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#1 gonefishin

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 10:21 AM

Having no knowledge of Blacksmithing other than reading about it and not having easy access to a class, im in a bit of a bind. If anyone knows of any places around St. Louis, Illinois where someone can teach me, by all means let me know. I would love to take a class, I've just been unable to find any. I live 15 minutes out of St. Louis. Im wanting to learn how to Smith blades if that matters, im sure any blacksmith could head me in the right direction though. It's just going to be hard to teach myself something such as this.

#2 primtechsmith

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 11:15 AM

There are two ABANA affiliates that serve the state of Illinois. Here are some links to those:

Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association:
http://www.umbaonline.org/

Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association
http://www.illinoisblacksmith.org/

Knowing nothing about that part of the US, someone with either of these guilds can be of help to steer you in the right direction.

Also Mark and Mindy Gardner are wonderful people. They have demonstrated for us, and also teach a class here for us every year. Here is a link to their site:
http://www.floodplainforge.com/

Hope this helps...I am sure others will have some better resources for you.
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#3 anvillain

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 12:03 PM

Having no knowledge of Blacksmithing other than reading about it and not having easy access to a class, im in a bit of a bind. If anyone knows of any places around St. Louis, Illinois where someone can teach me, by all means let me know. I would love to take a class, I've just been unable to find any. I live 15 minutes out of St. Louis. Im wanting to learn how to Smith blades if that matters, im sure any blacksmith could head me in the right direction though. It's just going to be hard to teach myself something such as this.


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Posted 08 January 2010 - 12:27 PM

Howdy and welcome to IFI. I also sent you a PM; we are almost neighbors!!!

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 08:30 PM

www.bamsite.org is right across the river in MO also
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#6 Max Mulholland - Tetnum

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 01:01 AM

www.bamsite.org is right across the river in MO also


i am a blacksmith in saintcharles county and a member of bam if you pm me i will try and get you some forge time when it gets a little warmer
or a little less snowy
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#7 Frank Turley

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:47 AM

Too bad; timing is everything. In November, I presented a workshop for the MO smiths (BAM)in the suburb of Sunset Hills. I stayed with my cousins in Belleville, IL.

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 10:01 AM

Ox, as you can see, there are a lot of us from the Illinois and St Louis area on this site. I'm sure that you will find someone that can give you some help. I'm across the state from you, in East Central ILL, but you will find a lot of open forges in the area. Join IVBA. It's a good organization. In April, Mark Aspery will be doing demos at Lincoln's New Salem State historic site just a short distance from Springfield. If you are interested, let me know and I'll get you the Info. :)
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