Foot powered forge blower?

I am looking for a picture or drawings for a foot powered forge blower.
When in Prague in 1999 we saw one at a festival in the old town
area, but I didn't get a picture of it. The blacksmith's forge was a
very lightweight affair with what looked like a treadle powered sewing
machine mechanism driving the blower. The blower was run by one foot
since the smith had to be standing when using it.
Any help would be appreciated,
Pete Stanaitis
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spaco
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And have a flywheel and it will go when you take a break or have to move. It also keeps a steady force. Sounds like a good concept to me.
Martin H. Eastburn @ home at Lions' Lair with our computer lionslair at consolidated dot net TSRA, Life; NRA LOH & Patron Member, Golden Eagle, Patriot's Medal. NRA Second Amendment Task Force Charter Founder IHMSA and NRA Metallic Silhouette maker & member.
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spaco wrote:
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Martin H. Eastburn
I remember seeing one of those, are you going to build one?
You could scavenge an old treadle sewing machine and a Buffalo Forge Blower, maybe.
Regards Charles
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Chilla
My wife found the picture we took in 1999 after I convinced myself that we didnt' take one. See it here:
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I left it pretty big so you could see what the guy is selling, too. Sorry that the forge is hard to see with all the ironwork in front of it, but that's the only picture I have of it. We played a dirty trick on this guy. There were 44 blacksmiths on the trip. We were all watching him forge. we asked our interpreter to tell him that "44 Master American Blacksmiths are watching you". The poor guy turned white and became really embarrassed. Of course only about 1/2 of us were MASTER blacksmiths. But he shouldn't have felt bad, his work was pretty good and he had his customer base figured out quite well, we thought. Anyway, if you look closely at the picture, you can see that there is a crankshaft with about a 2 inch stroke and a treadle driven by the guy's tennis-shoed foot. There is a strange shape covering the 12 o'clock to 3 o'clock quadrant of the large pulley. I think it is some sort of shield, but you get to decide for sure. It is not my intent to build one. One of our master blacksmith is having off-hand shoulder problems from the tongs and many years of cranking the forge blower. (He will not use any modern tools). I just wanted to offer him an alternative that would take some of the pressure off his shoulder for a while.
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Brave man doing that wearing a white shirt!
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Guy King
And no other safety gear...
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jpolaski
Did it myself with minimal gear, burnt myself lots that day, so now gear up to the max. Looks like I'm wearing hazmat gear :-D
Regards Charles
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Chilla
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The one thing I won't do most jobs without are goggles and earmuffs.
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Guy King
Brave - yea right. His wife would hug him for shopping. Notice the box on the left (his) on the ground - tennis shoes - and the wares outside for show and tell. The guy in a suit in the door way -
Simply a guy there looking at a forge with wishful eyes and his lover snapping a picture of the things she wants.
Martin
Martin H. Eastburn @ home at Lions' Lair with our computer lionslair at consolidated dot net TSRA, Life; NRA LOH & Patron Member, Golden Eagle, Patriot's Medal. NRA Second Amendment Task Force Charter Founder IHMSA and NRA Metallic Silhouette maker & member.
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I've done worse.
Perhaps we need to steal a thread from uk.rec.sheds on "Old Enough To Know Better".
My latest OETKB was thinking that I could get away with "just a tiny weld" without putting on long trousers and making sure they hang outside my boots. A nice big blob of spatter went down the front of my boot and some time later it's still sore 'cos it rubs on my sandals.
And yes, I am OETKB.
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