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  1. This latest video has a production glitch.. I am posting it because it's has good information other than the non sync issue which is in process with the software company.. I really don't want to edit it again in the other software as I'm burnt out.. I can do about 40hrs on the edit than I start going crazy and want to run away.. **** this video was in response to a comment from a fellow smith about how plain and not really graceful a 4 rod handle is vs a higher count handle.. While I for the most part agree there are ways to make a lower count handle as graceful and interesting.. This is an example I forged to show him.. This video is more about the handle itself and how it's done.. The end finial is not really covered as this technique was covered in the "How to Forge bolts"video..
  2. Here is some unique chain that came into my hands, I've never seen any like this. Just curious if anyone else has. Each link is approximately 6-1/2" x 3-3/4" x 7/8". This piece of chain is 17 ft long. There is some extensive wearing on the insides of each link were it touches another. I am curious as to why this chain was made with grooves in it.
  3. Good day. I forged this out a little while ago. I wasn't even planning on making chain, it just happened haha. I burned a few of the links a little bit, but all in all, I learned SO MUCH about forge welding through this little project. The links are kind of odd shaped too, but this is my first go. Show me your chain! I would like to see what others have made. Shoddy picture, sorry.
  4. I recently had occasion to visit West Point, including Constitution Island across the Hudson River. There they have some reproduction links of the Great Chain that was stretched across the Hudson River to prevent British ships from passing. It was floated on log rafts across the river. Each link is about 2' long. A short climb through the woods at the island brought us to Redoubt #7, which has a commanding view across the Hudson towards West Point (third picture). Along the way, we passed an old stone wall, on which was resting a rather large abandoned piece of wrought iron. The last pic (not mine) are the only existing links of the original chain. They reside at Trophy Point within the West Point grounds.
  5. Zyphiza

    First try at Damascus

    From the album: first try at damascus

    Made this today was a good learning experience
  6. I have a Fisher #4 chain vise that I have never seen anywhere else. I was told by many it was a homemade setup and recently found the original 1889 patent application on Goggle. I have searched for years to find another one of these. Amazing what you can find it you search long enough. If you know of another like this let me know. Sorry, it's not for sale.
  7. I went to a preview of an Estate Auction in Port Newark, NJ today. Definitely falls into the category of heavy iron. I am standing in front of a 13? yd clamshell scoop, used for dredging in NY harbor. They say it weighs 24,000 lbs. Lots of anchor chain. Some parts out of a big crane. The gear is about 8' diameter. Anchors. From about 1500 lb to 3000 lb.
  8. Woman with Haflingers wants a "bitch hook" No, that's what she said, honest. Looked it up, and found bitch hook n. a curved metal device used with a chain to hold or secure lumber or other things, or to brake a sled on descents. Also bitch link. Editorial Note: The unpublished manuscript for the Lexicon of Trade Jargon (circa 1938-39, now at the Library of Congress) includes in its section on “Lumber Workers’ Slang and Jargon” an entry for bitch chain and defines it as a “Heavy, short chain with hook and ring, used to fasten the lower end of a ‘gin pole’ (q.v.) to a sled or car when loading logs. bitch link, “In logging: a pear-shaped link on the end of a chain, larger and heavier than other links. When the chain is run through an opening a choker can be looped through this link to secure it Okey. Anyone have one, or can direct me to a picture of same?
  9. Here are some lights i made, 6 in total. they were 29" tall be 17" wide and weighed about 80lbs Had to had forge over 250 pieces. 6 sided with the back 3 sides solid so no direct light shines into the Gazebo.
  10. Been having issues with forge welding for a while, either not hot enough or I melt it off, finally worked out i needed a deeper fire pt and which layer on the fire to forge weld in. Used a coke forge to do it in with some borax as flux. Started with a nice used chunky motorcycle chain, cut about 15cm off, heated and flattened it. Folded it 3 times and then drew it out into a small blade. Used a good 15-20 welding heats to do it in a a pile of flux, was hard to get out all of the air gaps in the billet, but I think I did alright, only one little crack from a small bit of failed weld in the whole blade, so once again i am happy for a first go. Had a little play with etching it up,only had lemon juice and vinegar to play with, few hours in the juice seemed to go alright, not the pattern I was expecting. Unfortunately the picture really doesn't show the pattern at all. Been hunting ferric chloride, but most people over here stopped selling it due to environmental issues. All in all it was a good learning experience and I ended up with something functional. Ill prob just slam a small wooden handle onto the end of it and keep in my "reference section" of things I have made . Looking to try some cable next, just waiting to see if the supplier still has any left.
  11. The other day, someone messaged me about how to make chainmail. So I created a tutorial and sent it to him. this is that tutorial. I hope that my diminutive knowledge of the maille making craft can at least help some of you who aspire to make some. I found out how to make maille by youtube, and www.mailleartisans.org. I in no way pretend to know a lot about Chainmaille, I just feel that knowledge is best used if it's spread. so here is how to make European 4 in 1 chainmaille, enjoy :) materials: steel wire (anything 12 gauge and below is too big to work with, and 18 and above is too small.) two pliers (I find that needle nose work best) cutting device (there are many, and they all produce different types of cuts, search mailleartisans.org for great in-depth information. for my chainmail, i use a pair of small bolt cutters.) straight, cylindrical object (most people use wooden dowels, but i had none left around so i used a screwdriver. the reason people use dowels is so they know the size of the inside of the rings. i didnt really care, so i just used a screwdriver. I later found the diameter of it to be 5/16".) gloves are optional, i wear them because the tip of the wire hurts my fingers. how to do it: first, unravel a bit of wire and place it on top of the screwdriver perpendicular to how it's laying like so: second, proceed to coil the wire around the dowel or screwdriver for however long you see fit. third, cut off the coil from the spool of wire at the base of where the wire starts to coil around the dowel. fourth, cut the coil in a straight line (important!) to produce rings fifth, slightly open one ring with pliers. sixth, weave two rings inside the open ring, and close all rings. seventh, repeat steps five and six as many times as desired. eighth, open a ring that's holding two rings, and weave it into two rings that are attatched to another one ring. so the rings follow a 2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1 pattern. nineth, repeat step eight until desired length is aquired. tenth, make a separate chain of 2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1 eleventh, take a single open link not connected to the two chains , and weave it where two of the top "two" rings and two of the bottome "two" rings overlap. twelfth, repeat step eleven until you have a nice lattice of european 4 in 1 chainmail :) if you have any questions, contact me, or see youtube and mailleartisans.org thank you for reading, I hope this tutorial is helpful to at least one of you! :)
  12. I realize it's not an original concept. but I was happy with the function of my new chain hold down. I have two different hooks on the back side so the chain can hold straight across the anvil (and near the hardy hole) or diagonal across the main face allowing holding down either lengthwise or across the anvil face. I used 3/8" rod, upset so a washer couldn't slide past the top. holding the spring in place. I had been looking for uncoated chain for it, but came across some cheap stainless steel chain this weekend. :D