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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 informat
  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 o
  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 m
  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 h
  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 t
  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
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