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  1. Looks like something made in China
  2. Have you tried McMaster-Carr? As a general rule, they sell good quality.
  3. I turn mine off to put in and take out metal, but only for a few moments. As Alan wrote, I've read about folks that put in a idler circuit, but the idea there was for intermediate use. You've got the forged fired up, but are only using it from time to time. Keeping it on "low" allows the time to forging heat to be kept short.
  4. Maybe do the same setup as keeping welding rods dry, old refrigerator with a light bulb on all the time.
  5. North Carolinian's do take their BBQ seriously
  6. No, it's not difficult, just stop making up personal meanings. Long ago, smiths develop a glossary of terms, why change it, the processes haven't changed?
  7. You've got to be kidding. No, I'm not arguing semantics. All methods are basic, what you're able to do with them, is simply a matter of how skilled you are. And skill, as I define it, is a combination of knowledge and experience (Practice) There has never been anything I do, that the most novice blacksmith smith can not also do, the only difference is in how well. No, because I don't consider myself a particular skilled instructor. No, they didn't leave at an advance level, all I did what help them learn the methods, to become skilled at them, will require years of practice. And honestly, since I had to fulfill the class description of "Hand Forged Axe" they left with holes in their knowledge. Ditto what Alan wrote.
  8. https://www.hudsontoolsteel.com/technical-data/steelH3
  9. I'll debate with Joshua later, but this is exactly why I teach weld as soon as possible. Teach someone to weld and the whole world opens up.
  10. OK, lets look at some of these and where they lie within the area of processes. Because what appears to be happen, is folks are taking things that can be done with the process and treating them as different processes. Spreading is simple drawing out to the side, instead of along it's length. By no stretch of my imagination, can I find a way to think of it as a part of upsetting. Now I might upset the end of a bar to give myself more mass to work with, as I might bend it back and weld it together for the same goal, but then I'm simply combining processes to achieve the desired result. Punching and drifting are not the same, but except for small holes, they go hand in hand. The first is to create the hole, the second is to shape and size the hole. If one followed the German tradition, one would substitute punching with slitting. Twisting and scrolling is nothing more then bending. Twisting is bending along the short side. I'm not sure how one would look at scrolling and not think of it as bending. You think so? Try one of Peter Ross's skill develop projects. Using hammer alone, take a length of 1 by ¼ bar and draw a 12 inch taper, ¼ to feather end. The challenge is to be able to put a straight edge on it and have no gaps. Beginner vs advance? There's no such thing, there's only the degree of skill you have. I teach welding in my beginner's class. I just did it with the Tenn Craft Center class. Six students, all but one, absolute beginners. Yes, teaching that many beginners was a challenge, but at the end of the week, there were successful welds.
  11. The reason I'm interested in this subject, is because I've seen a lot of muddled meanings when it comes to words and their meaning. We, as blacksmiths, like sailors, have a precise language, but for whatever reason, many of us choice not to use it. Add to that, over the last few decades, American smiths have been making up words. It's reached the point of having no clear common language. That's why the OP had to ask for the difference between drawing out and tapering, it's no longer clear which is which. So to again answer the OP's question. Drawing out/down is the process, a taper is one of the things you can do with this process. As in Drawing out a Taper.
  12. I'm just sourcing from the Blacksmiths Craft. I know it's all in fun, but where did you get that list?
  13. In the US, it's the same with robberies, Strong Arm robberies out number Armed robberies.
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