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Scissor-making in China

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Check out this news story on scissor-making in China.  In the video clip, the smith puts the steel into an old brick forge and heats it - in an induction coil!


Been a while.

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Hello,

I have a few sheetmetal designs so far. They are all "developable surfaces", I am trying to upload some photos (cad renderings, actually). I started a new job that makes desktop metal working equipment and some jewelry making tools, so if anybody has any nifty ideas that could be useful and not yet produced, I would happily discuss any ideas.(It would be cool to be the new guy and come up with neat new equipment ideas.) Would round forms (lathe parts) that had either "constantly increasing curvature" or "constantly decreasing curvature" be useful?


Outstanding Video on File Making

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You gotta check this out - almost a tutorial on how to forge your own file.

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/blog5/email32112B.html


Should I let it go?

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So I have this large sculpture that I have kept with me, moving around the country, that I made in college what feels like a hundred years ago.

it is a 3' x 5', aluminum, lost-wax casting. i remember EVERYthing it took to creating this piece.


About to get started....

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First a fond hello to everyone. My name is Scott Ellis and I will be commencing a second Bachelor's degree in January 2011. I'll be pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a concentration in Metals at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN. This is a satellite campus of Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN. I'll be studying a little bit of everything: jewelry making, blacksmithing, polishing, some design, etc.


Cool Little Tool: Panavise

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I just got this great little tool that is promising to be very handy, so I thought I'd share. You can get all sorts of expensive GRS stuff on Rio Grande - which is really great stuff - but you can't beat the price of this little Panavise. I got mine on Amazon for $25.


Work Supports

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Work Supports

Air Curtain

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Air Curtain

New Tunnel forge

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New Tunnel forge

New Forge Project

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Things have been a bit slow on the 'net for several days now so I thought I'd share with you all my latest shop project.   The propane forge I've been using for the past five years has just about run its course and I decided to make a new and better one.  The old one has been good, but it is a bit on the small side sometimes and isn't as adaptable as I would like.  I put a 2" square port in the rear of it, but too often that isn't big enough for what I need to put through it so I'm forced to build up firebricks at the front of the forge and use the exhaust heat to get something up to temperature.  Also, this little freon can forge can't accept the middle of a scroll, for instance. Such shapes are best done in a solid fuel forge, but most of the time I don't want to fire up the coal forge just to do one heat.  I've been thinking for some months now of a new design for a forge that would solve some of my issues and still not be a huge, gas-guzzling monster that would drive me out of the shop with the dragon's breath and the waste heat.  That waste heat is a significant factor in the tropics where I work, believe me!


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