After much fiddling and messing about, I managed to make a die (a material-shaping device) for a 1 inch diameter sphere. Thanks again to Jim Masterson's thoughtful teaching (and my careful adherence to the lesson), it worked out wonderfully. I used to have to purchase spheres and weld them onto rods, grinding the weldment carefully. Now all I can forge all the balls I care to. Gone are the days of reliance upon a metals catalog and an electric welder! Gone are the days of tedious grinding! If anyone asks where I get my balls, I can say I make them myself! Fantastic!
Holly and Phil leaving the smithy after a hard days' work. Those overalls were spotless when I started.
For all of you blacksmiths out there, just in case you didn't know already, Superquench is the Bomb-Diggity. Fo' sho'.
p.s. I love a politician that drops the F-bomb. Well said Joe. The health care reform bill IS a big fuc*in' deal!