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  1. Anyone in the Tampa / Clearwater area? I'm down here for a few months helping out my father because he has cancer and I'm trying to find a place or blacksmith club I might be able to do some forging at. Brought down my anvils and forges from Pennsylvania but I can't set them up where my father lives. The condo people won't even let me set up a bbq outside! If anyone knows of any groups or open forges in the area please let me know. Thank you
  2. Hello from Orange Park, Florida. I am setting up a backyard shop, as I am fairly well addicted to forging after having an opportunity to play with a brake drum forge and an anvil made from an 80# clevis. I have been reading here, from several books, and the abana tutorials while scrounging equipment and stock, but know better than to think that I know what I am doing yet. As for my day job, I perform metallurgical failure analysis and production shop support for overhaul and repair of Navy aircraft. Most of my materials knowledge is in aerospace alloys, so I will have to learn more about ferrous metallurgy. I received my first commission this past weekend, when my wife requested wire frame animals with Christmas lights on them. I don't even really need heat for these, but that won't stop me.
  3. Aloha folks, I'm new to blacksmithing and just getting started collecting all my tools. I live in central Florida and I'm looking for an anvil to get started with. I called all the local scrap and recycling places looking for some thick steel drops or forklift forks, or just some scrap iron I can practice with. Unfortunately, no one was interested in letting me come and poke around or had any drops or forks. One of the shops referenced me to a blacksmith in my area who was extremely helpfull and gave me a section of railroad tie for free if I came and picked it up. He also had a couple hammers for sale which I happily bought. While driving out and back to his place, I ran across several auto repair shops and even a few houses with barns & scrap. I had better luck here than I did on the phone and got 3 auto springs, a break drum, and a couple pieces of stock for free. One of the salvage yards I stopped by to poke around had a old battery operated forklift. They said they'd cut the fork off for $25 but didnt know if it was solid steel or not. It was half buried in scrap and I couldn't get a good look. I agreed and they hauled it out and went to work with a torch. I was bummed to find it was not solid steel. It looks like quarter inch steel formed into sort of a frame, see the pictures below. I ended up giving them $35 for it since the guys helped me load it into the truck and needed beer money. It's pretty clear to me that this won't work as an anvil, but maybe I could use it as a stand for the railroad tie? The fork measures 47"L x 9"W x 3"H At the very least, there is a Blacksmithing conference I'm headed to in a couple weeks where maybe I can trade it for something more useful. Did I get hosed paying $35? What do you guys think? Mahalo, John.
  4. Good Afternoon All I have a cunundrum. I was given two anvils. So far so good. I live in Central Florida and the anvils reside, for now, in Gilford New Hampshire. Looking for cheap transportation for this poor lonely anvils that are longing to get away from such dreadfull weather. Any ideas? Portuguese Black Mutt Forge Altamonte Springs, Florida (near Rat or Mouse Land- Orlando)