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Archie Zietman

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  1. Wullo! Another really easy thing to do is to take a big box and fill it with dirt. Dig a hole and stick a pipe in the bottom for a tuyere. You can adjust the size of your forge to whatever you need. Forges are just glorified holes in the ground with pipes stuck in'em (look at third world country blacksmiths). I used a setup like that for more than a year with a lot of success. It was great for any sort of wood/charcoal/solid biomass. In fact I'm gonna re-build it when I get home. god luck! be merry! Archie
  2. Hello! Can you get a good hamon in 5160? I remember reading somewhere that it wasn't great for hamons, but what have your experiences been? Thanks, Archie
  3. With a simple drip and blower you don't necessarily have to filter it, since there's no pump. My tank has the big on-off valve about 2 inches above the bottom of the oil tank so that the bits and lumps simply fall out of the way. waste oils are an amazing source of energy, aren't they? be merry Archie
  4. My forge runs on waste motor oil and veggie oil. Never had smoke problems with either fuel, nor with combinations of both. You may simply need more air. You do need rather lot of air to run oil forges well.
  5. What a cool sword! He's very lucky to have such a skilled dad, the lines of the piece are really nice, especially the pommel.
  6. Hello! For the past few years I've been doing exclusively blacksmithswork (hooks, hinges, spatulas etc.) but today I was looking through the scrap pile in the shop (my college has a blacksmith shop), and found an old fork. Or rather someone had started a fork, given up almost immediately and thrown it away. So I took it, cut it in half, and made it into a decent fork and matching knife. Figured I'd post them. Gonna make the fork tines closer together, but apart from that I'm very satisfied with them. be merry! Archie P.S. Terribly sorry about the picture size, i don't know how to tak
  7. You only really need a small drizzle of oil. Lots of firey-ness in it. Sounds like you had an exciting time! For my forge I have a 1/4 inch needle valve and a 1/8 bushing, I only need 1 or two turns of the valve to have dragon's breath coming out of the doors.
  8. J. Fisher, I admire your wish to spread information, but the way in which you did it just now was very blunt and unpleasant. Mr. Loose is allowing us to see a part of how he makes a project. This is very noble of him, but it does not automatically invite you to tell the world exactly how he does his work, without his permission. This is even more the case, because he and many others make a living off of their work, and as Mr. Fogg pointed out: industry does not have the same rules about sharing as academia, so your having announced his process is even more detrimental. He has been very k
  9. Any old funny shaped chunk o' steel will work for an anvil. You just want enough space to work steel on, with plenty of mass beneath the hammer. Any crazy shape. Honest. Someone either here or on another blacksith forum uses a massive crane hook as an anvil which apparently works great. I find railroad rail, unless flipped on its' end deosn't have enough mass beneath the hammer to do anything decent sized, and it rings like a bell. f;lipped on its' head it has a very small working face which is just a pain. you're much better just finding something nice and big made of steel. You can wel
  10. how does it compare for heat reflecty-ness?
  11. Hello, I just got a pint of apg 36 refractory cement. How is it for lining a forge? thanks, Archie
  12. Why a burner as opposed to a forge?
  13. Hello. William McDonough wrote a book called Cradle to Cradle based on the idea that waste always is food for something else. He applies this to ecological cycles and extrapolates it to industry. I am putting out an invitation for people to try and use as much junk as they can in their smithing setups and use this thread to brag about it. Ideas would be: make a post anvil from giant 3-inch thick bolts, waste oil forges, making charcoal from old brush and scrap wood, using second or third hand tools and revamping old broken tools, making blades from leafsprings and old cold chisels etc.)
  14. If I could, I would only use veggie oil (cleaner for the environment and better for our health), but the only thing I can get nearby is the motor oil. At least I'm using waste, though I feel bad about the possible environmental effects. can we see pikkies of it in action?
  15. VERY valid point JJ. If you use motor oil, make sure to have excellent ventilation in your workshop. Be merry, Archie
  16. Do you have earplugs? Is your anvil de-ringified? Do you stare into the bright fire a lot ? (tinted safety glasses). These might hellp somewhat, though pressure in your ears might still be annoying. I used to get headachey from staring too long into the flames. I don't get big migraines, but my brother's were triggered by eating too much marmite on crackers (tons and tons of salt).
  17. Woohoo! Sounds great. The way I adjust mine is with a needle valve. it's 1/4 inch to 1/4 inch, with a 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch step down barb which I just stick into a 1/8 inch hole in the air pipe. I can adjust the oil flow very easily. The 1/4 inch and 1/8 inch openings are big enough not to clog. Originally for veggie oil I had a 1/16th barb which clogged with motor oil, which is a lot thicker. My tank also has the main valve (salvaged hose-turning-onner) about 2 inches above the bottom of the tank to allow for all of the crap and clumps (motor oil sometimes has grease clumps in it) to sink to
  18. Yay for making soap! I can't agree with you more on how far removed people are from the substance of things. They don't pay attention to what's solid. It's great that you're selling it, local craft is a wonderful thing. Have you watched fight club, by any chance? be merry, Archie
  19. Well, my leather sporran is now complete. I had some scrap leather from another project, and used some of it to make a basic sporran. I came downstairs wearing it, and my parents sat me down and said that they din't understand me, and that I'd probably get egged if I ever wore it outside the house. I told them that if society is going to judge me by how much fabric I have between my legs, then it's not worth listening to it. I already go around with scrap metal piled in the back of my car, holes the size of texas in the knees of my pants, which are all composites of various old pairs of jean
  20. Almost done, I just need to sew on two buckles (I'm using old watch buckles) It's a heavy green and black tartan wool which I found in my attic, lined with old jeans, goes up to bellybutton height down to the bottom of my kneecaps, I need someone to come home and tak a picture of me in it. I'm gonna wear it to the next Farmer's Market. I wear nothing else around the house, and am going to wear it out and about. Gonna make a canvas one next. (soooooooo comfortable!) be merry, Archie
  21. I tried using a slab of granite for a while, but it chipped. My first anvil was an 8# sledge in bucket o' concrete, it works great. More mass means you have more pushing back at the metal when you hit it. If you hit your thumb with a hammer in the air, it will move away, whereas if you put it against a wall and hit it, more of the energy is going into actually crushing your thumb. It's the same with anvils, but a small one can still do absolutely tons.
  22. ...and it is the most comfortable thing I've worn! I whipped it up over the weekend, it just needs the buckles, but even just wearing it with a belt holding it together is great! pictures when it is done (this weekend, I expect) be merry, Archie
  23. Nice score! You might want to try a lighter hammer? I busted my arm up working with a 2.5 lb hammer, but when I went down to a 1.5 lb my arm was much happier, I could swing much more accurately and for longer periods. I'm happy you got it hot enough though. Yay for people who get their steel hot enough to beat it efficiently! now make more with that forge and anvil!
  24. Hello. I am wondering whether the price of fuels (and indeed life in general) has lead any of you to change your forging habits, either in the time you spend forging, what kinds of things you make (more sellable or quicker things etc.), have any of you switched to a cheaper fuel? For me, I've started re-using as much steel as I can, and saving unusable scrap for the scrap yard because steel is getting way more expensive. Earlier this year I also made a forge which runs efficiently on waste veggie oil, and old motor oil (both free from local restaurants and garages) which has allowed me to st
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