Monday, December 31, 2012

Horse on the Lamb

Being woken up by a neighbor calling the house phone, and telling us that one of the horses (Pete) is up the road at his house is NOT the way I like to begin my day....... Better than starting the year I guess. LOL

 I still haven't figured out how Pete got out, Non of the fences were down, and all the gates were closed...... All I know is, I got them both in the small field in front of the house were they can't get out, and there they will stay until I am finished putting up the rest of the barbed wire fencing in the back field.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

house pics

Just thought I would share some of the photo's I have of when we were building the basement of the house.

Dad giving his approval.

Our block layer, Doyle

It's SO BIG!!!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

all things that are new

Well I have kinda changed course on my blacksmith shop business plan. Instead of just doing hand forged iron work, I am now making/selling blacksmithing forges, tools, and equipment. So far, I have made all my forge sales on, and I love it. It is sooooo easy, and more inexpensive than I thought it would be.
Here is a photo of a forge that I made about a month ago.

Also about a month or two ago ( I can't remember) me and my good friend Dave Custer, forged a hammer at his shop in eastern Ky.
Here is the hammer we made.

Here is a video too of the making of the hammer, and of us forging a "striking anvil" for Dave's blacksmith shop.

I don't remember what my shop looked like when I last showed it to yall, so here is a photo of it in it's current state.

It's still not completely finished, but it will have to do, since I am now building myself a log house!!!!!

Here are 2 video's I have of building the log house.

Part 1

Part 2

Well that's all I can think of that is new around here, so until next time. God's Speed.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Hey yall

Hey yall,

I know that it has been a long time since I wrote a regular post, or any thing for that matter, but it has because I had a iPad and not a regular laptop. But that is about to change, just today I bought a Dell laptop!!!!!!!
 So hopefully this means more blog posts, and if I go a while with out posting any thing, just drop a comment and say "hey bud, remember you said more blog posts???" LOL

Yall have a great new year!!!!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Laptop Replacement and some good news

Remember me saying that I was having a ton of problems with my HP laptop?
Well Office Depot took it back, and gave me a instore credit!!!!!! Since I REALLY needed some kind of laptop/tablet, I got the Asus Transformer prime!!!!! I love this thing, the docking station turns it into a laptop, and when it isn't attached to the dock, its a tablet!!!!! cool huh?? I will try to upload some photo's of it some time.

So hopefully I can start back to blogging on a regular basis!!!!!!!

OH YEAH!!! I ALMOST FORGOT!!!!!! I have decided to go ahead and take my GED test. Last week I took the pretest, and I did 4 of the tests in about one half of an hour (they usually take 1 hour EACH) and they said that I made one of the highest scores they have seen in a long time. I only got 8 wrong out of a 130 question test Needless to say, I was happy. Just hope I do that good on the REAL TEST!!!!!!! I will keep yall up to date. wish me luck!!!!


Saturday, June 9, 2012

I am still alive, but not my laptop

Hey yall,

Well I am sorry about not putting any new blog post's on for soooo long, but I have a good excuse....... Or should I say explanation?

 As yall know, I have been having a lot of problems with my laptop, and finally it got to where it wouldn't even work at all. So this time I didn't send it to HP since my manufactuars warrenty was up, I had to send it in to the company that I bought my extended warrenty from. So this makes the third time I have had this laptop sent off for repairs. Around here its a joke that the repair center has the computer more than I do, and that's true for the past 3 months!!!!!!!! I still haven't gotten it back from it's last repair (I am typing this on a borrowed laptop.. a HP laptop grrr) I should get it back by the end of next week, so it will have been gone for repairs for 3 weeks this last time.

In the blacksmith shop, I have been working like CRAZY!!!!! Some time this next week, I am going to show some of my iron work to a local Log Home company, so keep your fingers crossed that I get some orders!!!! Also I purchased a bunch of metal to build myself  a Tire hammer.
 Now if your wondering what in the world a tire hammer is, I will tell you. A tire hammer is a electrical powered hammer that hammers out hot metal, I can controll the hammer speed and force by how I step on a small "pedal" at the base of the hammer.  Now some folks say that this type of hammer isn't traditional, but power hammers have been aroud for quite a while, but the older ones were powered by steam.
 The reason I am building this hammer is to help me hammer out some bigger metal, and with that said, it will save my right arm from carpel tunnel, or nerve damage.

