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Old 05-17-2017, 07:04 PM
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Default How to forge bolt heads..

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How to forge bolt heads.. Using 3 different methods..
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A simple bolt, huh? Excellent.
That really makes me think about how we undervalue the most common things,
the nuts & bolts of life that we take for granted because they now cost almost nothing.
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A simple bolt, huh? Excellent.
That really makes me think about how we undervalue the most common things,
the nuts & bolts of life that we take for granted because they now cost almost nothing.
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Nice work!

It's "funny" but....

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Plenty of wood, but not so much the iron!
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Videos are really good now. Very professional and informative with the text.
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Oh, sure, square headed bolts are easy, but don't fit my hex sockets. Can you make hex head bolts? (Just kidding!)

Love to see a master working her craft... great job. Ratcheting dies are new to me. Thanks for posting the info. Hope the boots have steel toes.

I saw a quick glimpse of you not wearing protective lenses, so am wondering, if you ever get metal debris in your eyes. And, I hope you are aware that extended exposure to infrared radiation from red hot metal may cause early onset cataracts.

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Oh, sure, square headed bolts are easy, but don't fit my hex sockets. Can you make hex head bolts? (Just kidding!)

Love to see a master working her craft... great job. Ratcheting dies are new to me. Thanks for posting the info. Hope the boots have steel toes.

I saw a quick glimpse of you not wearing protective lenses, so am wondering, if you ever get metal debris in your eyes. And, I hope you are aware that extended exposure to infrared radiation from red hot metal may cause early onset cataracts.
Hex heads are possible certainly.. The square heads are more period correct and was really done because the blower needed a new bolt.. This bolt was replaced back in 91.. So it was time..

I vary so much with eye protection.. I know it's a good idea.. But in 30+ years of doing this I have only ended up with scale in my eye once not wearing safety glasses.. On the other hand I have gotten scale in my eyes 5 times with NOISH (how ever its spelled and OSHA) approved eye protection..

In the videos I look like I'm making a mad face.. Its not.. I'm actually squinting and the eye lashes catch all the badness... 99% of the time in normal forging there is never a problem with scale popping off and getting in the eye..

Where the problem lies is when forge welding.. The flux has a tendency to fly straight up as it detaches when the metal is struck..

And lastly because the anvil and face of the hammer act as shields and pinch deflect stuff between them.. It's people standing in front or to the sides that are in more danger than myself..

As to cataracts : Well I've been doing this 31 years.. Most that time I was in a very dark shop with maximum UV exposure.. You wanna see colors look into the heart of a forge fire when forge welding..

And I know a few blacksmiths going even longer.. One guy has 70 years at it and the other 2 guys easily have 40years at it and none of them have cataracts..

Sometimes I think it's the luck or the draw or genetics..

As for eye protection I did find a pair of safety goggles(Clic) which I really like and do wear more often than not.. but I'm also lazy and they were in the house which is 500ft away.. For nearly 30 years I have been on the hunt for a goggle which would afford the protection and visibility I was looking for.. Because of the heat, cold and sweat the lenses even on open framed safety glasses would fog and this would be more dangerous than not wearing them..

faceshields were hit and miss and the life span was to short.. Few weeks before I couldn't see out of them again increasing the danger.. But I really do like the clic's and if you watch some of the other videos I wear them..

Thanks for the concern just the same..

I've added some photo's of flux coming off.. You can see the arc pattern is consistent on the way it moves..
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Thanks for the info... I shoulda known you had all the bases covered.

Of course there are many factors to consider, regarding cataracts. At 76 I feel very fortunate to still have 20/15 acuity through a fairly mild Rx.

I did a vision exam on Warren Oates, shortly before his death at age 54. When he was in my office I told him he was exhibiting early cataracts, and suggested if he yearned to do any traveling and sightseeing, that he take advantage of the time. These were the days before the advent of lens implants to replace cataracts. He didn't last long after I saw him, and I don't know if he took advantage of my suggestion. He was one of my favorite actors, who appeared to be much larger on screen than in real life.
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