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    First Forge

    Check with a welding supply store to see if they have any oxy tanks that failed pressure testing. They might be willing to part with one. IIRC, they drill them so they can't be filled accidently. Don't see why the atmospheric burnier wouldn't work on a small to mid size forge, but don't quote me. Jeff
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    Silver had been creeping up to insane prices, but is way back down now. Don't know if that will lead the pack for other metals or not. Jeff
  3. That's too fun! If I ever switch to LP, I'll have to keep that in mind. Jeff
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    keeping it simple

    It would be interesting to hear Bear's story from the beginning. Looking back at my life, where I am now, my work ethic, the things I value, while partially learned from the tiny experiences of a lifetime, but also a few pivotal points. When I was just out of highschool, I really wanted to be a professional musician. But, I've been a diabetic since I was three, so a full time job with good medical benifits is a necessity. After a while, I cut my hair, and got a "real" job selling computers. I really didn't mind the work, and it paid the bills. But, it sure wasn't the same as my dreams of being creative with my life. Ten years later, I was married, making decent money by the standards of my community, and was very addicted to the lifestyle and accoutrements of high dollar sales. And, I was very depressed. Divorce didn't seem to be a good thing at the time. But, in the years that followed, I learned alot. I turned off my cable TV, first out of financial necessity, then left it off, because I found I got more done. For the first time in years, I was really happy deep down. I still pay the bills with a sales job, and I really like the job. I don't covet the "things" that people buy to show that they are sucessfull, I have no debt, I don't watch TV for more than an hour or so a week, and I get a ton done. Somewhere between Bear's lifestyle, and Bill Gates lifestyle, there is a home for all of us. I'm slowly simplifying my life, and it makes me happy. I still like snobby wine and food, but over all, life is simplifying, and it makes me happy. Looking back I wonder where I'd be without the diabetes, or the divorce, or the job in sales. No regrets really, but those things certianly shaped where I ended up. Just my $0.02 Jeff
  5. Haven't tried steam. I've been doing sand casting, which is a bit limited, and vacuum casting lately. If no one answers here, you might want to ask on the orchid forum @ http://www.ganoksin.com/orchid/orchid.htm It's a jewelers forum, and the source of the link I posted earlier. Jeff
  6. Chech out the "free silversmithing" drop down menu at http://users.frii.com/dnorris/index2.html He has a multi lesson walkthrough of the whole process. Jeff
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    plants

    Great closeups! I can never get my close up stuff to come out that clear. Jeff
  8. Here is a pic of a small sand casting project, just before the pour. Â I'm always wearing dark goggles when I cast, so I thought the color was cool. Jeff
  9. Thanks Tai! With my wrist and shoulder in as bad shape as they are, less shock is definatly a good thing! Jeff
  10. Thanks, I'll try switching to the non domed face and see how that works. Thanks again! Jeff
  11. All the blades I make end up with some curve in them from the profile forging. I use counter bends to keep from making question mark shaped knives, but was wondering how you folks do it? Blades like seaxes drive me nuts, as I never seen to get the counter bend just right. :banghead: Any thoughts? Jeff
  12. All the blades I make end up with some curve in them from the profile forging. I use counter bends to keep from making question mark shaped knives, but was wondering how you folks do it? Blades like seaxes drive me nuts, as I never seen to get the counter bend just right. Any thoughts? Jeff
  13. All the blades I make end up with some curve in them from the profile forging. I use counter bends to keep from making question mark shaped knives, but was wondering how you folks do it? Blades like seaxes drive me nuts, as I never seen to get the counter bend just right. Any thoughts? Jeff
  14. Thanks for the comments. I've done two burns now, and it works great. I'm hoping to get a couple hundred pounds made. I've got plans for a charcoal fueled iron smelter, and want to try to go from ore to a blade here soon. Jeff
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