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Got some help forging this morning from my neighbor, Jimmy.

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Looks like a fun "forging party" :D

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It's good to have neighbors who appreciate the craft and like the SOUND & the beat :)

 

btw... what type of hammer you're working on, don?... somehow it looks like a little giant... but the perspective is a bit "odd"... strange... I can make out a good dozen types of powerhammers only from their sound (just kiddin' of course) but can't get what type of machine this is....

it's just I have never seen it on your website...

 

 

dan

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I have a 50 lb Star power hammer. I can't remember if this picture was ever posted, but Jimmy dug it out for an article Steve Schwarzer is doing on him and the old days.

 

It is from the Ashokan Hammerin 1981. I have the overhead hammer, Jimmy Fikes on sledge and Jim Schmidt keeping an eye on everything.

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Darn... 1981... :)

 

cool pic...

there should be a thread of "old pictures"...

 

thanks for sharing...

 

 

haven't seen many "star" hammers... they are not that known arround europe...

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You geezers call that forging?

Don't strain yourselves holding that bar under the power hammer. :)

Those cigarettes will kill you Jimmy!

 

That ain't forging. This is forging!

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Hey Don, did you move in next to Jimmy or did he move in next to you? Just curious here? :)

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Tai,

 

I wish I had some pictures from my time as Industrial Smith...

We used to work with pieces in the 200 Pound (most of the time MUCH more) range...

Me, two "assistants", the 3000 Pound Air hammer, the 100'000 Ton Press and some other "small" beche hammers (up to 800 Pound was considered "small")...

That was forging :) and tough work...

But I tell you, honestly I would not want to go back... I prefer my small shop and "small size" work.... I would really not want it the other way...

 

dan

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I already went through my industrial phase too. :)

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Where are your geezers, Tai?

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Where are your geezers, Tai?

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I'm a border line geezer myself.

Here's me in 20 years.

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Check this out Dan. Here's me 20 years ago with Hazel the Nazel. My very own hammer machine.

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Tai then I'll visit you in 20 years :)

 

"Hazel the Nazel"... how "fat" was it... looks pretty large... (or the smith too skinny :P )

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It was a #3B, 300 pound ram. Every serious bladesmith should own one,... at least once. :)

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It was a #3B, 300 pound ram. Every serious bladesmith should own one,... at least once. :)

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Well I would not mind one :) or two :)

... my neighbours though would mind it... I'm sure... (they just don't appreciate good sound...)

And I would mind the transport... (argh... to bring it down into my shop... I would need to COMPLETLY disassemble the Nazel, and even that way it may be "mission impossible")

 

If I'd had the "chance" to choose this is what I would go for:

- One Beche 60 Kg (120 Pound)... there was a "special" edition... kind of small size, compact... yet strong enough for most damascus work...

- one hydraulic forging press (like the one randal has :) )

- one "larger" rolling mill...

- one large (at least 250 pound) anvil (a good one...)

- one Post-anvil... (at least 200 pound).

 

and no more "shop trolls" please :) (mine always hide the small tools and generally are responsible for the "mess"...)

 

 

dan

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All I care about is,... do I look better, then, now,... or 20 years in the future? :D

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I think I look the best right now... :)

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Tai, dinna get me wrong... :)

 

but you could not go wrong with whatever change you tried... as long as you got rid of the look & style of yours 20 years ago... lad... am I lucky I'm not *THAT* old :)

 

B)B)

 

dan

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....and then there are those revolting people who just refuse to age. ;)

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If you can believe,... That pic of me 20 years ago ran in Blade Magazine. :D

 

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If you can believe,... That pic of me 20 years ago ran in Blade Magazine. :D

 

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and you're sure you still got customers B):lol::P

 

although I believe the nazel made up for that...

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Actually, at the time,... that look was very popular. :)

 

I got tired of the Nazel after 12 years or so and sold it.

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Actually, at the time,... that look was very popular. :)

 

I got tired of the Nazel after 12 years or so and sold it.

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I know.... but I'm just "glad" that it "WAS" popular and no longer is (never liked the 70'/80' style that much...) ... although the hat is kind of cool......

 

about style... believe it or not... yestereday I was on the way (by foot) to a local (just some hundred meters away) mild-steel supply (for constructions)....

on the way back (me in my dirty shop-cloth, my forging "hat", safety goggles hooked at the the jacket...) two young girls walked past me and suddenly one asks (I translated this literally): "Do you think her shoes look like shit on her (pointing at her friends shoes))?".... I could do nothing but to laugh...

the situation was kind of bizarre... I mean... me and my forgin-shop-clothes look more like some "vagabound" after 10yrs. on the road with no access to a washing machine... (it just looks like that... I wash them once in a while *g*)

 

 

dan

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Yeah. I look like crap with my cloths on and worse with them off. :)

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Yeah. I look like crap with my cloths on and worse with them off. :)

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:lol::lol:

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Tai,

 

Jimmy Fikes died yesterday afternoon at 4:42 PM CST. Smoking was determined to be the cause of his untimely death. Jimmy's passing upset a number of people... seven, to be exact.

 

At 7:02 PM last night, his spirit reanimated his body. This rather unusual happening has disturbed a far greater number of people than did Jimmy's demise.

 

Jimmy immediately lit up the first smoke of his new life and appears quite happy and content.

 

Maggie (Fikes) and Dorothy Carlisle, bladesmiths

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Sorry to hear about all that. What's Don going to do? I really liked Jimmy. He's up there having a smoke with Johnny, Jimmy and Johnny. :)

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