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About Frosty

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    The improbable Curmudgeon

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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

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  1. Case hardening won't work, it's only a surface treatment and won't prevent: dents, punch and chisel marks. From what I know, horns aren't hardened. Knowing of no good way to isolate either heat or quench between large cross sections of steel I don't know if it's possible. So my limited knowledge tells me they aren't the same allow making the horn unhardenable. That's semi educated speculation. Even if you were to suspend the body of the anvil in a water bath and only heated the horn, heat will conduct through the center of the horn to the anvil body. Either preventing the horn
  2. Goodness, historic is covered as is legal. Good. My first move would be to sit down with Al and find out how he ran the shop. Prep, materials, etc. everything you can pump the gentleman for. Maybe even get him to help in the shop for a while until you get your feet o the ground. You'll need to divide demos by period. It's not very realistic for a 1890 smithy to be doing 1940 work simultaneously. Hmm? That's good though, you can announce particular periods like it's an event. Next week it's 1890s day!! Learn how a moldboard plow was ironed! Watch the blacksmith forge a drop pin h
  3. The one that wants to take the forge with him is looking for a place in the city. Uh HUH. Kids never change. Of course finding an old BBQ is as easy as going for a drive on garbage day or hitting the dump. A side blast forge is almost too easy to try and explain. It's getting the right amount of air that's the trick. Ayup, one true mark of wisdom is realizing how little we actually know and not taking it badly when someone points out the obvious. I look forward to seeing some cool new mistakes. Frosty The Lucky.
  4. One example noted by Dunning & Kruger. I believe R. A. Heinlein referred to the, Inverse IQ law, "The larger the group the dumber it is. Probably the first place I read it. Working for the state I can attest to the positive feedback loop bad ideas and decisions create. One higher up makes a mistake and to save face finds or invents to justify it. Sycophants take it up to curry favor or because they don't know any better. Shortly it becomes institutionalized and everybody's stuck. I don't comment on your threads too often or I start getting bitter. Frosty The Lucky.
  5. Sounds like a deal to me. Might want to drag it along when you look at power packs. If they'll hook up give it a try. Don't get excited about buying a control valve until you've messed with a little. You'll be surprised how much forging you can do holding the stock in one hand and working a lever with the other. Levers are easier than hammers you know. If not you're doing it wrong! Frosty The Lucky.
  6. By the response I'm thinking you should round up a neighborhood teenager or two, Church is another good source of teenagers looking to make a buck. IF they don't get all starry eyed about working with a blacksmith, that works nicely. At least till they discover how much hard sweaty work it is. You could rent a wood splitter after making forging dies to fit. I don't know how likely it is to find a rental outfit with a wood splitter in the DFW area though. Here everybody rents the things. Frosty The Lucky.
  7. If they think asking about earlier research is cheating they probably don't know about the Dewy Decimal system. I read all the time, not so much to learn things in depth but to get a working handle on them. If I need in depth information I'll know where to look. It's imperfect of course but works for me. You won't be looking at steel color running a bloom, that's one of two steps down the line. Have you looked into how Japanese bladesmiths select steel from the tamahagane? Thomas just posted a link to a pretty detailed video. If I'm not mistaken he grades the "bloom" for the grade steel h
  8. A bread kneading attachment would be handy. Frosty The Lucky.
  9. If you round the edges of your mallets they'll be less likely to splinter if you hit on the edge. (Ask me how I know.) Frosty The Lucky.
  10. Make it a colorful tarp and you can enjoy fall. I believe you can get camo patterns in bright colors for hunting. Frosty The Lucky.
  11. Oh heck no Neil a good beer tap can run a lot more than $500. Frosty The Lucky.
  12. Welcome aboard Xanadu, glad to have you. If you put your general location in the header you'll have a chance of hooking up with a smith. Iforgeiron has over 50,000 members in 150 countries around the world. I'll be happy to recommend a smith or two, I'm sure you're not far from: Wasilla, Palmer, Anchorage or Delta Junction, the fellow in McGrath is good but it's getting close to road closure time. Frosty The Lucky.
  13. You're welcome Angiolino, it's my pleasure if I can help. How is it going with the hillside? Frosty The Lucky.
  14. Sure, heap anvil envy on me. <sniff> Hope she's as good an anvil as she looks. Bargain well. Frosty The Lucky.
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