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Lively, Tim

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  1. Randy, because the tuyere is incased in adobe except for the very top it never wears out. It doesn't seem to get very hot at all. I've made dozens of these over the years and have given many away to upstarting smiths and I've never heard of anyone burning out the tuyere. Jake, Thank you very much. The forged bevel is my favorite part of the hammered finish as well. Getting a ridge line to pop is not as easy as it looks to get down. Not everyone seems to like it. Live and let live.
  2. My Wash Tub Forge design starts with a commonly available wash tub of course. I used a 1 inch diameter black pipe for a tuyere with 1/4 inch holes spaced 1 inch apart. The wash tub is lined with adobe, a mixture of clay, sand and wood ashes. The hand crank blower I used is a Champion 60a. I originally used a Champion 400 but got this little blower at the ABANA gathering in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2000. I paid a whopping $25 for it then. Since then I've seen this little blower go for as high as $250 on eBay. Any blower will work but I like the little one for portability and it has plenty of power
  3. Thanks Alan! I appreciate the welcome here. My Charcoal Burning Wash Tub Forge design has been morphed into a lot of variations by many smiths since I first came up with it over 20 years ago and that's all good. Here's a link to a facebook page that shows more details. Thanks again! https://www.facebook.com/Lively-Charcoal-Burning-Wash-Tub-Forge-215899918501872/
  4. Cottontails are in season here in Arizona year round. So are Eurasian Collard Dove (an invasive species). I also hunt Antelope Jackrabbits (not Jackalopes lol) when we are in the southwestern area of Arizona between Yuma and Quartzsite. That area is also the best mourning dove and white wing dove hunting north of Venezuela. We also hunt quail near Tucson. I haven't ever hunted squirrel but we might this year in season. We live in a 16ft travel trailer so we are blessed with the ability to follow the seasons here in the great state of Arizona. Right now we are in the White Mountains in the East
  5. Here is a knife I recently made for myself for field dressing small game and fish. It is forged from 1095 with a 1018 guard. The seppa and ferrule are coin silver. The handle is Sonoran Desert Ironwood. The overall length is 9 inches.
  6. This is my latest Bowie. Hand forged from 1095 high carbon steel. The guard is from 1018 mild steel. The handle is Sonoran Desert Ironwood. The overall length is 15-1/4 inches.
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