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#1 SJC

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Posted 13 June 2004 - 12:52 PM

Now that I have mine, I'm okay with letting folks know that Randall makes really cool forges. I got it home last week and fired it up the following morning. I was working on a small hammer and a form to use for making bowperches. I had the gas valve at half open and it was plenty to heat the old Model A axle up to forging temp. I had it in the garage but it is getting too warm for that. Come cooler weather I'll move it back into the garage and it should heat it just fine.
I got the small one-burner forge and had it modified to do hawks and hammers as well as knives. It is a little larger and has larger openings. Randall added two small shelves to set firebrick on to close up the openings for blade work.
I'm in the middle of a seven day stretch of twelves at work so it will be Thursday before I can get back to finishing the hammer and starting on a hawk and a small blade. Can't wait!
If you're looking for a gas forge then Randall's forges deserve a look. A friend has a two-burner model and I have the large single-burner model. We both like them a lot. I like the idea of being able to fire up the forge when I only have a little time to work. I'm sure that i'm going to get a lot of use out of this forge. Thanks Randall!!   Steve

#2 wardn1

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Posted 16 June 2004 - 12:28 PM

I'll second that!  The forge I got from Randal works fantastic.  It's one of the best tools I've ever bought.

Steve, I'm glad you've been getting a chance to try out the new forge.  I can't wait to see what you've been working on.

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#3 Kristopher Skelton

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Posted 16 June 2004 - 01:01 PM

Let's get the basics :)
how much?  how do we order? Venturi or forced air?  Propane or Natural gas? Do you have any pics?

Thanks guys!  Alway good to know what the available options are.
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#4 SJC

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Posted 17 June 2004 - 09:48 PM

Ward, How ya been? Working on anything special? I've been making somer tools so that I can fabricate a bow perch or two for the local Falconers' club. I just got a pair of V-tongs to make the hammer making process a little safer. I have to do the final shaping and then punch the eye and do the heat-treat. I'll let you know how it goes.
eb, My forge is a single burner with firebrick floor. It has rectangular doors but can be had with triangular shaped doors for blade work. I wanted to make some hawks so Randall made the forge a little bigger and the openings larger too. Mine runs on Propane but I'm sure you can get one for natural gas. It doesn't need a blower so you can set it up anywhere. I'll try to post some dimensions (I think mine was made from 8" pipe about 12" long with a single burner.).  If you want the particulars you can check out Randall's website. It isn't done yet but it will give you the contact information. Try:   rhgraham.com   I'm sure you can have one made to suite you. I paid $325 plus shipping for mine. He can send them UPS if you aren't in MN or WI.

#5 R.H.Graham

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 01:34 PM

I got the new site working,  www.rhgraham.com , on the tech page I'm putting on info on forges of all kinds, how-too's and stuff, check it out if ya'll get a chance... it'll be an ongoing project slipped in between all the other stuff i don't have enough time to work on either...

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