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Archie Zietman

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  1. Do people boo and hiss truck drivers? It's a noble profession. Without truck drivers where would this country be? (the U.S. or any developed country for that matter?)
  2. about 2 weeks or more ago, when I had this problem, I cleaned out the blower and it's motor and removed the intake choke which was straining the motor. The intake combined with an accumulation of oil based dirt plugging up the motor and fan casing meant that after a minute of working, the fuse would flip to off because my motor was straining too much. There was so much crap in the motor that I was surprised it still worked. It took several hours of scrubbing, scraping, more scubbing and flushing with boiling water to clean the darn thing, because the crap was oil based. Now the blower works be
  3. Good point son of bluegrass! I forgot it was charcoal. In this case instead of cutting a hole in the bottom, just cut a hole in the side and feed a 1.5 inch or 2 inch fairly heavy iron pipe at an angle down to the firepot. This serves as the tuyere. This is how my forge works, and it works very well. http://www.iforgeiron.com/Blueprints_200-300/p2_articleid/57 article on a quick sideblast forge for coal, but it'd work for charcoal methinks. http://www.iforgeiron.com/Blueprints_200-300/p2_articleid/52 another more elegant/permanant sideblast design. The tuyere section would help you methinks
  4. Here's a little diagram of what I'd do. I'd line the car rim with clay, or fill it with dirt and sculpt out an appropriate firepot for the day's job (what I do) to just make it more circular and fuel efficient, those massive corner and sides will waste a lotta fuel. Also, after lining a bit you'll want to light a fire and see where the hottest part of the fire is. Then cut a chunk out of the side of the rim so you can lay sideways steel in the forge and not just poke the tip of the steel in from the top. Then, instead of just an elbow to catch ash before the blower, why not have a T-intersec
  5. arrrr! after having worked with pellets for a few hours today, I have come to the conclusion that they have far too much clinker in them to be a good fuel. They plug up the tuyere really fast and ickified a coin-mokume billet with slag and I am not using them again. Corn is very good though, not much clinker, but pellets! grrrrrrr... I suppose it's not unexpected, they aren't meant for a forge, they're meant to keep chickens alive with minerals and calcium an' wotnot, but I won't be burning it again. The smell of up close burning pellets is wierd too.
  6. Hello. I have an abundance of nickels (used all my other coins in an ugly looking mokume blooble today, I have learned much from this blooble and my subsequent pieces will be more sightly I hope), and I am wondering what metals are used in them to see whether mokume gane with them is possible. Thanks! Archie
  7. thanks! just fused up a very big stack which I hope to forge into a disc to raise.
  8. Hello. I remember somebody making a little mokume gane how to tutorial video thingy a while back, but I can't find the post here. Does anybody have the link? I just did a mokume pendant but didn't quite remember how 'twas done and ended up delaminating the billet a few times. Thanks, Archie
  9. do you have a solid fuel forge? if so, burn it. It gets very very hot, it just burns fairly quickly, the pellets they eat burn hot for a long time with not too much air.
  10. Hello. The elctricity in the section of my house where my forge is has just blown. Since I use a small electric blower this means I can neither forge, nor use the grinder. It has been a week and I have tons of free time, and an idea of what I want to make, but I have been unable to do anything, and am therefore going insane. Is there any way I could convert my little blower to a hand crank system? I have an old bike which will be thrown out soon, could I somehow use parts from that? Thanks, Archie
  11. How would you tweak one? Weld it to a very large post of steel?
  12. ...oxide and iron oxide? mmm... thermite ?
