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Discussion in 'Hammer & Tongs' started by Gary W. Graley, Jul 4, 2015.

  1. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Just saw this video and wanted to share, Fred Harriss was or possibly is, still at work, this video shows him at 84 still working the forge ;)



    I tried searching to see if he is still around, as this is a few years old now. As he said when asked if he would retire : "I shall live tired, but I shan't retire..."

    G2
     
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  2. Matthew Gregory

    Matthew Gregory Chief Executive in charge of Entertainment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 12, 2005
    Excellent, Gary.

    He looks at least ten years younger than he is. Being happy is better than being full of stress, I'll wager...
     
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  3. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    My thoughts as well Matt, should be an inspiration not just for blacksmithing, but for anything worth doing.
    G2
     
  4. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Still impressed with this fellow, so I looked to see if he is still around and yep, at 90 and still going, wants to keep doing this at least till he's 100

    [​IMG]Fred Harriss_90 by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    G2
     
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  5. Matthew Gregory

    Matthew Gregory Chief Executive in charge of Entertainment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 12, 2005
    So awesome.
     
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  6. weo

    weo KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 21, 2014
    Great! Thanks for sharing.
    Makes me want to pack up and move to Oxfordshire to give him someone to pass on his craft.
     
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  7. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    a good thought for sure would be a gift to spend time with a fellow like that
    G2
     
  8. Rick Marchand

    Rick Marchand Donkey on the Edge Moderator

    Jan 6, 2005
    AND.... look how high his anvil is. I keep raising my anvil and it's only getting easier to forge for longer periods of time.
     
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  9. thor5624

    thor5624

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    Nov 23, 2019
    I am just starting to forge. My anvil arrives tomorrow and I have a lot of 3/16 inch steel. What tongs do you recommend for that size of steel?
     
  10. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    I like Z-box and U-box tongs. Blacksmith Depot (Kayne and Sons) has a great selection of tongs. I would get them in 1/4" box size. You also need a pick-up tongs and some general use tongs like a flat jaw or a wolf's jaw.

    3/16 is a tad thin for forging ... not a lot of metal to move. Next batch of steel you get, try 1/4" or 3/8".

    Eventually, you will want several sizes of box jaw tongs and other assorted styles. It is a rabbit hole once you start "needing" more and more tongs.

    Also, learning to make your own tongs is a good idea. There is a video about a fellow who has a very good method.,https://www.bing.com/videos/search?...2101385782B252EA14542101385782B252E&FORM=VIRE
     
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