Desert-Owl-Forge

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  1. Hey Brenda, I have met the name "tredin" before but I couldn't remember where. Might be my first anvil. I don't remember because I haven't seen it for 15 years. Where id you buy it?
  2. Hi Joshua, I make my hot working tools out of W1 tool steel. The key is to use water hardening steel because you have to cool them down as they get hot during use. If you use anything other than water hardening steel you can cause the chisel or punch to develop crack as you cool them down. Also if you use something too high carbon you'll have harder time forging it. W1 is easy to forge. I normally fully harden them after forging (just dip them in water until they totally cooled) then temper that to blue. You can buy W1 at places like MC Master and Hudson Steel. They are pretty inexpensive and ship to your door. I just bought 2 pieces of W1 3/4" round x 3' long. They cost me $44 + change. I hope this helps.
  3. Hey BTL, I am a new member to the forum so I don't know if this is appropriate but: welcome back! I used to think like that: being born in the wrong era, but not any more. I am a blacksmith here and now. Payment sucks, stress is high and retirement will never happen, but I enjoy what I am doing. I am not sure I would enjoy being a blacksmith 200 years ago. I also had a glance to the petrochemical industry ( worked for a company who fabricates oil rig and refinery equipment) and it is not rosy. I hope you find the way to get back to forging again.
  4. It's been a few years since the picture, but he was so eager to help back then.
  5. Awesome, did you work in the Saint George area? I am leaving because I had to give up on my land and dreams thanks to the local power/water wars. I bought 5 acres to build a new shop and house on and a order came out from the state engineer that forbids the drilling of new domestic wells. The closest utility line for water is about 8 miles away from my property. I saved up for 6 years for this land, so you can imagine how upset we were when the order came out ( and d they did it sneakily, so nobody really knew this was coming). I love the desert and Arizona has one of the most forward thinking laws when it come to water resources, so it was an obvious choice. What kind of business are you planning to start?
  6. Thanks BIGGUNDOCTOR! I lived in Pahrump for the last 6 years but unfortunately I have to move on. I am planing to move to Southern Arizona. Hopefully next year. I've seen that you're a tool maker. What kind of tools are you making?
  7. Hi Diana, welcome to the family of blacksmith's. Did you take the afternoon class at Grizzly's shop or at Desert Rat Forge?
  8. Forged art deco vanity console. Based on the design of Edgar Brandt.
  9. Art deco table console. Based on a design of an unknown artist (French Art Deco)
  10. Art deco lamps. 3 of them are replicas of the 4th one. I was commissioned to create these replicas a few years back. The original is made by Paul Kiss French artist (c. 1925).