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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. Frosty

    First forge

    No you weren't but in Charles corner of Ok coal comes on a string and they make coke on a rope. Charles isn't only a font of blacksmithing knowledge and wisdom he's a joy to read for just this reason. He gets at least as big a laugh out of his spelling as we do. Heck I'll bet any computer crash on his machine can be traced back to an overloaded spell check. Frosty The Lucky.
  2. Frosty

    Show me your anvil

    Sure looks like a Soderfors but may be one they cast for a different brand or one of the other cast Swedish anvils. What's on the other side? If you dust it with chalk, flour, etc. and wipe the surface details like the lettering in this pic will show up better. If you use oblique light to take pictures surface details will stand out better as well. I never use the camera flash on metal unless it'd corroded or covered in dirt. A piece of tissue paper over t he flash will help but any shine will reflect directly back into the lens and hide details. I have a 125 lb. Soderfors and have never worked on better. About 30 miles from here there's a 450 lb. double bic Soderfors sitting in a yard as a decoration and the owners won't sell for any price. <sigh> Frosty The Lucky.
  3. Frosty

    Foot-Vise Rejuvenation and Base Fabrication

    Looking good Al. It probably won't matter the casting is so thick but I'd think use a lag bolt for the pivot pin long enough the nut doesn't put any pressure on the hinged jaw. Probably doesn't make a difference but it sticks out when look. Frosty The Lucky.
  4. Frosty

    Just a box of dirt, or a simple side blast forge

    The clay sticks it together, just don't make plaster out of it when you put it in the forge. Just damp enough to ram hard is perfect, this prevents shrink checking as the water evaporates out, think dry mud puddle. If you use kitty litter mix it about 15% - 20% by weight, close is good enough this ain't a rocket. Dampen the sand down and mix thoroughly then seal it in a bucket, plastic tub or even a plastic garbage bag and just let it set overnight or longer. Kitty litter, the cheap clay type is usually bentonite and that's one clay that LOVES water but it takes time for it to dissipate throughout. This is why it clumps in the litter box, one area absorbs the wet then seals itself off as the air dries the surface. Closed up the moisture spreads evenly throughout. 10% water is WAY wet, 3-4% is almost mud but works well enough. Sure old BBQs are common forges they even have wheels if you lucked out on dump day. You can even pile dirt on an old wooden table and scoop a forge out of it. A couple few inches of dirt will disperse the fire's heat enough it won't light normal flammables, say a wooden box. A little common sense should do the trick BUT if you have questions ask. We'd rather rib you a little about a maybe silly question than read about a tragic house fire in the papers. Frosty The Lucky.
  5. Frosty

    Christmas items 2018

    Goodness Al, that looks like the gnarliest Caltrop on Earth! Jokes aside those are some nice Christmas products all round. Frosty The Lucky.
  6. Frosty

    Beginner Blower Idea

    Nothing wrong with making a blower out of an old bicycle or two. Somewhere I have pics of a street of blacksmiths in Asia I think. The pics show a narrow street packed shoulder to shoulder with blacksmith shops and the most common air source are blowers made from bicycles. A link in the menu on the right of my screen led to pics of the shop on another street that made and sold bicycle blowers, exhaust fans, room fans, grinding wheels, electric generators, etc. I believe the link was posted here but it's been a while and I can't find it on my machine. Sure, there are simpler ways to supply air to your fire but when it comes down to it it doesn't really make a lot of difference so long as there's enough volume at the right speed/psi. Frosty The Lucky.
  7. Frosty

    First forge

    No need to apologize, we all pass on bad info unintentionally. Some of the stuff I "knew" was so for decades, isn't. Life is a learning curve, stop learning when you stop breathing. The Plaster of Paris refractory myth is so common it pops up constantly, especially on Youtube. Nobody's born knowing anything, we get together here to swap knowledge, tips, tricks, solve problems and tell tall tales. It's a good place to hang. I learned about POP the hard way in the mid-late '70s because I didn't have an internet to ask. One of the things I really like about Iforge is everything you say gets read by someone who knows a LOT more than you do and if you get something seriously wrong you get corrected. I live for having my mistakes pointed out, I'd much rather BE right than think I was. Frosty The Lucky.
  8. That should work fine John though I haven't experimented with that orientation in a forge. Even with the tube vertical up I haven't noticed much chimney effect. I don't think it can draw well through all the outlets as opposed to one large diameter one. Frosty The Lucky.
  9. Frosty

