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  1. I am buying an Anyang 33 hammer from James Johnson. I have little experience with power hammers , but shoulders are shot.Need advice on choice of dies. Flat and use a saddle and tooling or lightly crowned for drawing? I will also be making some small damascus billets.With the 33 the combo dies seem to be to small, but I have no practical experience with them. All imput is welcome.
  2. I am in central MN near Brainerd.
  3. I have decided to get an Anyang Hammer. James said talk to smiths who use one. I'm a hobbyist with a bad shoulder. I plan to continue with knives and try pattern welding. No giant billets. Would the 33 suffice or go for the 55? I have been at this for 10 years and the addiction just grows.
  4. More important than the size of the blade,is hammer control. Starting with a smaller blade means a shorter forging session and less chance of messing up your arm. Bad technique with your hammer could cost you months in recovery.. I only bring this up to warn other newbies. Hammer control, smaller hammer, you are not Thor. Don't overdo it. Then you don't have to wait 2 years to get back to the forge. And have fun.
  5. Keep going guys , this is one of the best threads we have had for a long time. Great info .
  6. Havn't posted for awhile.I have been dealing with a lateral epicondylits ( tennis elbow) since May. It sucks. And I am areal Doc. The cure is rest it. Ice. And wrist splints , just like if it were carpal tunnel syndrome. The tendons get inflammed from bad technique or just too much work or any combination of the two. Range of motion, gentle tendon stretching and lots of time(months).Then when better work on strengthening .And also learn better technique, because what you were doing caused the problem. The forge has been cold since May , also not safe to grind , no hand strength. Did I mention that this sucks.
  7. You need sharp tools for purpleheart, but the fun part is when you make the purple come out. The wood will get brownish as you work it . Then heat it carefully with heat gun or propane torch and watch the purple pop out. It's wild.
  8. To all parties concerned,let it be known that I knew Scott when he was a lowly student at the Intro class fall 2008.Congratulations , you make us all proud. Peter
  9. Hi Carl. Where in MN are you. I am in Crosby and would be happy to show you my forge. Peter
  10. Hi Scott. That pattern is amazing. My eyes are bugging out. Can't wait to see the completed knife. Peter
  11. kathryn you and Darren take care of each other ,and the bussiness will get sorted out. I am sorry for the troubles you have had to deal with. Death and illness are heavy hitters.May God be with you. Peter
  12. I'm sorry that your experience has been so negative. I bought my forge from Darren 2 years ago and had no problems . Peter
  13. Very nice . What are your plans for the handle and how are you enjoying your Anyang? Peter
  14. doc blues

    Burns?

    Like I said at first, not trying to be aknow it all , just hate seeing people get hurt. Nothing wrong with honey or aloe. I agree that silvadine is not perfect either. Like I suggested in my first post, cold to stop the process of burning then clean the wound then let it heal . Just my two cents . Peter
  15. doc blues

    Burns?

    Honey is good to, but its better on hot biscuts. Seriously, burns are no fun .Do yourself a favor and skip the folk cures. Cold , clesn and cover. Allow to heal. Keep forging ahead.
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