Waht do you do with those specimens

Discussion in 'Horseshoeing Competitions and Handmade Horseshoes' started by david a hall, Jun 23, 2012.

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    david a hall Moderator

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    I definatly make more in the winter than the summer, I put a date on them and nail them to the door. some I make for morbid specimens. What do you do with the stuff you make?

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    chris bunting Well-Known Member

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    nail em on , i only make shoes in pairs and generally only shoes i can use , specimens tend to get burnt if they are not up to scratch , i have a very small shoe board
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    travis dupree reed Active Member

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    David I hope that's a dead leg cause it looks like he is bleeding like a stuck hog..lol
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    Western Hill Forge Active Member

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    I make a lot more in the winter also, but mostly in early spring or late fall, because of the temperature. What I do with them falls between David and Chris. If they're acceptable, I sometimes save them to nail on, if they're not I beat them to death making modifications, clips, onion heels, rockered toes, welded in bars, square toes, trailers, extra nail holes, etc. I try to really get my monies worth out of a piece of barstock. The size of my shoe pile also serves to humble me on my shoe making skills.:)

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    david a hall Moderator

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    I did start with that intention!!! But I dont have that many lame ones. I raid the scrap bins at college and the secret hideing place of all appretices the water bosh for the bits of steel they have marked slightly off center or cut the wrong section and use that.
    I spent most of my time making a front and a hind Chris.
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    chris bunting Well-Known Member

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    the only non work shoes i make are for comp practice but what i dont understand is why i cannot get a welding heat on a good bar but a can manage to burn a crap shoe , it must be the apprentice coming out of me LOL . its mainly flat and heeled shoes i make and 50% of concave i shoe for myself , its all readymades when i shoe elsewhere
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    david a hall Moderator

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    You know what im gona say dont you Chris
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    chris bunting Well-Known Member

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    buy some JBs LOL
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    Red Amor Active Member

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    when our Paul Mitchel was alive and letting me go to practice n learn from him at his forge I used to admire the shoe display he had hanging on wall
    some were croamed some blacked all were supurb examples made by him and other farriers from all over the world
    the shoes were insperational and great examples in guidence of what was required
    there being available to view was very deffinatly an aid to the learning for anyone
    appart from the learning side there proof that Farriery can introduce you to new friends from all around the world and your welcome to their homes n they to yours
    Put your better example on display Chris they wont go to waist Mate ay
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    chris bunting Well-Known Member

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    Red i have plenty , just dont tell David
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    Western Hill Forge Active Member

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    I was sitting around with my feet up yesterday afternoon relaxing when I got a call from a friend. He made the smart remark that he knew I was old and needed my rest. Not naming names, but you know who you are.;) So I decided to drag my lazy arse to .the shop to try something I had been thinking about.

    I don't know if this one is going on a foot or in the scrap pile. I'll decide when I get to to horse. I know it's the right size, but I'll have to square the toe some and bring in the heels. If it doesn't work out, I'll get out the welder. It's for a horse with a bad knee that drags her toe off back to the white line or more. The proud square toe I put on a month age isn't protecting the hoof above the shoe.

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    Red Amor Active Member

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    Oh sorry Dave he h e
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    Marc Jerram FdSc AWCF www.thefarrier.co.uk

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    Shoe board from last year, need to start another one. shoe board 024.JPG

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