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Alan Longmire

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  1. Cool! You have seen Don Fogg's drum forge for heat-treating long blades, right? It does away with cold spots completely. However, since you can't get inswool/kaowool where you are it would be difficult to make. Maybe you could line a barrel with that Ytong brick? It might work, you never know! Don's drum forge
  2. ss or whatever your real name is, the steels you want are pretty easy to find online. Probably not locally, though. Admiral steel has all of those in theflat bar sizes you want, but not 1/2" square or round. Toolanddie.com has lots of drill rod in 1/2" round. It's very hard to come up with square stock in high carbon. Oh, and D2 is air-hardening. Get used to ordering stuff from nonlocal sources, sometimes it seems like everything a bladesmith needs is not wanted by anyone else, and so most stores don't stock it.
  3. Gotta add an echo! Idiots... Can't live with 'em, and it's illegal to put them out of your misery.
  4. Damn! Nice job, thanks for showing the completed pics. Glad to see it finished!
  5. That's some nice, clean fitting, sir! I applaud you.
  6. I think that's your best one so far!
  7. Cool! Now I know what you were talking about. I have never seen these Ytong bricks in the USA, but we probably have them somewhere. They look like what we call "soft firebrick," but MUCH larger! That tool you carved the fullers with is called an "adze" in English. They come with flat or curved blades. Those with curved blades are called a "gutter adze"
  8. The weight is perfect, it's the short edge and fat eye that causes problems. If you aren't extremely accurate, that little 2.5 inch/6cm curved edge is hard to hit with! The eye gets in the way during fine shaping or very deep cuts. On "tool" hawks I try to set the edge bevels so that the theoretical plane of the bevels just touches the sides of the eye to allow you to shave wood without the eye getting in the way. On throwers I leave the bevels short and steep for strength.
  9. Put me down for a "ditto." You always seem to have a great sense of line in your work, and this one is no exception. Did you lathe-turn the handle and buttcap?
  10. I think you guys are on to something with the vegetation types. But Paolo, I know the Tasaday (are they on the west side of Mindanao?) used stone axes to fell hardwoods, and so did most of the natives of New Guinea until the arrival of trade goods. In North and South America those areas once claimed by the Spanish tend to use machetes for a great many things that those areas claimed by the English, Dutch, French, Germans, and Swedes (among others) use scythes, axelike tools, small axes or even pocketknives for. I have often wondered why that is. I use a machete on a fairly regular bas
  11. I agree with Chris in general, but I have also seen the other extreme of folks who have not developed the skill trying to charge way too much for mediocre work. This is a difficult thing to address, as I'm not one to tell someone they're not at the level they think they are. All you can really do is be brutally honest with yourself. On ALL levels. Do not sell yourself short, but don't oversell yourself either. It's very hard to be brutally honest without being overcritical, but you must develop that skill if you want to be able to live with yourself and others. I'm a mediocre hack,
  12. My usual hammer is a 2.5 pound crosspein. Be VERY careful about using hammers bigger than you can swing accurately. That's a good way to hurt yourself, either through tendonitis caused by the "death grip" syndrome, or by missing the work and catching the rebound between the eyes. Don't laugh, it happens!
  13. That looks good! I have never seen a double-barreled burner like that, I think it's cool.
  14. Yeah, 95 lbs is kinda small for trying to flatten 3/4" round bar. For working with 1/4" flat stock it'll be fine, though. I started out on a 100lber, moved up to a 143 lb and could tell a HUGE difference, and now I have a 220 lb anvil. It makes a world of difference, for sure.
  15. Yep, throwing hawks especially need to be a full spring temper to keep 'em from becoming fragmentation grenades.
  16. I do not know of these Ytong bricks, that's not a name I've seen before. Guess I'll try to look 'em up. In English, that glass wool insulation is called "fiberglass."
  17. Archie, what you want is called a kick wheel or more properly a treadle wheel. They were the usual wheel of utilitarian potters in the southeastern US well into the 20th century, and some folk potters still use them. It's not exactly a pedal setup, and you do stand leaning against a backboard to work them instead sitting, but there's no reason you couldn't make one with a shorter axle so you could sit if you wanted to. The book "Turners and Burners" by Charles F. Zug has detailed drawings of treadle wheels.
  18. I can attest that Stephen is a big boy, having met him a few times. Before I got a power hammer, my heavy stock breaker-downer was a short-handled 12lb crosspein sledge. With a hammer that heavy I can't really swing it, I just grip it right below the head and "punch" with it. I rarely used it on anything below about an inch, though. From your first post, it sounds like you just don't have the steel hot enough. Heat is your friend! For breaking it down I'd try to get it well into the yellow range, and then do the shaping and finishing forging at the lower oranges. The size
  19. Short version: a tomahawk is a weapon, an axe is a tool. Long version: A hawk is a small axe, meant to be used one-handed, in which the eye section stands out much wider than the rest of the head when viewed from above. This characteristic makes it light and quick, but not of much use as a serious tool. The eye is usually tapered from the top to the bottom, making the handle a slip-in that does not require wedging to keep it on. An axe can be any blade held at an angle (usually 90°) to a handle, and the head can be attached to that handle by any means imaginable. By this d
  20. Yep. That's one of the places I go to rekindle the flame in my beard when the fire's burning low. Anybody tried to get him to post here? Might be worth a shot!
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