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Justin Mercier

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  1. See you all in a few weeks. Hope the weather's a bit warmer this year since i plan on van-camping again =D Last year was single digits at night !
  2. Thanks will take it into advice =) I havent been over there in more than 10 years
  3. This was my main shop anvil for 12 years. I just picked up an anvil twice the size which is going to become my main shop anvil, and i dont really need all the anvils that I've got, so I'm going to let this one go. $500 , picked up at my shop in Woonsocket RI, or I can deliver it to the Swords through the Centuries event in Wolcott CT in a few weeks as well. 1 inch hardy hole, a hair oversized so 1 inch tooling actually fits properly. Will come mounted to the stump, since the stump is too small for my new anvil I cant reuse it.
  4. As usual, I'll be there! Not an event to miss. I'll have a big bag of disposable earplugs for people to borrow in t he bunkhouse again too =D
  5. Everyone I know who has one loves it. Honestly i don't know how you can say a non-self-contained air hammer is noisy... a compressor might be noisy, but the air hammer itself just has a little exhaust noise which is just a slight hiss and barely makes any noise at all.
  6. Very nice axes. Nothing like using a well made axe to get a real feel for 'using' tools. Powertools have us all spoiled =P
  7. yup completely free to use, dont have to pay unless you want to use extra icons and animated avatars and stuff
  8. Alternately we could just set up a discord server to hang out and chat blade stuff in, rather than trying to integrate it into the forum page
  9. That should be perfectly fine, because the evenheat controler has a fuse in it. (or at least mine does!) The trick is to have fuses in line with whatever circuit that will burn out before the wires catch fire, this can be a 'starter' with a fuse for a motor, just a twist in fuse for a kiln, or a breaker that's the right size. I've got my evenheat running off a 50 amp welder outlet as well =) EDIT: Ack, sorry for the necro-post, for some reason this one thread showed up as 'new' to me and i thought it was recent!
  10. Nice little hammer, that A frame must give it a lot of stiffness though
  11. Total weight on the flypress was around 450ish lbs, but It just sold locally this morning to someone who had emailed me. A smaller fly press like that (around 50 to 60lb arm weight) can do a LOT of work, particluarly veining, cold chiseling lines for decorative work, hot stamping, bending, etc. But with my hyrdaulic forging press and multiple power hammers, it just didnt get any use anymore.
  12. I tend to accumulate tools when the opportunity presents itself, but I've decided to be realistic about the tools i ACTUALLY use vs the ones that are just really nice to have. I do this stuff as a hobby, so i don't really need 3 belt grinders, 2 power hammers, 5 anvils, etc etc. It's hard to part with tools, but with my limited shop space, it only makes sense to down-size (or 'right-size' as i'm calling it) to the tools i'm actually using. For the most part I'm trying to give very reasonable prices on good tools to see them go to places where they'll get some use and to get more people involved in this sickness... er.. hobby... that we call bladesmithing =)
  13. All items are located in Woonsocket Rhode Island, and most of them CAN be delivered within about a 3 hour radius, or to area blacksmith events. SOLD - Took a while to decide to part with this, but... I don't use it, and it accumulates tools on top of it instead of being used. I've got plenty of other anvils that do get used, so much as it pains me, I'm going to sell my minty fresh 450lb Fisher Sawyer's anvil, 1902 dated, 12x16 face, so smooth and flat that you can see your reflection in it. This thing is immaculate, not a hammer mark on it. It's located in Woonsocket Rhode Island, and due to no longer having a pickup truck, I cant deliver it. I can load it with my engine hoist though, and whoever gets it can also get the large oak stump that's appropriately large to hold an anvil this size. http://www.tharkis.com/images/temp/forsale/450fisher2.jpg http://www.tharkis.com/images/temp/forsale/450fisher3.jpg SOLD - Hammond UBG132 grinder, refurbished with dual speed motor , new drive pulley, new tension screw. Runs great, has a 2x14 contact wheel. Motor is 3ph 2hp 3600/1800 rpm, controlled by drum switch. It will run off a VFD but I've got a rotary phase converter in my shop. I'll include a few cases of 2x132 belts in 80 and 220 grit (~100 of each belt or so). Weighs around 250 to 300lbs SOLD - brand new coal forge, which is take down and collapsible for easy transport... I built it for demonstrating, and then have only demonstrated using propane since I built it, and I'm unable to use coal at my own shop because of neighbors and finicky sensitive fire alarm systems. This is the New England Blacksmith's forge design, as will be seen at the 2018 and 2020 ABANA conferences for use in the teaching areas. We built a ton of these for use by the NEB and they're fantastic, so good that the Atlantic Blacksmiths went and bought fire pots and cad drawings to build their own. The NEB fire pot