Traffic's light. I check in whenever I'm doing Usenet.
I see more traffic on TheForge mailing list than here. Too man people
seem to think that Guurgle Gropes == Usenet and never find groups
they'd use and like.
Don't give up. Or in Henry Stamper's words, "Never give a inch!"
Well, not much blacksmithing lately, but we did host a Badger Blacksmiths
meeting here a couple of weeks ago. I did a number of demos and showed my
"Czech firepot" mounted in a forge table, but didn't fire it up (ran out of
I am preparing to sell off my collection of trip hammers, so I got an old
style 25 Mayer Bros hammer out of the barn, hooked it up to 3 phase power
and demonstrated how to evaluate one.
See the youtube video I took a little later on that subject:
I have been monkeying around with Arduino microcontrollers lately for my
woodgas experiments and I also demonstrated testing and calibrating
Oh yeh, I finally finished the medieval metal chest that I have been working
on since April of 2007. I ended up spending 443 hours on it.
The whole story is here:
if you have seen this before, just go to the bottom of the page.
Actually, I guess I have pretty much integrated my blacksmithing into my
other metalwork. I have forged parts for various other projects needed
around the farmstead (thumb for the backhoe, for instance) and for
neighbors. Public demonstrations of blacksmithing start at the end of July
What about you all?
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