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  1. Good afternoon everyone. Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Andy currently living in the South Carolina/Georgia Lowcountey area. I am currently working on gathering tools and equipment to get into blacksmithing. Been looking around the forum for a while now, and finally decided to register. Looking forward to gaining knowledge and direction from the experience from you all. Thank you!! Happy Hammering!!!
  2. Frosty requested pictures of our new apprentice smith. My wife gave her stamp of approval, so here they are. I'm not sure yet how I feel about putting my child's name on the internet, so for now we'll call her little bean. FAQ: - She's about two months and three weeks old. - She is our first. - We'd like four more. - She was 7 lb. 15 oz. when born, 20" long, and possessed great big feet and hands. - She held her head up 10 minutes after arrival. I was holding her at the time and I freaked out a bit (safely). - For now, she looks like me. - I plan to have
  3. Hey guys I've been reading the forum as a guest for a while and decided to finally join. I'm pretty new to smithing, I've done a fair bit of research but I have maybe 10 hours of actual smithing time under my belt. My current setup consists of a cast iron bowl filled with clay soil and a shop vac for air, a small harbor freight anvil on a stump, a cross peen hammer, a ball peen hammer, and some channel locks for tongs. I have a ton of scrap metal to play with. I have been using charcoal but I just got some coal locally I've gotten to fire up recently. The recent coal firing has tought me
  4. Hi, I'm Billy Salyers. I got started in smithing in August of 2017. Every year, I do a project with my kids as a way to teach them the basic skills they need for life. It also helps me do one of the things I enjoy most, spend time with my kids. Yellow Rose Forge was born out of such a project. Together, my sons and I built our own forge from scratch and began teaching ourselves the art of forging metal into beautiful objects. Enough people asked us about it to justify setting up shop. It didn't hurt that about a week after we started that someone told us about a certain TV show...you know
  5. Hello all! I learned about this site from 'The Tigris Tinker' on Etsy. He kindly referred me here, and I'm excited to get to learning. I feel like a fish out of water at this point with the amount of learning I need to be halfway competent here, but I'm gonna give it my best and see what comes of it! I plan on reading (a lot!), being quiet and listening, along with a few hammer strikes here and there, hopefully! I haven't yet built my forge, as I'm waiting on money to come thru, but soon I'll be a real boy with my very own forge!! I'm hoping to build my own tools, because I don't have a lot of
  6. Hello everyone, Brand new to the forum so I thought I would post a quick introduction. As the lack of creativity within my handle suggests, my name is Patrick and i'm 24! Blacksmithing is something I have been interested in for a long time. I pursued this interest as a career whilst I was still at school, hoping to secure an apprenticeship, but unfortunately apprenticeships were few and far between at the time and the opportunity never arose. I went to university instead and joined the British Army after that. I have had a great career so far, but as you would expect, it comes with a fair
  7. Hi all, I just thought I'd introduce myself and see if there was anyone else nearby. Names Matthew, I'm 28 and just getting my own forge set up here in Bathurst, NSW, Australia. I'm a contaminated land, environmental and marine scientist who is taking a break from the city rat race to set up an off-grid workshop here. I'm looking to make groundwater sampling equipment for the mining industry in the workshop and research and patent a few remediation methods while I'm at it. Hopefully I'll have time and space to also do a bit of forge work, and build my John Welsford "Navigator" a 5m sa
  8. Hello everyone. My name is Josh and I recently decided to pursue my interest in forging; and whoa boy is there a lot to take in! Googling various questions constantly led me back to this site, so I decided I might as well join. I'm 35 years old and live in Northwest Ohio with my wife and 3 children. I spend A LOT of time (and money) bass/pike fishing, and until recently spent a lot of time working out or training mixed martial arts. I'm a U.S. Army Combat Veteran - Afghanistan (1st and 87th INF, 10th Mountain Division) and enjoy attending/supporting veterans services/organizations and auc
  9. Hello everybody, I’m 18, come from Serbia, work as a tool and die maker apprentice and have wanted to learn about blacksmithing for quite some time. My friend and I have set up a small smithy at his place about a year ago and have forged there some primitive tools. We have an improvised coal forge with a vacuum cleaner as blower and old 40kg anvil. I look forward to learning more.
