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Dan P.

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  1. Forge & cottage available, UK

    I hope it's okay to post this here; Having been the resident smith for the last 7 years, I am relinquishing the lease of the old forge in the village of Didbrook, GL54, and the landlord is very interested in maintaining the property as a forge. The lease is for the forge, the adjoining 3 bedroom cottage, a sizeable shed (bigger than the forge, but no electricity or water), some small outbuildings, including a pig house, and approximately 2 acres of orchard/garden. It is located on the Stanway Estate, in a very charming part of the north Cotswolds, 5 minutes outside Winchcombe in northern Gloucestershire. The property is quite large, and would suit someone who is interested in perhaps keeping a few sheep, or a horse, or a small holding of some kind. If this might be of interest to you or anyone you know, please contact me to discuss and/or I can put you in touch with the landlord, or feel free to contact him directly yourself. Please contact me at; didbrookforge@gmail.com Or contact the landlord, Lord Wemyss, directly; http://www.stanwayfountain.co.uk (there is a phone number)
  2. A Sword Fit For a King

    There are photos showing the rough ground and etched blade toward the end of the thread I linked. To my knowledge it was the first and perhaps the only successful attempt to recreate the pattern (or at least a "proof of concept" for the most significant elements) since the original was forged in the 8th century. Jesus' effort was a different method of construction to the original. I don't believe he was going for a strict reconstruction. Edit; Patrick Barta has also recreated the Vehmaa sword. If you aren't familiar with his work, he is, in my opinion, one of the foremost smiths recreating these kinds of swords.
  3. Today's lesson

    Today's lesson; Do not arc weld when you have anti-scale compound all over your hands. Especially if you are one of those idiots who welds without gloves. The graphite it contains works as a wonderful conductor for electricity. Bzzzzzzt!
  4. Welded on bolsters? That's hardcore! *begins slow clap*
  5. Your bearings would presumably be mounted on the body of your machine or on their own pillow blocks. Whether the bearings are mounted on the spindle or on your contact wheel I guess depends on whether you want your contact wheel to be your drive wheel (as with the ones you have, I guess).
  6. Sharpening the scandi grind

    Perhaps, but as long as we can disagree in a civil manner my (many and various) personality flaws shouldn't really matter too much.
  7. Sharpening the scandi grind

    I don't want to step on your toes or anything, Garry, but it seems that putting the first x number of knives in the reject drawer is how one learns? Having that big pile of whoopsies gives you the confidence of not just knowing the right way to do it, but knowing many of the wrong ways of doing it too. Knowing which route leads where, in a manner of speaking. But if you want your knives to look like they were milled, perhaps better to get a milling machine? To answer your question, I don't view jigs in a negative light, rather I view taking the time to learn your business, whether for fun or for profit, in a very positive light. File guides are different, I can see their use, though I don't use one myself. I feel like I would need a guide to put the guide on straight.
  8. Anvils: Why, Where, and How

    It may be that not all ductile iron anvils are equal, but those I've worked on have all fully complied with specification Sh1-T.
  9. Sharpening the scandi grind

    In my experience the time and/or money you spend making or buying sharpening or grinding jigs is better spent practicing sharpening or grinding by eye. I have found that getting to know the work intimately by feel rather than just the theory pays dividends in adaptability and speed, with no compromise in quality.
  10. A Sword Fit For a King

    Perhaps, but if you should ever want to try a recreation of the Vehmaa sword again, you might pick up some tips here;
  11. Forge in at bushfire Forge May 2018....

    Exciting! I was sad to have missed the last one.
  12. 1850s French Folder?

    I had the South African version of this, Okapi brand. Quite well known, I think.
  13. Coal Forge WIP

    I use a bouncy castle blower on my forge. I have a small collection of bouncy castle blowers, actually, and they are not all made equal. The one I use is the crappiest, weakest, and looks most like a kosher forge blower. If I may add, modulating blast via blower motor speed is very inefficient. Much better to fit a slide valve on your forge, which allows you to turn the blast from completely ON to completely OFF and back again in seconds. I have been down the dimmer type route and it is not up to snuff.
  14. Coal question

    No matter how big your space, you will find forges and furnaces of all kinds will multiply seemingly behind your back.
  15. Coal question

    Years ago I did work experience under a smith who used bituminous coal mixed with maybe 25% by volume charcoal, powered his forge with bellows. A very good set-up, a good, clean, hot fire, and a very beautiful way to work and surprisingly efficient. BUT, you have to have good bellows, good coal, good charcoal, and your forge has to be configured correctly.