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  1. Gerald Boggs

    Fitness?

    I strength train as my primary method. Squat, deadlift, press and pull downs are my main lifts. Since most of my work is asymmetrical and forward downward in posture, I believe it important to restore my balance by symmetrical weight lifting (barbell). Also, since the demands of the shop occasion the lifting of heavy awkward objects (anvils, 100 lb cans of RR spikes, etc) I try to keep my strength levels in the gym to at least twice what I need to lift in the shop. To maintain my range of motion, I try to do a little yoga in the morning and for light conditioning I regularly hike.
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    The face is everything

    What I look like when squatting 325 for 5. If you can't do the face, you'll never get strong :-)
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    The face is everything

    Thanks, I only started lifting heavy (as heavy for an old man) when I turned 51. Working hard at getting 405 just once on the deadlift, I'm at 375.
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    Ugly Adze

    I think we're on the same sheet of music. I just lay the HC on top and hold it steady. This is one of the few times I flux inside the fire, too hard to get it out and back in without shifting the HC.
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    Ugly Adze

    Look fine to me. On advice, you might already know this, others might not. Bevels: How you're planning on using the adze will determine which side of the blade to put the bevel. If I remember correctly, for hewing and planing, bevel is on the inside. For deeper cutting, such as bowls, the bevel is on the outside. Welding: Putting the high carbon bit on the top of the mild steel is a common method. The mild/wrought shields the hcb, and by the time the mild is ready to weld, so is the hcb. Preheating the mild helps, but isn't always necessary. I find you need to hammer the hcb side about twice as much as on the other. If not, you may find the mild spreading over the sides of the hcb and possibly shearing the weld. Please take this with a grain of salt, as my knowledge is small and experience limited to about a 1/2 dozen adzes.
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    Dog Head Hammers

    An article on filecutter's hammers. https://www.dhi.ac.uk/matshef/unwin/MSfilecutter.htm
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    Best fleamarket find so far

    From my teen years, I would say that is like the many pipes sold in Head shops. Not sure if it has any extra value except to a drug paraphernalia collector.
  8. Gerald Boggs

    What kind of axe is this ?

    I would say Yes. Looks as if it's had some long use.
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    Most recommended metal for forging hammer heads

    Nobody gets my teaching style :-) On the question on the hardenability of mild steel, I'll have to disagree. While not to the degree of higher carbon steels, mild steel is hardenable, just don't temper it. I find it to be and good first choice for almost all tooling.
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    Most recommended metal for forging hammer heads

    Does this mean no Christmas card?
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    Most recommended metal for forging hammer heads

    Yes :-) Until someone has both skill and experience, mild steel is your best choice for almost every thing. Most of my tools are made of mild steel, including some of my hammers, they all work quite well. As for that matter, most of the tools of old were made out of iron. From a point of view of cost and effort, mild is far less expensive and easier to work. Which both means you'll have more to work with and be able to accomplish more in the same time.
  12. Gerald Boggs

    Most recommended metal for forging hammer heads

    Because you don't know the answer :-)
  13. Gerald Boggs

    Most recommended metal for forging hammer heads

    1018 or if not available A36
  14. Gerald Boggs

    Most recommended metal for forging hammer heads

    Mild steel
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    Dog Head Hammers

    ????
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    Practicing the bearded axe

    A bit of play with forging the bearded axe. I let the curve get ahead of the beard, wanted about an ½ more in width and an inch in length. But since I started with an axe gone bad, no loss. Originally I started with a 10" length of 1 1/2 by 1/2.
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    Propane tank overfill or regulator failure?

    Not really my skill set, but might there be a problem with the bleeder valve?
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    Practicing the bearded axe

    Can't offer any advice on the welding, I do all mine in a coal forge and that's a different animal from gas. Breaking the welds really won't tell you anything except if you had crud trapped in between, and even good welds can be broken. If you want to know if the weld is good, (Not sure if this will work in a gas forge) let it cool and then heat only one side. if the weld is good, you'll get even color all the way through, if not, you see were the weld didn't take. And if the welding is the problem, just stay with mono steel forgings. Better to make something within your skill set, then let something stop you from enjoying the forging.
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    Fogg/Kelso Hunter

    Wow!
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    Practicing the bearded axe

    I've heard if you sleep with them under your pillow...
  21. Gerald Boggs

    Practicing the bearded axe

    Sounds if you plan on jumping off the deep end before you learn to swim. Why not start with a simple tomahawk, then simple axe (hatchet), maybe then a viking axe like the one I show in the article, and then try a beard.
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    Practicing the bearded axe

    If you don't already have it, this would be a good time to get the first volume of Mark Aspery's books :-)
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    Practicing the bearded axe

    I didn't do the split first, but the bend and square the corner is what I just did. It works, but round was not the best choice to start with, not much on top to get the square corner. Starting with square bar would work better, so how good is your forging a corner skills?
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    Forging tooling

    I wouldn't, the jackhammer bits should be fine as forged, but it wouldn't hurt if you think you'll be hammering hard. Drifts are never heat treated.
  25. Gerald Boggs

    Practicing the bearded axe

    Was going through my shorts rack and saw a 1 1/8 round bar I had punched and drifted as a test piece. Got me thinking about the idea of bending and upsetting a bearded ax. Here's the result and yes, it's a lot more work then it's worth.
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