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You might be a Black Smith

Postby shadylane » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:40 pm

If your wife has complained about your work clothes rusting
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby Kareltje » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:57 pm

Rather than your arms resting
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby Still Life » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:59 pm

...if you know horses by their feet
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby dieselduo » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:56 pm

If you know what a toe grab or heel calk is
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby Truckinbutch » Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:14 pm

All of the above . Also applies to farriers .
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby sltm1 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:36 pm

If you knew the word "coke", wasn't just for a soda water or an expensive way to destroy your nose & brain
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby nuntius01 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:09 pm

you have a permanent tan on your forarms
I'm just the bank and the mule

post your still pics here
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby zapata » Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:49 am

If your first name is Will?
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby Yummyrum » Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:47 am

sltm1 wrote:If you knew the word "coke", wasn't just for a soda water or an expensive way to destroy your nose & brain

There just aren't enough emoticons available here :lol: ....you silly bastard .... :lol:
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby MaxMondo » Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:58 am

Happens to me after acid cleaning a condensor,everything I'm wearing of ferrious nature rusts...
The only thing worse is cleaning soot from an oil fired boiler...
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby Truckinbutch » Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:51 am

If you know why you give the anvil 3 hammer taps at the end of the day .
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby Chixter » Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:19 pm

When you expect the service life of your new work gloves to be about a month.
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby Truckinbutch » Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:58 pm

Chixter wrote:When you expect the service life of your new work gloves to be about a month.

GLOVES ? You pussy . :moresarcasm:
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby Chixter » Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:25 am

When you see the words Horn, Hardy & Pritchel and the LAST thing you think of is a law firm.
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby OtisT » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:11 am

If an auto hammer is on the top of your Christmas list.
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Postby Chixter » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:25 am

If this is used almost as much as yer toothbrush......
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby Truckinbutch » Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:42 pm

OtisT wrote:If an auto hammer is on the top of your Christmas list.

Christmas came early for me . I built a 100# variable speed hammer that would run to 1200rpm .
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby Chixter » Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:27 pm

Mayhap get one of these ...got some room behind the chicken coop. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w17ZvglKwpo
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby sltm1 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:49 pm

Hey TB, gotta pic? Here's one I built a bunch of years ago...35lb ram, 160 bpm
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby Truckinbutch » Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:04 pm

sltm1 wrote:Hey TB, gotta pic? Here's one I built a bunch of years ago...35lb ram, 160 bpm

I'm tryin to get puter literate to retrieve some of my pictures and post here . I used an overarm leaf spring set and built a set of flat belt pulleys with a foot treadle to vary the drive speed . Machined my forging dies with a quick change base setup .
The whole holler knew when I was forging .
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby OtisT » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:46 am

Truckinbutch wrote:The whole holler knew when I was forging .


+1. My old man was a fabricator. All my years growing up I would wake to the ring of metal on metal coming from “the shop”. Great memories. :-).

I work metal as a hobby today and sure regret not keeping all my dad’s heavy equipment. Sigh.
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby Reverend Newer » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:09 pm

if ya have one monster arm and another muted-appendage, like a crawdaddy.
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby Chixter » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:58 pm

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If ya not only know what these are, but you know how they work cuz you made 'em.
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby yakattack » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:17 pm

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If ya not only know what these are, but you know how they work cuz you made 'em.



So for those of us who are definitely not blacksmiths what are they? Got me curious.
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby The Baker » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:23 pm

Well I made a jig (?) out of a block of wood with a couple of bits of copper tube sticking up; and made some hooks out of coat hangers.
Quite proud of them.
Am I on the way to being a blacksmith?

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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby shadylane » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:44 pm

Sounds like you have a start on being a
Jig maker, Carpenter, and Copper, Coat hanger S mith
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby Chixter » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:53 pm

yakattack wrote:So for those of us who are definitely not blacksmiths what are they? Got me curious.


They are called Tavern Puzzles. One has to remove the long skinny part at the bottom called the shuttle and separate it from the rest of the piece. It seems impossible because everything is locked together. There is a secret way of slipping the shuttle over certain loops in a certain sequence. They typically are not easy to solve.

In the old days when everyone made their own whiskey, apprentices working for an established Smith would design/make these as part of their practice. It teaches one many skills that are applied to Smithing overall. The Smiths would place these on the tables of the local gin mills and taverns, usually with their business name and location stamped into a metal tag. The idea being, as patrons were waiting for their food & grog, they would try to solve these things. (Think the triangle/golf tee thing at Crackerbarrel) Some of these patrons were in need of a Smith's service to fix a wagon or harness or whatever.

George H.W. Bush was a huge fan of Tavern Puzzles. He had a good record for solving them. One he could not figure out was the "Dirty Dog" puzzle (shown at right in the photo) and wrote the guy who made it for the solution.
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Re: You might be a Black Smith

Postby shadylane » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:08 pm

You might be a Black Smith

If you know an Aussie, named Hugh McDonald designed a rolling mill
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