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#1 Sam Salvati

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 02:19 PM

Some neat techniques there, watch closely. My favorite was the double touchmark for the sledgehammer head.


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Posted 04 January 2012 - 02:36 PM

Wow, I'm impressed by their economy of motion. They all seem to know their job really well. I agree the double touchmark was really cool

Edited by N. Runals, 04 January 2012 - 06:05 PM.


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Posted 04 January 2012 - 03:00 PM

I liked the part where they were punching adze eyes, they made it look easy! Of course, anyone who can run a plasma cutter barefoot with no shades is tougher than I am anyway. :lol:

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 03:22 PM

amazing.

we owe you sam for finding all this awesome videos!

keep it up
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 03:52 PM

You guys just keep posting the awesome stuff you post and i'll keep doing the same B)
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:33 PM

I am always amazed at how quick specialists are , I have a lot to learn.
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 06:01 PM

Owen, I beleive and am coming to realise the more I do production stuff that it's not so much how much you know, it's how many have you done. With practice comes understanding and with understanding comes ideas on how to make it go faster and you just keep getting better and faster.
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 08:25 PM

WHAT! You "don't" run a plasma cutter barefoot? All the "better" metal workers are doing it nowdays! :D Very cool video Sam. They make it look easy.
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Posted 06 January 2012 - 04:40 AM

Sam , have you got a cool bashing films compilation together yet?
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Posted 06 January 2012 - 10:32 AM

the shaping of the diggin hoe/adze is just unreal... they have that process down to mach 1 ... alway wanted to forge one but jeez, it would take me two days to do what they did in less that 10 seconds..

looks like they're using old rails for steel stock cutting them up... a nice source of 1050

can you imagine working in a forge on a hot summer day in India ... man, its no wonder why he doesn't feel the sparks from the plasma



oh.. speak of vid's.. there was a vid of them in a casting shop in India.. casting iron in bare feet... now thats scary stuff

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 04:57 PM

Owen, I am working on it slowly!

Greg, it brakes me up to think, that maybe they used to do this kind of work here in the US, as I would love to do it for a living :D

I noticed the guy making the sickle shapes uses a very similar setup to the japanese, double round crowned face dies, I am amazed at the free form shaping you can do and how much control they give you.
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Posted 06 January 2012 - 05:13 PM

Greg, it brakes me up to think, that maybe they used to do this kind of work here in the US, as I would love to do it for a living :D


The smile means a joke yes?
I can not believe that any one of those Lohar there would not walk off the job in the middle of a heat and never return if they had the chance to work in a call center.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 05:23 PM

yeah because they don't do it by choice :D I would walk off my job ina call center in the middle of a call to work there!
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Posted 07 January 2012 - 05:44 AM

yeah because they don't do it by choice :D I would walk off my job ina call center in the middle of a call to work there!


its a funny old world , I would not want to an old time (or old world) blacksmith (especially an industrial one) I would be a more broken man than I am from working myself all these years.

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 12:53 PM

They are efficient! Funny, there are no Hindi words for "power", "Hammer", "grinding", "polishing", or "hardening"? :rolleyes:
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 11:10 AM

There's a cool photo essay from the New York Times on the guys in India making manhole covers pouring cast iron in buckets by hand standing barefoot in the casting sand...

http://www.nytimes.c...NHOLES_FEATURE/

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 05:24 PM

Greek furnace workers, not only barefoot, but naked, too!
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Posted 10 January 2012 - 05:50 PM

Me ;)

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 06:22 PM

Me ;)



Come on now Jeroen,

lets not turn this into a "who can be most naked near in the workshop" competition.... we all know Owen would win...
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Posted 09 February 2012 - 12:59 AM

Come on now Jeroen,

lets not turn this into a "who can be most naked near in the workshop" competition.... we all know Owen would win...



I would take that bet.
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