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Taylor Hendrix

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    near Jeddo, Texas
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    Potting, blacksmithing, chess.

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  1. Howdy, I started forging my charcoal knife (a.k.a. bamboo splitting knife) and I wanted to run my expectations by the forum. I started with a piece of 12 inch by 3/8 inch by 2 inch leaf spring steel. I quartered it. One of these 1 inch by 3/8 by 6 inch pieces should weigh approx. 0.6375 lbs. I used weight charts for steel flat bar to calculate what length of blank I could draw out to 3/16 by 1 inch. I came up with 1 foot. I'm expecting to get at least a 10 inch by 1 1/4 inch chisel bevel blank. That doesn't include the short tang length. Let me kn
  2. I am a very new newbie to blacksmithing/bladesmithing and I was not going to comment on this thread because I talk too much, but some of the previous comments have direct bearing on how I now live my online life that I should comment. Like many of you on this forum, I have taught myself how to do many things via the internet. A forum was instrumental in helping me learn how to throw pots and now I make money with those skills. That forum enabled me to meet some very lovely makers who I consider good friends to this day. Some of those online forum friends actually came down to my ol
  3. Thanks Brian, for the confirmation. I have read about sprinkling coal, but wouldn't you know it, someone on another list suggested I do it with my charcoal. I was skeptical then. I'm positive now: Excessive moisture in a charcoal fire, bad. Now, I have come across in my research that in the Japanese side-draft forges, the bottom is lined with charcoal chips and moistened as an insulation barrier for the bottom of the forge. I may have to try that. Taylor
  4. Thanks Daniel. I've been using those tongs already. Started the second set of tongs. The charcoal forge I have is working great, though the fire pot is a bit narrow for making all my beginning tooling. I had to be creative when making my first hold fast. It was larger than my trough could accommodate laying flat. Tooling up for my first blade has taught me quite a lot. Hope it makes the blade a success. Brian, I've not had great luck watering down the charcoal fire. For one, I don't think I'm needing it with such a narrow trough. What gets me is the spitting and excessive fire flea
  5. Yepper, you nailed it, Geoff. I was looking for a bamboo splitting knife. Thanks. I will indeed take some pics to document this project. I should learn quite a bit from this one. Taylor
  6. Howdy, y'all. Super new to blacksmithing and just about to start my first blade. It will be a charcoal chopper for my use. The exemplars are from a few videos I have studied and from a pic Daniel O'Connor sent me of his charcoal knife. My other beginner thread has a vid and here and here are links to some I am focusing on. Think beefy, chisel-bladed nakiri or shallow cleaver. My question is about forming the tang. To me it looks like a semi hidden tang with no shoulder on the spine side of the tang. I actually see metal at the top of handle for a little distance as if it were
  7. Thanks for the encouragement and the information, guys. I will be taking better notes at the forge, but my best guess right now is I am burning through about $3 of charcoal an hour on that forge. Of course I can not do near the work in an hour that an experienced bladesmith can do, but I'll get there. I have researched the Whitlox and I might make my version of this idea down the road.
  8. I consider myself blade-blind right now and just barely opening my eyes to things blacksmithy, so take this with a grain of borax, but I do know a thing or two about "seeing." The best advise given to me by a mentor (potter, I am a backslidden' potter) was to look at every pot I could get my eyes on. Go to shows. Go to museums. Check out books. Look at pots, touch pots, eat pots until they drip from the corners of your mouth. That is how you train yourself to see. You are taking care of the doing, right? Every day, something? Anything? Always the doing, but also always
  9. I have 16 hours on this forge, and consequently, 16 hours of total blacksmithing experience. Still early days. 3/4 inch tuyere. IFB firepot 4" wide, 4" deep, 8" long. DC motor air supply. I usually spend about 2 hours at the forge and consume perhaps 1/5th a bag of lump charcoal. I haven't standardized my charcoal handling and storage, so that number is not set in stone. $16 bucks for 15lbs. of lump charcoal from box store. I started with local clay fire pot, but soon realized it wouldn't last long. I'm positive I could make a propane forge. I have experience wi
  10. Hey everyone, I'm just starting out smithing. While I am not yet a bladesmith, I am about to attempt a knife for chopping charcoal. Crazy, huh? I've made my own small charcoal forge and just finished my first set of tongs. Right now I am buying lump charcoal (cowboy brand) and using a hatchet to size it. I have two newbie questions: Are there many bladesmiths here who predominantly use charcoal to forge? Is there a traditional (any tradition) pattern for a knife that is used to chop charcoal? Taylor, near Jeddo TX
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