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Hello, folks. I've lurked these forums for a while now and I am just finally starting to put enough together to feel like I should join and join in. I was born and raised in Green Bay, WI and live in the Paper Valley. I'm in my mid 30s, have a degree in creative writing of all things, and work in insurance. In college I took courses in art metals, smithing, casting, and forging, so I have a little bit of foundational knowledge, but since it was all focused on artistic creation I wouldn't say I've got a great handle on all of this. I've got a passion for creating things and I've always wa
Hey everyone, new guy here. Looking to get started soon and just wanted to say Hi! Located in central Illinois. Always been interested, finally starting to work on collecting some equipment to get started and super excited to be here!
So, kicking around some ideas lately has led me to try and figure out a way to use an easy and cheap refractory-ish material that can be obtained for relatively little in the way of both time, and money. First off, the 3D model concept included here is in no way final. If you want, I can upload it, but the dimensional breakdown is as follows anyhow: base: this is essentially totally scale-able. anything from a general use forge effective from rivets and nails to axes and tongs to a charcoal fired sword forge. basically, what you want to do is line up bricks from 3-wide to 5-wi
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.