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  1. Thank you all for your replies, I have picked-up a few good tips on here :) I am unsure how they will organise the Lease as they are still discussing it amongst themselves at the moment, then they will send me a draught copy to look at, which I will show to a solicitor. From the discussion I had with them when I visited the site. they are only after a token amount to put towards the maintenance of the building at the moment, especially as the business will just be starting up. They will then review the lease after a period of time to see whether to put it up or not, depending how profitabl
  2. Hello everyone! I'm hopefully going to be taking over a very old forge in a heritage area. It is an old boat yard forge on a canal where they used to make the lock gates and other waterways metal work. The forge has been disused since the 1920's but has just been restored. The current plan is to run it as a business, within public view either every day, afternoons or weekends (still working this out as I'm weighing up how much I can make from the public vs how much they will slow me down) I am currently on the NHIG bursary until August and will be taking over at that point. I went
  3. We have it in the college library in Hereford! I have made reproductions of some of the items photographed! It's such an interesting book!
  4. Hi all. Just wanted to show off what i've been making. i'm still at college and we pretty much have a dead day on a tuesday, so i've been popping into the fabrication room and building bits of forge. now we're on half term, i've bolted and welded it all together, and i'm quite chuffed with how it looks Yes, the tue iron is square, but it contains enough water to keep the air pipe cool. the slide valve is my pride and joy and works beautifully. the hood is a little off and the bottom front edges don't quite meet up, but hey. just waiting for a blower to arrive in the post. legs and slide val
  5. I am so sorry for your, and their, loss. Losing a grandparent or a parent is hard, but the loss of a child is devastating, and no words can help with the heartbreak you must all be going through, so I pray that the prayers may help you and them.
  6. Glad I could help! post us some pictures :)
  7. i use a technique Owen Bush showed me, whereby i don't forge the bevel to its whole depth. i'll just start the bevel on the edge and do the whole length of the blade, then straighten the spine, and make the bevel a little deeper, straighten the spine, etc. i think he called this the micro-bevel technique. i find that it helps to keep control of things a little easier good smithing :)
  8. bevels do that. if you're doing a double edged blade, it cancels itself out, but you have to work each side progressively as you go along. What i tend to do is curve the blade downwards over the bic, witha gently curve nearer the eye and a steeper curve towards the point, as that is the end which will curve upwards the most. or, you can rectify it as you go along, so forge the bevel, and straighten the spine, before forging more of the bevel and straightening the spine again, though this method can cause "waves" in the bevels, which you then have to work out. easiest way is to curve the b
  9. Thanks for the thought, lol. i don't mind providing my own food, but if anybody offers me something a long way from home, i could probably do with a field or garden to pitch a tent in. a few more words about myself, to encourage you all i started off as a woodcarver, when i was 12, and moved onto knife handles when i was maybe 20 years old. from there i moved onto knifemaking and was a self-taught hobbyist knifemaker for 3 years, doing the whole lot from forging to grinding to heat treating and polishing, and built most of my own equipment. it's impossible to make a living as a knifemak
  10. Hi all. i posted this in the general forum, but i'm putting it here as well as it seems to be where the UK smiths are at. I've been a lurker on the site for ages, and a non-posting member for a little while now. i'm a student blacksmith at Hereford college, on the second year of the technical course. At easter time we have the option of either having a three week holiday or doing some work experience, so guess what i'd rather do just posting here now to see if anybody needs an assistant around april time. i'm going to be asking some of the local smiths around home (North Wales) but do
  11. LOL, HI Matt!!! yeah, me work for food. i'm going to ask the two local blacksmiths around here but i tought i'd see if there was anybody further afield who might like some help for a bit. i'm just building up the forge at the moment and i'll post some pics when it is all painted this afternoon. i've just finished assembling the bosh and tue ten minutes ago, so having a cuppa now yeaah, i'm a saxon, from sussex, hence south saxon :)all the best :)
  12. Hi all. I've been a lurker on the site for ages, and a non-posting member for a little while now. i'm a student blacksmith at Hereford college, on the second year of the technical course. At easter time we have the option of either having a three week holiday or doing some work experience, so guess what i'd rather do just posting here now to see if anybody needs an assistant around april time. i'm going to be asking some of the local smiths around home (North Wales) but don't mind going further afield given the opportunity. so if any of you could do with an assistant around easter for
  13. Hi All. I've just joined up on this Forum, though I'm also a member of the britishblades forum as well. I am a student blacksmith at Hereford College of technlogy and started out on the second year - this is because i have been a hobbyist knifemaker for three years before that, self-taught of course I live in Wales with my parents normaly, and in a two man tent on a campsite four days a week when i'm up in Hereford. getting on the course has been a dream of mine for ages and i was overjoyed when i finally got in i'm twenty six years old and work part-time in a garden centre where i run the c
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