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  1. Hi all, I've been wanting to work with metal for almost for about 5 years now, and my journey in the Air Force has finally given me time to pursue this interest. There is one problem I have run into though. I live in Alaska, and cannot find an anvil anywhere. I have heard of people using railroad rails as a low quality substitute and I am wondering if this is ok to start with. I want to start perfecting scroll work, tool making and repair and possibly blade making. Thanks for your time
  2. The Association of Alaskan Blacksmiths is proud to present our 2019 Visiting Instructor- Peter Braspenninx of Phyre Forge. If you are unfamiliar with his work take a look at his gallery! http://www.phyreforge.com/gallery-1 Day one is to be basic to intermediate Joinery and layout. Day two will build on the previous days work and stretch to include fire welding. Class will be held at Arctic Fire Bronze Studio in Palmer Sept 21-22 of 2019 and will be limited to 6 students. Fee $300.00 Prepayment required to reserve your spot. Serious inquiries please PM me for ticket sales information.
  3. Mr. Barkwood is hosting a Hammer in/ Camp out and you are invited! August 12-13th at Matanuska River Campground. 925 E Arctic Avenue, Palmer, Alaska 99645 I don't know about you but I think this is WAY overdue! This is family friendly so bring the whole crew. If you have not been there before it is a nice little spot, there is a playground for the kids as well. Keith has reserved 4 large flat adjoining campsites and cleared the concept with the park management. The main thing they were concerned about was that we don't put forges on the picnic tables, so bring your own and lets get this party started!
  4. Well Howdy folks! Brandon from Kenai, Alaska here. Hopefully I will be getting to know the A-town group and the Mat-su crew soon. Lonny, I see you are in Kenai too. Maybe we will get up someday. Start a KPB forge. Who knows? But first. Let me say... Well done people! I hate computers and the digital social whatnots. Yet after reading through a few posts and perusing here and there. I have to say... ya'll seem pretty xxxx agreeable. I thank you for unwittingly putting me at ease. A lil'bout myself: I got a mechanical mind and ask lots of questions. I hope that doesn't rub too many the wrong way, I imagine not though from my readin, as I mentioned. Bout a year ago, I was throwing out a pop can and realized... Xxxx xxxx This is a stock traded commodity and I am literally throwing it in the trash. I mean come on!? So I made a smelting foundry from watching all those handy dandy youtubes. Once I saw the pretty metals all liquidy. Sheesh. I WAS HOOKED. Now I want to cast more, but mostly learn the art of hammering and moving metal around. Learning temps and honing gut feeling and my craft. Well, what I would like to turn into a craft. For thousands of years a hammer and anvil (or some derivative of) have built civilization. So soon as Industry came along, and then bleh, Computers, ewww. Well, humanity as a whole, just turned our noses up at Forging, Lampwork, Cordwaining, Cob Building, on and on... Its just sad is all. Well I have been going on and on. Its nice to introduce myself and I hope ya'll get to know me and can teach as much as I can learn. Thanks for reading Blessed Be, Brandon
  5. The plans for my forge were from a book by Randy McDaniel's and it was made from steel scraps and material donations from friends. The total cost of my forge was a $40 angle grinder (the $20 angle grinder caught fire) and $10 worth of cut off blades. The blower was from a clothes dryer, and had a rheostat, but the air restrictor on the intake worked much better. I spent a long time on the clinker breaker, but never used it and it would work better without it. Five pounds of coal gives me about 45 minutes of heat. If you continuously load it, that time is infinite. The 600° high-heat paint has never burned off, no matter how hot I run it or how long I worked. You don't need a lot of expensive tools to start with. When I started, I held the metal with Vise-Grips, then made simple tongs, then cut-off tools, coal working tools, hammers, froes, knives and a giant screw driver, so you make the forge first, then use it to make what you need. I get all of my coal out of the ground, so it is very economical to run.
  6. I'm just starting out in smithing and looking for something to use as an anvil. I plan to upgrade in the future. I understand there are a variety of options for starter types of anvils including rails, however, transporting and then cutting them is still a problem for me. I'm located in Fairbanks, AK and open to suggestions or leads. Thank you in advance.
  7. And the search goes on. I just got off the phone with David, one of the owners of Alaska Feed. He can get blacksmiths coal from Mountain Brook Forge in Oregon. But the cost is rather prohibitive at $56.50 per 50# bag. Another detail is. he needs payment in Advance. So that works out to: $ 2260. I just can't afford to pay that much in advance for coal. We would need to collect the money from the various people in the interior who want it and then make payment. Wait until the coal arrives then divide it up. I don't know that sounds like a lot of work for little gain. As I was talking to David he went over his coal sails and was telling me how little he sold. It worked out to about a bag a month. Which for him doesn't make it worth it. I can certainly understand. That's why he wants all the money in advance. I wouldn't want a ton of coal sitting around in inventory just taking up space either. I have a call into the Usibelli coal mine office here in Fairbanks and left a message with their purchasing person and am waiting for a call back on that. I'll keep plugging away.
  8. I was looking around on line today, catching up on my local news when I saw an intresting artcle. This, for Central Alaska, is the coldest longest winter in the last 100 years. While I have been able to get out to the shop and get some small work done. My quench tub, 5 gal bucket half full of water, is still frozen solid. There was frost on my anvil. I scrubbed it off with a wire brush. I assembled a band saw and drill press and I've been getting propane, cleaning shop and generally getting ready for my summer smithing season. Those who know me, and any other smiths here in the Great Land, know that Alaska has some unique challenges when it comes to blacksmithing in general. Cold tempratures, lack of equipment, huge expensive shipping charges and long shipping times for anything from the lower 48. The list goes on and on. Thats not to say these obstructions can't be over come. They can and have been many many times. But, at times it can be somewhat discouraging. For the last couple of years I've been trying to get a wood stove in my shed to extend my smithing season. Get my coal forge moved inside the shed so I can work longer into the colder parts of the year. Or at least get the time I am unable to forge in winter to as short a time as possible. There isn't any way I'm going to forge at -40f or below. Sorry I love working at the anvil, but not quite that much. Heck propane won't even go into a gas at -44f. And none of this is in anyway stoping me in the long run. One of the many obstacles for me personally is physical. My locked knee. Which will be all brand new soon. I hope. So, I'm getting things set up. Making things ready and will be smithing with relish soon. Very soon. Sometimes the delay just gets to me and I have to relearn a few things. That does get old. All that said. I'm ready to go.
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