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  1. I used to camouflage my propane forge to get the period police to leave me alone. Frosty The Lucky.
  2. I keep mine trimmed to about 3/4"-1" or it snags on things. Mine stops itching about 1/4" but that first week is crazy making. I'm forever feeling or looking for what's crawling on my face. I used to shave in summer but Deb prefers the beard, probably because it covers part of my face. Frosty The Lucky.
  3. Asking the same question in different posts won't get you faster nor better information, it's more likely to annoy people, especially some of the more than 56,000 members around the planet who don't have broad band and have to pay time or data rates for their connections. Patience will be rewarded. Frosty The Lucky.
  4. No pet names where you're from? Cool casket book case. Book Coffin? I've seen row boat book cases but I think this is the first book coffin. I like it. I shaved a 25 yro beard when we started wearing face masks against Covid. Don't worry, you don't really look any funnier without it, it just seems that way. Once you get a little color only family will know. After better than a year and full vaccination I started letting it grow again a couple weeks ago. Talk about feel and look funny! Frosty The Lucky.
  5. My 125lb. Sorceress #5 is stamped 1923 or 26, I don't recall. It's one or the other and I had it wrong for years until I took a wire brush and cleaned it out better. So it's 23 or 26 and I'm not going to dig my way in the door and brush it to check. I just like to use it, don't really care how old it is. Sweetest anvil I've ever struck. Frosty The Lucky.
  6. That's a great temp, wet it and throw the towel IN the forge, and bag the forge in plastic. Once Kastolite sets you can't wash it off in a flowing creek, I didn't try a pressure washer but couldn't get it off with less than hammer and chisel. Seriously, I couldn't get it to clean out of a cut down plastic milk jug I used to mix it. Frosty The Lucky.
  7. Better than being dissatisfied. Frosty The Lucky.
  8. Learning Curves got me slapped as a teenager. Ahhh, good times. Frosty The Lucky.
  9. My goodness D, did you go to the scrap yard in search of hard to use scrap? Maybe you're playing a cruel joke on us TBI survivors by describing things meant to give us headaches? It does, my head HURTS the voices are arguing and poking my eyes with sticks from the inside! If you're going to drill holes and tap them, good luck on the fish plates they are NOT normalized mild. Anyway, how about picking up some decent weight bar, say 1/2 or 3/4" x 3 or 4" and a little 1" sq. Cut the bar in two pieces equaling the height of your portable hole and drilling maybe 2 holes on each side at one end
  10. Double ENDED, like a barbell sort of? Surely you don't mean two faced! Frosty The Lucky.
  11. A couple eyes and feelers and it'd make a fair worm. Hmmm, maybe an open maw and teeth would make it a sellable item? Okay, a mokume gane saddle and a forged axe wielding pixie. War worm cavalry! It's official regimental air would be Garryloamen in Glory! Frosty The Lucky.
  12. Forgive my dented memory for forgetting you live only about 70 miles up the highway from us. Did you score any of Kevin's gear? When Covid settles out we'll have to get together. Have you been making club meetings? I've been staying here in the trees but plan on making the next one unless Covid flares up again. Frosty The Lucky.
  13. It sure looks like you drew the heat treatment out of the bottom 6" of the blade. I don't recall, is this a user or wall hanger? Frosty The Lucky.
  14. What do you have for shop tools? If you have a grinder yard, garage, etc. sale punches turn right into hot punches Hole punches that is. Pin punches work best as they don't taper, tapered punches work well for putting a taper in one end of a hole intended for a rivet. A little coil spring and some hammer time is a good way for beginners to develop basic skills AND their tool kit. Punches, drifts, chisels are common every day hand tools for the smith and a good place to start learning about medium carbon steel. If you want to buy new, search the internet or call a farrier (horse shoer) i
  15. MAN, Resp o rator sure expects it's users to spit a LOT! Do they offer spit bottles with some style? Maybe a critter with a lampray mouth or a kissing bug? Ooh OOH a Kermit! You could make a killing in after market sales! Frosty The Lucky.
  16. Oh NO, please do write in haste. I LOVE a good straight line and that was a good one. I can laugh, I do it all the time, we all do. Frosty The Lucky.
  17. Yeah, trim them 1/16", debur with a torch file and test until they get close to tuned then start taking minute amounts off with sand paper till they're right. They'll get REALLY loud when they start getting close. I mean SCREAMING SHREAKING LOUD. The flame will start to get more clear too. Frosty The Lucky.
  18. Well . . . THERE'S your problem. You want to apply standards to FIF? Frosty The Lucky.
  19. That will make it worse. Without a solid full surface join between the two pieces it'll lose energy fast, the cast iron is way better. Just keep your eyes open for a piece of bar stock, a truck axle, RR car coupler, etc. They make fine anvils. Frosty The Lucky.
  20. I couldn't tell if it was misaligned or a bad camera angle through the ports. Hopefully the next pic will be at a better angle and we can address alignment. Frosty The Lucky.
  21. I don't see lack of general skill being a barrier for contestants. Frosty The Lucky.
  22. Nicely said Joey. Welcome aboard Martello, glad to have you. If you'll put your general location in the header you might be surprised how many members live within visiting distance. You've run into something folks breaking into a new craft often run into. You designed a tool without knowing how to use it let alone how to make one. Now you're looking for another one you can subject to "CRAZY ABUSE"? You need some time working with an experienced smith, someone who will yell at you and make you sweep floors if you abuse a tool. Even the poorest Chinese cast iron ASO (Anvil Shape
  23. The easy tong BP is about as good a way to make a pair to start as it gets. Take a look at the improvised anvils here. https://www.iforgeiron.com/topic/42290-another-rail-road-iron-anvil/ You'll find most cast anvils sold currently at large stores, etc. are iron and poor anvils. Does yours show marks in the face? If not you might have lucked into a cast steel one. Anyway, anvils are everywhere they just aren't necessarily shaped like the ever popular London pattern anvil. Any reasonably heavy piece of steel makes a fine anvil, a hardy hole can be made as a stand alone, search out Por
  24. Welcome aboard, glad to have you. Do you have a nick name, web handle or something less clumsy we can address you by? We might remember something we can pronounce. Sharing shop space can work out well, sometimes not, it's well worth taking a shot at it though. Have you talked him into joining Iforge? We REALLY enjoy helping folks become well ad truly addicted to blacksmithing. What kind of forge do you use? Anvil(s), etc.? How about some pics of your: equipment, tools, shop, etc. We LOVE pics. Do you have something in mind to make? Frosty The Lucky.
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