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Guy Thomas

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    Bladesmithing and creating things. Norse culture, enjoying the outdoors. Reading is big on the list!

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  1. Well, a little online research has yielded far more than it did 10 years ago. It would appear that limonite is a common form of bog iron and that these nodules I mentioned are more than likely limonite concretions. All this it totally irrelevant to your original post and I apologize for getting sidetracked! I will be curious to see where this goes with you.
  2. I've been curious about taconite-pellets for some time and how they would react in a small scale smelting operation (if they can be used as is). A good portion of the pellet is clay and limestone. Since it is a processed form of the original taconite ore I pretty sure the actual iron content is higher than the parent taconite ore. These fired pellets replaced the iron ore mined locally around Birmingham, AL for the steel production there, presumably because it was cheaper to bring them in by train from your area. Locally here around Tallahassee we have magnetic nodules in the soil.
  3. I'd have to say I would be interested in some shear steel myself.
  4. Hmm, hot drilling... how about hot punching tang holes? I also seem to recall David Boye spot blowing holes in the tangs of his hardened saw blade knives with an oxy acetylene torch, lol. I like your idea of simply switching to stick tangs when forging O1. I tried a bit of forging with O1 when I was first trying things out but switched to 5160 and 1084 pretty quick for ease of forging and heat treating. That fully spheroidized precision ground 01 stock is great for stock removal. I need to make some small wood carving knives for my own use at some point and considered using my left
  5. Welcome back Marc. I'm in much the same boat, wanting to get back into things after an unexpectedly long layoff, but life is not making it easy right now. Been picking up some nice wood for handles though here and there and have some Parks 50 on the way.
  6. Ha Ha! Ye gods I love the Muppets! My kids don't quite get it, lol. I've sat here far too long just watching the Swedish Chef smash that cake over and over!
  7. I can just see that! Sure wish I could have met him.
  8. Thanks billyO, out of curiosity where did you find the APF rating on the Airshield Pro? I'd been searching with little luck.
  9. Thanks Alan, that first document will take a while to fully digest but a brief review seems to indicate that the common sense measures we take are more than adequate. I do need to check and see if the Trend Airshield Pro meets the 100 series filter recommendation. I do feel better about the drum forge at least as it was used for a limited amount of time and only up to 1450 degrees but I do want to consider coating. A process that when I get around to it I am going to be asking advice on just how to approach (i.e. using a stabilizer product, or not, wetting if needed, applying a thin saturation
  10. So, I am determined to get back into making. I want to learn more about blacksmithing (tongs, hammers... and bottle openers too, lol) and learn more about and make Viking Age utility and belt knives, particularly piled construction or butt welded wrought/steel combinations. These relatively simple knives (more like deceivingly simple knives) fascinate me. Massive amount of shop clearing going on, thrown out huge quantities of crap (and in the course discovered things I have no idea why I bought a decade ago, like why do I have a two lb. bag of powdered yellow ochre???) It's kind of like Christ
  11. You've got those sockets down pat Rob! Nice
  12. Those are gorgeous Jake!
  13. Thanks Rob, very nice spear head! Really well done socket
  14. My "Ron Reil" style venturi burner represents that remark, nyuk nyuk nyuk. The small blown burner I built for my 55 gal. drum heat treating forge does work very very reliably.
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