Boot Scraper class report

Martin Pansch
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Boot Scraper class report

Unread post by Martin Pansch » Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:01 pm

Over the weekend of 25-26 June we had the boot scraper class out at my shop. It was a nice small class with 4 students and Tom Sanders teaching.
Tom demonstrating.jpg
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The steel was bigger than most of us are used to drawing out by hand, 3/4" x 1 1/2". Some availed themselves of Da Killla Bee, my tire hammer, while others teamed up and double struck for each other.
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Oh, and did I mention that the first day of class was one of the hottest of the year so far with swampy humidity?
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Who was the idiot who thought it was a good idea to have a blacksmithing class on a day like that should certainly be fired from any Guild related job he currently has at the next available opportunity (say December? ;).

By the second day the weather got a lot nicer so forging was less brutal. No one got completely done with their scraper but I think everyone learned a thing or two, especially Tom's trick for welding on a collar without needing to do math to know how long to cut it. Overall I think the class was well received and folks had fun despite the weather.
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