is awesome, built like a tank extra heavy casting, and the side draft hood works amazingly well for such a compact design. You could buy the fire pot for 215, the fabricated air tyure for 75 and the do it yourself weld together kit for the forge for 350... or you could buy it all assembled from me for $600 and save both time and money and get a fantastic tool to use for decades to come. SOLD - Selling my fly press. Located in Woonsocket RI, with some capability of transporting elsewhere in a 3ish hour radius. EA-Adams #2-A fly press with custom machined base plate with tapped half inch hold down holes, includes a too holder adapter for smaller tooling, and a nice bending tool for using into a V block or tooling. The paint has seen better days, but the press is functionally in fantastic shape.. Vacuum pump table for casting, investment, stabilizing, etc. This table was built by Jim Kelso, and I got it from him when I bought his casting equipment. I have a gesswin casting machine however which also has it's own vacuum table and vacuum casting chamber, and I don't need two. This one I'm selling is arguably the better of the two however, but I like the compactness of the other I'm keeping. This is a professional oil-less GAST 4VSF vacuum pump and 12 inch bell housing. The pump alone is a $1000 pump new. Here's the data sheet for the pump https://gastmfg.com/prod…/compressors-and-pumps/pistons/4vsf and some photos of the table and bell housing. It pulls 26lbs after only 10 seconds, and will climb up to the 28 point if you give it time, so it works fantastic. Asking $250 http://www.tharkis.com/images/temp/forsale/vacpump2.JPG http://www.tharkis.com/images/temp/forsale/vacpump3.JPG http://www.tharkis.com/images/temp/forsale/vacpump4.JPG
  14. man, i'm sad i couldn't make it =( Looking forward to more people sharing their photos !
  15. @Coulton ClineUsing a big sledge or a press is key to getting the teeth to fill in, you cant have a blow that only forges the outside of the 'teeth' bar, it has to drive all the way through and move the metal at a depth equal to the depth of the cut teeth. You'll see the originals have better welds the thinner the 'behind' of the teeth is, because there was less material in the way to prevent it from filling the teeth all the way. When I demonstrated creating wolfstooth pattern at ashokan last year , doing it by myself with hand hammers, I tried to use as small a piece of wrought as I knew would cover the width of the billet when flattened out, but still found i was getting little voids in the very center of the bar if i wasnt using my press to key the pieces. Since then I have found that using round stock ontop of the edge bar works real well by hand because the center drives in more and then mushes out to the edges. Unfortunately i cant find any evidence in the originals as to if they started with flat or round stock for that particular part! Most awesome work guys, very inspiring ! I need to make some stuff with the tooth bars iv'e got lying around my shop... i'm bad at finishing things =D Let me know next time you're in the area John! Emiliano is only 45 minutes away from me !
  16. I love the scream of the demons being trapped in the swordblade when you quench it !
  17. here are the rest of my photos in a dump, due to the numbers passing 9999 they're a bit out of order, with the last half coming before the first half http://www.tharkis.com/thumbs.py?path=images/hi/fireandbrimstone18
  18. an awesome time was had by all! Thank you for hosting again! The weekend started off with some heavy brush and tree removal to clear out some space to set up tents. All the stuff on the ground and all the trees here were dug up and removed so T-Star leather could have a place to set up. Here are a small selection of some of my photos from the weekend Eli and Owen Mike on the strap hammer Mark and Dan's bloom Jeff and Deker's pattern welded gun barrel after one welding pass More welding and reducing the stock The welded up barrel. Migration era gun ! Sam and Owen inspecting a katana You donut want your wootz to look like this, but Brian was amused, despite the crucible failure The fabled Straw of Diabetus!
  19. Someone better be taking a whole lot of photos to share from this. For 2 years since the last bushfire forgein i've been trying to plan to get to this one, and everything was all set... but the big nor-easter storm we had this weekend exposed a leaky roof on my house and now I'm going to have to bail on a trip to london and use the money for re-shingling the house =(
  20. 11th F&B which is 10 years =D 1 -> a year -> 2 -> a year -> 3 etc.
  21. Just got my official thumbs up for the time off work. I think I may try camping for the first time this year, since I have a van now that I can set a cot up inside the van =P Of course if i decide that, it'll be weather like 4 years ago where it's so cold the portapoty freezes, instead of like last year where it was tshirt and shorts weather =D
  22. I'll be there ! Not sure if i sent an email yet, so i'll send another right now.
  23. Here's my usual photo-dump post ashokan http://www.tharkis.com/ashokan17.html i'm not much of a photographer but there are still some decent shots in there.
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