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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. Steve clued us in another thread, lug wrenches analyzed by an acquaintance ran 1084 and L6. Frosty The Lucky.
  2. I don't even want to handle it. Makes me wonder about Dad's crystal collection, there was a lot of beryl in various forms. Frosty The Lucky.
  3. Pretty blade. Frosty The Lucky.
  4. Manual scraper? MANUAL?! Making grade by hand is pick, shovel and rake work. I suppose you could call a grade rake a scraper, we used to call them a bull dozer as a joke name. What do you have in mind besides smoothing and restoring the slope? We've talked about this slope earlier haven't we? Frosty The Lucky.
  5. Welcome aboard Joe, glad to have you. If you put your general location in the heater you might live within visiting distance of a member who owns a fly press and is willing to let you try it out. They've been talked about frequently here have you looked around? Try searching with your favorite engine and include Iforgeiron in the terms. I don't own one and have only used one a couple times, I'd love one but probably not a good move at this point. Frosty The Lucky.
  6. What makes a 1" bearing better than a smaller one? Drop the bearing on a cleaned off anvil face and estimate how close to the starting height it returns. If you aren't good at this kind of estimation doing it with a ruler behind it is more accurate. Frosty The Lucky.
  7. Yeah, I put shoes and socks on 2 hrs ago and keep forgetting to go get in the car. Heh, heh, heh, Got up and went to the store but forgot to send the post. Frosty The Lucky.
  8. You mean like "popping" bullets in a fire? I can't remember his name but I'll never forget the awesome scar with weird hair where they had to replace a golf ball size piece of his right cheek where the bullet casing went through. In his mouth out his cheek. They had to graft skin off his leg so his beard never did look good enough to grow out. Wrong color and straight. Oh yeah, there were quite a few guys suitable for octal. There was this thing about CO2 capsules for a while. Frosty The Lucky.
  9. Sometimes you're right Thomas. I shaved for the first time since just after Deb and I got married, she prefers the beard. Did a face time appointment with my General and she told me I wasn't looking well, pretty bad in fact. I told her I didn't need independent confirmation I looked better with my face covered by a beard. She actually blushed. Worse, I discovered I have jowls and a dewlap. I hope I can start going out without a mask so I can let my beard grow. The sooner the better! Frosty The Lucky.
  10. I know, we both agree on this kind of thing but it came up so I thought I'd reinforce my refusal to post such things. Frosty The Lucky.
  11. Pretty transparent effort to get me to offer a couple. Not on a public forum, no how. Frosty The Lucky.
  12. Worse, some just HAVE TO cut you a check for the overage, at least notify you. $0.01 might be enough to cause the really . . . retentive types to have to issue a refund and the bank will charge to process the transactions. Penny wise, dollar foolish is so easy to avenge yourself on. Frosty The Lucky.
  13. I'm definitely going to have to read it again Thomas. I didn't used to forget that kind of detail. Darn brain must be getting full. Vanyel: Mental flatus is just fine as long as it stays intracranial, it's the extracerebral bolus that'll get ya. Frosty The Lucky.
  14. There are old videos of blacksmiths in various 3rd. world locations and one of the things you can expect to see in most of them are customers bringing scrap metal to trade for work. Lots of scrap for a modest tool. Coming up with steel will probably be less a problem than you imagine. Like you say scrap is an important resource, it's there it's just been picked up already so you trade for it. Learning the basics to a level of proficiency will let you teach yourself how to make things you've never seen or made. All tools don't have to be high/medium carbon steel but including a little won't hurt any tool. Yes? If your'e going to be a mobile blacksmith then a JABOD is as permanent a forge as you really want, a trench forge is good almost anywhere and has been used since humans started hammering on metal. The JABOD is based on a trench forge and there is archaeological evidence of them as far back as worked metal. A smelter is similar in shape as the JABOD but vertical and enclosed think chimney shape. If you're setting up as a village smith then build a masonry forge at a comfortable height and while you're trading work for scrap put the word out you need charcoal as well. Barter barter barter, it's not like folk are going to hand you a credit card you know. The village kids will line up for an opportunity to pump your bellows whatever you decide to use. If you're permanently located I like a barrel bellows for smooth steady air supply and cheap. It's basically a barrel floating open end downward in a drum of water. One flap valve to prevent air escaping the drum another to prevent it sucking fire back into the tuyere, hose, etc. The same valve system as a regular bellows. With the bellows barrel floating in the drum of water gravity will force it down but the air inside is keeping it afloat so it forces air out the only available path, The hose to your fire. When the barrel gets close to sinking you lift it back up with a lever, the flap valve to the hose to the fire closes and the big flap valve that covers the air intake opens. The barrel lifts you let off the lever and air flows. Need more air? Toss a couple rocks on the barrel so it sinks faster. You can use a 5 gal bucket or virtually anything that's relatively air tight on top and float it in a pond, water trough, etc. Heck if you live near the ocean, the tidal flow can drive your air. Air blast is easy. Frosty The Lucky.
  15. It's been a long time since I read "Alas Babylon" and I don't recall mention of Diabetic die off in particular but he did cover the loss of medicine killing off droves. Now I'm going to have to pull it up on my Kindle. "Yes, "Lucifer's Hammer," Mote was entirely different story. I figured Larry and David had too many ideas, subplots, notes and such to edit out so they wrote "Footfall." They kind of fell into a pattern for a while there. Makes me wonder who "Harry Redington" is, the character is almost unaltered between the novels. Frosty The Lucky.
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