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Matt Walker

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Matt Walker last won the day on September 11 2023

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  1. Went fishing in the middle of a chemical plant (larger than most small cities) yesterday with a friend. Here he is holding the largest one. In less than 4 hours we had caught and released around 30 small mouth bass and most were close to the size of the one my friend is holding in the photo. It was a good day! You can see part of the plant in the background.
  2. So sorry you had to go through all that but happy you are on the mend. Thanks for all you have given so many of us through your books.
  3. Thanks Eric, Dirt floor shop, but I'll rake clean under the grinder. Those sparks are really hot. I'll get a photo when one of the other guys come to grind their hammer. The water jet place sent me a video of the cut and it was white sparks in the presence of water.
  4. Started grinding on one of the titanium hammers. More resistant to grinding than steel and the sparks are bright enough to require shaded lenses and it's stinky. I wore a paint respirator. The piece on top is one of the biscuits from punching the eye, color is natural.
  5. We will be having another day. When we get together again I'll weigh his original hammer. This stuff is so tough we had to get it cut by water jet.
  6. I can't explain the physics. There is some kind of energy transfer that happens that I'll just accept as magic. The fellow, Brendon( https://www.yallhallaforge.com) in the black jacket has one. I got a chance to use his titanium hammer at our hammer in last fall and was instantly convinced I need one. It seemed like I could move more metal with less effort. Tons of claw hammers are out there for sale but no blacksmith hammers, so our only option was to make them. What we have learned so far is: Yes it weighs 56% of the same volume of steel and I would reckon it is about that much harder to forge. The material we have is grade 5, don't know how that affects forgeability. It did seem to work fairly easy under the press but seems to be resistant to hammering. My 80# air hammer acted like it was hitting a spring. We had a good time!
  7. Had a great time in my shop today. Friends came over for a session forging titanium hammers. The goal is to complete 4 hammers, we got about half way this afternoon. Titanium is a challenging material to work with, we're learning as we go. https://youtu.be/J96uIcAZP9I
  8. Yeah, and it has nice fat handles. Not sure where to find one, other than an antique shop.
  9. Take a quick look at the tool discussed in this thread https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/42806-file-type/#comment-427721 Probably wouldn't take much engineering to adapt.
  10. You'll learn to love the little sway, the edges are nice. Hurry and snap this one up!
  11. Hey Bill, I'm beginning to agree with you. I did hear back from the UT Lab, they said it is fine for cooking but not the swollen areas. As I continue to work the wood I'm beginning to see that it is easy to recognize the contaminated areas. Even well away from the galls. Here are some photos. The first two photos are on a straight piece of 18" firewood one end is clear the other end has the tell-tale spot off center and the last photo is a severely contaminated piece cut near a damaged area. In the second shot you can see the heart wood is darker and the dark brown off center spot is contamination in my opinion.
  12. I keep looking at these pieces of art and craftsmanship, most impressive.
  13. I'm in agreement with what Geoff said. Especially that the anvil looks too light. Anvil to ram ratio, 10:1 is good and 20 to one is optimal. https://www.anvilfire.com/power/power-hammer-building-p2.php If you have a good air supply, this might be a good candidate to consider conversion to pneumatic.
  14. Thanks Geoff, Chemistry isn't a strong point for me. I kinda feel like you are correct, seems like the affected wood is in the swollen areas. And who knows what happens to phoratoxin when it is burned. I do know when poison ivy is burned the smoke is dangerous and half of that word is toxin. Just found this information: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/pharmacology-toxicology-and-pharmaceutical-science/mistletoe Way over my head, but sounds scary!
  15. Forgive me for going so far off topic, but this place is my best access to lots of smart people. This past week I cut a sizable hickory tree with intensions of using the limbs for smoker wood and the log for firewood. This big hickory had some mistletoe living in it. While working in the smaller material I began to wonder how much of the wood the parasite has contaminated. Each place the mistletoe has attached is a swollen area above and below the attachment. I've been cutting those areas out for discard or the wood stove. But I have no idea if the tree as a whole is poisoned? I have left a piece with our local county extension office where the gentleman said he had no answer but would send the piece or a photo to the lab at the University of Tennessee, and would expect an answer next week. He seemed to be more concerned that the mistletoe didn't look right to him than he was about poisoned smoke. I asked these questions on a very active smoking meat forum. 180 views and no response there. Here are photos: Also concerned with the pink lichen, don't remember ever seeing that on any wood.
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