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Allen Vann

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About Allen Vann

  • Birthday 09/30/1990

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    Madisonville, Tn
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    Being outdoors, spending time with my family, anything to do with fire, learning about everything on earth and outside of it.

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  1. I just mean would this be interesting enough to not be frustrated about it not actually being a solid chunk of hematite
  2. Haven't been on in a while. I have a question for some of our more experienced smelters out there. If you were to find a huge amount of beautiful hematite rocks in small sized only to find that most of them were just pyrite encased in hematite when you began breaking them apart, would wou be frustrated or amazed by mother nature? I'm talking small layer of hematite over large chunk of pyrite. Like a pyrite geode...
  3. That needed saying for sure, Don. Nothing burns me up more than someone complaining about what's happening somewhere else when we've got plenty to deal with locally. To heck with kudzu and coyotes!!!!
  4. I got bored at work and cold worked a couple of copper clips into miniature choppers...
  5. Being elementary school and being in the south I'm sure some of the kids were wondering why in the world the principal was dressed like their daddy hahaha!!! Born and raised in the south btw, poking fun at myself as much as anyone
  6. So... I figure with everyone's great sense of humor here, I would share somethin amazing that happened today. The principal at my daughter's elementary school showed up for the last day before Christmas break dressed as cousin Eddie from Cristmas Vacation! Not the leisure suit either, no way, no how. The man actually pulled up in an RV, stepped out wearing shorts, boots, a house coat, and the same hat, and pulled out the sewage hose and pretended to pump it into the storm drain! He may be my hero...
  7. I like dropping the tip a little, I hadnt even thought of that . I haven't taken pics, but I actually turned it into a paring knife lol. Now just have to get around to actually finishing it!! BTW, sorry for the delayed response!!!
  8. I've already sent him the link to the entire bloomers and buttons thread
  9. Awesome, thanks. We plan on giving a smelt a shot in the near future. The other guy is going to japan in April to take a class for tamahagane.
  10. Thanks alan, hey I just made another post on this thread looking for a smelt going on nearby. Let me know if you can help out there as well please
  11. Will anyone in the east tn or western nc area be doing a smelt soon after the first of the year? If so, I would love to attend!! I've met a local bladesmith near me who has an interest in smelting as well.
  12. I'm hoping that the grit being a a zircon silica will be a decent slag that will act as a flux but not be too much. Wishful thinking probably. Iron oxide should be better than the steel itself though right? Here's after the roast btw.
  13. Ok, so I have access to about 4 or 5 pounds a day of a combination of 1045 and carburized low alloy steel powder. This is from a grinding process using a zircon abrasive. Today I decided to try roasting some to see if it may be sufficient for smelting. I roasted it at a very high temp and the outcome seemed to indicate that it may work.... input anyone?
  14. I am at a loss for words at the beauty of this memorial. Seems that he was a wonderful father who raised his son to have unquestionable respect. I hope to be able to raise mine to be as respectful as you.
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