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I was offerred the opportunity to go visit a friend yesterday, I knew he was a sharp dude, but now, after visiting his many shops, and seeing his knowledge base, I basically think this guy operates on a whole different level of thought than most, if not all of the rest of us. I had had several conversations with him, and we had spoken of his teaching me a bit on some treadle hammer techniques. Now I realize that every move he makes would likely be an education for me.And the tooling! Sheesh ! I will spend my next couple shop sessions trying to make a couple tools he showed me. Understanding all this guy has to teach, I now just have to find time with our schedules to absorb a bit. Hats off to Jim C.
Hello, and greetings from Greeley Colorado! My name's Ryan, and I've been making knives for about 13 years using purely stock removal methods, but got into blacksmithing about 6 years ago and learned most of what I know from reading books and experimentation. I'd love to get involved with a group of other knifemakers and/or smiths in the area for a hammer-in or just to work on some projects together. I like teaching what I know, as well as learning from more experienced hands so whether you're a "newbie" looking to learn from someone who's walked that road, or an old hat willing to share your knowledge, I'd love to meet up and beat some steel!
May the coming year bring all of us a new outlook on life, health, knowledge, and many new friends. Thank you IFI for existing and helping to share blacksmithing knowledge around the globe. And for helping us all connect with friends with a common interest. Hammer on....
28 years ago today, the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster happened. It touched me particularly hard because I had been one of the applicants for the "Teacher in Space" program. From my days in Elementary School watching the Gemini and Apollo liftoffs on a grainy black and white TV to the days of the shuttle, I was and still am a great supporter of all that NASA does. I had been teaching for about 8 years at that point. I went on to teach Woodworking and Metalworking for over 27 more years to thousands of students, and had a great influence that is still being felt today by many more people. Richard Postman's book on Anvils obviously changed my life. I saved the remnants of the Fisher(Crossley) factory before demolition. I have assembled the most comprehensive collection of FISHER products to augment what I saved in the factory. I have made many friends in this Blacksmithing community. I married and raised two daughters that have made their mark in the world. I often wonder(like in "Its a Wonderful Life") what would have been if I had been on that flight. But I was not, and I am here, alive, and enjoying retirement, anvil hunting, and most importantly, friends and family. Joshua Kavett njanvilman