Bob Nichols

Contributing Writer



Shop Management | Articles

Is a good attitude all it takes?

January 9, 2007 | By Bob Nichols

This article from reader-favorite author Bob Nichols is a point-of-view piece that questions the popular adage that attitude is all it takes to excel in the business world. Nichols' article, written from a mature manager's perspective, is a good supplement to Understanding and motivating the multigenerational work forcepublished previously on thefabricator.com.

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Poor Boy Blacksmith

June 13, 2006 | By Bob Nichols

Generations ago blacksmiths served long apprenticeships and acquired the knowledge to make their own tools. Today blacksmithing often is pursued by untrained hobbyists who need economical tools. This article is about a seasoned blacksmith who uses his skills to make tools and then markets them using the latest technology.

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The blades of Don Fogg—a cut above

June 14, 2005 | By Bob Nichols

This 11.375-in. blade was forged from 1095 steel; the habaki* is made from 40 percent shibuichi, gold-plated nickel silver seppa, and Damascus tsuba.*See glossary at the end of the article for swordsmithing terms. Photo courtesy of Don Fogg.What is it about forged and polished steel sharpened to an...

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Not your average museum—a metal art mecca

September 14, 2004 | By Bob Nichols

Editors Note: Bob Nichols, author of The Fire of Creation, a reader favorite on thefabricator.com, recently toured the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tenn. The following account of that tour display only a few of the many items on display at this amazing facility.Closed for exhibit...

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Bill epps demonstrating a power hammer

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The fire of creation

November 21, 2002 | By Bob Nichols

Quaint hobby or growing craft? Read on and decide.

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