volume and shape of your forge. The forge plans on Wayne's site are sound and proven. Frosty The Lucky.
  14. What Would Your Anvil Say?

    I bought the Trenton while Deb and I were hauling her stuff up from Michigan, we had a 23' box van and room so shipping didn't enter into the price. I was still overcoming my earlier thinking about blacksmithing and "thought" I needed a heavier anvil. The Soderfors is 125 lbs. and EVERYBODY knows a REAL blacksmith needs at least a 250 lb. anvil. The Trenton is 206 lbs. but close enough, smithing tools are really hard to come by here. That's the main reason I have two anvils, not counting the little 70 lb? one Dad gave me a couple years later, it has a badly damaged face I haven't given much thought to repairing. Funny thing is, I rarely use the Trenton, not because its not a good anvil but the Soderfors moves metal better and it's easier to move around. Of course you guys that side of the pond are weird (quaint). Everybody's weird. It must be pretty nice being able to get everything you need so close to home. Frosty The Lucky.