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William Johnson

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About William Johnson

  • Birthday 03/11/1971

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    Northern Washington
  • Interests
    Trail running, djembe drumming, guitars, motorcycles, primitive construction, chainsaws, gardening and raising livestock

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  1. Started a new handle for hidden tang. Used cordless drill to start hole; will finish hole with reciprocal saw blade clamped onto vice grip. Got sidetracked because pregnant goat gave birth to two kids. Only have few hours time after work to get stuff done. Here is pic of “agricultural building” that houses the forge area. I enjoy reading the “activity” every day on this forum. Thanks.
  2. Took a seasoned maple stave (2” diameter) that I cut last fall to fashion into handle. Used old drawknife (with only one handle) to carve off bark. Then cut space for tang with electric chainsaw. Fit nice, then the problems came. Drilled 2 holes through handle and thick high carbon spring steel. Was just going to use torque screw as pins; big mistake. Didn’t predrill hole large enough and snapped screw heads off embedding broken screw in handle. Aagggghhhah! Was able to drill out one pin but other was stuck. Wore out 3 drill bits trying to fix and made holes in handle too large in cha
  3. Jake, thanks for your kind words. Here is a pic of my fire pit forge hood. Hood has front access and 3 smaller arch doors that have removable covers. Can be used for entertainment or a forge. Today took that spring steel piece (in upper pic) and continued to hammer into size to fit hardy hole and made hot cutoff. Then grinded remnant diagonally so rest of spring steel will make 2 knives. Then drew out taper under anvil on one blade. A couple times added fresh wood and fire started roaring suddenly breathing breath, cool but very hot. Used tongs to pull out a little and then grabbed wi
  4. Mr. Miller, thanks for your advice. I understand. I always, always wear eye protection no matter chain sawing, grinding, forging; in the dry desert I live in the wind constantly blows dust; my eyes do not grow back. I am extremely hot natured and overheat easily especially in the hot summers; usually the first to wear shorts, no shirt and run in sandals. I was wearing gloves while forging but one time the glove got so hot that I barely removed it without a burn, then read about folks not wearing gloves. I have not worn gloves since and get a good early warning system with bear skin from e
  5. I am quoting Mr. Shearer from 2012, I forgebarefoot for most forging and have never burned my feet (badly). I usually am able to keep the steel on the anvil, but even when I do drop it, it rarely hits my feet. Even if it does, I don't let the metal stay on my feet long . Like you said, the dance, then the slack tub, and I'm fine .... Mr. Shearer, I was reading your above post from 2012. Do you still forge barefoot?
  6. Look forward to your reading material; read some yesterday and liked what I read; a large bloomery reading area, nice. I am still up at IFI. I just stopped logging in. They humiliated me and I decided to take the high ground and not take their bait, just logged out for good. Go read if you like under "williams keep", some good pics of my forge area. The 4' diameter firepit has been inside the drumhut for 10 years. Just recently took perforated alluminum satellite dish and sawed in half to make the form for hood, then covered in thin metal flashing, added old smoker as transition to 14" di
  7. Hello, I wanted to introduce myself to your forum. Just finished adding a hood and anvil to a 10 year old agricultural building. It is round with reciprocal roof with fire pit in center. Added tuyere to pit and aluminum hood covered in rock with exhaust pipe. 9” centrifugal fan 200cfm for air. Gotten metal bright orange so far. Made tongs; now pounding leaf spring into some sort of machete. Learning how to move metal. Trying to facilitate better conversion of wood to charcoal to get hotter yellow. I like working barefoot and was ostracized on IFI for it. This forum will hopefully suit
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