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  1. A friend and coworker is retiring next week. I wanted to make him something for a small gift. He is an avid gardener. He has two gardens and raised beds. A couple years ago he mentioned a small pointed hoe would be nice for his raised beds. Something like #18 is what I was thinking with a blunt tip. So the forge got lit up when I got home. Weather affects how the gas forge runs kind of like a carburetor. The hottest I had ever had it was 2350° But I have never tried to see how hot it will get. Forge welding temps are normally 1900° and up depending on the steel used. Many people claim you cannot forge weld in a gas forge. I have done it several times in this forge that I made from scratch a few years ago and you have all seen in other pics. Well, the weather outside is 64° with the garage door open to the shop. It was 100° inside. So, I adjusted a few things as I worked and ended up seeing “Error” on the thermocouple readout. It errors at 2500°. I snapped a pic under that but know it went over as I turned it down and as it cooled the temp came back on the readout. I plan to use my spare wheat head twist from a couple months ago as the handle. The shaft was round stock hammered square that I hope to put a twist in for decoration. The pick is totally rough now with no cleanup work. It is piece of rasp hot riveted to the handle stock. Last pic is what I started with. (Cut top off)
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