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  1. I just smith. I the rest of my life find time to fit in somewhere between hammer blows. Smithing lets me express my creativity, is great stress relief, allows for the best alone time I can get, makes my mind work things out more than my "regular job" , and just all in all makes me feel good. When something does that for me I let everything else find it's own place in my life's schedule.

  2. In Boston, Boston Harbor Cruise, Trolley Tour of the city, Must take the Duck Boat tour, Quincy Market, The freedom trail walk, Boston Naval ship yard tour ....the USS Constitution ...SS Cassin Young. The Prudential center (shops and food particularly Legal Seafood) , The New England Aquarium and Boston Museum of Science and the IMAX Theater. Isabella Gardner Art Museum. In the Italian North end on Hanover Street some of the best Italian food this side of the Atlantic in particular La Dolce Vida restaurante . The oldest seafood establishment in Boston...The Union Oyster House. Best Irish Pub...The Black Rose. Fenway Park for a Boston Red Sox game and after the game go to the Cask and Flagon Pub next to Fenway Park. Travel west and in the Berkshires...... Pittsfield Ma. The Hancock Shaker Village. This should fill a few days. BTW I am from the area (if you couldn't tell) Mark , Black Dog Forge , Royalston, Ma.

  3. Very good point. I went to a party where I was to deep fry a whole turkey and had mentioned to the host that I was using peanut oil. He informed me that one of the guests had an allergy to peanuts . I then changed to corn oil. One can never be too safe when it comes to food allergies .

  4. It was reported that one of the men "shooting " the anvil had a premature ignition and was seriously injured I believe loosing one or more fingers and was life flighted to a hospital. Also it was reported that some members of the Mythbusters crew were also injured. BTW , yes it is an old tradition that goes back to I believe the Revolutionary War.Or possibly the Civil War.

  5. Hi Brian,
    I have a shop located in Royalston, Massachusetts which is a border town to NH. Just south of Richmond. If you are close by and wish to come visit and possibly bash some iron you are welcome. At the moment I am out straight preparing for the Harvard Fall Festival Sept. 17 - 18 but after that I will have some free time. You can check out my shop by going to www.BlackDogForge.net . Also I have a good source for blacksmithing coal.
    If you would like to come by you can contact me by email blackdog.forge@verizon.net or by phone 978-249-6404 .

  6. Vent free propane heater to take out the chill while the Harman coal stove is getting up to temp. Plenum over the coal stove and 6 inch stove pipe across the shop ceiling with open 'T's" every few feet and cap the far end. The heat travels up the pipe and down the open T's into the shop . also a ceiling fan.

  7. I got tired of having to replace pipe every so often so I contacted a chimney sweep who also does relining of chimneys. He told me the best pipe for what I do is made from 316L stainless. I replaced all my pipe with 10 inch 316L stainless three yrs ago and it looks as new as it did the day I installed it . costly though . four - four sections cost me $500.00 but it looks to be paying for itself in the long run. I have a coal stove in the shop for heat and will be buying 6 inch 316L for that also as I plan to be smithing until the day I can no longer pick up a hammer.
    Mark A.K.A. Harley

  8. Hello Charlie,
    My name is Mark Suchocki and I live in the town of Royalston, Mass. which is on the NH. border south of Keene NH.
    I have been smithing since 1999. You are welcome to come visit and join in the forging. I have one or two friends who come by on Friday evenings from 6:00PM until we get tired. Lately that has been about 10:00PM. My smithy is set up for two smiths to work the coal forge at the same time with anvils set up on either side. There is a gas forge and also I have a portable coal forge that can be set up if needed outside the door of the shop.
    You may check out my shop and examples of my work at www.blackdogforge.net. You may call me at 978-249-6404 with any questions you may have. I usually work in the smithy Friday night, Sat., and Sunday.
    If interested in joining us call or email me blackdog.forge@verizon.net for directions and details on what to bring for safety gear.
    Hope you are able to join us,
    Mark Suchocki
    Black Dog Forge

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