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  1. There's a video on Youtube of a guy making an axe this way. Took me a while to find it but here it is...
  2. I know I am not a regular poster but I do learn a lot from this site. I am also a member of numerous forums and one thing the majority of them have in common is a feedback section to let potential customers know what type of experience they should expect when dealing with dealers. This is just done out of respect for the forum members since the mods obviously don't want anyone to get ripped off. That being said, it also offers a way for people to publicly thank those that have gone above and beyond in their efforts to satisfy their customers. To not allow feedback is IMHO a mistake, since that
  3. You should join, he's got a members area with some great videos plus his sense of humor is awesome. I noticed last night that he has added a new chat area which seems pretty cool. Lots of idea tossing going on in there. He also has lots of videos on Youtube and Spikedhumor too. Definitely worth the watch.
  4. If anyone is interested, I've been checking out Purgatory Ironworks website, and it is great. Trent has setup online videos to teach people about blacksmithing and he does a live feed once a week, really great stuff. Very informative. He also takes the time to talk with noobs like me and explain things in a clear way. REally a top shelf site and a great guy. The addy is http://www.purgatoryironworks.com/
  5. Well, it is a crapper, I suppose that would only be appropriate huh lol. That's a pretty good idea though, I might have to give that a shot.
  6. That's a great idea. I might try filling it with sand. I'm actually having a lot of fun with this already. The comments are great, keep em coming lol
  7. LOL gotta love it. As big as it is, I'm thinking it would take a lot of refractory material to make the space inside small enough to heat economically. Being new to all this, I'm not sure exactly what I would have to do to get this thing up to heat. Any ideas on how to make this thing work?
  8. I think I'll stick with the handle my hammer came with but I thought about getting another one (it was only $7) and pulling the handle out and making a wooden one that is a bit shorter than the one I have.
  9. That's what I was thinking. I'm not really sure what possibilities exist since I don't have a lot of experience with this sort of thing. I've been using a brake rotor for a forge burning coal that I've found in my yard and I also made a small two brick forge that I use two small propane torches to heat but I would really like to make a decent size gas forge that I can get up to welding heat. Gas just really makes me nervous being so unforgiving of mistakes and all.
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  11. I got it out of the woods and got some pics. Hope this helps. I can't imagine throwing this thing out. The walls are over half an inch thick so it's got to be good for something anyway.
  12. I have a cast iron pot that I was thinking about making a forge out of. When I say pot, that's only partially accurate. It's actually the stool from an old privy that was in my backyard. Thanks to some armadillos, I was forced to tear the slab out that it was sitting on. I also got two leaf springs out of the slab. I'm guessing rebar wasn't readily available to the people that built it lol. So I was wondering if this pot would make a good forge and if not, what can I do with it. Sitting as it was intended it's about the height of an average toilet bowl, oval in shape with straight sides. Pictu
  13. That's cool. I wasn't sure if it really made a difference. I haven't had any problems with my hammer but I was kind of interested in maybe putting a wooden handle on it eventually. Since it seems to be problem free so far I'll leave it alone till something happens to it. I'll definitely keep an eye out for the fibers too. I don't need anymore discomfort than is absolutely necessary.
  14. I have a really cheap fiberglass handled 3# hammer that I've been using and I was wondering about what difference, if any, the handle material makes. Wooden handles seem to be more popular although I have seen hammers with a steel bar welded onto the head for a handle. I imagine the steel handles will jar your teeth out of your head so I'm not really interested in something like that, but is wood better than fiberglass for shock absorption or vice versa? What are the advantages of each material? I do like the look of a nice hardwood handle but I don't want to fix it if it ain't broke.
  15. I'm certainly no expert on making handles from wood. When I've used it, I can't seem to get the joints to fit tight no matter what I do. But I do know a little about wood and what I do know is that it takes a very long time to season wood properly. I make walking sticks that I let age for a year or more to make sure that most of the moisture is out of them. They also have a tendency to split while they dry but if they are to be used for handles I wouldn't worry about that. Debarking is best done immediately for ease. This causes the aforementioned splits, but like I said, I wouldn't worry abou
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