 Also we are about to sell the tractor, and are going to try to do all/most of our farming with the team. So with that being said, I fabricated a piece of horse drawn equipment that will allow me to pull a utility trailer, or pull pieces of equipment. Some time in the next 3 weeks I am going to need to restore a old horse draw mowing machine........ that will be uhhhhh fun.......

Hopefully it wont be so long till the next video blog post.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Photo Shoot

After finishing the tree project around 3:00 today, I decided to call it a day, and play around with the camera, so here are some photo's I took.

Tree Project

Hey yall,

I know it has been a while since I have done a blog post, but it is because I have been busy, but instead of telling what all I have been doing, I will save that for the video blog I made today, just got to edit it later.
 I will though show you the latest creation from the shop, I call it "Front Yard Swing", it stands about 3 feet tall, let me know what yall think.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

What a Day

The other day was a wild one.
 First I had to get up a 5:30, do chores, and then leave the house at 7:00 for Bowling Green. I had to be at the dentist's office a few minutes before 8:00.
 I figured it would take me close to an hour to get from the house, to the dentist, but at that time of the morning, there was very little traffic. So I was there at 7:18, and there wasn't any one there yet, so I just sat around and waited. By this time I was getting hungry, for I didn't eat breakfast since I didn't want to get a bunch of food in my teeth, I didn't even get a single cup of coffee. :(
 After waiting for about 45 minutes, I was finally in the chair getting the works, and after 20 minutes of intense cleaning, I was on my way back home. There was just on bad thing, after leaving, I had a tooth ache!!!!!!!!! I think it was from when the nurse did the flossing, it was a little ruff. OH well LOL
 Before going home, I stopped by Minit-Mart for a health breakfast.
Pizza roll, with dipping sauce

And a 44oz Pepsi, a breakfast fit for a king... or blacksmith :)
Finally getting back home, I opened up the blacksmith shop for the day, and got to work. First off, I made my self a table to set some tools on next to the anvil.

 After getting the table put together, I finally fired up the forge!!!! Wanting to try some  new products, so I made a leaf, and bird key fob.
 During lunch I watched a youtube video on how t make a horse head, and I had the idea on using the horse head for a wall mounted hook.
This is the first horse head I have ever made!!! what do ya think?

It now hangs in the office, in use for holding my blacksmithing apron.
 So all in all it was a good day....... all except the tooth ache. LOL Today I worked on some "bigger" projects in the shop, but I don't have any photo's of it yet.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Stuff made in the shop

Hey yall,

Well since I have finished my forge, I have been working all day for several day's,  mostly I have been practicing techniques, but I have made several pieces.   "Photo's?" you ask, well here they are.

Heart shaped hook

Leaf key chain

split cross

Rail Road Spike Tomahawk
After making that tomahawk, I couldn't resist throwing it at a tree, and the first time, it stuck!!!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Forging with a friend

Well yesterday my good friend Dave Custer came over to try out my new masonry forge, and shoot a video about the history of blacksmithing and a demonstration.

Here are some photo's

& here is the video

Friday, March 16, 2012

Forge Almost Done

  by Kyblacksmith
, a photo by Kyblacksmith on Flickr.

For the past few days I have been working on my new forge. This was my first attempt to laying brick..... Pretty good for a first time huh??? go ahead shake your head yes. LOL My goal is to get the blacksmith shop up and running by the end of the month, and I think I might make it!!!!!!!
Laying this brick was a challenge, and was kinda fun, but I better keep my day job as a blacksmith!!! LOL

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Dirty Work

If you haven't checked out my new blog, look it up!!!!! It is all about how I am building my log cabin on the back of the farm. So look it up & follow!!!!! ;)
This photo is of me after a hard day of cutting limestone away from a spring that I am building a spring house on. Looks Like fun, HUH?????? Any Volunteers ?????? :)