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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. Good move pnut! There is a lot to be said for folk who show us what NOT to do but that's only true within reason. Some things are just too wrong to need much instruction or demonstration to know they're a BAD IDEA. Quenching in too small a volume of oil is right up there too. Did you see the episode of FIF where the guy almost burned his garage and house down when his quench boiled over? How many times have you seen the oh so flashy interrupted quench send a ball of flames 8'+ into the air? You can watch guys send fire balls into the rafters of their garages on Youtube. If there weren't so many guys out there who just don't know any better I'd think the gene pool was just chlorinating itself. Then again, maybe anybody who believe what they see on TV? Frosty The Lucky.
  2. That's one happy looking dog, sure the berries weren't starting to ferment? Frosty The Lucky.
  3. Welcome aboard Blueberry, glad to have you. Do you have an easier to remember handle we can use? Blueberry is kind of awkward to me but if there's significance for you we LOVE a good story. I love the way your forge looks but the lid serves no purpose as a forge. Take a look in the solid fuel forge section, there are all kinds of efficient and inexpensive forges posted. As it sits and burns I'm thinking it'd be an outstanding chiminea for the yard or deck. A number of guys are making chiminea from old propane tanks to look like Minions and they're pretty darn marketable. Sell a few and buy something nice for the shop, hmmmm? Check out the JABOD (Just A Box Of Dirt) forge, the basic design is as old as humans have been hammering metal and the current version is actually darned nice. Frosty The Lucky.
  4. A centrifugal blower won't be at all, if you cover either the intake or outlet with your hand you can feel the pressure fall off as the flow reduces. However the motor might depend on air flowing through the blower for cooling. If so I choke the blower intake, increasing air draw through the motor. Don't let the increased "scream" of the blower and motor fool you, they're speeding up because they're doing less work moving less air. A friend had to prove it to me with a multi meter which showed a clear drop in amperage when I blocked either or both intake or outlet. Less air, less work, less amperage, less heat. It was a head slapping moment, after that I listened to motor noise differently. Frosty The Lucky.
  5. Nice bowl, I like it! Just take a grinder to the weld, I won't tell. With your work as nice is it usually is, who cares if your welds are pretty? You aren't doing structural welds, so concentrate on your talents for now. Maybe someday you'll need pretty welds, call these practice. Frosty The Lucky.
  6. I wish I did but no matter how tough a hard refractory is it's in a frame with a considerable COE (Coefficient of Expansion) it moves a lot as it heats and cools and hard refractories move very LITTLE. The best I've seen is from Mikey and the thermal baffle. A porch of some sort in front of the openings, I like refractory but if it's below the openings far enough steel might be okay. Baffles rather than doors, they let exhaust gasses out of the forge chamber so NA burners don't suffer high back pressure, where doors can be a problem for anything but gun burners. The baffle works by heating up and reradiating IR back into the forge chamber which is how the liner in the forge works. Mike likes high alumina Kiln shelf, it's really tough stuff, is impervious to forge welding fluxes and our forges don't get hot enough for them to notice. You've noticed how hot it is standing in front of a HOT forge. Yes? You weren't close enough to be catching heat off the dragon's breath but it's still hotter than blazes. Yes? I can feel either of mine from 40' away and it'll make you red in a minute or two inside of 15'. My next forge build won't have "doors" it'll get baffles. And there's Latticino! Typing at the same tie I am again I see. He's built more kilns and furnaces than most everybody I know, his opinion is well worth consideration. Frosty The Lucky.
  7. Welcome aboard South Fork, glad to have you. That's a nice size anvil, light enough to be portable and heavy enough to do serious work. I'm afraid I can't suggest a maker let alone tell you name and date. The half round notch in the foot is intriguing, part of the hold down plan I imagine. It might have come with a stand or perhaps the maker was hoping to sell stands if only one would work. Like I say intriguing. The plugged pritchel looks to be the result of the cut under the heal, maybe not. Just as a matter of interest, the idea that the handling holes are an indication it's a forged anvil is urban myth. They had to handle them to grind them too. That isn't on you, it's pretty common thought but my Soderfors has square handling holes and it's cast steel. I'd have to think and play with it for a while before repairing that missing edge, there's plenty of good edge on both sides so I could work around it easily enough. If there were more of the face delaminated around it I'd give repair serious consideration. She's a pretty good looking anvil as she is, baring something unseen. Frosty The Lucky.
  8. Without redesigning your doors the KOL is going to chip off when the door closes. Even if it's not in direct contact with the forge shell the angle iron is and it WILL move with the heat and KOL isn't flexible so it'll break up. You can see how the frame is pulling away from the KOL in the pic. Yes? I'm thinking a line of stove rope around the shell where the door makes contact MIGHT help. I've stopped trying to make hinged doors because of how the refractory seems determined to break up. Frosty The Lucky.
  9. Solo: You need to watch your language, this is a family site. If you didn't want people to look at and discuss your forge why did you post pictures? Frosty The Lucky.
  10. It must've been 25 years ago, I was watching Bob Villa on a TV show, I don't think it was This Old House but maybe. Anyway, a crew was standing a 2nd. floor wall he'd shown how to use a square to mark the stud locations in the floor plate so they'd be nice and square and a couple other things The crew were being quiet and looking occupied as he talked. After it was nailed he was standing there talking and finally asked if they were ready to stand the wall. The foreman, lead guy whatever said, "Soon as you're out of the way Bob." He hustle out and the crew stood the wall. As soon as it was upright Bob was right back center stage describing how to brace it when a gust of wind blew it over. A crewman grabbed Bob who was instinctively trying to stop it. The closing scene is Bob standing on the edge of the floor looking over the edge while the crew stepped up to look. The lead guy laid his hand on Bob's shoulder as he looks over and says, "That's why we never park next to the building Bob." The camera panned over the edge to show about 20' of framed wall laying on Bob Villa's shiny pristine pickup truck. Remember kids, TV and Movies are make believe. Still I believe they should show basic safe practices. Perhaps if IFI were to do a letter or phone drive to improve their standards? Maybe calling OSHA and raising Cain? Frosty The Lucky.
  11. Very nice Frazer. Tweaking them after setting the pivot is normal, heck you'll probable be tweaking them for different stock and scroll sizes unless you make several pair. Well done. Frosty The Lucky.
  12. I've done a lot of forging around a camp fire and a bag make a fine bellows. Using a piece of pipe from the bag to the fire you open the mouth of the bag to inflate it and close the bag around the pipe to blast the fire. It work amazingly well and you can improve it with a stick or two to press down on the bottom of the bag. OR you can tape a stone to the middle and let it provide a slow steady blast. By bottom I mean the end farthest from the opening. A pillow case makes a fine bellows. Frosty The Lucky.
  13. I'd like to hear it too, from a distance. You have to be able to call the hands to meals on a large farm you know. We used to have a neighbor just down the hill from us who complained to animal control if our barn dog barked. Got her a ticket and $500 fine the second time. I was tempted to make a triangle wind chime from a length of RR rail but Deb said, NO! Oh well, somebody has to the the adult. <sigh> Frosty The Lucky.
  14. That's quite an article George, thanks for linking us. I've only given it a quick scan but if I'm not mistaken most of the fancy work was tin plated brass/bronze. I'm thinking it wouldn't be too hard to find a college student or two to do the leather and plated fittings. Dressing the blade would be the tricky part but if a person wants to make knives, necessary skill sets. Thanks again for the article. Frosty The Lucky.