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Hello, I just wanted to post on here about myself as a greenhorn blacksmith. Im 20 with a desire to forge metal since I was a boy. I've surrounded myself with as much knowledge about the trade as I can. From videos to books and actually getting my hands on a nice 80lb anvil and buffalo blower. I love the art and I hope to make a nice shop someday! Just wanted to say hello on this forum and put myself out there. Mitch
So I just got my forge set up last weekend. I use a bucket forge with some 50/50 plaster of paris and sand as a lining, and a hairdryer as an air source. I picked up some charcoal and set to forging. I found a railroad spike randomly and decided i might as well whack at that. I'm using a large hunk of cylindrical steel, (i can barely lift it so its heavy enough) for an anvil. I've watched quite a bit of videos on railroad spike knives and i thought i might as well try it out. A couple hours passed and i finished the forging. I did a little bit of grinding and this is what I've got. After reading a few of the posts here everyone says its a waste of time finishing these, and i shouldn't have bothered making one so early into my experience. I am very tempted to finish it, because i think it came out pretty good and its the first thing i made. I'm wondering whether i should, or if you guys have any other advice on what i should do instead. I'm still brand new to these forums, so i apologize if this is in the wrong place. But thanks for any and all suggestions..