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    : Gettysburg, PA
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    Aside from Blacksmithing, I enjoy Philosophy, Camping, Biographies, and Traveling.

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  1. Ridgewayforge

    Seeking Professional Silversmith

    Yes; I saw the ones offered, but my main problem lies in finding all the medals in the same size and shape, which is a very definite specification for the couple. I work with several manufacturers of gold and silver medallions and jewelry, but they are larger distributors and didn't want to work with a one-off medal.
  2. Ridgewayforge

    Seeking Professional Silversmith

    The hardest one to find is a medal commemorating the massacre of the infants, called the "Holy Innocents", I believe. The others I've found good enough examples of, Elizabeth Seton, Joseph, and some new ones, Louis and Zelie Martin. For costs sake, I wanted to give them to my friends in silver, but I am open to other materials.
  3. Two friends, who I love dearly, are getting married at the end of December. They have asked me to find for their bouquet several medals of certain saints, and I am not having luck locating them wherever I look. I also can't seem to find any silversmiths, only jewelry shops. I would like to, at this point, have them made just for them. Can anyone direct me to a silversmith who may be willing to make four small oval medals (3/4" or smaller) and with whom I can speak to about this? Thank you all in advance for the help! Ridgewayforge
  4. Ridgewayforge

    Making an Engagement Ring

    Here's a follow-up question, rather than creating a new thread: How do most blacksmiths size their rings? I am new to the world of jewelry, but it seems like there are standard sizes (6,7,8,9,10 etc). Are there mandrels with the sizes on them? I'd like to start making rings, but I do not know where to begin on the size issue.
  5. Ridgewayforge

    Used tools

    Dillion, I think if you read around these forums, a lot of your questions will be answered. Don't be afraid to buy something or try something without our approval or recomendation... If you are afraid of failure, I don't recommend blacksmithing. You are asking about style of tongs and hammers: How about you get a tong that holds your material, and a hammer you can hit the material with comfortably for your experience level and strength! Don't get me wrong, we will happily answer your questions, but you may end up going farther in this craft if you take the plunge before getting advice on each step... Cheers, Ridgewayforge
  6. Ridgewayforge

    first time firing up the forge

    Anytime I build a forge, the urge to try it out overruled my previous objections. The anvil isn't secured, I haven't put up fireproofing, I need to work on the workbench first....
  7. Ridgewayforge

    Simple Easy Forge

    I'm officially on my 5th forge design. This one is similar to my last forge, in that it is a wooden frame (old pallet wood and some rogue 2x's that I found) with a metal cross bracing to hold the firepot (Champion Whirlwind Firepot). I cobbled this together with some salvaged nails and screws, and all total took me an hour or less of work. The top is various pieces of an old BBQ grill that I cut apart and arranged around the firepot. It takes four pieces to make it work, and there are a few small gaps, but nothing dramatic. These top plates are nailed down in the four corners, and the back piece has a nail in it as well. Any critiques would be more than welcome, I am going to fire it up this week. I know the front piece looks shiny, but I do not think it is galvy- It came from the inside lid of the BBQ grill, and I can't imagine it being made of galvy. Am I wrong? _RidgewayForge_
  8. Ridgewayforge

    Minimum Work Triangle Footprint

    Well, after laying it out, I decided to go with 8x8 for the building size. I think it will work well, the triangle is in the front by the opening. Rain may come in slightly, but I think that will be mitigated by careful planning of the overhanging roof. As far as the back of the shop, it will be a workbench, 5" Post vise and some under the bench storage. I'll keep a small can of water next to the forge for cooling mild steel, but no big quench tub for me. Possible a #10 can of water hidden somewhere, but that's about it.
  9. Ridgewayforge

    Minimum Work Triangle Footprint

    Smoggy, you don't happen to have a photo that I can draw inspiration from, do you? I know its not terribly common to have such a small shoppe, but I want to work with what I have!
  10. Ridgewayforge

    Minimum Work Triangle Footprint

    In my drawing, I have the anvil about 2' away from the forge. I figure I occupy 1' square, so perhaps I'll move it 6" closer so that I have some pivot room. Or, maybe I'll just add a swivel chair and sit down! -Glenn, I think you're right with the coal. I only really need a small coffee can of it for an hour or two of forging. Anything more, and I can just have an outdoor bin. Hey, maybe one outside the window like a flowerpot, just open the window and grab coal! Steel stock I'll store upright if its short enough, or outside. I have plenty of outside space, so I might go that route.
  11. Ridgewayforge

    Minimum Work Triangle Footprint

    Ok. I redrew the layout, hopefully this might maximize the space. My anvil is only 75lbs, so it is on the small size and doesn't need that much room. I have a small machinist vise as well as a larger post vise, I plan on using both. The forge I need to figure out still. I had a Champion 400 and whirlwind Firepot, but I want to downsize that so I'm selling it. But that does leave me without a blower, but that's for another day.
  12. Ridgewayforge

    Minimum Work Triangle Footprint

    Very True, all of the comments; I will be using a coal forge, I may put another window in the back opposite the doors. This would give me up to three ventilation spots. The coal forge I am going to keep very small, as I know I don't need any larger than a brake rotor-esque forge. It is not going to be a luxery, but I want something that I can call mine. Would the space be better utilized with a large workbench in back like I have, or with other open space for the anvil/vise/forge? And how does my placement look now? I'm going to try and get this mocked up on Friday, even though walls may not come until the spring.
  13. I'm in the first (wishful) phase of designing a smithy. So far, I won't be able to build until next spring due to pesky student loan payoffs, but I hope to put together a micro-shop of sorts, a walled shed 6'x6', 8' tall lean to up to 9' in the front. I recognize that 6x6 is a small area, but I want to limit myself intentionally, as I know that this craft lends itself to growing exponentially! I have a rough floorplan, and I'd like some input. Especially regarding the work triangle, what is the minimum that is recommended? I will be making small items only, no gates, railings or the like. small hardware, tools, and decorative hooks, 1/2" starting stock and lower, mostly.
  14. Ridgewayforge

    bad anvil tie down

    It also looks like the anvil is floating. Uneven stump, or is the anvil being held up by the straps?
  15. Ridgewayforge

    What did you do in the shop today?

    How much does that weigh? What stock size did you start with?