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Hi all from pretty much the NW tip of the continental US. Having a bit of a hard time finding shops, classes, or just friendly old-timers in my area. To make matters worse, I don't work a traditional work week, so all the classes, hammer-ins, or other goings on, are out of my reach. They seem to happen on weekends, and I have Thursday/Fridays off. If there's anyone in my area, drop mea line. I'm setting up my new charcoal forge right now, using an old single horn 120# farriers anvil. Post leg vices and decent sized anvils seem to be in short supply here locally, and buying them online...well, one word, shipping... Anyway, I've done some basic "smithing", in that I used to resize and reset my horses shoes when I was a young man, and I've done a fair amount of shade tree fabrication when I was big into off-roading. I have access to quite a bit of steel, mild or tool grade, as my dad's old diesel repair shop was sold to my cousin, and I can pretty much pick through his scrap and busted parts piles at will. Lot of good steel in a single busted axle from a semi... I'd love to find someone to hang out with and do some work, swap ideas, brainstorm problems, etc. I know, I know, join NWBA... I'm gonna, but I still run into that non-standard work week problem. Thanks for being a great group that is so free with information, opinions, and advice!
Hey there, I have been wanting to learn how to work metal for a long while now, and recently I decide to try and pursue that interest. I've been reading up on safety guidelines, the different types of tools, how to use those tools, the history of blacksmithing, and of course the typical working enviroment of a blacksmith. It really sounds like something I want to know more about, and something I would really get into and enjoy doing. I haven't even started to gather supplies, but one thing seems rather intimidating to me and that is buying an anvil, or hopefully finding one to use until I can get my own... I live in the Puyallup, WA area and I think I have heard or seen of some forges within 15 miles of here I can go check out, but it may seem rather rude to visit someone's shop and ask if I can use their anvil Anyone have any tips, links, or price values for an anvil? Or any tips or links for a newcomer like me about anything blacksmithing Thanks!