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Brandon Buford

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  1. Best forge?

    I tried the search feature but could not located this. I know it's been covered before. Seeing that it is Christmas time, If Santa could bring me a new forge, what should I ask for. Must be able to handle knives up to size of Bowie knives, must be able to get to forge welding temps. Other than that, I am open. So shoot. I have looked at the Diamondback (I Like the Price). Love the Chili Forges (Don't like the prices).
  2. Grinder in a box help

    I bought a 10in wheel from Grizzly. When I received it, I realized that it did not come with bearings. Basically, it has a 3/4in hole. I am assuming that I really need to have bearings. Can I buy bearings for this wheel or am I out of luck.
  3. Sad to hear Ray Johnson passed away.

    I don't know if any of you know him, but he was the bladesmith at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. As a kid, I was captivated watching him make knives. His knives were not the prettiest, but they were so functional. Through the years, I would spend time talking with him and just listening. Then as an adult with my own kids, I finally got a forge and was able to show him one of my knives. I will miss him.
  4. Trying to get my propane forge built

    Wayne, Thank you for that info. I do plan on giving you a call and finally purchasing the insulation and refractory maybe as soon as next week. I have a welding store right next to my work and I will go check them out on the tip.
  5. Trying to get my propane forge built

    Thank you all. Can this be a blown air design? Can a properly set up venturi forge get to welding heat?
  6. Okay, so after four months of inactivity, I am finally able to get back to swinging a hammer. I am wanting to start my propane furnace build and I have a few questions. I will provide pictures as well to help explain. I have two furnaces that I can build. I have a box type furnace that was given to me that has two burners and is a venturi burner. I don't know if I want to fix it up (needs insulation) because the design seems to be inefficent. I am leaning more towards a freon tank or propane tank build. I was given this burner by one you. I assume that the long black pipe going left would be inserted into the forge. The Top opening would have a pipe with a blower attached to it and the nipple on the left would be somehow connected to the propane hose. Is this correct? Here are closeups of the nipple.
  7. Wrecking some padlocks

    Seriously? Who cares? I just like seeing our creations at work. Lets not jump on someone and criticize.
  8. Recoalescense (I think)

    That is true. Come to think of it, I have a neat little go pro camera I got for hunting that I could use for point of view blacksmith videos.
  9. Recoalescense (I think)

    Now, I need a video showing decalesence
  10. Tomahawks, how they're made

    I enjoyed watching this process.
  11. AISI 1084 carbon steel

    Well, I guess that video I was referencing was actually Recalescence. So I still need a visual. But, Alan, you described it well, so I think I can figure it out.
  12. AISI 1084 carbon steel

    Awesome. Wood I have. Can't wait to try this out. I am glad someone posted a video a few weeks ago on decalescence. Helps me visualize that process.
  13. Quick and dirty muffle furnace forge modification

    Can I use a piece of coke in the tube since I don't do charcoal?
  14. AISI 1084 carbon steel

    Alan, I use coal to forge in. If I use that pipe trick, can I throw a piece of coke in or does it have to be charcoal? What's the ready to buy charcoal I can get at lowes, home depot, etc?
  15. Graver/chisel forming with minimal tools

    Thank you so much for this.