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  1. Hello my name is Liam. I'm a college student in Ontario, Canada. I was wondering if I could possibly interview one of the blacksmiths on this website for a school project. The project is to write a profile on a topic or person. Blacksmithing is what I chose. I was hoping to interview over Skype or something like that and just ask a few questions. Some of what you say to me back be quoted in my project and it is going to be posted to a Blog I am writing for my class. Thank you to anyone who takes the time to respond I really appreciate it. Have a good day.
  2. Hello all, My name is Caleb, I have not started any blacksmithing yet but have been intrigued by it for a few years now, I am finally reaching a point where I have some time so will probably start getting some necessary tools here soon. In the meantime I have just been reading anything and everything i can find on the subject. I have found that there are a lot of knowledgeable people on this site and i look forward to learning more from you guys and sharing my accomplishments and failures along the way.
  3. Hi there, I have just bought an anvil, it is London style anvil that weighs in at 110.8 kg(244.27Lb) i have uncovered some markings on the side although they are very vague, i was wondering what they meant and what is is worth. the markings are as follows: YARRA...ED can anyone help, Thanks
  4. I forged this so-called "perfect handle" screwdriver for a tool swap on lumberjocks. I'm just starting to learn some blacksmithing to augment my woodworking, so it's not super clean but I'm proud of it. The blade is O1 steel that started as 3/4" diameter drill rod. I heat treated it myself in the forge and my kitchen oven. The scales are dyed maple burl. Finished with BLO and renaissance wax.
  5. I'm moving to Powell, WY and i was interested in learning from a smith over the summer while i attend college in Powell.
  6. DRoeder


