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CrazyGoatLady

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    Woodbine TX North Central Area
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    Faith, family, farming,forging, gardening,cooking and sewing

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  1. George gave you excellent advice. I myself would never make it as a professional smith I've never taken classes because of time and distance factors but between IFI (so many generous, kind people here) and you tube, I have learned a lot. It just takes much longer without someone right there to tell you "hit it here". JLP Services, Black Bear Forge and Christ Centered Ironworks have all been my most influential go to videos. Jennifer (JLP services) has been most generous in speaking with me one on one with her vast knowledge and experience and I'm grateful to her for it. As far as books, my favorite has been the Mark Aspery books. So as George said, heat some metal and hit it
  2. Hello and welcome to the group! You can ask questions here. (Moderators please correct me if I'm wrong) and there are dedicated forums for just about everything
  3. Thank you for posting pictures! I really like your smithy. It looks like a place I'd love to hang out. I also love making hooks. I lean towards artistic pieces. I have in the past ventured out to make tools and even knives, but the artsy pieces come easier to me. Again, you're space looks great!
  4. Welcome to the group from North Texas. Good to have you here. You've come to the right place for answers to your questions. There is more information here than you can imagine and lots of generous, knowledgeable folks to help guide you along your journey.
  5. I was 43 I think when I took up blacksmithing. I had actually wanted to be a farrier, but I injured my knee at work and took a long time to heal. I was thinking maybe that wasn't a good choice for me so then I gravitated toward blacksmithing. I'm also a woman. So a strapping lad of 17 such as yourself should be great at it in no time
  6. Irondragon, we got a lot of rain Saturday night but nothing major. Unfortunately a little town about 25 miles south of us was hit pretty hard. Tornado leveled a gas station where lots of people were taking shelter, but no one was hurt in that. But a small community of houses was hit nearby and the last that I've heard was 7 dead. Such a tragedy. It's the first tornado that I can remember hitting on this area in over 30 years
  7. Amen to that Billy We have my in- laws over for dune barbecue. Other than that I have cleaned house and mowed. Tough mowing tight now because of all the rain we've had so I have to take opportunity where I can. I really really world like to get to the forge but I don't think that's in the cards today lol
  8. JSR, hello and welcome! We are neighbors. I'm up north I believe from you close to Gainesville. Good to have you here. What do you like to forge? What's your set up look like? Photos please if you can or would want to
  9. My arch enemy , the copperhead. We moved her 3 1/2 years ago and I have seen more copperheads than I have ever in my life. The first summer we killed well over 30 of them. I've lost count of how many since then. Do you live in the woods? Prime place for them. I have learned by experience with them, that they aren't very aggressive. They mostly try to get away from you and most times a strike is because you got too close. Be extra cautious right now. Locusts are coming out and they eat them. For us here, the peak of summer is the worst time for them. From around July to August. They come out around dusk to hunt. They like damp conditions. We've noticed during drought, they don't come out much. We always do a check before we let dogs out. Hope that helps you deal with them and I hope your don't have as many as we have. I'm also glad you didn't get bit and you kept the cat from it too
  10. Das, the stein is very cool and so are the rest of your finds. Makes me wanna go hunt for cool things too
  11. I saw a listing on Craigslist that the seller has a lot of 40 blacksmithing tools for $200. Looking at the pictures, I'd be interested, but when I found out how far away it is, I changed my mind
  12. Used to, we didn't eat them, we just sold them on the hoof. But we decided to start putting some in the freezer. Really good meat. When I do sell them, most customers here tend to be Hispanic. They either like a really, muscular buck for breeding or a younger one to cook in the ground
  13. I made something today for the first time in over a year. It's not pretty and it's a little off and the hammer needs to be dressed... I didn't even think my forge would still work, but work, she did. I apologize for the rusty (like my skills) tools. Nice to hammer something though I made something today for the first time in over a year. It's not pretty and it's a little off and the hammer needs to be dressed... I didn't even think my forge would still work, but work, she did. I apologize for the rusty (like my skills) tools. Nice to hammer something though I made something today for the first time in over a year. It's not pretty and it's a little off and the hammer needs to be dressed... I didn't even think my forge would still work, but work, she did. I apologize for the rusty (like my skills) tools. Nice to hammer something though I made something for the first time in over a year today. It's not pretty and it's a little off. This hammer needs to be dressed...heck, I didn't even think my forge would still work, but work, she did. I apologize for my rusty (like my skills) tools, but it store feels good to hammer something I made something for the first time in over a year today. It's not pretty and it's a little off. This hammer needs to be dressed...heck, I didn't even think my forge would still work, but work, she did. I apologize for my rusty (like my skills) tools, but it store feels good to hammer something I made something for the first time in over a year today. It's not pretty and it's a little off. This hammer needs to be dressed...heck, I didn't even think my forge would still work, but work, she did. I apologize for my rusty (like my skills) tools, but it sure feels good to hammer something Sorry that went through so many times. It showed it wasn't going. If I can figure out how to, I'll delete most of it
  14. Better post a picture of my newest buck before Frosty gets back on
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