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Dave Parker

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About Dave Parker

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    dparker2003@msn.com

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Phenix City, Al, USA
  • Interests
    Collecting Antique weapons, Kayaking, Fishing, Alabama Forge Council (AFC), Florida Artist Blacksmith Association (FABA) and Artist Blacksmith Association of North America (ABANA) member. Owner of Burnt Finger Forge in Phenix City, Al

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  • Location
    Tampa, Fla
  • Biography
    My name is David (Dave) Parker, my sign on name "swordsmandp" is also my ebay handle
  • Interests
    Collecting Antique weapons, Kayaking, Fishing, Florida Artist Blacksmith Association (FABA) member
  • Occupation
    Retired Military

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  1. Perk, I am not far from you and have never had a problem finding blowers, Alabama is thick in anvils and blowers. Most do need work though.
  2. Quick update and my thanks for all the support, wishes, prayers and Glenn's help. Although not exactly well or even better, they have released dad straight from the ICU and he came home today. There is no telling how much longer he has but he is where he wants to be. His Doctor told me that "over the last 15 years that man has amazed me over and over again, I have lost a lot of patients in better shape, that man is strong, very, very strong". I have to agree.
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    Thanks for the kind words. No worries, I will make sure I get the floor dirty. Thanks for the tips Frosty but you are looking at one quarter of it. Things can be moved around to use more than one forge. Right now there are three and I have another building just out of sight with another work station all set up. This is building two. I enclosed a carport and discovered that it was way to hot to use except on colder days. Five windows and two large doors later, I can use it but not in the summer. My solution was a second carport with open sides, The shade idea is a good one and I may use
  4. This is the start of my new smithy. I wanted it to look like a stable from the hwy. I plan to dress up the swing doors and add a brick forge and chimney.
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    Inside view of my new hot weather smithy. It is in line with a creek that helps cool any breeze that comes my way.
  6. spartananator, I joined the Florida Artist Blacksmith Association (FABA) when I was stationed at MacDill AFB. I would pick up whatever metal I needed from other members. We would buy in bulk and save a few bucks. I suggest you contact them, join them and promise that you will be glad you did. They also have plenty of projects on their webpage that will be of use. http://blacksmithing.org/
  7. I am not sure why as I thought I followed all the rules but my prayer request for my father was erased, without warning. That is the first time that has happened since I joined in 2009. My father remains in ICU, he has good days and bad ones and my family and I would like those that will to continue to pray for him and our family. Thank you in advance. My father David M. Parker Sr, is a fighter, having survived the Korean war, multiple tours in Vietnam, a house fire, getting struck by lightning, car wrecks, multiple illnesses and the dramas associated with daily life. I first put him on a
  8. Here is a woodruff I picked up, lust because it is the only one I have ever seen. It was holding up a Hay Budden.
  9. Looks good Trez, add a ruler and Masons will buy them. I didn't take pictures but I made a few for them. Give my best to the FABA smiths.
  10. I closed in a metal carport and quickly realized my mistake. It gets hot, very hot, even with 4 windows two large doors and fans. In my past occupation, I lived in a shipping container and guess what, it also got hot, very hot. Granted the shipping container had an air conditioner but that did not help with humidity. If I ever build another smithy it may have a metal roof but wood sides that crank outward and allow for better air flow than I have now. What I do now, is use the metal building in cold months (and we do not get many in Alabama) and forge outside the rest of the year. I woul
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