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Rich Bostiga

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Rich Bostiga last won the day on August 15 2015

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    Ellington, Connecticut
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    Woodworking, martial arts, knifemaking

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  1. Beautiful stuff as always.
  2. It's a little hard to tell from your picture, but an old smith I know says to look for a pattern in the pits on the inside of the tire. If it's true wrought Iron the pits will line up to follow the "grain" of the striations in the iron. Of course, the best way is to cut it, notch and break it to look for the grain. At $20, I'd take the chance. If it's not wrought, then you have a fairly hefty piece of mild steel to play with.
  3. Matthew Berry does a lot of lost wax casting. I don't know how to make sure he gets notified that he's mentioned here, but if he could chime in, he may be able to help.
  4. Beautiful work. Very inspirational.
  5. Another beauty. Thanks for sharing.
  6. That is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations! Very well deserved.
  7. Incredible work. I second Joshua's thanks for putting together the album on Facebook. I want to make dirks and sgian dughs, and the album is a great tutorial.
  8. I haven't been on the forum lately, so sorry for the late comments. It's not so much the horsepower of the motor your using, but the force output of your hydraulic cylinder, which is just the max. pressure output of your pump multiplied by the cylinder area. The fact that you only have structure on one side of the cylinder means the force will be putting large bending moments into the I-beam. Just something to look out for.
  9. Absolutely beautiful work Rob. My father was a sculptor and painter from Torino, Italy, so I learned some artistic skills, but this is far beyond my ability. Well done.
  10. Beautiful work as always Emiliano. Thanks for sharing.
  11. Before my kids graduated high school I made sure each one had a Swiss Army knife, and three of them are women. They all know the value of a knife.
  12. I'm relatively new to forging, and the only real forging I've done is forging a muzzleloader gun barrel (and I use the term loosely) from an old wagon tire. I have a buddy who has been helping demonstrate barrel forging at Dixon's Gun Maker's Fair in Pennsylvania for nearly 30 years, and I got the forging bug from hanging out with him. I spent about 40 hours over a year and a half ( I didn't have a working forge until last August) on my first barrel and it is horrible, but I learned a lot. In order to learn the kind of control I'll need to make knives I've started to practice exercises
  13. This is a common problem for woodworkers. There are a couple ways to solve this. One is using a paste wood filler, like Pore-O-Pac made by Behlen. Here's a link to the Woodcraft page that explains how they are used. https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/pore-fillers They are applied before you put on finish, so it's a little late for your current project, but may help you in the future. I haven't personally used them, but they sound like they are what you might be looking for. Another trick, which may help you now, is to apply the oil finish you're using and immediately s
  14. You should take off the top cover and inspect the bronze gear. Since it's much softer than the worm it mates with, and there is lots of sliding between the mating teeth, and the worm will wear first. The first 400 I bought had severely worn teeth, and the worm was badly pitted. The oiler cup was missing and the blower must have been left outside, and water got in and rusted the worm. I figured I can use it for parts and only paid $20 for it.
  15. I don't have much experience yet, but what about drawfiling?
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