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  1. Thank you all for your replies! I've already got a copy of The Complete Modern Blacksmith which I've been going over, but I haven't heard of the other, so I'll definitely find it. Basic Blacksmithing sounds really good, recycling has always been interesting for me. tzonoqua, I'll do that for sure - really appreciate the offer!
  2. I've been looking through them, and they seem like exactly what I was looking for. Thanks very much Thomas!
  3. I'm interested in learning the sorts of skills that a village blacksmith in a developing country would need. One of the smiths I know of spent time working as a village blacksmith in Sri Lanka after he completed his apprenticeship and his work is incredible (his name is Jake James, he started in the UK but he's in the Pacific Northwest now). My goal is to do a similar thing to build up skill. Seeing as my country doesn't have a formal apprenticeship system I'm going to continue to learn on my own for the next few years before taking my next blacksmithing certificate course, during which I'll focus on honing these particular skills under an experienced teacher. I know that each village would differ in its needs. I'd like to build up a diverse skillset so I'd have a good chance of doing well wherever I went and and not being incompetent. I'm sure that forge welding, heat treating and tempering, and recycling would all be useful skills to develop to a high degree, amongst many others. If anyone has any experience with or stories about forging in these conditions I would love to hear about it.
  4. Hello! My name's Ivan and I'm a seasoned beginner. I've been forging for a three years now, got started at the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson in a course taught by the amazing Kevin Kratz of Goose Creek Forge. I've just finished my second year of an Industrial Design Degree at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, which isn't a bad place, but they really love to focus on *why* you're doing things as opposed to teaching you *how* to do actual techniques. I'm teaching other students at the school the ins and outs of the techniques that I feel confident enough to pass on without giving anyone any bad habits. Tons of people in my city live in tiny shoebox apartments without shop access, so I'm interested in designing ways to make blacksmithing accessible to them should they want to do it. I'm also very interested in exploring blacksmithing's appropriate technology and sustainable design applications. I've been a longtime lurker on these forums, and I'm glad to have finally created an account. Looking forward to getting busy!
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