Saturday, October 31, 2009

Plasma cutter

Today we went back to Hope, Missouri to help out fellow blacksmith Joe.

Joe has a new toy. It's a Plasma cutter. He gave BT a few quick lessons and then it was his turn to try.

It sure makes quick work in preparing to make a gig.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Forging in Hope Missouri

Today we visited Joe's shop in Hope Missouri. Joe has been a little under the weather. He might tell you a lot, but he is doing much better.

Bernie uses Joe's trip hammer.

The reason for our visit was to help Joe forge 6 hinges for doors on a restored log cabin.

Now this is what you call a clinker!

The hinge will look something like this.

One of the two doors with the 6 hinges laying on the floor.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Free coal

Two blacksmith discuss some coal that was free for the taking in Arrow Rock, Missouri.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Blacksmith Coal

What does a ton of coal look like?

It looks like this plus 5 more sacks that were left in the front of the shop.

We took a trip Saturday to Scrub Oak Forge in DeSoto Missouri. It is one of the storage areas for the BAM coal supply.

The blacksmith lifted this coal 4 times. That's 4 tons times.

First he lifted it into place in the bed of the truck. Arriving home and accidentally locking the keys into the truck, he lifted it onto a trailer. From there he lifted it onto a 2 wheel dolly. He then wheeled it inside the shop
and lifted it into the storage area.

No wonder he slept good that night.

Sorry I forgot the camera on Saturday, I missed some beautiful picture opportunities.