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J. Claude Pregent of Quebec, Canada
Knifemaker J. Claude Pregent of Ste-Martine, Quebec, Canada.
(Photo by J. Claude Pregent)
"RUSTY", the Appalachian Power Hammer in Quebec, Canada
My name is J. Claude Pregent. I'm from Ste-Martine, Quebec, Canada. I'm a retired police sergeant and I've been retired since 1994.
I began forging blades as a hobby in 1997. I make 10 to 12 knives a year, mostly in winter and spring. During summer and fall I do metal detecting, gold prospecting, sheep herding and dog agility.
A knee injury in 2004 made it uncomfortable for me to use my treadle hammer so I sent for the plans for the Dusty.
It took me 2 months from start to finish and it was a lot of work but it was really worth it. I did everything myself except the machining of the shaft.
The base is made with a 5/8 " steel plate; the frame is made of 4"x8" and 4"x10" tubing and the anvil is made from an 8" well drilling bit welded to an 8" heavy-wall tubing. The tubing is filled with 3 semi-trailer axles welded together and the spaces filled with lead and sand.
The ram weight is 56 lbs with the die. The motor is 3/4 H.P. GE. The larger pulley is 16 1/2 " from an old compressor and the smaller pulley is 10 1/2 ".
EVERYTHING, except the V-belt and the nuts and bolts was collected from the scrap-yard. The scrap-yard man didn't want to take any money so I gave him a hunting knife.
I did have to pay for the machining of the shaft for the channels and the keys to lock the pulleys which cost me $75.00.
I am amazed at the smoothness and the power of the hammer and how quiet it is compared to a Little Giant.
I had fun making it and now I own a very dependable and powerful hammer that is a pleasure to work with. So far I have about 80 hours on it and everything is A-OK.
If you think it is good enough I would really like seeing it in The Right and Honourable
Thanks for the idea.
J. Claude Pregent