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Ha, very nice JHCC. 

Second batch of corkscrews is ready to be dropped off tomorrow. This one definitely took longer to do. Mostly because I procrastinated on doing the twists until most of the first batch had sold. I made wall hangers for about half of them this time.

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Got some toolings ready (over the last few days)

An Anvil saddle, will be used for splitwork This piece was inspired by something I found in Otto Schmirlers book:


My interpretation :):






The plate is made from C45 (similar to 4130 if I´m right). A usefull projekt with some heavy-forgings, heavy weldings, heavy heattreatment and not at least: heavy desperation

This was a realy heavy day :)



Also made some chisles and tools for my treadlehammer:




And at the end of the session also did an often postponed repair of my old farrier waterbucket.

When I started my career as farrier 20 years ago,  this was a gift from one of my first clients. And as I´m a little superstitious I feel better repairing this old guy than buying a new one. :)





Mig-welded and tinned should rest for the next 20 years:lol:



Greetings Sascha

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Wow! Great work. I just had a lazy day. Needed an "easy" win and made a crappy little bottle opener. Only challenge I had was starting with 3/8" square stock. Upsetting and pulling out the material to the right size was a tricky thing and of course I got a bad cold shut. It was a neat experiment I suppose. 


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Sascha: Over here we'd call that an "anvil bridge" a tool that allows you to work things like fork tines without straightening them out first. By forging with one tine on top and the other or rest underneath. Picture holding two fingers apart and slipping them over your other hand. Like that, make sense?

2 hours ago, Helena said:

and made a crappy little bottle opener.

Doesn't it work or are you commenting on the quality of the beer? It'd have to be a mighty bad cold shut to cause problems on a bottle opener. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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Also on the "Bridge" side of things.  Anvil saddles are in contact with the anvil face---like a saddle is in contact with the horses back.  A Bridge is a work area spaced off above the anvil's face.

Didn't get into the shop this weekend. Drove the 2 hours down to go check up on my Mother.  Boy these trips will be more fun when the fleamarkets open again!


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6 minutes ago, Helena said:

But with bad anxiety and the sense that I don't really belong with all the guys

I smith among a bunch of other stuff including gardening to curb the heavy weight of anxiety and depression I have had since childhood. Creative expression is necessary to be free from the clutches of our mind whether it be forging, painting, or martial arts. Creative expression is lacking in todays society and it shows.

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^ In regards to Helen's statement there.

I'm with jungle here...

I work full time at a sign shop.

At home, I get into rc cars, shooting, fishing, woodworking, vinyl graphics &stickers, model cars, custom gun cerakoting, old cars, and smithing. (Knives mostly)

All while dealing with PTSD, cervical vertabrea damage, old age catching up with me, and being a perfectionist to the point of frustration...

The things we make, and create, are our way of dealing with life, and what it throws at us... perfect it will never be... but awesome it can be.:D

As far as not belonging with the guys- yeah, you're right. You don't.... cause you're a female smith!! You're better than the boys!:P:P a heck of a lot more accomplished than me already!

Never let anybody make you feel like you cant do something someone else can.. especially yourself!!! I tell my daughter & granddaughters that all the time. If you can think it... and figure out how to physically do it- safely... you can do it. Male, or female. 

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Helena, we all sell ourselves short.  We know where the flaws are in a project.  Nothing is ever going to be exactly perfect.  Just get it as close to right as you can with the time and money that is available.

If you sell something, and the check clears the bank, you did well.  The name on the check proves that.

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Inspired by one of Joey van der Steeg’s videos, I made one of the scribes from it. Didn’t get a picture of it before I passed it along to a friend at work, but I made another one last night. This one was more of my take. Almost want to paint it yellow with a black lettered “No. 10000” on it.

Keep it fun!




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Made a pretty basic grill fork from a spike, practiced splitting steel with a chisel to do it, started making a spike spatula and then cooked a couple hot dogs in the flame of my propane forge.  Tomorrow I'm going to work on a few knives, one of them being from a bolt I found by the rail road tracks.  Mystery steel but I have 2 and one will be my test piece for heat treating.

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Hey Chad, would love to see some pictures. I've made a few forks and about 5 spatulas from rr spikes. Lots of material there if you upset or section it right. A flatter does wonders on forging the final spatula shape. 

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2 hours ago, Chad J. said:

Mystery steel

Those bolts are likely going to run somewhere between 0.15-0.30% C depending on the grade.

For what it's worth, I can say that my experience with RR steels has matched the info in that blueprint for the most part and I have made a few tools using those bolts specifically.

If you're looking to make a knife from railroad scrap, your best bet is going to be railroad clips or anchors. Still, it's always a good idea to test salvaged/scrap material as the "true" alloy will remain an unknown and is going to depend on when it was made and by whom. 


Jungle, a few serrations and that could also carve a mean pumpkin.

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