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Quiet little weekend...except for the tink....tink....tink.....

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Had a nice weekend and got some hours in on the forge. Amongst the projects:

 

- fixed the parts for a messed up dragon doorknocker

 

- forged some copper wings for it. (one part will take soldering)

 

- toyed with forging aluminum for the first time

 

- modified a hammer into a diagonal peen

 

- just barely began a knife from a little chunk of file (got tired, didn't finish)

 

- made an oogly nail header and a few nails

 

- couple of new punches

 

- did some hammer and hardy tool holders for my stump,

 

- straightened and started grinding/filing a ballpeen tomahawk. (yeah, it's got some fuller marks to take out, but hey, it's a first.)

 

- worked on my bulldog bottle openers, definitely better.

 

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They ain't perfect, but they're mine. Also spent some time with the umm, whatta ya call 'em....wife and kids? I'll can always sleep when I'm dead. How was your weekend?

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The aluminum items are hard to see because they're not in the pics. :) Sorry. Didn't take any pics, but I didn't burn them up at least. Just kinda knocked some ingots into bar shape for fun.

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Aluminum is fun to forge once you get a feel for it. Anneal it using a stick heat it and run the stick down it, when the stick leaves a brown line it's done, if it leaves a black mark it's still good. When the black mark burns off clean you've about maxed the temp but that is a decent temp for hot forging Al. You don't need to hot forge Al just learn to recognize when it's work hardened and anneal.

 

Forging copper is more fun but a different animal.

 

Love the pug bottle opener, I'm gonna have to give it a try. Is there a how to here? Link please? <hopeful grin>

 

Frosty The Lucky.

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I did not have quite as much forge time as you did but, i did get in a little hammering today. Made my third ever cooking fork and got the matching handles made for a ladle and spatula to go with it. I am going to make a copper blade for the spatula and copper bowl for the ladle.

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