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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. Alex, that's a great present. You must have been a good boy this year. For Christmas, I've given myself a one-day hammer workshop in conjunction with next year's Texas Blacksmith's Conference happening in my county (Fayette). Now, I've not been that good a boy this year, but, hey, I have a little shop money, so....... Looking forward to showing some great work here in the new year.
  2. Might be too late, but for accuracy, you will want to buy thermocouple wire. Thermocouples come in different flavors and so do, I think, the wires. I purchase large high temp TC for sticking into raku kilns and electric kilns and wire set ups with molded plugs are easy to find on the internet. Grainger is one. I use a FLUKE tc set for temp. From what I have been reading, heat treatments are very temperature dependent and require quite a tight tolerance. I'd find TC wire. It is made from the same materials as the bi metallic TC so as not to introduce more thermocoupling at the lead
  3. Found this thread while researching file suggestions. Look what I made in my super-freezing-cold-should-be-heated garage today. I am planning on doing most of my charcoal chopper shaping using files after the hot work. I only have big box store files and not many at that. Next project is a filing jig, but in the mean time I need to expand my file selection. (Look at all those empty spaces!) Is your above quote still a good file lineup for utility blade work, Alan?
  4. I enjoyed seeing the shots of his peened handles. I see on some the peen is flat and others the peen has been with a very very small fuller to give a design element. Was wondering how else it was done back in the day. T
  5. Some really great pieces, everyone. I've enjoyed looking through the WIPs and seeing what each maker focused in on. Hope to make something as nice one day. Enjoy the exchange. T
  6. One of the things I miss about the Texas coast: catching fish. Sigh.
  7. Nice tongs. Looks like your leaf fall rivals your scale fall! I'm going to freeze this winter!
  8. Hardy with fuller shaped, ready for the heat treat. Fits in the 3/4 hardy hole on the baby anvil. Tooling up for finishing my charcoal chopper. Ball punch and slot punch shaped ready for the heat treat. Tooling up for making a bottle opener. Why you ask? Because I deserve a beer. That's why.
  9. Thanks Jerrod. I'm not sure if I'm excited about these tools now or not. Of course I'm not sure they need hardening. HOWEVER, when I was upsetting the end for my square fuller, I did mushroom the tapered struck end. Hmm... This stock was very easy to forge. Not what I was told to expect. I'm re working the hardy to fix a slight alignment problem so no picture. It will be my only blade-specific tool in this batch! Slot punch, round punch, square fuller, and hot cut chisel are filed and wire brushed. I need to pay attention when I forge. I put an
  10. The sucker rod I used is stamped 40, a Norris product. AISI A-4621-M Nickel-Chromium-Molybdenum Alloy Steel I didnt find heat treatment info on Heat Treat app from ATS.
  11. Yesterday I started work on a series of tools using sucker rod. I cut 5 9" pieces of round and used the knuckle from the end of a sucker rod for my first hardy. Once the threads were ground off the end and I squared up the shank for the hardy hole, I had too much slop for my liking, so I pulled out the stick welder and added beads to the faces and corners. Not the prettiest solution, but hey, it's my first hardy. Here is the knuckle with the shank reforged and ground but before I cut off the excess. I tried leaving the flare and a bit of the round for upsetting and getting a nice wide blade, b
  12. The parts were supplied by Olympic, the manufacturer of the high fire kiln. These are common but require high temp studs which are notched to allow the buttons to be pushed in, then turned a 1/4 turn to hold. Kiln fires to 2350° F. Kaowool probably has some as well. I have been known to make my own and string with high temp wire for low fire kilns. What is the operating temp of forges?
  13. Fingers crossed for a negative test, Alex. Not my shop, but I did spend the last three days in two other people's shops making some money for some steel! Cough, cough: remove the saggy, multiple 1 inch fiber blanket. add the new 2 inch blanket with non-corroding ceramic buttons. gotta have a good, sharp stake-knife to cut kaowool, and potters love their peep holes. Rolled up flashing can cut a pretty clean hole. File that away for when you build your fiber forge. Now I really need to
  14. Newbie did some wood working on this non-forging day: 20+ forging hours on the stock handles was enough. Will try these shapes awhile and see.
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