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Alan Longmire

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  1. You could also ask Rob Frink at Beaumont Metal Works. He makes the KMG grinder, and will do custom machining for all the others.
  2. That's another reason I stopped brewing: I quit bottling and started using mini-kegs pressurized with nitrous oxide to get that rich, creamy head like a draft Guinness. Trouble was, it was TOO good! My wife and I both gained about 30 lbs over the course of three months and multiple batches of bitter... Good thing the keglets blew up during an attempt at Old Peculier, or I'd be about 400 lbs by now. Oh, and it's hard to judge progress with akeg and WAY too easy to just pull another pint. When there's no pile of bottles to remind you how much you've killed there's no such thing as restraint!
  3. Nice, clean one, Lin! I like the buttcap filed to match the stag contours.
  4. I haven't made beer in a few years, but the time may be approaching again. I used to make a pretty darn good pale ale that resembled Boddington's, and a lager that was pretty sweet too. Never had much luck on the darker brews, not doing an all-grain mash just left too much unfermentable maltiness in the background. I do make dandelion wine every spring, and sometimes a batch of whatever wild fruit or berry that happens to be ripe. Never done mead, but MSTU makes a KILLER mead that he brought to Harley's this year. Yum! Randall, that blueberry homebrew was for medicinal use only! Didn't Bowie give you his "moonshine drinking for Yankees" lecture before you started?
  5. Let me add my congratulations and hints! As Roc and Greg said, don't cut anything off of it. If you want a trench fire, use a couple of bricks beside the air inlet. These are portable rivet forges, and aren't really designed for welding up billets, but they're great little blade forges. The blower needs a couple of inches of oil in it to work properly and quiet the growling gears. I use bar-and-chain oil for chainsaws in mine, as it has something in it that makes it stick to the gears better. 30w motor oil works well too. 90w gear oil is too heavy and will just make you tired. These are "splash lube" machines, which means the oil sits in a puddle in the gear case, relying on you turning the gears to splash it around all over everything else in there. They are designed to leak at the crank handle and main bearing, so don't try to plug up the leaks! That's how they keep grit out of the bearings. I love my hand-crank blowers, they allow a degree of control I really like. Plus they give my left arm something to do!
  6. My experience is exactly the same as Brian's, and I DO have a KMG 2x72. I need some new files, though...
  7. Me too! In fact, I spent the weekend hammering out the component blade parts for an 18" version. Got the back bars welded up and twisted and welded and so on, just have to weld the edge steel and I'll have a blade. I'm fast becoming a seax addict, you gotta help me get a fix!
  8. Thanks, Don! Even though I've only done one crucible smelt at Harley's, with MUCH assistance from he and his kids, I plan on a smelter one of these days. A smelting forum has been a needed thing for a while.
  9. Now that's a hammer! Works out to about 11 pounds. I have a 12 pound crosspein sledge I use for things that really have to move.
  10. The dust was evicted for those shots using a 10-gallon shop-vac with drywall filter bags. Seems I've been snoring so much it was beginning to be a problem, so I took a few radical dust control methods to preserve the sleeping arrangements. If you look at the shot of the grinder bench, you'll see a ceiling-hung electrostatic dust collector, too! Guaranteed to remove all particulates down to ~1 micron or so. I wear a powered dust mask/respirator when doing dusty things, and the overhead filter eliminates that fine, floaty dust that you find all over everything the morning after a shop session. The stealth forge hood is very good at keeping the smoke and coal dust out of my sinuses, which leaves only the KMG as the king of dustmaking. Oh, there's also a 10" furnace blower up in the rafters above the grinder bench that vents to the outside. Dual purpose dust/smoke clearing and air conditioning! That thing keeps the shop at least 10 degrees cooler than usual, which means that yesterday it was only about 100 degrees F in there.
  11. Michael, I feel your pain! When I moved three years ago I overloaded my truck with the shop and still had to leave some stuff behind. Moving sucks. Took me over a year to get set up again, too. Darned day jobs! Oh, and that is, in fact, a corncob pipe. My standard shop pipe, since they're cheap enough I don't mind if I whack it out of my mouth with a hammer by accident. If I had a post drill, I'd use it, but I'm not sure it would have been the best tool for handheld screwdriving... P. Abrera, looks like you have everything you need, and your file storage system is much neater than mine! A roof for the monsoons would be an improvement, I must say.
