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Gerald Boggs

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  1. Not meaning to be disagreeable with anyone, but there's a couple of points I find I differ on with other folks posts. The balance of the hammer, and handle shape and size. First the balance. Whether a person uses a hammer which is center balanced or weight forward appears to be determined upon what part of the world or country that person first learned. The British, Swedish, and Japanese all prefer a weight forward hammer. The Germans a center balanced. I myself, started with a 2 ½ lb Craftsman blacksmith hammer, which is slightly forward, but soon after, I was introduce to a German hammer. It wasn't that I didn't like the Craftsman, but it was just a little too heavy for me to use all day. The German hammer was 2.2 lbs and was just right. I used that hammer for years and then started using a 2.75 lbs with occasional use of 3.25. As I've gotten older, I've returned to the 2.2 for most of my work. Since my formative years were with a center balance, I've never felt comfortable with a forward weight. I've given it a good try, even getting a custom hammer from Brent Bailey. And let it be said, he makes a very good hammer. Where as, those that learned with a forward weight hammer, find the center balance to be lacking in power. Some have told me, they have to hit harder to get the same results. It really just comes down to Each his Own, with neither style better or worse. Handle shape and size is the same. I started with the regular shape of most hammers and it felt fine. That is until I was introduced to the flat sided handle style which Mark Aspery shows in his first book. Now that I've gotten used to that style, using a regular style hurts my hands. As for size, I've spent too many years marveling at how much work farriers can get done with those toothpick sized handles they favor, to ever think my handle style is the only style. Again, it comes down to what you first learned. My only advise and caution are to try a variety and see which speaks to you, and to start small and give your elbow time to grow strong. If blacksmithing is the most physical thing you do, then you're always going to be pushing your physical limits. A regular program of resistance training is a wonderful thing :-)
  2. A sad day has come, I've had to buy a bottle of sriracha hot sauce. This year, just to be safe, I'm going to put up 3 gals
  3. It helps, but it's more a factor of being on satellite. Thanks to the Fair internet act (whatever it's really named) I can't increase my speed, which means slow download of photos. I appreciate the warnings of picture heavy, that way I know not to click. :-(
  4. Money talks, send me a offer. Shipping would be $9 in a small flat rate or I'll be a the TN get together in the fall.
  5. The folks at the workshop this Saturday were so positive, that it got me a bit motivated. I knocked this out Sunday before going to work. Nice to remember how to forge a choppy thing. No steel bit, as I'll just toss it in the recycle bin.
  6. That's how it started on the warm mornings, cold took a lot more effort :-) Of course, nobody knew anything about it, so there was no tune up to help it run better.
  7. Not that model, but on one of the boats I worked on, had a old Lister single cylinder for the fire pump/deck hose Hand cranking start on cold mornings could be a challenge :-)
  8. Serendipitous posting, I'm currently listening to the Great Works “Ancient civilizations of North America” by prof. Edwin Barnhart. The point and your brief comment, helps bring it a bit more to life :-) Thanks
  9. While travel costs are certainly a big factor for many, there's also the politics and some very bad publicity ABANA has received over the last few years. When Dan Nauman, the editor of Anvil's Ring and The Hammer's Blow, refused to publish photos of Ellen Durkan's work on near nude models. Ms. Durkan took to Facebook to attack both the editor and the ABANA board . She was joined by several prominent and active members of ABANA. It avalanched into a public nightmare for the board with many nasty things said about them. The end result, Mr. Nauman resigned as editor and Ms. Durkan's photos were published. The fallout was many people wrote on Facebook they were quitting ABANA and would never attend a conference again. Less then a year later, after the 2020 conference was canceled, then was again a Facebook posting about the Board, I don't know all details, but the entire working group for the conference publicly canceled their ABANA membership. Some have since come back, but the damage was done. There's a certain amount of irony, that some of those whom have benefited greatly from ABANA, and others that have worked so hard on the conferences, might be the straw that breaks ABANA. As the conference funds is the money ABANA uses to run daily operations and to publish the magazines, two conferences in a row are going to be hard to survive. Add to the fact, at least from my point of view, having worked at the last five conferences, this year's lineup is not really interesting* I don't say that to put down anyone, because it's a talented lineup of demonstrators, some of whom I've either taken a class with, planning take a class with or have seen elsewhere. It's the later that's the problem, at least three have previously demonstrated at ABANA and most of the rest have been recent demonstrators at regional conferences. This is where the cost strongly becomes a factor. If I've already seen someone and really like them, I'm more likely to spend that money and take a class with them. *This has been a ongoing problem, trying to make everyone happy, leaves a conference with feelings of MEH.
