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Old May 5, 2004, 7:45 AM   #11
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That's an excellent close-up, and when you added the "regular" shots to show where it came from, I was enthralled. My dad was a metalsmith, and I was what you might call his junior partner, the little girl who was always so underfoot that he gave up and taught me how to (safely) use a number of his tools.
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oh wow

that is awesome......that "cutting tool" doesn't look like it would cut! i guess the metal is spinning really fast though....

btw...that close up is great!
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The close-up of the tool or the swarf? The swarf I assume. The one of the tool was me holding the camera pretty close and holding the shutter button. No effort and the intention was nothing more than a snapshot to show you what a tool looked like. Then it was saved at low quality, it's only 18kb.

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that is awesome......that "cutting tool" doesn't look like it would cut! i guess the metal is spinning really fast though....
It doesn't always spin fast. You just have to make sure that the tool is sharp and that it is harder than what you are cutting. If it was softer then the cutter would become the cutted (ok, shoot me :P ).

I noticed all the grease over the lathe in that photo of it, I might go back and see if I can take some arty farty ones of it.
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well...i meant the close up of "cutting tool"

but i did say something about the swarf up top too...right? if not..

nice shot! great texture!



and i finally understand the cutting tool..lol..it is a hardness/sharpness thing...kind like a diamond can scratch a sheet of glass but not the other way around

also like sauter(souder? souter?) melts at a much lower tempature than most metals....making it usable to forge things together...

By Jove, I think I've got it!

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sauter(souder? souter?)
Solder.
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Old May 5, 2004, 11:20 AM   #16
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oh shoot....spell check now!! lol

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also like sauter(souder? souter?) melts at a much lower tempature than most metals....making it usable to forge things together...
Kinda, but solder is more like glue in that it doesn't join the parts together but holds them.

Welding though, that forges the parts together.
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forge....hold....same thing
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Old May 6, 2004, 9:27 PM   #19
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Ferny:

I can tell you have a great deal of respect and admiration for your Dad - nice.

Almost everything that is made started in a machine shop.

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