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, member of the Alabama Forge Council, will hold their next meeting Sat. Jan. 25, 2020 starting at 9AM. Al Stephens will be demonstrating forging flat jaw tongs, and scrolling pliers. There will be open forge time for AFC members following the demo. Ideas and plans for the rest of the year can be discussed. For more info. visit athensforge.com. or Athens Forge on FB. Demo's from 2019 can be viewed at AFC Athens Forge on Youtube. Visitors are always welcome.
  2. The Athens Forge in Athens, Alabama has coal for sale. 50 lbs bags. $15 for AFC members, $20 for non members. Next meeting Sat Dec. 28 9AM. see athensforge.com for other info.
  3. The Athens Forge, member of the Alabama Forge Council, will meet Sat. Dec.28, 2019 at 9AM. This will be an "Open Forge" meeting for AFC members to come and work on personnel projects. Space and forges are on a first come, first serve basis. Bring your own material, and any special tools you may need. Visitors are always welcome. For directions or other info about Athens Forge, visit athensforge.com, or Athens Forge on FB.You can view videos of past demos at AFC Athens Forge on YouTube.
  4. The Athens Forge, a member of the Alabama Forge Council, will meet Sat. Nov. 23, 2019, at 9AM. Our demonstrator for the day will be Mike Linn. Mike has been blacksmithing since 1993 and has been active with the Alabama Forge Council ever since. His primary focus is colonial and medieval/gothic style ironwork and anything else that catches his eye and can push his skill set further. Mikes blacksmith philosophy is one of continuous education, learning, and expanding horizons. There will be a Iron In The Hat raffle, including the candle stand made at the last meeting, and other blacksmith made items at this meeting. Tailgating is always welcomed. Visitors are always welcome. For directions or other info about Athens Forge, visit athensforge.com. or Athens forge on FB. You can view videos past demos at AFC Athens Forge on YouTube.
  5. The Athens Forge, a member of the Alabama Forge council, will meet Sat. Oct.26, at 9AM. Al Stephens will demo making a 3 leg table top candle stand. Visitors are always welcome. For directions or other info about Athens Forge, visit athensforge.com, or Athens Forge on FB. You can see videos of this years demos at AFC Athens Forge on Youtube.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. So I've got to ask. What is the best stone to use for an anvil? Al
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. Thank you for sharing with everyone.
  15. 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.