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  1. I'd really like to visit Alaska, but I think if I had the option I'd probably take the heat. After being stationed in San Antonio it really wasn't that bad. The dryness is easier to handle than the humidity of Florida anyway. Then again, Forging in Alaska is probably a lot more tolerable than the heat of Texas. Decisions..decisions..
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    Drop Point Hunter

    Absolutely gorgeous piece! Well done!
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    150lb Hay-Budden

    We took a wire brush to the top and it's actually a little bit more rough than the picture shows. There's several small hammer indentations and a few lines where a chisel was used without a sacrificial plate but it's overall very useable.
  4. In the long run, we're actually thinking somewhere in Appalachia - Western Virgian (Not West Virginia) to eastern Tennessee. I love the region..the mountains, the people and the food.
  5. I'd like to move west but I don't think my wife would be very keen heading that far southwest. She already complains that it's too hot in Virginia! Then again, she complains Virginia winters are too cold, haha!
  6. http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/38410-150lb-hay-budden/ My 150# Hay-Budden. Decidely middle class as far as some of the anvils I've seen around here go, but she's mine :-) I found her via a yard sale advertisement on Craigslist. Owners had it in a barn that collapsed and they decided to let it go. I called and asked if I could buy it before the yard sale and they said yes.
  7. http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/38410-150lb-hay-budden/ My anvil. It's a 150# Hay-Budden I found at a yard sale advertised on Craigslist. I called the seller and asked if they would be willing to part with the anvil prior to the sale and they said yes! http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/38411-first-leg-vise/ My first Leg Vise. I got this from a middle aged couple who's kids weren't interested in it. It origianlly belonged to the wifes grandfather. My guild has since kindly asissted in manufacturing a new spring and mount. http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/38412-great-day/ I originally came for the forge, but the seller also sold me his previously unadvertised leg vise and post drill for $30 each :-D I've got the forge stripped apart in my shed in th process of being cleaned. It was completely frozen. All in all I've now got the basics to get started. The anvil came with a pair of flat tongs and I've got two cross-peens and a hot punch I picked up at a flea market. I should be able to make most of what I might need at this point with enough proactice. Now I just need a permanent home for my loot, hahah.
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    Great day

    Responded to a Craigslist ad for the forge. When I got to the seller, he offered the vise and drill for $30 each! Great day.
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    First Leg Vise

    First Leg Vise. Craigslist find. Was the owners wifes' grandfathers and their kids weren't interested in it. My guild kindly assisted in manufacturing a new spring and mount.
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    150lb Hay-Budden

    My first anvil 150lb Hay-Budden yard sale find.
  11. Sounds good, thanks again. I've got a few pics I can throw up once I figure out how to do it, haha!
  12. Nice. I began the hobby and thus learned of ABANA in DE a little too late to be able to make it this year. With any luck it'll be around this area again in my lifetime.
  13. I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Jon from Virginia and I'm an amateur/aspiring hobbyist..at least for now. So far, I don't have much forge time, but I've been lurking here for a few weeks as well as participating on a few different blacksmithing groups on Facebook. I've been a member of Central Va Blacksmith Guild for about 2 months and I highly value and appreciatte the advice and assistance I've received so far. I've also got all the tools I need to get started now, just need to finish some cleanup and restoration of my finds, and set up a home for them.Thanks for having me, I'll post some pictures soon!
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