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Gerald Boggs

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  1. But think of the fuel you'd save, the steel is already preheated
  2. If interested, here's Mark forging a Monkey tool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-6akAaX-Ow
  3. The first bit is out of 1"square mild and aside from heating, has only about five minutes of work. It was going to be a monkey tool, so the misaligned hole actually doesn't matter, but since students look at my tools, I always want to present the best tool I can make. The hammer is good enough for me to show :-) The subject of fix or redo is always a call. For some simple things, it's easier and less work to scrap and start new. How much work is invested and how long would it take to fix vs starting over. Don't be intimidated with hammer making. It's actually much easier then bladesmithing :-) All there is to it, is slot punching a hole and drifting it out to form the eye. If you haven't already, get Mark Aperey's first book (the black one) it covers punching and drifting for hammers in great detail. In his basic class, he has the students forge a punch and drift, and then use them to make a monkey tool. Since a hole is all that's needed, if it's not straight, still OK and it's a nice bit of practice.
  4. Training yourself to see I'm trying to reduce the boxes and buckets of STUFF I have piled up in my store room. Lot of stuff I started and never finished and hundred of tools I've made, but no longer use. I came across this and thought it a good example of “Not seeing” It was intended to be a monkey tool for 3/16 tenons. Side one is nice, but when you look at side two, the hole is twisted. If I made this today, it would have immediately gone to the scrap pile, but the fact that I saved it, tells me that when I made it, my eye had not developed to really look and see. I find getting people to SEE is one of the greatest challenges I have teaching. On the other hand, here's a Cutler's hammer I made years ago and I still like it.
  5. You must not be a owner of chickens :-) Hawks were the only predator I couldn't protect the chickens from. But yes, seeing a hawk strike is cool.
  6. I'm not a rock hound, but I'm thinking 4140 would not have the hardness needed to withstand the stress of whacking and chiseling rocks. 4140 is great for blacksmith hammers because we're hitting hot soft metal, but I can't see using it for any other type of hammer.
  7. In as you're in the UK, any reason you're not using coke?
  8. It's an old blacksmith method, not really any more to it then what you described. It works, but is slow.
  9. I don't look at it quite like that, my view is "What is it worth to the buyer" While I've only sold a few axes (not my market) I do sell a lot of ironwork. The value the market places on something determines it's price. Right now, the market says that's a $300 knife.
  10. Real blacksmiths let the sweat of their hands season the handles And a smiley face for those that don't realize I'm joking :-)
  11. Handles are a personal choice. Preferences by experienced smiths run the gambit of shapes, sizes and styles
  12. I'm not a carver, but having relatives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, has exposed me to decoy carving. Most of the blades carvers use are quite small, normally less the two inches in length. A quick search for decoy carving or Swedish carving knife will show examples of what I'm talking about.
  13. If you take about five inches of 3/4 round, that will give you the drift the you use to get the hole. First a short taper on each end and then flatten it into a oblong, it will be about 7/8 by 1/2" The drift to give you a hour glass hole will the tapered drift. Whatever size and shape the first drift is, try to match the proportions with the tapered drift . I'm pretty sure Mark has some youtube's that show this. On the book, If you have a local blacksmith group, they might have a copy. I was joking about the round eye for the rounding hammer.
  14. Rounding hammer. Actually, I use the round drift for a lot of other things.
  15. Both, but more of an oblong then oval. Mark's book has all this in great detail
  16. Having just posted that, went back to the Klein and saw a "Buy Online" button. It gives you links and prices to a number of seller.
  17. If you get any, shop around. On-line Home Depot is $20, Amazon seller is two for $182.
  18. If we're going to talk about alternatives, I put my axes and blades in a tumbler.
  19. Know at this point, I'm sounding like a stuck record. Get Mark Aspery's first book. It will show in great detail and explanation, how to forge a punch, drift and hammer eye drift. He introduced me to the Klein Tools bull pins https://www.kleintools.com/catalog/pins/standard-bull-pins They're already tapered, great for all manner of drifts
  20. In the late 80's they were bragging about being the last completely USA Made woodworking tools. So sad
  21. Porter Cable was once one of the finest American made, wood working, power tools, (I have several and they're among my best tools) then sometime in the late 90's something happened and the name is just something put on cheaply made Chinese crap.
  22. I think if I had ever asked my grandmother for a recipe, she would have looked at me and said "What recipe?, you just make it" :-) Although, I really, really wish I had her Minced Meat recipe.
  23. I seem to be answering your question more then I normally do for any. Must be bored with lockup :-) Anyway, there's a trick that can be used to hold tongs between the legs. When you put your legs together, put the side of the big toe against the instep of the other foot. Don't know if it will help you, but works for me. The other option is to learn to balance the tongs on the crease of the hip. This is the method Peter Ross uses.
  24. Personal preference and who you learned from. For example: Peter Ross and Joseph Stokes both use/used small tools held with a pair of tongs. Mark Aspery and Darryl Nelson use hand held tools.
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