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    All forging aspects. Primarily involved with the colonial period to present forgings. tools, hardware, knives, swords, Nin-gu, Hammers.

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  1. thanks Dick.. Not much longer and the cutlers anvil will be mounted and then I'll get to use it on the correct anvil.
  2. @Dick Sexstone well said.. As a smith with many, many years behind me, I find the things that interest me are hidden in the cracks. Very much in form and function and viability. My "steeled wrought iron" forging hammers come to mind.. The wrought iron being so soft that it wears just from putting the hammer on the anvil 1000x a day. As a friend who has been involved with the smithing trade born into it, as he says.. He is surrounded by beautiful things.. Pretty easy to see which side I prefer down.. The shine (polish on the steel) and the fact that the wrought iron is now a few thou below the steel to me is that "hidden gem in the crack".. Most people won't ever see that even when looking at it.
  3. For some, life is an interesting jugglers routine. When your in your teens, 20's,. 30's, 40's and for some 50's it still seems there is ample time to engage in activities and to meet people who inspire and help other along even from a distance. When I was younger I was too busy to fully engage those that came into my life that were in deed "older folks" in the trade.. What I saw as chance encounters with someone making the effort, but completely blind to that effort.. Not on purpose but just blind.. Today I'm hopeful there is still time to catch up with some of the people who came before and to engage at a level worthy..
  4. Thanks.. I did only use 2 bars.. I've been experimenting with wrought iron manipulation to get a desired pattern..
  5. as long as the hammer is raised to the same height everytime the blow on the file blank will be the same.. That is an interesting method you developed with the students.. Use a heavier hammer with top tools..
  6. Alan, that is really neat.. Love the looks of the axe blade.. In 48yrs forging metal and using rasps the tommy shown is the first that retained the teeth.. It's only in the last 3 or 4 years that I use wrought iron more for axes and such. Do you think the wrought iron is prone to retain the tooth profile vs mild steels?
  7. Thanks guys.. These can be sized for each thickness of stock.. IIRC this one was for 3/16" and I put 1/4" in it. Work o easy when cold.. But having the right size for the material is a better way to go when being used for hot work. The YT channel has not done very well so my interest in it comes and goes.. I base follow-up videos on how well the 1st video is received.. So I never followed up with additional models.. These things are super handy.. bolts, rivets, bolsters, integrals, wide jaw, etc.. It was the concept I was trying to share..
  8. From someone who also does things differently and has a YT channel.. I'm not a huge fan of 99% of the ones out there.. I started my own channel because of this.. My videos are lack luster and I setup cameras and just start making something.. No practice shots no story boards or any prep at all.. I just forge something I have in mind.. Production value.. LOL.. I don't have any.. I film with 3 or 4 cameras. I start them just before starting to forge, and shut them off when I'm done, then edit the footage with double views at the anvil and then at the vice.. I make videos I'd want to watch.. The problem I run into is everyone just copies everyone else.. I don't think I've seen a new video with someone's personal content in about 7 years.. So, that's where I come in.. My channel is not successful.. Why.. I don't have the needed attributes of saying " I'm making this for the first time, today.. will it succeed.??? I get tired of this.. I don't have catchy music, the forge and anvil is the only music I want to hear.. My personality is about as flat as they get and my entertainment is "forging". Start a channel because you feel you will offer something no one else will.. It doesn't matter if there are 500 videos on the subject.. If you are doing unique things, there is a place. There are a lot of very untrained and untalented people making videos and people eat them up. More power to them. I'm a relic of the past..
  9. Thanks Doug. Was an interesting project.. I really enjoy working with wrought iron..
  10. Doug it swings great.. 5.25lbs is within my working range.. File maker's hammers are very heavy.. A bastard cut file can be a 10lb hammer.
  11. Slippery slope for most.. Few recognize why a design is "that" design.. The devil is always in the details.. Unless someone is really applying a given experience again, and again, and again. Most can't really tell that there is any difference at all.. What I mean is.... It takes about 1000X to truly remember something if there is very little time between.. When there is time between events, the retained aspects are diminished and the results become muddy. When forging with a cutlers hammer vs a dogs head.. This difference becomes apparent. The Japanese use about 5 basic different hammers for Katana forging... Yet most Americans use 1 or 2. The Japanese hammers are a Dogs head hammer.... I've put a photo of a steeled wrought iron dogs head I use for sword or dagger forging.
  12. Jerrod, it happens.. We are busy people and unless there is a strong enough contrast in vision we often miss many things..
  13. I have a very nice Cutlers anvil and wanted a Cutlers hammer to go with it. Finding a true cutlers hammer in the USA is like looking for a gold nugget in the family garden.. Chances are extremely low.. Was stoked to get the anvil. One of the English guys who sells equipment posted a photo of a cutlers hammer so I reached out for some better photos.. The hammer he shared is 2.5 lbs.. It is what I based my design on. In CT they had many cutlery shops and that is where the anvil came from.. In the last 10 years I have searched every avenue known to me and the video that I paused and stilled with the "last cutler or england" (paraphrasing title). he has the same anvil and I was after a copy of his hammer.. I noticed the file makers hammer and the cutlers are very similar the weight and handle being the largest difference.. Since i also have an interest in file cutting I designed this hammer as dual function.. This started life as some composite wrought iron forged back in the day with lay up faggot welds. Since i had no idea of what I wanted it to look like it took on the shape in the first photo. I forged this at the 2022 fall meet. This is when the 5160 steel face was welded on. I left this attached to the parent bar for about 6 months until the NEB spring meet came up and cut it from the bar. Still not sure where to go.. Until the photos arrived from Mr Sharpels. Because I was not sure of the ending shape. This was a super crazy forge the hammer once, then completely reshape, then completely move the metal around again. I ended up adding a U shaped piece of wrought iron to the back of it fill in the dip created when first forged. Working this by hand,. by myself was challenging. Overall very happy with how it came out.. It's not perfect.. The face has a tiny delam which if you saw the process makes perfect sense since the face was pushed, pulled, upset, drawn out, etc, etc.. Surprised it survived hardening at all.. You can see one remnant of the burr holding the face on for welding. Learned a bunch on this project. Next one will be way easier. I made 2 handles.. 1 for cutlers work and 1 for file making.
  14. Alan, I left out a few of the artistic steps as I'm not ready for people to copy them yet.. But.... If you look at both sides of the tommy you can see that the bars were stacked back to back the wrong way before welding.. Reason why I mention it is this.. One can arrange for the shimmer to light to dark striations once these are seen before the weld. These bars were extremely rusted and did not clean up at all.. Just welded them as they were.. I love the pattern of the farrier rasp being preserved in the steel-to-wrought iron weld seam. You can actually see the lines on one side and punch pulls on the other. Overall very happy with it.. Sadly in use the wrought iron pattern disappears so in some ways while fully functional, it's a wall hanger if one wants to keep it patina. Came out exactly as planned so that was a treat..
  15. I started this tomahawk as an entry into last years (2023) Ashoken competion.. Well, I ended up with Covid so did not go. I've been delving into manipulating the wrought iron to form patterns and this is the result. The wrought iron for this build came from a river and was part of the original hand railing that adorned the top of a stone archway bridge. The bridge was washed out in the flood of 1938 in Gilbertville, MA I found a few bars of the hand railing at low water and this is the result. Farrier rasp for cutting edge.
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