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Hi Everyone,

I went to the Bazaar yesterday, but it didn’t bare and fruit for me to covet. They only had items that they were selling as tools and I was looking for materials. So I have to go elsewhere for some better tooling material. The hunt continues. In the mean time we seem to have an abundance of rocks here in the yard and while many were used for making rings around the tree bases I still have plenty of them. All sizes and shapes. So what to do with them. I have some ideas and here is one that I have the bulk of it finished, but I still need to add a base to it tomorrow. It is defined enough for me to post here to show you that I haven’t fell completely asleep at the wheel. 🙂

Candle Holder parts (2)

All the parts are here on the bench waiting to be cleaned up and put in place. So what is It?

Candle Holder - Gingko style leaves and rock

Candle Holder – Gingko style leaves and rock

It was a nice small project – The gingko style leaves are forged from a 1/2 or so rod, the holder  and thin leaves are made from one of those unusable welding rods. The Rock was hard to drill, but I did manage to make it happen. A little patience, some water and my new vice made all the difference. The vice is making things easy already, even the small bench top vise got into the act. I did make a square punch for future use also, my tool collection grows and things are getting better all the time. Still no luck with the 7018 rod. I have time. In the meantime…

Candle Holder shown with candle

Candle Holder shown with candle

I can have fun making interesting candle holders and the like. Here in Albania we use candle holders more often than than I ever did in the US. That still doesn’t mean I can’t have an interesting holder to look at when it is hanging around. So I am ready to fire up and have something nice to look at. I have a lot of rocks and a lot of ideas for their use. I am going to add a wider base as the rock is just a tad bit to small to catch all the candle wax. No Problem! I can do. Wife liked it too so everyone is happy.

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya at The Forge!!!

Vince

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Hi Guys,

    Here’s a couple of things I have improved since last week. I managed to put about 2-1/2 hours into cleaning MY beautiful Anvil. Hey, I have to remain positive here. As you can see at 1-1/2 hours the exposed areas are still very dinged up.

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Okay at 2-1/2 hours it is still dinged up buy I can live with it for the time being.

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I do have a welder – It is a Nordica, but it doesn’t run quite right, something, can’t put my finger on it. I had purchased some Turkish Rod that isn’t good for anything, when I get my torch maybe I will be able to use it for filler, wrapping, etc. I was able to get satisfactory welds using some ESAB Rod on my second round of purchasing. I will only be using it from now on.  Regardless. The welder  works and now the trick is to find some decent 7018 rod. The rod I purchased was 6013 and will be fine for all my other work, but for the great Anvil repair I want the 7018 since we have used it with success in past. So Welder is a go! Forge is working without any modifications. They use propane for their gas heaters and stoves here. Yeah!

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As you can see in the picture I now possess a fine slack tub of the finest plastic this side of the Mississippi. J I put some metal sheeting left over from the gutters I flattened out to cover my forge table. One has to make do. My materials sourcing is pretty limited right now. I expect it to get better as I discover new sources.

I plan on getting a vice this week and some shelves and then I will be in business so to speak. Ahhhh a far cry from my illustrious shop in Virginia Beach, but it is a start. I did do a leaf just to make sure that the Anvil surface didn’t deteriorate more from hammering and to make sure I remember how to swing a hammer. This was a test so it doesn’t count. It’s a pin leaf about 3” long from about 5/8” rod. I have to admit that the small anvil makes me work harder than I am used to. I will need to lower it about 2 inches to maximize the effect of my hammer blows. This was a good test all around.

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Almost forgot, apparently some guy with the last name starting with K once owned this.

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 That’s all Folks!

See ya at the Forge!!!

Vince

The pictures are a  little dark. We moved the light that was on the side of the building and it’s dark outside! The inside wall is down and the initial coating of stucco is on most of the inside and outside. I have decided to hire a guy to do most of the work since it is in my budget to do so. There are about two truck loads of material from the side of the building that needs to be removed and that should be accomplished today if we can get the trucks in. Well that’s about all there is. After this it is fitting the windows and doors and then getting electricity to it.

Taken 1-12-13 @ 1715

Taken 1-12-13 @ 1715

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Surfing the Old Year out.

Happy Haven Forge  Albania 

Hello everyone, welcome to my blog. The intent is still to bring to you topics, pictures and links of interest to those that have an interest in the Art of Blacksmithing even though I have relocated to Shkoder, Albania. I will also bring you the humorous side of starting up a Smithy in an area  where there are virtually no Artist Blacksmiths or Blacksmiths to my knowledge. Naturally I am fluent in Albanian, not don’t speak but 5 or 6 words, That will be the adventure and challenge of it. I am looking forward to getting started and bringing you my bits of wisdom.   Thanks for stopping by hope to See ya at the Forge!

Vince