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I have been wanting to sell some items online through etsy and facebook, as well as go to a couple of farmers markets, however I am not sure about where the line is between selling items to fund a hobby, or when it becomes a business that the IRS can put their hands in to. According to a FAQ (or one of the discussions, can't find it now but when I can I will post the ling) on etsy, it is still constituted a hobby so long as the income does not exceed cost, and is not used as a primary income. If I wanted to have a booth at a farmers market or at a fair do I have to have a business license? What is the line between hobby and business for blacksmiths who are selling items?
Greetings all, been a lurker for 3 years now, finally decided to make an account and join the discussion. Been running a really small what I like to call a Franken forge for 3 years. Basically an old charcoal bbq converted to a forge with a hair dryer to make the whole thing chooch. It worked alright for a while. Pretty right? Well it is time to say adieu to the Franken forge. She served me well while I lived in the city. New job finds me back in my hometown, on 15 acres and lots of room to play! So I got the go ahead from my beautiful lady to get all set up! And here we go. Will post pics as I get progress done. Day 1 had me really not knowing what the heck I was doing. Bought a bunch of metal at the metal supermarket in the city and decided it was time to put it to use. Cut all the pieces for putting it all together. The table that is. Doesn't look like much yet right? Here is the space I can call my own with a bunch of metal on my makers table. Day 2 ended with something that resembled a table top. Got my feet wet with welding. Never done that before. I don't think I will ever call myself a welder, but I can make metal stick together. And that brings us to today. Only able to be out in the shop for 3 hours today as we are in the middle of demolition on the basement and that is apparently the priority. Lol oh well, more welding and have a decent table now. Next will be to build the firepot, cut a hole in the table to insert it, build the tuyere with clinkerbreaker and build a side draft hood, then a mounting bracket for my vintage Thompson hand crank blower. Another month or so and I will have a nice little forge. Here are some details for you all Table built with 1.5 x 1.5 angle iron 36 x 48" total size Table plate is 1/8" lower shelf on the left not yet put in but will be 12 ga. For projects to cool on. If it looks a little backwards to some of you i'm a south paw so it will all be set up for a lefty. I added an extra 1.5" on 2 sides of the table so I can have a little extra coal on the bench.
Greeting all! Just wanted to say hey. I have been creeping IFI for about 2 years, and then finally made an account about 3 months ago. Hobby blacksmith here. Have a small shop set up with a 132# Buckworth anvil from my Grandfather. Coal forge. Just hear to learn and find some others with like minds. I don't talk too much, mostly read and comment only if i know exactly what is needed being said. If you are within 100km of Lakeland County, would love to hear from you. Only know 2 other blacksmiths personally. Lyons Creek Forge down in Crowsnest Pass, and Frontstep Forge in Edmonton. Would really like to have another couple people closer by to bounce ideas off of....
Hello everyone! My name is Alex and I'm from Russia. Decided to share with you my hobby and hope it will appeal to numerous audience of the forum.By profession I am an aspiring 3D artist and sculptor. In the past, worked on the restoration, but not hooked. Looking for yourself. As a hobby I'm interested in the era of industrial revolution in all its manifestations. A revolution in design which reflects the everyday life of a bygone age. And so. Once I got the idea to make some scale models as a gift to my friend the blacksmith. I decided to collect miniature blacksmith workshop for him. The goal was to make it manufacturable. Power hammer, a forge, a vise, a pair of machines. I gathered information and started to work. After some time everything was ready and I handed the gift to a friend. The model turned out to be mildly inaccurate, but he was happy. Now the diorama is in his office and pleased many customers. After that I decided to make some money. To combine business with pleasure. I have silicone molds I could make some models. Little Giant, star hammer, and others. They were flawed and I didn't like it. After some time I decided to repeat, but this time meticulously studying the details. Watched a lot of photos, translated forums and articles. With zero knowledge of English it was not easy, but in the end, I was pleased with the result. For today I made a miniature power hammer little giant 25,50 and 100 lb. on a scale of 1:16. Plans such as hammers, kerrihard, champion, beaudry, the correct version of star hammer. The problem is that I know little about them. Due to this fact I decided to contact you. Maybe someone of you has information about these models. Any size, photo. Maybe someone of you has these models in his forge. I will be grateful for any help. I would really like to have a complete collection. Please ask your questions if you have any. Sorry for the confusion of the message and for possible errors. It is not easy to speak another language and even more difficult to correctly Express their thoughts. I'm gonna upload some photos of their old and new works. Also link to Facebook and the page on eBay. Links removed Thank you for your attention and thank you in advance those who will respond.