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About lonewolf74

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    Elmore County, Alabama
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    Metalworking, homebrewing, camping and hunting with a recurve bow. Learning new "primitive" skills.
  1. Thanks! I will definitely look into the AFC. And I have always been a bit of a scrounger. Seems like as soon as I get rid of something I find a new use for it and want to kick myself!
  2. Hi all, my name's Adam and I'm in Elmore County, Alabama. Just started attempting to smith and found these forums. Certainly a wealth of knowledge here! Made my forge from "junk" from around the house. Previous owner left an electric, shop-vac, leaf blower half buried in mud; which I stripped and cleaned for my air source. Runs great, but I had to make a sort of extension cord/ dimmer switch to regulate the airflow or my coals just get blown everywhere. The forge itself is a conglomeration of a satellite dish, spare car wheel, bed frame, and rusty cheap barbecue grill. All of which were free. Ugly but, as i found out accidentally, she'll melt steel with charcoal as fuel. Using two, hundred poundish (<-made up technical term) rocks, and about a 25 pound piece of railroad track as anvils. Aside from various claw hammers, i have a 24oz ball peen, and 3 pound cross peen from good 'ol harbor freight that seem to be holding up for now. I will be making my own charcoal with an old barbecue grill and a hole-in-the-ground fire pit for fuel for now. Learned a lot just from reading this site, but there's nothin' like firin' up that forge and havin' at it!