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Thread: Forging along with uncle Ray

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    Forging along with uncle Ray

    Here's a project I started about a month ago but due to way to hot weather and the right hand being a problem I decided to give the forging a rest. The first picture is where I decided to stop. Second picture was started today. Its the first time I have attempted a socket. A customer and also a good friend Eli asked if I ever did a spear. I told him flat out, NO. Anyway it was something stuck in the back of my mind and I decided to let it out. Right now I need to get back out to the shop and use more of the free propane before Peter and his dad come pick it up. I plan to add captions to the pictures eventually.




    Ever since I saw Tai Goo's bush knives I've had an interest in trying to forge a socket plus I thought it would be the idea way to mount a spear head. I do wish now I had taken a few pictures of this process. As with anything I try forging for the first time there's a lot of trial and error. Hopefully I'll retain a little from doing the socket on this one.



    In this picture I stretched out what is going to be the blade and I also added some distal taper to it.



    I'm starting to forge in the bevel bevel. The hammer I'm using was at one time a standard 4 lb sledge that I converted with the grinder to form a fat cross peen. If I were using a regular flat or slightly rounded hammer the curve in the blade will be even greater. When I start forging the bevel on the other side this curve will straighten out somewhat.



    I'd just heated up the work in this photo and still hammering the bevel.



    Working on the point. After I got the point more to my liking I went back to forging in the bevels. I don't try to forge bevels or anything else the first go round. I do a little at a time. This way I feel I have more control and if I do screw something up its easier to correct.



    Your probably wondering what I'm doing here. I'm working on the profile here. I'm trying to get down low enough so I can see what I'm doing. Straightening up is a different story.



    Uncle Ray and his thing. I'll let it cool down all the way. I'll then take a good look at it and figure out what needs to be done next. I could possibly go to the grinder and remove a high spot or two and get it ready for another forging session.

    Last edited by Raymond Richard; 08-30-2009 at 08:44 AM.

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    That is some kinda "thang" Ray!...

    Looking forward to this one. How will you center the blade over its socket?
    Last edited by Raymond Richard; 08-29-2009 at 11:36 AM.
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    Hey Ray,

    the "thing" looks pretty cool. If you can, post more pics as you go along. I want to see how it turns out. Go ahead and use the propane. It's the least I can do for yesterday

    Peter
    Last edited by Raymond Richard; 08-29-2009 at 01:39 PM.

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    Dave, Beats the heck out of me. I've still got a fair amount to go on it so hopefully I'll figure it out when I get there. Some of these new old things take a while to figure out As it is right now its not to far off.

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    It looks like an African Frog Spear Ray. Cant wait to see.
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    Peter, Nice surprise seeing you here! I decided to not go any further with the forging today. I don't want to push my hand and arm much more today. I've got a surprise waiting for you when you come by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Bump View Post
    It looks like an African Frog Spear Ray. Cant wait to see.
    Bruce, You need a big spear for them African Frog's.

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    Too Cool Ray!! I love Glowing red hot steel!!!!2thumbs

    I put the same response on your Double post Ray
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    Awesome Ray, I'm glad you jumped into this one --- can't wait to see what you have in mind! Where are you going to get the wood for the shaft??? Got any wood from one of those old buggies???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eli Gautreaux View Post
    Awesome Ray, I'm glad you jumped into this one --- can't wait to see what you have in mind! Where are you going to get the wood for the shaft??? Got any wood from one of those old buggies???
    Eli, I really wasn't going to supply the shaft. I figure who ever ended up with it could come up with a shaft for it. It would sure make it simpler to ship without. Another thought I had is a person could just pack the head and if they wanted it as a spear they could use a branch from a tree.

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