  10. I use the Makita LC1230 12" Metal Cutting Saw. The blades are also Makita. I've tried two teeth sizes, 60, which is standard with the saw and 72, which will cut smaller diameter steel. While I mostly use it to cut mild steel, I've made hundreds of cuts on 3/4' round 4140 and a few on rasps and 5160. All in all, I get thousands of cuts with a blade. One has to let the blade cut with steady pressure, if you push too hard, you'll overheat the blade and will quickly kill it, as I found out when I let folks use it at the Richmond ABANA conference. My fault as I didn't tell them about not pressing too hard. The tiny bits are sharp, but are mostly caught in the tray in the back of the saw. If you have pets with access to your shop, you'll want to clean up after each use. On size, the 60 teeth will easily cut 1/2 round, but will not cut 3/8. The 72 will cut the 3/8, but doesn't cut the larger diameters as quickly. The largest I've cut is 1 1/2" square and bundles of 20 1/2" round. All in all, I'm happy with it. It makes a clean straight cut on one side, the other has a very sharp burr that needs grinding off. Bought in 2013, have used three blades, the last purchased in 2017. Correction: The 60 will cut 3/8, but only singles. A bundle of ten will jam the teeth.
  11. Yes, that's two in a row. The 2020 from the reaction to the virus and now low attendance. That's a lot of effort, time, and money for naught.
  12. Not a joke :-( Here's ABANA'S main page. https://abana.org/
  13. Due to not enough registration, the conference is cancelled.
  14. I did a quick google search and only have Taiwan Tuna Knife to add to your list of names. One Amazon listing also included “Maguro” and “Magurokiri” but if you search those, you get a long bladed knife that looks nothing like these. Could be an authentic style of knife, or just marketing hype.
  15. Man, I hate having to use machines, if only there was a less labor intensive way of cutting steel. I introduce the Hacksaw! A revolution piece of modern technology :-)
  16. Without more photos, they look cast steel
  17. Class went well, everyone finished forging their hammers and some even had time to clean up the faces and get handles on them :-) Since we had a open space on our monthly demo/workshops come up next month, we're following it up with a handled tooling class. After a bit of discussion, we've settled on forging a flatter with wire wrapped handle and a round punch with wood handle. If you're around the area, think about coming for a visit. Same place as before, Floyd VA
  18. Lot's of us like to mix our own finishes, but most of the time, any finish sold at the hardware store is going to work.
  19. I don't have any and I expect, but can check, the steel distributor doesn't carry it. I get a good price on the round because of all the industries in Virginia, Foremost being the Norfolk naval yard and all the supporting business.
  20. We did talk about this quite a bit in past threads. Just to recap my POV. Both boiled and raw linseed oil are readily available, but not if you shop at big box stores or chain hardware stores. If you look at the products on the shelves there, you will find only boiled linseed oil that has drying agents and you're unlikely to find raw. As for Tung oil, you will seldom, if ever, find it. What you find is “Tung oil finish” A finish that works well enough for most folks uses, but is only a tiny part Tung oil and the rest isn't Linseed oil, but modified Soybean oil. 2nd amendment is a wonderful thing, but full of loop holes for exploitation. But if you go online or in person to a store that sells quality tools for the woodworker, there you are likely to find pure Linseed oil, both raw and boiled. And you might find actual Tung oil. However, since Gerhard is not in the USA, he can go to any feed store and get raw linseed oil, as it's often fed to horses and cows. In answer to Gerhard's actual question: Back when paint was almost always oil paint, raw was for when the weather had extremes of temperature. Since raw never completely dries, the paint has a bit of stretch for the expansion of the wood/metal. Boiled was for all other uses.
  21. I went and looked at the Ash. The bark peeled off easy and the inside of the bark looks like you described.
  22. just have fun here :-) Why is this of value, I've never made any money off of other blacksmiths, they're like poor people, mostly empty wallets
  23. I hadn't noticed before, but after seeing this, I see the tiny holes all over this batch of firewood.
  24. Don't know if this is the culprit, but Ash trees in my area are being killed off by some bug. Was splitting and saw this on one of the pieces. The tunnels are not much thicker then a pencil line.
  25. I don't know if it helps keep away the horror of elbow pain, but I've taken to wearing elbow sleeves whenever I do any activities such as shoveling snow and splitting firewood. I also wear them at the gym and anytime I do heavy lifting at home and shop.
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