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  1. That is a great job for a belt finish! Did you buff at all, or is that just off the belt?
  2. The hub lining is usually cast iron. As for the cultivators, those are usually Bessemer steel, but that rusty bar sure looks wrought.
  3. We've kind of skipped all around the topic, but never had a truly dedicated thread. This one and this one come the closest.
  4. I remember Dick doing that. Very cool project, Matt, always great to see you here.
  5. At that price, it's almost cost effective to smelt your own! Here in the USA, if it is in bar stock or anchor chain it sells for more than as wagon tire for some reason.
  6. That looks more like a dedicated heat treaters oven than a forge, and looks like it would run on the oxidizing end of things, not unlike the old Johnson trench forges used for repointing jackhammer bits. Maybe a glassblower's oven? Geoff has good advice. The solenoid was just to cut the gas if electricity went out, which doesn't make much sense if there's not a forced air source for the thing.
  7. That should slow that rabbit down a bit, assuming he can hit it!
  8. Thanks. I knew it was fibrous and ornery. Looks great here, though, and it is very resistant to splitting and checking.
  9. Nice! How was the elm to carve?
  10. Those are some of the most bizarre axes out there, excellent job! That's some impressive forging.
  11. Family stuff yesterday, literally. Went to the Ridgewood BBQ and was too stuffed to do a darned thing for the rest of the day. I did think about the further inlays, and decided to do a mishmash of styles by the maker John Small, ca. 1809. Had a couple of hours this afternoon, and so I added his knife on the left side. This is gonna look a lot like the last update. First, cut the knife from scrap sterling sheet and anneal it. Add layout blue, make sure the inlay is where it needs to be, and scribe the outline. The blue tape not only complements the layout
  12. That looks like a good balance right now. It should feel like it wants to chop, but be nimble enough to not be point-heavy.
  13. For just the tire, I'd be willing to go $20 maximum. But then I have several already. If it's the whole wheel with hub and hub bands, I'd go higher, because the hub bands are also wrought iron and are usually cleaner stock than the tires. Assuming the wheel is old enough, of course. After around 1915 the use of wrought drops to almost nothing. Of course, by the 1930s, so does the use of wagons, which is why the tires are usually wrought.
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