  12. I decided to post some pics of my shop as an example of how NOT to keep a clean and orderly work environment. The shop is in a 24 x 24 foot two-car garage that my wife has ever so graciously allowed me to take over. The first picture is looking in the right-hand garage door (the doors face west) at the forging area, including the modern-art treadle hammer and a glimpse of the oh-so-orderly main bench on the back wall. The second shot shows the other bay of the garage from the same vantage point. Not shown is the fridge and the old coal stove, plus the cheapo arc welder, trash can, and man door. Didn't think you'd be interested. The bench is new, built to hold my newest toy, the lathe. Also on that bench is a crappy drill press, a buffer, and a huge pile of assorted crap. A freestanding post supports a cheap woodcutting bandsaw. The dartboard is a mandatory part of my decision-making process. Shot #3 shows the grinder bench, featuring a KMG, a Delta 4x36, and a toaster oven buried under yet more crap. This next one shows the main bench/filing area, equipped with two vises, a portable bench I use for woodwork and some engraving, the radio/cd player, the cheapo metal bandsaw, and the secondary anvil. Finally, a closeup of the coal/charcoal forge at work. The hood is invisible to radar, as you may have guessed by the shape. So whaddaya think? Don't make me use this drill!
  13. No, you don't see those very often! Not bad at all, either. I like the wicked curve in the blade.
  14. Uli, Uli, Uli.... If you keep this up I'm gonna have to get discouraged and find a new hobby! Beautiful!
  15. Very nice! It's the cleanest rasp knife I've seen, for sure.
  16. I don't think the line across the ricasso detracts from the package, myself. The wood could be spalted beech, but could it also be olive?
  17. Sounds like a quick shallow case-hardening method to me. Never heard of doing it to a finished knife, and I bet it DID stink to high heaven!
  18. Easy for you to say when you live in the land where it never rains! I need to take some pictures of my shop now that it's almost in working order, but it's always almost in working order due tot he junk piled everywhere...
  19. Another thing, don't get too impatient waiting for answers! Most folks just check the site once a day or so, so don't get discouraged until it's been 36 hours or more without a peep.
  20. Like, Like, Like! Want, even! I've always had a soft spot (or two ) for those. Nice work on the scabbard, too!
  21. Some moil points are S-5, some aren't. Grant Sarver, a smith who used to do all the dressing for Brunner and Lay, did some digging around and discovered that B&L moil points are 1045 with added silicon. As with any junkyard steel, maybe it is, maybe it ain't. It will fit the bill for required hardness, toughness, and so on, but may not be the same alloy.
  22. I lived with my folks 'til I was 20, with a couple of short relapses at 23, so as I said I'm not one to talk! No shame, regardless. 18 and a senior at GA State? Quite an accomplishment. The TN hammerin won't be the smelting seminar that Ashokan is, but it's a good one anyway. Good folks, always ready to help and offer advice, which can be said for bladesmiths in general. I didn't get started in this gig until I was 28, (35 now) and have been trying to make up for lost time ever since. The most important thing is to go to every meeting of such folks as you can, since you learn more in an hour watching in person than you do from years of reading. The reading doesn't hurt either, since it gives you a framework to hang the interesting bits on as you finally understand what the advanced folks are talking about. I am not an advanced folk yet, but I'm still trying! Welcome to the forums and hang in there.
  23. Dart, you missed a smelt in Bristol, TN this march, and there's lots of smiths in the south. The owner of this fine board, for one! Search the archives and you'll find several, including at least one (soon to be two) who smelts in Florida. Other advice, and I don't know how to put this without seeming rude, but please believe I do not intend to be insulting: Lose the fantasy name. I like Steven Brust as much as the next guy, but nothing says "I'm 15 and I live in my parents' basement" quite as loud as making up a name like that. Been there, done that, have the psychological scars. If you wanna keep it, that's fine and I'll say no more. Just a little opinionated advice from a partially reformed fantasy dweeb. Now that that's out of the way: There's a hammerin coming up at Trackrock, Georgia , courtesy of Carl Rechsteiner, one this fall in Knoxville, TN, courtesy of Ron Claiborne, and I think you just missed Jim Batson's over in Alabama. You also missed the annual blacksmithing conference at Madison, GA by a month or two, but no doubt there's a bunch of guys near you somewhere who can give you a hand. Ask the ones who got you hooked on forging! There should also be a smithing group out at the Georgia History Center in Buckhead, they used to meet at the blacksmith shop at the Tully Smith house. Oh, and may Verra be with you.
  24. Having watched Tai make one of these at Harley's two years ago, all I can say is, he makes forging to final shape look so easy it's depressing! Right off the anvil, two minutes with a file and you'd have a usable knife. Simultaneously inspiring and discouraging if you're more than a beginner but less than a master of forging, for sure. That's a GOOD thing, BTW!
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