Al Stephens

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About Al Stephens

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    North Alabama
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    Forging, wood, glass, copper, aluminum

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  1. The Athens Forge, a member of the Alabama Forge Council, will meet Sat. Aug. 24th at 9AM. Travis Fleming and Calvin Garland will doing a trial run of the Tannehill demo, for the AFC conference coming up. So if you can't make the conference, be sure not to miss the demo. Visitors are always welcome. For directions or other info about Athens Forge, visit athensforge.com, or Athens forge on FB. You can also see videos of this years demos at AFC Athens Forge on Youtube.
  2. The Athens Forge, a member of the Alabama Forge Council, will meet sat. July 27th, at 9AM. This will be an Open Forge meeting with no formal demonstrations. So bring your tools and material, questions, answers, or just a good story and enjoy the day. Note to all Athens Forge members, we are committed to providing some things for the AFC tool box to be auctioned off at the fall Conference. This would be a good day to work on them. Visitors are always welcomed. There will be tailgate sales. For directions or other info about Athens Forge, visit athensforge,com, or Athens Forge on FB. You can also see vidieos of this years demos at AFC Athens Forge on Youtube.
  3. The Athens Forge, a member of the Alabama Forge Council, will meet Sat. June 22, at 9AM. Our demonstrator for the day will be Steve Alford of Athens AL. Steve is the editor of the AFC "Bituminous Bits" and a talented smith that can do about anything from household hardware to knives, and wood working tools. He will be doing a "Brownie Spatula". There will be tailgate sales, if time, open forge time for AFC members. The Iron In The Hat will include the John Wayne Taylor's demo items from last month. For directions or other info about Athens Forge, visit athensforge.com, or Athens Forge on Facebook.
  4. So I've got to ask. What is the best stone to use for an anvil? Al
  5. Hi Chuck, I've worked on dirt, gravel, bare concrete, and concrete with pads on it. I believe that for comfort the hands down winner is dirt. Equipment can be placed on pads if necessary. If you have a place to change shoes EVERYTIME you enter the house, it will keep the house cleaner. Good luck. Al
  6. Jason, contact your insurance agent. They may well suggest way more than you need, but you will at least have some facts, how much you have to spend, to consider. Having said that I have been invited into others shops for 30+ years without having to sign any type of release form, and always try to return the favor and pass on the knowledge when I have the chance. Good Luck Al
  7. The Athens Forge, a member of the Alabama Forge council will meet Sat. May ,25 at 9AM. Our demonstrator for the the day will be John Wayne Taylor from Wetumpka, AL. John is an accomplished smith/machinist with a lot of good ideas. If you can't attend the meeting the demo will be live streamed on Youtube at AFC Athens Forge. There will be tailgate sales and if time, open forge time for AFC members. For directions or other info about Athens Forge, visit Athensforge.com, or Athens Forge on Facebook.
  8. If you haven't already done it, contact BAM(Blacksmiths Association of Missouri) They have plenty of members that will give you ideas and suggestions and will let you come see their shops. Good Luck, Al
  9. Thank you for sharing with everyone.
  10. Put a wide "foot" on all your workbench legs. That will help keep it on top of the gravel, and not sink down into it.
  11. The Athens Forge, a member of the Alabama Forge Council, will have it's next meeting Sat. April 27, starting at 9AM. This will be an open forge day for AFC members, so bring your project, questions, ideas. For new members and beginners there are tools and material on hand, and plenty of advice. There will also be tailgate sales, and an Iron in the Hat drawing. For directions or other info about Athens forge, visit athensforge.com, Athens Forge on Facebook, or the AFC Athens Forge site on YouTube.
  12. The Athens Forge, a member of the Alabama Forge Council, will have it's next meeting Sat. March 23, starting at 9AM. Our demonstrators will be Edd and Donnya Harbin. This brother and sister combo will be producing rings from various coins, using both mechanical presses and basic hand tooling. There will be tailgate sales, and if time, Open Forge time for AFC members. For directions or other info about Athens Forge, visit athensforge.com, Athens Forge on Facebook, or the AFC Athens Forge site on YouTube.
  13. The Athens Forge, a member of the AFC, will have it's next meeting Sat. Feb.23, starting at 9AM. This will be an open forge day for AFC members, so bring your project, questions, ideas. There will also be tailgate sales, and an Iron In The Hat drawing. For directions or other info about Athens Forge, visit athensforge.com, Athens Forge on Facebook, or the AFC Athens Forge site on YouTube.
  14. Search for "Dogs Head Hammer"