Hi everyone. My name is Rafael and I am new to this forum as well as new to the trade. For as long as I can remember bladesmithing has been a passion of mine, as well as blades in general. I have spent countless hours reading books and researching the subject, but have very limited hands on experience (several lessons with a local blacksmith). I am looking to start my own shop, a simple one with just the basics. First, I intend to build a forge. I have found several plans for simple to build forges, (http://www.timlively.com/washtubforge.htm or http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to-plans/metalworking/4303543) but I am not sure which one is better, or if there is a better one out there. Next would an anvil and tools. Any advice on where to pick up a usable set of tools or an anvil without spending an arm and a leg? Also, any advice on which tools are a must have for a beginner?
PS. any ideas for some simple beginer techniques to practice or simple projects to start with?