  13. Hello. I just had a driving lesson with my ol' gaffer, and took the opportunity to pull over by a railroad crossing near my school where, by the light of my headlamps I spied a small pile of those wotsits they stick the spikes into and put sleepers on top of. (Big rectangle of 3/4 or 1 inch thick plate with a ridge on either end and square holes for the railroad spikes) Anyhow, they have been there rusting long after all the masses of too much construction material was cleared away 2 months ago, having sat there for 2 years before anyone bothered to move/use them somewhere else, so I looked
  14. Dave my good man, The reason you've never heard of chicken pellets before is probably because they aren't used in forges. A blacksmith on another website uses corn in his coal forge, and I didn't have any corn at the time, so I bunged some rice around my charcoal/wood fire and let it coke, and it stuck together like coke and burned crazyhot with very little ash. Then I decide to try chicken pellets and pasta and cracked corn, and they all work great. I can get pellets and cracked corn in 50 pound sacks really cheap so they're the most convenient. I just light it like a coal forge. Balled up
  15. Hello. I am wondering what everybody's favofite fuel is, and why. My favorite fuel is a tie (tye? ti? ty?) between chicken feed pellets and shelled or cracked corn because both are cheap in large quantities (8 bucks for 50 pounds and I don't have to pay for shipping) and they work exactly like bituminous coal without the wierd bacon and cookies smell, and the smoke is white, not green-yellow and won't kill you quite as quickly (I'm not sure about this, but I don't want to try ) so what be yours? Happy Hammering, Archie
  16. I use the 15 cfm fasco blower, which I got for 25 bucks at a shop which sold secondhand blowers and fans (it's in New York) It's one of the best 25 dollarses I've spent on forge equipment. I've accidentally dropped it in my slack tub, and it's come out in perfect working order, and it supplies more than enough air for my little wood/oil forge. I don't see why the steam vent blower shouldn't work, might as well try it.
  17. Hello. Now that I'm done with the art piece 9which I haven't posted here, come to think of it, I should) I can get on with a significant project for myself. What helmet could be more useful from day to day than a bike helmet? So, I've done the first few raising passes on the skull, 16 guage steel which will have a black oil finish, but I need you guys to help me decide which of the...uh...decals...needs to go on top. It would be hollow aluminum, so the weight would be minimal for either one. here are the choices: note: both look absolutely huge, and will almost certainly be scaled down, and
  18. nice pictures, looks like fun! What did you make? solid fuels are a lot more involved than propane, which makes them really fun to use. You should try corn, rice and pasta too, they all work like coal.
  19. woohoo!!!! happy dance!!!!! Way to go Donn!!!! :You_Rock_Emoticon:
  20. http://www.blacksmithrick.com/blacksmithing.html down at the bottom there is a small picture of a trammel hook and if you click it there is a larger picture. merry metal pounding.
  21. I'm not doing blades at this point in my smithing-career, but when I was, my main influences were Jake Powning, Don Fogg and Tai Goo. Right now my main influences in "functional art blacksmithing" are Susan Hutchinson, Christopher Winterstein, David Gignac, and Sylvie Rosenthal (who is actually a woodworker, but her work is very inspiring) And my influences in armouring are all the 15th century Milanese armourers, and 16th century German armourers.
  22. "dung works best when dried", you don't have to let it dry out on the fire before coking, but if I'm in a pinch for wood/charcoal/corn cobs etc. and in the miiddle of a piece, I just go and take a shovelfull from the coop floor. It has to dry out, which steams, and then the smoke (which is blue and yellow, mostly blue, and smells like tobacco) ignites, and soon it cokes and burns white hot with very few sparks. Good fuel, very much like coal. That reminds me of a scene in one of Roald Dahl's books, when the main character puts goat poo in someone's pipe, and the smoke is blue...tee hee!
  23. Hello, I have noticed recently that sometimes, when I take an orange heat, it is kind of wet looking. I have heard of people getting "wet heats" as well. Why do these wet heats exist? What's going on in the steel to make it all wet looking? Thanks, Archie
  24. ooh la la...c'est beau ├ža... :notworthy: those photos are insane!!!!!! Art in themselves...a fantastic find all 'round, thanks for sharing! :You_Rock_Emoticon:
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