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  1. Admanfrd


    Hi everyone, second day of smithing... Sort of. Can I get a short tutorial on how to hammer a bevel? I don't want to grind too much and lose density in the metal. Thanks!
  2. Hey guys, I'm trying to figure out where I went wrong with fire welding the other day. I'm using a coal forge first off. So I decided I was just going fire weld two pieces of scrap to learn how, but I failed miserably. Can't even figure out how I failed. My process was as follows: Started forge (duh, lol) Got fire pot nice and deep and fully glowing (Aprox. 7-9 inch heart)(Metal is of larger size) Picked two pieces, one 8" x 3" the other about 7" x 3" Heated (first time) to glowing, my normal working heat. Failed Realized I would need much more heat, heated to nearly burnt (Where it sparks) Still failed. Added forge borax (Actually called Cherry Heat http://www.centaurforge.com/Cherry-Heat-Welding-Compound-5-lb-can/productinfo/5CHERRY/) I cleaned the metal off with a wire brush first, then applied the powder, but I admit I had now idea how to use it still failed. Decided I needed help. Can anyone help me figure out where I went wrong, or give me a run down of how you do it?
  3. Hello all, I have recently decided to scrap my super cheap forge I rigged from an outdoor fireplace. I'm trying to get a medium sized forge that I will basically only use for forge welding since welding heats are far too difficult to attain in my propane forge. My shop is definitely permanently established so I decided I will make the forge out of bricks and mortar, since I have no access to a welder. Also, I'm trying to keep cost to a minimum since, well, money doesn't grow on trees for the hobby blacksmith. I have a few things I would greatly appreciate if ya'll could help me with them. First of all, what the heck am I supposed to use for a firepot/tuyere assembly? This one has really been stumping me. I don't want to use a brake drum really because it didn't work well for me last time I attempted to use it. Also, it's not quite deep enough for my purposes of wanting to forge weld a lot. Also, finding steel pipe above an inch in diameter that ISN'T galvanized is nearly impossible and I cherish my health so I won't be using that. Please let me know any means of obtaining a solid way of achieving this without the galvanized steel and a welder. Also, if it isn't possible for cheap either then let me know! It's part of the hobby I guess... Secondly, I can't figure out what to use for a blower. I used to use a shop-vac and I felt like I needed to wear earplugs after extended use of it in my shop. It's loud and obnoxious. What means of achieving a strong enough airflow to forge weld do you guys recommend? I also have access to lots of firebricks and refractory cement just to let you know. Thank you guys so much for any help you give. I greatly appreciate the time you take to read and/or reply to this. Also, please ignore any grammatical errors. I've been out of school for a few weeks now and my brain has transformed into summer mode... :P Thanks so much! Ryan
  4. Someone on craigslist posted an anvil for sale (see pic). They say it is 146lbs and is 11" H x 4" W x 28" L. The asking price is $250... this is all I know about it. Can anyone identify the maker? Is this an anvil or an ASO? Is this a good price to pay, and if not what is?
  5. Hello, I am in Canton Georgia about 1 hour from Atlanta. I am looking for someone who can help me with my senior project, The project starts in about a month and i wish to know/meet my facilitator before that. If anyone can help, message me. Thank you.
