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    When welding a wire ring, use this method to hold the segments in place.

    I used a horse shoe held in a vise and two vise grips.

    This ring was made for a grain measuring bucket (the top-most ring was missing).

    --Dick Smith

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    When riveting a latch, put a business card between the latch and the back plate. Draw the rivet up tight, then burn out the business card. This leaves the latch free and the rivet tight.

    --Phil Heath (from newsletter of March/April 2007)--



    When fitting a new handle put a smear of silicon a round the inside of the eye, this helps the handle slide in and holds firm. I fit the wedge dry.

    --Phil Heath (from newsletter of May/June 2007)--



    Put a mesh basket in the slack tub so when you drop that little bit in their you just pull out the basket and their it is.

    --Phil Heath (from newsletter of July/August 2007)--



    When you have an inspiration for an iron-art item, make a rough sketch to preserve the idea.

    --Phil Heath (from newsletter of Sept/Oct 2007)--



    Working Small Pieces of Metal in the Forge

    Bringing small pieces of steel up to temperature in the coke-fired forgecan be a real challenge. It is very easy to burn up the pieces or to loose them and have difficulty in extracting them before they do burn away. One method that I find useful is to place the pieces in an old metal can like a bean can and slowly bring the fire up until the pieces reach the desired color/temperature.
    Extracting them from the can is much easier than from a bed of hot coals.

    On the subject of courtesy to your fellow forge users, it has been observed that recently the coal barrel has been allowed to become empty without notifying the shop master. The telephone number that can be used to report problems at the forge is posted in the shop area. Please use this number so that others will not be inconvenienced in this way.

    --Phil Heath (from newsletter of Nov/Dec 2007)--



    If when upsetting a bar it begins to bend, it must be straightened as any other blows will not have as much effect.

    --Phil Heath (from newsletter of Jan/Feb 2008)--



    Use your anvil as a tape measure. Use the distance from the horn to face, face to hardy hole, hardy hole to side etc to measure your piece.

    --Phil Heath (from newsletter of May/June 2008)--



    To keep cool in this heat, I wrap a wet towel around my neck it makes a big difference.

    --Phil Heath (from newsletter of July/Aug 2008--



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