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VaughnT last won the day on October 28 2018

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  1. VaughnT

    What did you do in your shop today?

    My camera died right before Christmas, so I had to borrow one to get a shot of the finished candle holder. Otherwise, not much going on. Work is work, and all the production forging doesn't leave me with much energy to do things for fun.
  2. VaughnT

    What did you do in your shop today?

    One of my latest pieces - I do more blacksmithing than knife-making, so....
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    Whats your favorite YouTube forging videos

    Totally forgot about him. He does some great videos, too. Like the ones I mentioned, he stays tight to the work, minimizes nonsensical jive, and turns out a very nice finish on his pieces. Two thumbs up!
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    Whats your favorite YouTube forging videos

    Mark Aspery definitely sets the gold standard in terms of video quality. Craig Trnka is probably the single best resource for learning how to effectively move iron. I'm not a farrier and have no interest in making horse shoes, but this guy is simple amazing. How he can get that steel to move under his hammer is almost miraculous, and to have everything come out so wonderfully clean is something to be seen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6sRXurRsBs Another good one is Elchschmiede. He doesn't speak english, but I speak blacksmith and can follow along quite nicely. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGIwSDb66oE All three smiths turn out videos that are high on quality, tightly focused on the work, and don't have annoying soundtracks you'd expect from cheesy porn flicks. No rodeo clown antics, harsh edits, etc. Just good solid ironworking. If you haven't seen the Devil's Blacksmith series put out by Master Huber, you're really missing out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAEzHsTPuqg
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    Cool old picture (Claudinon)

    I'd love to get one of those old anvils just to say I have it in the shop and can keep her working. My Fisher is from 1896 and it's a hoot to sit there pondering what all it's seen. Can't imagine having an anvil from the Old World.
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    What did you do in your shop today?

    No blades to work on at the moment, but I did manage to get a few dishes done for folks.....
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    anvil with swastika

    Those are/were produced in India or thereabouts. A fellow over on the IFI forums managed to get a few pictures when he was doing missionary work in the region, thinking it was a Nazi relic. Turns out that the same design is a sign of good luck, prosperity, etc, in that area and there's at least one company that used it on their anvils and such products. I don't recall if the company is still operating, but it was an interesting lesson in history.
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    Question for all you video creators

    I really enjoy watching guys do things with their hands, even if it's something I'll never try to do myself. I can't count how many vids I've watched on hit-n-miss engine rebuilding and the like! I'll look forward to seeing your videos.
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    RIP Wild Rose

    A great loss. I've always used his work as the standard to match when trying to do traditional leather and beads. Really a great guy.
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    Hand sanding confuses the heck out of my FitBit

    I won't tell!
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    Strange tool

    Almost reminds me of an automated type of those cards a spinner uses to align the wool before spinning it into thread. I love guessing games like this; the hardest part is getting your mind out of the modern era.
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    Kevin Cashen-ABS video

    Kevin's a great guy and a fairly decent knife maker. But only an idiot would think you could use a rooster as a substitute for a swallow, compensating for the gross discrepancies with some fancy arithmetical equations!
  13. I've been in adze mood lately and have spent more than a few hours searching the internet to see how others are making theirs. Imagine my surprise when I found a video from way over in the old world that just happens to feature an anvil made famous by this forum's very own Bogdan Popov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyLjZ8N9_dc It's a long video that does a pretty good job of demonstrating how they make their version of the adze. Doing the split-n-weld type of eye is something I haven't tried yet, but it certainly looks interesting. I'll likely try that after I try making some of their old-school hammers. Bogdan's anvil shows up at 23:09 if you want to fast-forward to it.
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    The Red Oak Hunter

    I like it. What kind of stain/treatment did you do for the handle?
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    finally got the weight of my anvil

    Gorgeous anvil! Use her regularly so she doesn't feel like she's being ignored or unappreciated. Give her a light coat of oil when you leave for the day. I keep an oily rag on hand and just wipe mine down with that, being sure to thank her for helping while doing it. I wouldn't make any changes to her until you've used her for at least a year and have some idea what would help and what wouldn't. Too many folks just right into dressing the edges and such, but I'm a wait-and-see kind of fellow. Definitely a great find. Be sure to take that widow a bit of good ironwork to repay her kindness.
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