UMBA The Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association Official Group

UMBA.NAME The Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association Is a non-profit organization of amateur and professional artists and blacksmiths. Our purposes are to educate, share knowledge, and to present the art of blacksmithing to the public. UMBA is an affiliate of the Artist Blacksmiths Association of North America. Newcomers are welcome to attend UMBA events
Mike Rannow
Mike RannowFriday, March 16th, 2018 at 11:17am
Picked up some rail car springs today. That is 20 pounds of spring. Just got one of the small ones straightened.
David Bauer
David BauerFriday, March 16th, 2018 at 12:57pm
Anyone know about these vises? The heads rotate 360 and there is a hole in the rear jaw for a ground post. Jaws are hinged together at the bottom. The spring is hidden inside around the screw. Curious if these are a good quality design or not, never seen one. Today I saw two.

I found Cole Tool vises on ebay with no real information, but the city of manufacture on the casting was Chicago Heights Ill, not St Anne Ill. Otherwise identical but must be of a different time frame.

Found no information on the Murray Tool vise. Just a picture of a rather rusty model with someone asking for info. None was given.

Any ideas? Google has not produced much.

Thank you.
Tony Wimer
Tony Wimer shared Blue Pika's product to the group: UMBA The Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association Official Group.Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at 9:01am
I am thinking about getting one of these but I have never owned a forge before and I don't know what to look for.
Would this make a good forge for a beginner? The price is $290 by the way.
Mike Rannow
Mike RannowTuesday, March 13th, 2018 at 8:38am
Rail Spike Steak Turner. Hot off the forge.
Jim Milligan
Jim MilliganMonday, March 12th, 2018 at 11:32am
Forged out of a pc of 2 x 1.25 x 3/4 Titanium.
First time I've done this .
It's hard and flexible .
Double the abrasives
James Tower
James TowerSunday, March 11th, 2018 at 5:33pm
Had a great time at the hammer in today. Made a few odds and ends for a sledgehammer rack, and started a bottom swage. Helped Travis make a tomahawk out of an old jackhammer bit, and Mark make his first chisel. Smaller crowd, but we sure had fun and got a lot done.

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