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Offline Quenchcrack

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Sold my coal forge....
« on: March 24, 2017, 08:19:00 PM »
Well, I had come to a point where I just could not manhandle my demo setup by myself anymore.  I sold my 100lb anvil and my 100 year old Champion rivet forge.  Kind of like shooting you dog.  I still have my 170 lb anvil and 2- burner gas forge.  I am going to build a nail making setup with a small coal forge and a traditional nail anvil and header.  This will be mostly wood and light enough for me to move by myself.  I plan to make it low enough to sit down to work.  Photos when I get it done.
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Re: Sold my coal forge....
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2017, 08:22:42 PM »
I hope that's good news for you QC and I wish you well. Always pains to put a good dog down but we all face that situation in life. I look forward to seeing your new setup.

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Re: Sold my coal forge....
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2017, 08:50:51 PM »
sorry to hear t have a lil' 70lb anvil and coal forge.

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Re: Sold my coal forge....
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2017, 06:36:24 AM »
Well, I will still demo at Washington making nails on a small coal forge (or maybe charcoal!) and at Jesse Jones Park on a big coal forge.  I still supervise HABA's Magnolia Smithy every month, too, so I will still have black boogers a couple times per month.  I just won't have a double hernia to go with them.  And I still want to do some camp cooking on that charcoal brazier, too.
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Re: Sold my coal forge....
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2017, 10:54:27 AM »
QC, do you have any OLD projects that you intend to finish? :shrug: :lol:
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Re: Sold my coal forge....
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2017, 12:07:24 PM »
I've been around burning coal very little but the boogers were ... er, well... interesting. Haha

Seriously, hate to see you have to part with it but it's not worth getting hurt either.

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Re: Sold my coal forge....
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2017, 04:10:06 PM »
QC, do you have any OLD projects that you intend to finish? :shrug: :lol:

Havent forgotten the adze, Wolfy.  I have it forged to shape and just need to grind the bevel.  I will leave final sharpening to you.  But I do need to design and build my nail factory in the next 3 weeks!
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Re: Sold my coal forge....
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2017, 05:10:48 PM »
QC, do you have any OLD projects that you intend to finish? :shrug: :lol:

Havent forgotten the adze, Wolfy.  I have it forged to shape and just need to grind the bevel.  I will leave final sharpening to you.  But I do need to design and build my nail factory in the next 3 weeks!

 :rofl:  Nah, just kiddin' ya'......I've got nothin' but time. ;D   What kind/size header are you planning on making?  I always thought makin' nails was delegated to the apprentice......you should be dedicating your hard-earned talents to making delicate and decorative objets d'art! :thumbsup:
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Re: Sold my coal forge....
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2017, 06:25:08 PM »
Well, it was often relegated to slaves so I guess I'm qualified. 
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Re: Sold my coal forge....
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2017, 06:27:53 PM »
 :lol: :hail:
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Re: Sold my coal forge....
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2017, 07:57:15 PM »
If we were closer I would be your apprentice, I want to learn blacksmithary.
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Re: Sold my coal forge....
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2017, 12:32:04 AM »
QC, do you have any OLD projects that you intend to finish? :shrug: :lol:

Havent forgotten the adze, Wolfy.  I have it forged to shape and just need to grind the bevel.  I will leave final sharpening to you.  But I do need to design and build my nail factory in the next 3 weeks!
name change coming?

Quenchcrack to Clench Nail maybe.

Is the organization going to be using the nail for reconstruction?
To be honest my guess is a committee has voted on some consistently regular, low material cost busy work for you to perform. Probably just my cynicism showing again.

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Re: Sold my coal forge....
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2017, 09:02:57 AM »
It wasn't the Park who made the decision, it was me.  And as for low-cost materials, well, you still couldn't afford hand forged nails.  Just the header alone is $50.00.  I might need a name for the enterprise though.
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Re: Sold my coal forge....
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2017, 10:58:27 PM »
Wow. I never would have guessed you for such an esoteric pursuit.

What's the idea behind this? I get the part about not moving the anvil between garage and gig.

I guess you will tell s more once you get going. Like what kind of nail(s) are you making.

One of my favorites and most useful from Tremont is their headless brad. Your toolbox has box nails I think.

Believe it or not, just a day or two before you mentioned it, I was trying to build a small livestock shelter in my minds eye, in the form of an early Iron Age round house. (Needs about 100: 6 inch clench spikes.) it's usually the roof that ends my fantasies.

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Re: Sold my coal forge....
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2017, 04:26:28 AM »
Most buildings in early America were made of wood so nails were in huge demand.  Thomas Jefferson had a group of slave children aged 7-15 who made nails.  He did give them a share of the profits.  And while it looks deceptively simple, it does take practice to make 1000 nails per day.  In the late 1700's cut nails were widely available and by the 1800's, machine made wire nails were available.  Hand forged nails soon went the way of the fur trapper and the Pony Express.   Look up nail forging on YouTube if you want to see it in action.
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Re: Sold my coal forge....
« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2017, 06:42:30 PM »
Photos of the new nail forge are posted in self-made gear.
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