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Luke Barran

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About Luke Barran

  • Birthday 04/03/1979

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    Isle of Wight, England
  1. Seems to be a phone/tablet thing? On a computer you should see all 36 thumbnails. On a mobile devise it doesn't show them all and if you click to see the remaining ones it asks you to log in(strange as it's not meant to do this). However you can still scroll through all the photos. Just open the first one and by tapping on the photo it should bring up arrows on either side that when tapped on the right arrow it will take you to the next photo.
  2. HI Alan, can you confirm if my link works for you as the link generated is meant to work even for people without FB accounts.
  3. Here are my photos from this years event, I shall leave the stories to others. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10156891450275710.1073741840.797230709&type=1&l=70b9b5d6ee
  4. The word your looking for is Falchion. There are many variations, but the one you've drawn reminds me of the ones in the Majowski Bible.
  5. Sounds about right, though im not sure on using vinegar as a pickle for silver. I've always used dilute sulphuric acid. Have a read of this for more info : http://www.ganoksin.com/borisat/nenam/ajm-reticulation.htm
  6. Mick, I'd take it down to no more than a 400 grit finish and try again. Using acids neat is generally not a good idea for what we want. If the solution is very strong it can leave streak marks and pitting on the work. At least it does for me.
  7. Hi Mick, Jake makes a good point re: heat treating the ring first. Other possibilities could be the way your mixing your acid solutions. Are you stirring them after you've mixed them? And are you using them at room temperature? Don't know about you, but my place is starting to get a bit nippy!
  8. I think most people have made that mistake at some point. Think of a nut and bolt, if your turn the nut around it still goes on the bolt!
  9. We are both well thank you. Alas, I don't have a bigger hammer.....yet. Though John from Massey has kindly offered to ply me with drink till I do!
  10. Hi Ric, A bit out of date but Mike Linn in Seattle had a Nazel 5B up for sale in 2006/7. He is now retired and sold his shop to David Mills http://www.theblacksmithshop.com You could give David an email to see what happned to it. Happy hunting! (by the power of google)
  11. It is cunningly designed to miss! And at some point I will be looking for a bigger hammer, but need to find a bigger shop, a friend of mine took his fly press back, so I promptly filled what little space I have with a lathe.
  12. This is the setup I have on my 15kg (33 lb) anyang. The top die started out with shallow holes, but I found this not to be the best solution for me so they were drilled through. It’s been like this for almost a year now and I don’t have any regrets for doing it, other than not having the time to make more tooling for it! ( The upper die is used for forging as well as tool holding ).
  13. Nicely done Sam, I’ll have to make some for mine at some point. Did you get round to doing the mod on your hammer? ..... P.s. Any reason why you went for two bolts rather than one in the middle?
  14. As one of the participants on the course held at Owen's I would highly recommend this!!! It was great fun and I learnt a lot from Ric.
  15. How about replacing the middle core with a solid piece. ( Pattern welded rod? )
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