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  1. I have had some time on my hands, and my thoughts were directed toward "You" who carry on the skills and triditions of being a Blacksmith. I mainly wanted to say hello to many of my old friends, and greet new members of I Forge Iron. I just got out of the ICU Unit of the hospital. I am hoping to go home soon, I just had a new aorta valve placed in my heart. Oops just had the nurse come in for blood. Ha Ha I say it because it is what is happening. I need to go, but one main thing I want to say to you. That is think smart, and forge with safety as your constant friend. You can walk with a wooden leg, but you cannot see with a wooden eye!!!!!!!!! My best to all of you. Thank you Glen and Steve.
  2. I just want to say "Hello" and give you my best wishes! I hit the wall of poor health a few years ago with Cancer, and Heart Failure at the same time. I have been unable to do much of anything, so I have stayed to myself, and become a Blacksmith wannabe! I just heard about my dear friend Junior Strassil, and now the challenge is for blacksmiths to exceed his talent and knowledge! He would enjoy watching people developing their talent and skills to surpass his level. Hint! - It will not be easy! But as you can see, my memories of the fine people I have met in here have never left my thoughts. So I encourage anyone to help keep this site Alive, Fun, Educational, Interesting, and Family Friendly, for the next person who "like me" who found family here. My very best to all of You! Now I am hoping to get a new valve placed in my heart if they will accept me. I am just waiting. Maybe I will have the energy to be active again. I had to give all of my shop away (mostly to my fine son), and to other hard working people who showed interest. I can tell you, It is exciting to watch my son surpass any and all of the skills I thought I ever had. And that is also my hope for anyone else who really wants the skill bad enough. I hammered for about 60 years (I was a County Blacksmith, plus had three different Blacksmith/welding shops over 60 years). But I never reached the skill level that can now be obtained with all of the schools, I Forge Iron, Books, and demonstrations that are available. I hope every person who my read this, that YOU WILL Surpass My very basic skill level. Thank You Glenn and Steve!! Time will tell - - Bless All of YOU! Ted Throckmorton
  3. Just wanted to introduce myself, i've been on these forums for a while now just browsing, going to odd festivals here and there and can finally confrim after years of waiting and saving I have officially bought my first forge, anvil, tools and booked a 12 day course studying the basics of blacksmithing! I'd like to retrospectively thank you all, from building my shop to finding events and advice i've taken in as much as I could from you all and look forward to talking and becoming a bigger part of the forum and trade in general! Thank you, James
  4. Hi! Thought I should say an offical greeting here to! As a newbie to the blacksmithing world this is a pretty cool forum. Just a little about me and blacksmithing perhaps...? So "nessesity is the mother of invention" I hear and well, though I don't get to have that notoriety of inventing the art, I started into this with the need for hooks to fit the coat rack that I made for my wife several months ago. "If I can't find a hook I like then dangit I'm gonna make one" was pretty much how it went. With a brieft and distant memory from metals shop in high school and the good ol' places such as you tube and anvilfire, here I am now drooling over the next project and other peoples anvils! I'm sure if your reading this I will be asking you a thousand questions that have already been asked as well as the other thousand that I forgot I already asked. Thanks and see ya around! Nate