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Dan Waddell

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  1. So I desided to try my hand at filming a project start to finish. Since I never scrolled anything before I thought it would be smart to go for a jelly roll PW. I didn't really think I'd have much success, but it all seemed to workout today. I started with a 10 layer billet drawn out to 12"x2"x.25". I made 2 rolls from that since I don't think I can generate enough force to start the drawing out if I had used all the material for just 1 roll. I am very happy with how the day went, and just wanted to share my progress before finishing the forging section of my video. Here they are cooli
  2. Thank for the feedback James next time I try this I think I'll do it your way. I tried the vinegar, but it doesn't look like ill be able to use the steel for this project atleast.(I'm saving my scraps for a "deadpool" knife aswell). I tried my best and fixed a bunch of mistakes along the way so I'm still happy. I learned more from this than any other single project. What more can you really ask for. Thanks again I'm looking forward to giving this another shot soon.
  3. That made my morning. It's always good to start the day laughing.
  4. So I finally got to trying this out. I burnt a billet I was trying to weld shooting for Ws with so instead of throwing it out I sperated the 3 pieces and ground off the burnt bits. Then I rotated 90degrees to get the layers going the right way again, and drew out to about 8"long 1"wide 1/8"thick I then cut each billet into square stock rounded off the pieces then I braided, and prepped for reweld. I didn't braid the first one properly so I did them all wrong for the sake of being uniform. Sadly though after to many heats my wraps burnt off and I ended
  5. Thanks since this was my first attempt I just took the long way around I guess. For the next one I'll go with the quicker tried and true method everyone else seems to use.
  6. Thanks! thats reassuring about the delam. I cut the paper to 2 1/4 inches square and the final product is 3 1/8. It's destined to be a handle on a hunter with a blade length of around 4 1/2 inches so hopefully with some additional material on the handle its large enough to feel comfortable in my hand still(my palm is 3 3/4 inches wide). The next time I do this I think I will go for a full tang, and go with a much shorter stack. This project took me 7 hours total nearly 3 of which was just applying epoxy, and I had someone help me with that.
  7. Like you guys are saying form and knowing your limits go a long way. To continue along the lines of injuries if someone has some good exercises designed to strengthen injury prone joints with blacksmithing in mind I think that'd be helpful. I'd like to keep doing this when I'm old so I figure any help to stay strong with a lower risk of injury is worth taking.
  8. 17 days later I desided it had been long enough and did a test grind to reveal most my pattern. It took 7 batches of epoxy to put this together, and I think in my haste to get it all stacked up I may have failed to mix thouroughly. I did end up with some slight delam on the outer edges, but im hoping that was just because of overheating from my angle grinder. The core is also tighter from the setup I used to clamp it so I'm hoping if I'm more careful this problem won't continue.
  9. Well I tried a mix of 3drops per ounce and it seemed to stay workable for 3-4 hours during my test run. The stack took 2hours 40 minutes to put together so I'm hoping after a week curing I'll have something good to show for it.
  10. This thread seems to have died a while back, but I am trying micarta myself and need atleast an hour and a half work time. From what I'm understanding if I'm using bondo and cut down the drops of hardener I add I'll get a longer work time. If I go as low as 2 drops per ounce will it still harden eventually? I have roughly 250+ pieces of paper for this project.
  11. One thing to keep in mind is without a press or power hammer you will spend alot more time burning fuel while you get your layer count up. If you have a friend and a big hammer I highly recommend double teaming your billet to help keep your cost down. Good luck and have fun! I've only been smithing for a year having more failures then sucesses with pattern welding, but it sure is worth it when you get it right.
  12. Lookin good! Since I've joined I always keep an eye out for your work.
  13. I haven't come across many inventions that were to interesting yet, but I did stumble onto a surgery done by a blacksmith. The time period isn't quite right, but its still interesting in my opinion. http://www.medievalists.net/2013/05/20/prince-hals-head-wound-cause-and-effect/ Allaire has a steamengine on the property I'm sure tons of people will be happy to hear more about the advances that were made with them. Thanks fellas
  14. Oh man I can only imagine. The blacksmith you described is close to what were shooting for I think. Since we aren't doing any smelts, and without wagons being used we are more in the real of plausible work rather then being exactly historically accurate. It would be a wonder to see a 2 story blast furnace, and a water driven hammer in full production. My grandfather has told me stories of when he was a boy getting put on blocks so he could reach the anvil. I bet there were times he looked like a kid you mentioned.
  15. Very nice twists. The swirls matching up look awesome. Good luck getting that kiss;)
  16. That sounds about right. They broad stroke it alot more for the layman in our museum. Even though our blast furnace is out of order we are planning on trying a mini smelt this summer:) It's Allaire village.
  17. Very usefull information here thank you guys! I think with some follow through research I'll have enough to talk about for the rest of the season. The cool thing about this village is that it was purchased and turned into a factory town for a steamboat company out of NYC so most of the pig iron that was produced from bog ore was taken by wagon then boat to NYC. They had 4 forges with up to 20 blacksmiths at the main shop for all the towns needs. So all this will tie in very well with the industrial revolution and the day in the life of a blacksmith that I will be portraying. Even now
  18. Gary- I must be on the right track. The last time I was out I brought the topic back to overheating wrought vs high carbon and how HT works. I'll have to try the chain links out I'm sure people would get a real kick out of that. Thank you It's good to hear what other smiths in my position did that was sucessful. Making friends is easy most of the time. There are now 3 female blacksmiths that come out (1 is my girlfriend), and lately people have been getting a little on the rude side. I guess it's good practice at staying professional:\
  19. You are absolutely right, and that's why generally I make leaf key chains in between large projects. Working with a human power hammer we can get an axe done in an hour and a half(including HT and getting the handle on), but even that is to long for most people. I don't understand why everyone wouldn't enjoy watching metal move for hours. It is glorious
  20. Although the Bessemer process is very interesting I may have to leave that out. Anything that was post 1836 is generally off limits. That did get my thinking I'll need to do more reading on our blast furnace(it sure would be nice if it were still in working condition). Nothing bothers me more then hearing other volunteers make up numbers "the blast furnace reached temperatures of up to 45,000!" Looking for patents from the time should turn up some interesting stuff. I'll post my findings. Visitors get a kick out of all the little facts like a blacksmith invented the bicycle, and how m
  21. Dan thanks for taking the time to reply even though you provided no useful information and made it clear you think I'm an idiot.
  22. I volunteer at a historic village as a blacksmith based in 1836 New Jersey. This weekend we are having an event, and my boss wants me to talk to visitors about blacksmithing related inventions from the late 1700s and early 1800s. If anyone has some fun facts they would like to share with me or can point me in the right direction for some research I'd be grateful.
  23. If you want to go the extra step with a hair dryer you can add a slide switch, but you will need to find a transformer off of an old printer or other electronic that steps down to around 15v to put in line with the switch and blow dryer motor. I like this better then a gate on the blower since I put the switch next to my anvil to turn the blower off while I work.
  24. Thanks for all the pictures. They helped me to better understand what went wrong on my first 2 attempts at making an axe. Well done.
  25. Nearly a year ago I started Blacksmithing, and went straight to pattern welding. The only tip I can add is for wire wrapping. I've recently started using a torch along with light hammering on the corners while I wrap my billet. This way I get tight right angles and don't worry about the stack becoming lose when its hot and the wire relaxes. I welded a 4" long billet of 18 1/8" layers with no problems this way in a coal forge. Over heating is currently my largest struggle now so watch out for that. After 16 hours of forge work on one billet there are plenty of oportunities to end up with
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