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  1. Hi all! I am just getting into the trade. Like, I have had a couple basic lessons and have made a bad leaf and helped make a bottle opener. Really new! I am working on setting up a little shop. I have an ASO (8 inch rail section that I need to mount) and a small forge (Whitlox Mini-Forge), a few hammers and one set of tongs. If there are any smiths that I can meet in the Beaverton/Forest Grove area, I would love to make some connections. I am in the mode of consuming as much media and watching blacksmithing as much as I can while I get a space setup to actually forge in. Looking forward to learning from and hopefully meeting some of you! **also, looking for an anvil.....**
  2. I've had next to no luck trying to find some local coal over here in Oregon, more specifically the Portland area. I've been buying my coal online for at least a dollar a pound! And it's really killing my wallet. Sure I can use lump charcoal for most things but it produces quite a bit of flaming debris, and getting a good forge weld is next to impossible. I've called every stove shop around and they've all stopped carrying, and yes I've called valley farrier (stopped stocking), mountain brook forge (haven't picked up phones in 2 weeks, sucks because they seemed like a real good option), central fuel in up in Chehalis (stopped stocking). I've heard of somebody down in Monroe that sells coal, but haven't got a phone number, nor do I know if he still does it. Ive made really sure to dig through all the forums and old threads before I started this one, I used the iforge iron function and the google :iforgeiron function. So can somebody help me either..... A- learn to somehow forge weld with charcoal? B- Find coal locally for a good price C- Give up and move to a gas forge? ps- I'm 18 years old and I'm trying to get into blacksmithing, none of my friends are interested which doesn't really bug me, I like blacksmithing because it's of the old world anyways. So I'd really to find some friends to forge with -Jonas