    1st Ones from Our New studio

    ALRIGHT, Jim's back in action! I love the way you develop patterns. Beautiful stuff. Frosty The Lucky.
  10. Frosty

    It followed me home

    The snips are compound lever snips, for heavy or tough sheet. No, don't use them on hot metal they need to be hard to work properly. Everything else is covered. Frosty The Lucky.
  11. Frosty

    First forge

    Welcome aboard Lupercal, 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. Ditto Charles advice, medieval is side blast charcoal forges. Do a little reading here, there are tens of thousands of posts organized in hundreds of categories and sub categories. Skim the category subjects, pick one that interests you and skim the thread titles till you find one you're interested in then skim the posts. THEN do some sit down reading. The site is just too huge to sit down and read. Chelonian: Do you think you should maybe know a LITTLE about a subject before you start giving advice? I don't want to discourage you from helping folks but passing on stuff you don't understand isn't really helping. Most of the junk you see on Youtube is . . . "stuff" passed on by folk with no more expertise than a camera and ISP. The only place plaster of Paris has in a blacksmith shop is the walls and molding. It can be dangerous in a forge, not as dangerous as Portland Cement but still worthless as a refractory. Please don't go away, we want you to be successful in the craft, I LOVE seeing the eye candy folks post pictures of here and would DOUBLE LOVE to see what your imagination and hands bring to be. Give the method for reading the site I suggested to Lupercal a try. Once you get a handle on the jargon and some of the processes you'll be able to ask good questions and understand our answers. Frosty The Lucky.
  12. Frosty

    NE Tennessee Hobbyist

    Welcome aboard, glad to have you. You sure do have a lot going on you NEED a hobby to take your mind off things. Maybe their rifles need to be zeroed? Unless they're sextuplets a couple have to be old enough to hunt for the pot, the others can tend the garden. I mean REALLY, what's happened to Tennesseeans since Davy kilt a bar when he was only 3? Coal or charcoal is WAY less expensive than oxy acet though you'll want the torch for closely localized heats. I'm mostly a propane forge guy though solid fuels have serious benefits, they all have their up and down sides. What do you want to make? Frosty The Lucky.
  13. I think the need for baffle in the current gun version of the ribbon burner as seen in The Hammer's Blow or Anvil's Ring is a matter of too much blower. The inlet to the plenum as drawn aims directly at the outlets so unless it's deflected a little the center flames in the ribbon are WAY over pressured. It was easy to soften up, NA is sensitive to back pressure so you have to have enough outlets or it won't work and if you have too many there isn't enough velocity to keep it from burning back into the plenum. I didn't express myself very well regarding burner types and effectiveness, I'll try again. It doesn't matter how you get fuel and air in the furnace, equal quantity per second is equal output. A gun burner is easy to make, you see a lot of fancy stuff but most aren't important to function. The farther from the furnace you introduce the gas the better it mixes, turn a corner or two and you're golden. However to adjust output you must make two adjustments, fuel AND air. A NA burner requires some precision, the gas jet must be centered down the mixing tube and the correct diameter and position from the tube's beginning. Air intakes: position, type and size tube length are all factors that make significant differences in outputs. However, once you have a NA burner tuned changing output is just a matter of changing fuel psi. What's the purpose of changing the atmosphere in the forge? I can melt steel running a SLIGHTLY reducing flame, the NARB forge is close but that's the forge not the burners. Frosty The Lucky.
  14. Frosty

    DIY Micarta

    Casting resin is pretty clear. I picked up some for thick coating things like table tops and such at Home Depot that claims to set up clear. I used it with a little xylene as a thinner and retarder to stabilize Myrtle wood for scales to finish the seax collaboration project I got involved in. The quart mason jar I used for a vacuum chamber worked a treat but the left over resin set up even with the xylene. I guess it's ability to retard setting is limited. Anyway, the resin is a very pale amber at 3.5" thick. Also I cut bright green felt for spacers the G Flex epoxy I used to glue the handle made it into micarta in place. I should've used 2 layers but it didn't discolor in such a thin layer. Have you thought about collecting lint from the clothes dryer for micarta? Frosty The Lucky.
  15. Do you really need to answer these questions now? If you give them wrong info they will never forget like an albatross around your neck. Gvt is like that. Think of the official gvt questions like a list of ingredients and look them up before you start answering them let alone turn them in! Frosty The Lucky.