    This was the main project for the Spring 2016 I.N.B.A Hammer in Hosted in Finley WA.
  7. I was on this forum a while back when I first got my Anvil looking for basic information about it. I bought it from a guy who found it in a old barn formerly owned by a oilfield business owner from the mid 90s. Anyway I paid 150 for it not knowing anything about it, but obviously now I know it was well worth it. I know it's a 321 pound Peter Wright Anvil and I'm guessing it's from the early 1900s but that is what I'm wondering about. I will never get rid of this thing as I've fallen in love with it lol but I would really like to know more about this individual model anvil and more about Peter
  8. Hello all! My name is Jacob, and I'm a high school student living in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. I've begun the process of designing my future workshop, and I thought I'd make an account here, since I hope to be using this site a lot in the future! I've drawn up designs for both a coal and gas forge, and have the ability to run either, but I've yet to decide which is best for me, as a beginner with shallow pockets. I do have a lovely anvil from the early 1900's already, though! Looking forward to getting started.
  9. Hello! I'm starting in on Blacksmithing as a new hobby after several attempts over the years (burned my hand in high school shop using the gas forge). I've signed up to take a beginner class with my local guild - Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland, but the class isn't until October and I'm itching to get started. Have also signed up for a beginning welding class here in Baltimore so I can assembly my forge after than - will be posting some plans in the coal forge section. Big challenge after that is going to be getting something like a starter anvil (probably some railroad track or an excava
  10. Ok so I've got a old 321 pound Peter Wright Anvil. I was wondering if it will effect the value or worth of the anvil if I were to do some fringing on the top face. Mainly along the edges because there is some dings and chips along the sides. I'd like to grind a little to reshape at least one edge but if it's gonna mess with the value or anything like that then I'll just continue using a large separate piece of steel for the sharp edges. Any suggestions and or tips would be greatly appreciated Thanks.
  11. I just sold some unwanted blacksmithing tools and now I have a good bit of cash that I would like to turn in to a Tire Hammer. I have used one made by Clay Spencer at John C Campbell Folk School, and I LOVED it. I need to know where/how to get plans to build a tire hammer, and any tips/tricks on making one. Thanks
  12. Technically the topic is true; my first class was in bladesmithing, so we didn't get to cover a bit of the stuff we did this weekend. I took this class on Memorial Day weekend at Peter's Valley School of Craft in Layton, NJ. The class was taught by Sam Salvati. I'd have posted the photos sooner, but I've been too busy with things at work, visiting the NJ Ren Faire with my wife, helping my family move, and preparing for my wife's birthday that I forgot to share what I did! I know none of this is really "art," and most of it is amateur at best, but as a beginner, I'm reasonably proud of what I h
  13. Hello, and greetings from Greeley Colorado! My name's Ryan, and I've been making knives for about 13 years using purely stock removal methods, but got into blacksmithing about 6 years ago and learned most of what I know from reading books and experimentation. I'd love to get involved with a group of other knifemakers and/or smiths in the area for a hammer-in or just to work on some projects together. I like teaching what I know, as well as learning from more experienced hands so whether you're a "newbie" looking to learn from someone who's walked that road, or an old hat willing to share you
  14. Hi There, My name is Richard Medina. I am 19 years old, turning 20 in June, and I'm looking to start reaching for a certain dream of mines and take up Blacksmithing. After some unsuccessful searches through craigslist, google, newspapers, etc. trying to find somebody locally to Apprentice under I've decided to check out some blacksmithing forums to see who is around locally. Hopefully to help guide me through the processes, teach me what I need to know. Because, being fully honest, I don't even know where to start.
  15. Greetings from Michigan - I am just starting out with blacksmithing and looking to tap into the knowledge and experience of the men and women in the forums. I am an IT guy by trade and in my spare time I love to work with my hands and anything physical in nature. My hobbies include photography, woodworking, building and most recently blacksmithing and metalworking (welding, ...). I enjoy designing things and seeing creations come to life through hard work. I work hard and play hard -- driven by the quote from Thomas Edison "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in over
  16. I'm gearing up to write my senior research paper. I love this site and the people that frequent it, everyone here is always willing to share the knowledge that they have. My paper is on the lost art of blacksmithing, and honestly the things that I could and have found online aren't what I'm looking for. I don't care to read articles written by people who say the art has died out when there are still thousands of hobbyist that practice blacksmithing. I'm looking for stories on how you became a blacksmith and how you got hooked on it. If you know where I could go to find some great articles
  17. Hello, straight to the point, I am planning to build a shed to start getting everything in for forging and work like that, and I was wondering, what materials should I use to build the shed? Anything special? And for the floor, I was thinking just bare dirt would work, but am I wrong? And if dirt is good, is there anything special I need to do to the dirt itself? Thank you for your time
  18. Hi everyone! Got a few random questions, I know some of them fit into other categories on the forum, but I think this is faster and less hassle..SO! 1) Is there ANY such thing as 6mm square bar in south australia? I recently found myself a supplier of steel that sells most sizes for a really good price (It's mild steel or somethin') But they don't have 6mm square, and it's ALOT of effort to square up a 6mm round bar from end to end. 2) Can I sink a piece of thin metal without the use of a swage block? I'm only just starting out and it's hard enough to find hammers in this country :P I'm th
  19. Hi All, I wanted to make a thread to tell everyone about my project based in Govan, Glasgow. Govan has been a place where Blacksmithing has been an intecgral part of life for a long time, though since the docks shut down there has been many lose thier connection with metal work and this areas rich history. My project aims to get local people involved who are interested in or already involved in craft, to use thier imagination in a creative space. Run workshops with guest tutors from forges around Scotland, helping the individual forges out a little too. It will be based in the local innit
  20. Hi All, Aussies in particular, The Traditional Tool Group are having a blacksmithing day at Rozelle again; this Sunday the 16th of March (2014). Drop by if you can, we usually show a group of beginners some forging basics. see; http://www.tttg.org.au/php/tttg_Page.php?n=04 for details. regs, AndrewOC
  21. David Roeder

    I.N.B.A. Anvil

    188 pound I.N.B.A. Anvil. Inland Northwest Blacksmiths Association I recently acquired this finally after 14 years being in the North West.
  22. ABANA 2014 Conference August 13-16, 2014 Delaware State Fairgrounds Harrington, Delaware Theme - Joinery: Come Make Connections $175 for ABANA Members ($125 before 15 Jan 2014) $225 for non - Members ($225 before 15 Jan 2014) Details: www.abana.org/2014 Registration: www.abana.org/2014Register Hope to see you all there Bill Clemens & David Hutchison Conference Co-Chairs Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware (Red Outline Shows Conference Area) 1. Gallery 2. Indoor Vendors/Registration/Meeting /Auction 3. Outside Vendor /Tailgating Pavillion 4.
  23. This is one of the five knives required for the American Bladesmiths Society examination test for the Journeyman rating. This knife finished July 1, 2013 it will be amongst the other knives submitted for the 2014 Blade West show in San Antonio TX
  24. David Roeder

    English Wheel

    My new English Wheel :-)
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