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Gerald Boggs

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  1. Actually, I didn't say that, as I don't know :-) We forged all the bars hot, but we were mostly just drawing out tapers on the power hammer.
  2. Interesting range of elements. I looked up RG7 and came across this data sheet from Smiths of Britain. With the stuff Smith has, the lead amounts are quite high, 5 to 8 percent. This is way outside my knowledge set, but lead will melt on the kitchen stove, I don't know what effect that will have on heating it to forging range, but probably not good. Plus there's the con with breathing lead gas and later, wearing something with that much lead. https://www.smithmetal.com/pdf/bronze/rg7.pdf
  3. Forging brass (what everyone calls bronze) is tricky. It's been years since I've forged any, so I'm working from long memory. First, you're going to have a lot of trouble forging down in size, I've never known anyone that even tried, I've only forged it into tapers and easy curves for architectural work. As for heat, it's like aluminum, using paint stir sticks (soft pine) to test temperature, forge when the brass is hot enough to burn the stick and stop before it cools down too much.
  4. Used beer kegs. $75 each or $100 if I cut the top off. These make great water tanks
  5. Not germane to the event, except I can bring them for pickup. Used beer kegs. $75 each or $100 if I cut the top off. These make great water tanks
  6. Too bad, I thought you were going to go with a Schrödinger cat trick.
  7. Thank you Here's a bit of fancy work with the leaf, handle for a poker
  8. Brass brush when the steel is hot, but not too hot.
  9. Made this for the missus. Maybe 20 inches wide, forged the leafs at each end and then fold and forge weld to the bar. This isn't one of my designs, but I used to sell a lot of leafy hooks at the farmer's markets.
  10. There's pros and cons to both small and large anvils. The pro with the smaller, or better said, narrow anvils, is that it's easy to work on the far side without the anvil face getting in the way of the tongs. An example of that is when forging small cabinet pulls. The con, it must be firmly anchored to the stand and the stand to the ground, otherwise the anvil will dance a bit, especially when using the horn. With the larger anvil, the pro is you have to overcome the mass before it dances about, but even my 400 lb Fisher will turn in place if I spend much time on the horn. The 600 lb takes a lot more to move and I'm seldom hitting it that hard :-) The con is working small stuff on the far side. Also, with older anvils, the heavier the weight, the larger the hardy hole, both the 400 and 600 have 1 1/2 inch holes. On the other hand, as the pritchel hole is also large, you can make tooling to fit it. Just remember you're out on the heel and going too heavy can have consequences I've always found the saying “You can work small stuff on a large anvil, but can't work large stuff on the small anvil” to be incorrect. I've forged plenty of large iron on my 100 lb anvil. It really comes down to what you like/want.
  11. Have to say, that's a pretty rough looking anvil, you might want to look around a bit more. If you're up to a road trip (3 1/2 hours), SOFA is this month. It's known for it's tailgating and even if you didn't find anything, it would give you a good idea of what's out there and current prices. https://sofablacksmiths.org/quadstate/
  12. I don't remember how to read the weight marks, but figuring it out is easy. If you can pick it up, it's 120, if not, it's 200 :-)
  13. Life is good, I just put up to ferment the first two quarts of Chile garlic sauce. From the looks of the plants, I should get at least four more quarts. With a bit of rationing, that might last me through the year :-)
  14. Something wrong with the link to your web site. I get a page that's in Chinese.
  15. You might start by listening to the advice already given.
  16. You might try looking for some local help. The New Mexico Blacksmith Association meeting next month is in Albuquerque, as are a number of smiths.
  17. I just start a small wood fire and slowly add the anthracite. Mine was "Rice" so small enough to burn easy.
  18. If we put our names on our blades and sell them, are we not "Brands" Amazon only requires that you sell at more then one venue to be considered a brand. So while I'm not the "best brand" of knifes, I concider the brand "Wayfarer Forge" to be among the cutting edge of axes.
  19. I made a bunch after watching it, but never did get around to doing anything but giving them away. For those that know me, you understand that's almost a sin.
  20. I found this video by Hector Cole to be quite useful in learning to forge a Bodkin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SmEAqaFIwI
  21. That's means the hardy hole should be 1 1/2. Have fun forging tools for it, I know I have. After one hot cut, I just bought a length of 1 1/2 square and welded on the shank :-)
  22. I looked at Ove Glove website, they appear to only have the one Ove Glove: "Heat protection up to 540 degrees"
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