  10. Hello everyone. I'm knew to the world of bladesmithing, and just felt that I needed to introduce myself. As of right now I'm in the planning stages of everything. Researching books, techniques, sketching plans my starter forge. All that fun stuff. I decided to come here first because bladesmithing is really my ultimate goal with working the forge. The end result is weapons grade replicas of video game and movie swords/knives/armor. Along with my own custom knives. I honestly prefer knives to swords. More practical in modern times. Anyway I'll pop in from time to time with question
  11. My name is Sebastian, I am 34 years old. Currently in the Moore Oklahoma area. I suppose you guys have a steady stream of aspiring smiths that start with big intentions and ideas and simply fade away into the sea of whim and inconsistancy. Just the same, I suppose I should introduce myself, tip my hat and issue warm greetings before innundating you with the innane questionings of an aspirant. My blacksmithing goals are small. I have interests mostly in jewlery and small utilitarian items, if I could somehow work my way up to a few high quality knives I would be pleased with myself. I cant
  12. My name is Tim. I am pretty new to blacksmithing. I spent a weekend learning the basics at Broken Hammer forge in eastern Maryland, and am in the process of getting my own small shop set up. My other hobby has been metalworking with welding, mostly using oxy-acetylene. But it's not a big jump from there to blacksmithing once you get into it. My biggest goal right now is finding an anvil. I am trying "The Method" but it's slow going. My wife's eyes got pretty big when I told her the prices for new anvils, so i think I am just going to have to keep plugging away. I am hoping to find somethin
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    Hi all. My name is Malcolm, I live in South west Ireland. I have become interested in working steel since I retired. I have been welding as a hobby for the last 30 years, also I like repairing and making things. The site is very interesting, but I was reluctent to join as I know so little. Malcolm.
  14. Hello All - I'm choppertrike - the name comes from my hobby building VW based trikes from scratch using "found" materials (otherwise known as JUNK to most people). Being a self taught fabricator, I like working with metal and I've always had a "curiosity" or "passing interest" in the blacksmith's art. I've had the forums bookmarked for a couple of years and have stopped by to lurk from time to time. It's something I have wanted to try "someday" when I had the chance. Well "someday" came last month when my son called and asked if I could use an anvil in my trike building.The answer was YES.
  15. Hello everybody I am a sharpener, angler, retired teacher of languages, internet fan and amateur cook. I just saw a video on YOUTUBE in which somebody recommended your site, so here I am. I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America. All my best Dick KELLER www.afilamos.com.ar
  16. Alright. So, I have nothing. No equipment, no job, and especially, no experience. any help?
  17. Hey everyone, I'm William and am currently wanting to learn the trade of blacksmithing. I'm only 16 and still in high school. With no job, I don't see how I'll get started in the next couple of years. I was wondering if anyone knew of any colleges of technical schools that teach blacksmithing. My interests in blacksmithing are blades, armors, maybe some jewelry, and I'll make my own tools so I know I can trust my equipment. Anyone got some advice for me?
  18. Well I guess I should go ahead and introduce myself on here. My name is Ben and I live in Murrieta, which is in between LA and San Diego on the east side of the hills from camp Pendleton... I'm finally pursuing blacksmithing though I've been interested in it most of my (relatively short) life. I signed up for a Saturday afternoon class that runs 3 months at an adult school in Escondido and am looking forward to learning something new and actually pounding on metal! :) I'm also looking forward to the change of pace from my engineering day job so something a bit more down to earth... Ben
  19. Howdy. I'm an old, but green, would-be blacksmith from the little town of Lyons, Colorado. I've been learning for about a year - taking lessons from David Norrie up in Berthoud, CO and from Brian Brazeal down near Jackson, TN (I'm actually an archaeologist working for FEMA). My shop is just about finished (a 16' x 30' walled in portion of my barn - 5" concrete floor with 110 and 220 wiring). The shop is equipped with a two-burner gas forge (which I built), a large coal forge (also built), a 140# Wright anvil, a treadle hammer, a couple of floor vices, swage blocks, drill press, grinders, s
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