Hank Rearden
I just thought I'd ask what it was you were working on. Lately I've been in the shop organizing my tools building shelving and making it so I can actually do something. On Saturday I blacksmithed at a Private Pirate Potluck Party for the Brain Vessel. Which is an artistic organization of creative artists company. So my the job I was tasked with was to forge pirate booty. I took a piece of leaf spring to make a die. Used chisels to put in an image, forged out some coin shaped blanks from mild steel, at least I thought it was and then smashed it into the mold. The original intent was a skull and cross bones. After a few attempts I realized I needed more of a relief area. So the skull and cross bone looked more like a smiley face with bad teeth. Lol. Since I struck it several times the coin would move and they ended up looking like old Roman coins. The folks loved them. Though we might take them to drop on the beach for treasure hunters to find.

This was a cool project and I learned a lot. Although crude people loved them. Coins will be soft metal next time and a small and simple mold. I had to much flat area in the die..

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Pirate booty.

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jmccustomknives
Sounds cool, or hot. lol.  Got a lot I need to do but can't find the time to do it. 

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Hank Rearden
I know what you mean. I'm just treading water as it is.
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theengel
I'm weening myself off an opioid over the next month.  Because of the withdraw, just the thought of that open flame makes my skin crawl.
Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?
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beermeneer
i just made this

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its a hunk of kopper
i tried to melt it but it didn't melt
so i whacked it with a hammer
seems to work


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สายลมลอย นะ สวนขี้คร้าน

I just remove the anvil and leg vise to pieces of tree trunk my shop. Put the anvil and Leg vise together in one stand and hanging hammers around .Yes same you Hank I organizing my tools and shop too. 


and then
I made bottle opener about 50 Pieces from ss steel.   

next work belt buckles .

 

Sailomloy - Thailand Opener.jpg  Opener1.jpg  Opener2.jpg  Opener3.jpg  Opener4.jpg 

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jmccustomknives
awesome!

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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สายลมลอย นะ สวนขี้คร้าน

and last two days I made the Pizza Knife but it's unfinished maybe tomorrow to quenching process (5160-SUP9A)  

  Head of Pizza Knife.jpg  Head of Pizza Knife1.jpg  Head of Pizza Knife1.jpg 

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theengel
ooo that is nice.
Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?
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Hank Rearden
Nice bottle openers. Thanks for sharing.
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Love the pizza knife. Looks like a viking ship!
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NorrinRadd

Hey yall, its been too long.
Good to see some great work being done, especially that pizza cutter, very nice[thumb]

I worked on some "Eagle" themed items this week.
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Tried to make a winged letter opener out of it, this is a prototype. Next one should be better, hopefully [wink]
eagleletteopeneer.jpg 

I originally wanted to make this eagle talon into a bottle opener but it got a little (a lot) bigger than I intended, but still looks pretty cool.

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still a learning process.

Keep on forging folks.. [smile]

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theengel
Railroad spike tomahawks



Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
(I'd take a picture, but I don't like where it's at right now.)
I'm working on a big project for my cousin. Finally am on to the finer stages.
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Scrambler82
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I put the top and bottom plates on my new anvil stand, old one is the shorter of the two.
Still need the finishing touches but it is almost there.

Behind the anvil/stand is the forge/stand... the forge stand is almost done too, I always take take longer to do things than most people.

thks for reading !

p.s.  I have a Anvil Stand Writeup, not sure that is something that is wanted on the site, if so where ?
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