Al Stephens

Members
  • Content Count

    354
  • Joined

  • Last visited

2 Followers

About Al Stephens

  • Rank
    Senior Member

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    North Alabama
  • Interests
    Forging, wood, glass, copper, aluminum

Recent Profile Visitors

3,231 profile views
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Thank you for sharing with everyone.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Search for "Dogs Head Hammer"
  11. For years I have set my anvils in boxes of sand. I built the boxes a little tall and allowed them fill up with scale. It held the anvils in place, quieted them down, gave me a place to stick chisels, punches, ect. and they didn't roll away and have to be picked up off the floor.
  12. You should contact and meet with BAM, the Blacksmiths Association of Missouri. They will be a great help in finding tools, and instruction. Good Luck.
  13. Hi Aubrey, He was looking for things to do. But he is a very good "fireman". Dustin did most of the fire tending while we were doing the Kuhn Ring project, and never let a single peace burn! He has also helped me in several classes while I was recovering from shoulder surgery. Al
  14. After reading Dave's post on 1/25 I decided to try corn in a demo the next day. Made it a part of my, " You don't need ..... to begin smithing" talk. Forged a pair of tongs, everything worked well. The fire tinder kept the fire pot packed and the blower throttled back. No one at the meeting had ever seen it done before. The demo can be viewed on Youtube at AFC Athens Forge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfBKfUgFFkI Al