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  1. Great job. Especially for your first one.:) I think that you worked the head of the spike out just fine. Yes, there are some out there that look more "refined", but I too like more of a rough look on some things. Keep up the good work and thanks for posting the pix. Make a few more and post more pix.:D

    Thank you, I really appreciate it. I'm planning on making another with a hammer on the end rather than the spike, which I'll be sure to post pictures of.

    That's a really good idea! Going to have to try that myself.

    Thanks! Definitely do and post pictures :]

    Nice work! I really like the spike on the end.
    You're not that far from me! I'm Durants neck on the Albemarle Sound.
    Keep forging ahead!

    Thank you, I'm glad you like it.
    Oh cool deal. Good to see another guy in eastern NC!
    Or forging a head as it were ;]

    Any Orc would love it!!

    For the horde! Thanks, Tim!

    I likey..;)B)

    Thank you, glad you do.

    You done a good job. Now, try throwing and sticking it. My son and I used to have a lot of fun throwing hawks we made. Of course, that was before he discovered the fairer sex. ;)

    I appreciate it. I've tried throwing it a few times and I figure I'm doing it wrong because I keep hitting right on the base of the handle. I think it might be because I'm throwing it like I would a knife. Any tips?
  2. Thanks for the replies guys. Unfortunately being in Oriental it would take me around 7 hours drive to get to either of the meetings y'all suggested. I will be joining the NC ABANA however and there's a regional group based in Wilmington so I'll try to get to that meeting.

  3. Hey Guys, my name is Luke and I'm 18 years old. I recently took a blacksmithing class at the John Campbell folk school to see if I might like to pursue blacksmithing as a career and sure enough I fell in love with the craft! Anyways I've been setting up my own shop and I'm just about ready to start working and I decided that it would be a good idea to get into a forum to glean some wisdom from other smiths.

    I also thought I'd take this opportunity to show you guys a bit of what I made so far.
    This is a backscratcher... Everyone else was making fire pokers and I don't have a fireplace so this was my way around that.
    My first pair of tongs. They were made from 1/2" square.
    Just a little leaf key chain.
    A steel ball. Supposedly in all my teacher's years of blacksmithing he'd never seen anyone make a steel ball. Haha.
    A hook made from 3/8" round. I'll probably be one of those smiths that starts with round if they want square and square if they want round.

    And finally a picture of my anvil, which I obviously didn't make.

    And a couple of videos that show what I did to the anvil and what my forge looks like.

    I just pulled this from the description of the video of what I did to my anvil.
    "This is a hand forged anvil (evidenced mouse holes) that's probably around 100 years old (I really have no earthly idea) and weighs roughly 200 pounds (also a guess as we don't have a scale). It was given to me by someone that was moving away and wanted the anvil to find a home with someone that would use it. She had gotten it from her parents who had found it in a barn they bought back in 1952 in upstate NY by the Hudson River.

    When I got it it was really rough looking and it was clear that it was abused by previous owners. There were chisel marks on the face of the anvil/around the horn and there was paint on the face of the anvil and some spray paint on the side which I removed with a wire brush.

    This is the process I underwent for removing the paint on the face of the anvil...
    I ground off all the paint that was on the face and horn of the anvil. This revealed tons of deep scratches, dings and marks. I then continued to grind the surface until it was nearly completely smooth but some stuff was just too deep to really effectively remove without creating more trouble. After I did that I took a belt grinder to it using 40 grit sandpaper to remove a little bit more material and the circular grinding marks. Once I was satisfied I switched to 120 grit and went back over the whole thing. "

    I apologize if there are too many pictures, I just like sharing. Thanks for reading!

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