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  1. I finally have enough tools and such to start putting together a small shop area. If I clear out the corner of my garage (detached two-car), leave the door up for ventilation, etc I should have enough room to start small. I’m intending on getting/building a propane forge and getting a small oxy-acetylene rig to do some light blacksmithing and possibly armorsmithing as well. My question is this, how will Michigan winter treat the tools and equipment? Dead of winter, nearing zero degrees, I’m guessing that I would need to very slowly heat the area and equipment to prevent thermal shock? Is it ok to leave propane etc outside overwinter? Any advice or comments would be appreciated.
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    My personal Smithy 16x24 with a 5.5 ft loft
  3. I was looking around on line today, catching up on my local news when I saw an intresting artcle. This, for Central Alaska, is the coldest longest winter in the last 100 years. While I have been able to get out to the shop and get some small work done. My quench tub, 5 gal bucket half full of water, is still frozen solid. There was frost on my anvil. I scrubbed it off with a wire brush. I assembled a band saw and drill press and I've been getting propane, cleaning shop and generally getting ready for my summer smithing season. Those who know me, and any other smiths here in the Great Land, know that Alaska has some unique challenges when it comes to blacksmithing in general. Cold tempratures, lack of equipment, huge expensive shipping charges and long shipping times for anything from the lower 48. The list goes on and on. Thats not to say these obstructions can't be over come. They can and have been many many times. But, at times it can be somewhat discouraging. For the last couple of years I've been trying to get a wood stove in my shed to extend my smithing season. Get my coal forge moved inside the shed so I can work longer into the colder parts of the year. Or at least get the time I am unable to forge in winter to as short a time as possible. There isn't any way I'm going to forge at -40f or below. Sorry I love working at the anvil, but not quite that much. Heck propane won't even go into a gas at -44f. And none of this is in anyway stoping me in the long run. One of the many obstacles for me personally is physical. My locked knee. Which will be all brand new soon. I hope. So, I'm getting things set up. Making things ready and will be smithing with relish soon. Very soon. Sometimes the delay just gets to me and I have to relearn a few things. That does get old. All that said. I'm ready to go.
  4. Hello all. I am just starting into blacksmithing and am gathering some tings together to give it a go. Yesterday I picked up an awesome Peter Wright #129 for $350. In theese parts thats a very good price. Last week at an auction I saw a 250# no markings anvil go for $1780 and a 200# no name go for $1625. I had $800 and was sure I was going to get one of them so I passed up on tons of great stuff. Anyhow my question is that my forge will be outside and I live in South Dakota. I wanted to try hammering some steel this winter but I am now thinking that the temps will probably not allow this. It seems to me that when we have a temp of 8 or below and a wind chill on top of that by time I pull the piece from the fire and put it on the anvil it will simply be cooling too fast to work it. I do have a four car garage and will be dedicating a bay to blacksmithing with a gas forge I am not able to do that now. I do not have the space to build another building on the property to have as a forge so the garage is it. Insurance will not let me do a coal based fire inside the building and we have numerous burining restrictions in the summer months which can last for months. However a propane forge inside the garage seems the best way to keep neighbors and council happy. So can forging be done outside in frigid conditions and still wind up with good results? Or should I just concentrate on setting up shop indoors with the propane forge and just try to collect some more basics like a leg vise and a heaver work bench along with more reading material. Dave Please ignore the spelling. I have had 5 hours sleep in the last 3 days. I work overnight weekends in the largest hospitial in our area.
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