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When you get the war office on your side with an enjoyable pastime that costs only beer and bolts you have scored a major victory.

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A handy thing is to paint that front piece with chalkboard paint to allow you to sketch ideas on it. (I have used old rusty steel, knock the loose rust off and the surface will take chalk pretty well)

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On 22/05/2017 at 1:05 AM, ThomasPowers said:

A handy thing is to paint that front piece with chalkboard paint to allow you to sketch ideas on it. (I have used old rusty steel, knock the loose rust off and the surface will take chalk pretty well)

I do agree Thomas and will find some black board paint. Thanks all for the interest !!

 

cheers from down under !!

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What did you use besides the shovels to support those timbers? Did you get a shop mongoose yet?

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 I am hoping to get a mongosling  ( I assume a baby mongoose ). I drilled and drove in bridge spikes, which were reclaimed from the bridge timber though the posts  each end into the timbers.  I have since covered in the holes from the inside using sheet tin and  copper clouts that were given to me.  We used to have mongooses  keeping verging down in  the East End Markets in South Australia back in the 1920's, they are only in zoos now down under. Pity about the king brown and tiger snakes. 

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Gents,  fired up the forge yesterday, had a few mates drop around, one worked the bellows for me, and also held the tongs while I cut a length of file with a cold chisel, then made a nice attempt at a herb cutting knife, also two hoof picks which a farrier mate swiped as the one I had made for his wife who is a riding instructor had been pinched by one of her students !! Hoof picks are something that you cannot buy a decent example of from feed or saddlery stores and can be made out of old horseshoes !! we then sat around and told lies over a few beers so consider the Gidgegannup Forge christened !!

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7 minutes ago, Irondragon Forge & Clay said:

Sounds like an excellent christening. Did anyone say hold my beer and watch this?:D

Surely you JEST IF&C! Can you imagine any Ausie asking anyone ELSE to hold his beer? :rolleyes:

Sounds good Heeler it's not right till you've blown the suds off a couple with some mates. 

I Can NOT express how happy I am we don't have poisonous snakes, bugs or such to worry about here. Sure the bears are dangerous but you can smell them a ways off.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Gentlemen, I am now on holidays and have been with the help of my potential son in law, putting up the front stoop on the smithy, we finished all the timberwork today, and will tomorrow order up the roofing iron. I reused old verandah posts from our old house, and old jarrah rafters. A few Millers Draught afterwards !!

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What, no Fosters! Lol

sorry about that I have a buddy who seems to like the stuff (I think it's the fact it comes in big cans) but when He wend down under her found the stuff universally reviled! But MGD? Don't you lot have decent beer? Lol.

Shop looks good, potential SIL looks like he could father some descent looking grand kids and is smart enugh to butter up the father of the bride to be. 

Try slitting and drifting the heal of those hoof pickes for bottle openers...

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The Pasty Pom, he is a roof leader from Bedfordshire. David will lead flash where the verandah roof joins the wall, he has already leaded in the forge chimney.  He is quite keen on shooting muzzle loaders and is learning to ride, might even team rope one day.

    Nobody drinks Fosters down under !! We do have plenty of good beer, don't worry, I just got a taste for Millers on the rodeo circuit years ago,  and it stacks up quite well against our own beers. I brew my own Coopers which is from my home state of South Australia.

   That is a great suggestion about my hoof picks doubling as bottle openers !!  We will in due course set a concrete floor down under the stoop,  I am also fitting a donated window into the shop opposite where the vice is. Thanks for the interest 

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I have a very good friend over in Perth, well ferndale actually. One day I may make the trip, looks like plenty of good folk to pester. 

As I joined the US Army and went to Germany, so I was spoiled to beer right from the jump. 

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Mate if you do get over we are only 40 minutes from the city centre so you had better come and stay. 

 

Cheers 

gordon

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Gentlemen, nearly finished,  still have to flash the stoop where it joins the smithy, and sheet metal flashing down each side of the stoop.  Roof now all screwed down, gutters on, and hood on over the window. Just the right amount of stygian darkness in the smithy, Hephaestus would be best pleased.  Last thing now is to concrete in the floor of the stoop and put up a hitching rail for the nags. 

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Gentlemen,

                     end of my holidays, and David finished off the lead flashing, linking the stoop to the smithy, we also stuck on a lucky horseshoe.  The final job will be to concrete the floor under the stoop. 

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