  6. I know everyone points at the sticky thread for groups... I've checked it. I have tried the Alabama Forge Council website, left messages for the president and the person listed as the Bay Chapter head. Even checking on the groups in Mississippi. The Bay chapter's person did not respond to my email and the phone number listed on the website doesn't work. The Mississippi groups are really not close enough for it to be feasible for me to get to spend much time there due to my work and family life. So if there is anyone who can help me find a local group or just even individual smiths willing to let a newb stop in and chat once in a while... please let me know by either posting here or PM me. Thanks everyone. Ken
  7. Hey Folks, I´d like to ask for your advise on a project I want to start soon. My shop is half oudoors so I have a roof over the head but literally no walls. Until now I have always had my forge standing just free and hoped for good wind... But as you can imagine I take quite a lot smoke and dust and I mustn´t damage my body with stuff like that at my age. So I want to install a smoke hood over my forge. The only problem is that I only have a very limited budget of about 180$. So I guess I have to take a DIY-solution. After some research and discussions with some fellow blacksmiths I came to the conclution that this design (I know I ain´t very good at drawing...) would give me the biggest bang for my buck: This is my shop: And this is the design I´d like to try: The hood will be built from an old oil barrel, cut out on the front and bent upside to form a guiding-shield. On top of that the chimney will be installed reaching through the roof of my forge with min. 8" diameter. Would you also advise me to do it like that or do you have a solution (any construction plans) that might be more (cost)effective? I´d be very happy about any advise you give me! - Daniel
  8. Hi Folks, I've made a very small forge in an old coffee can. It uses a swirl torch (http://bit.ly/MMiI94) for a burner, and is filled with ceramic blanket insullation. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for improvment of this forge (so "get a new burner" or "throw it out" doesn't really count). I find that if I shrink the inner space to about 2-3" diameter, I can get an orange to bright orange heat on 1/2" square, but it takes a little while. It's not bad all in all, but I'd like to see if I can get a bit more heat out of it. Any suggestions for internal arrangment, positioning of insulator, firebrick vs blanket, angle of burner, etc? Here's some photos: http://dl.dropbox.co...os/IMG_9723.JPG http://dl.dropbox.co...os/IMG_9724.JPG http://dl.dropbox.co...os/IMG_9725.JPG http://dl.dropbox.co...os/IMG_9726.JPG http://dl.dropbox.co...os/IMG_9727.JPG http://dl.dropbox.co...os/IMG_9731.JPG http://dl.dropbox.co...os/IMG_9733.JPG http://dl.dropbox.co...os/IMG_9737.JPG http://dl.dropbox.co...os/IMG_9738.JPG http://dl.dropbox.co...os/IMG_9739.JPG Here's a quick video of it in action: [media=] Thanks! Sean
  9. I'm trying to make a bellows out of a trash bag, and a pipe. But when i push down on the trash bag air goes everywhere else in the bag instead of through the pipe, and if i do manage to get the air out through the pipe its a weak amount of air, then the bag wont refill with air. Also if this helps with finding out the problem all i did was tape the opening of the trash bag onto one end of the pipe. So if anyone would let me know what im doing wrong, help would be appreciated.
  10. Hi all, I'm in need of a bit of help and advice, I've recently setup a small forge in the garden to start learning a bit of smithing and generally to get a bit creative with lumps of metal. It is made up from 2 scrappy old farriers (?) forges I got off of ebay. My problem is that I've had to use a bit of guesswork when reconstructing it, and after the initial success of a trial run with some charcoal, now I've got some Coke, I cannot get it to light properly or hold a decent fire. I am wondering if I need to build a fire pot in front of the tuyere, or raise the base of the forge up (It is 3" from the air hole at the moment)? I've read about lining the bottom of the forge with sand, is this right? Any advise would be greatfully accepted, as finding pictures of the bases of forges is seeming hard.
  11. I am writing a research paper on why the trade of blacksmithing almost died out in america in the middle of the 1960's and why it is haveing a strong reamergence now. I would appriciate any help with information on blacksmithingin the 1960's and if you are a blacksmith, if you could leave me information on when you started the trade,if it is a job or just a hobby, and short reason on what got you started or interested in blacksmithing. also if any one knows any blacksmiths makeing a liveing in the 1960' if you could ask them to chech this out i would appriciate it. Background on why i am doing this is for a college class and in about 2004 while in the navy i started getting into blacksmithing and later from my grandfather i found out that his father was a blacksmith barely makeing it in the 60's and because of this takeing any job he could to provide died from galvanised steel poisoning in 66 after battling from it several times. I heard that there were only a few blacksmiths doing it as a trade at this time and it interest me how such an awesome trade and art form can almost die. i think it would have been a huge lose.
  12. Hi, I just recently began looking into blacksmithing as a hobby and would like to purchase an anvil. Being new, I can't recognize a good anvil like you guys can! It is listed as approximately 140 lbs and is $320. The seller says that it rings when hit so it might be steel. He also thinks it might be from the early 1900s. Any opinions would be much appreciated.
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