Brasilikilt Posted December 17, 2009 Share Posted December 17, 2009 Hey all I am tired of my blacksmithing activities being governed by the weather. Here in the Pacific Northwest, it's either too cold, too rainy, too windy, or a combination of all of the above......an exposed, outdoor smithy clearly is not a good choice for my area An unappealing picture of mud, rust and gloom. Photo 1 My current shed is wooden-floored, and is being used for woodworking and such, so building forge fires inside is not a good idea..... My goal is to build an addition that would expand the existing shed to make it half wood shop and half smithy...preferably with some kind of door or opening between the two. I figure I could use wood scraps and sawdust to help get the forge going, and the forge could possibly provide a little heat for the whole structure. Apparently, moving a 'Tuff Shed' is not as hard as it seems.....especially if it's only a few feet. I have space on the other side of the shed..why not take out a short section of fence and slide it over to allow more room for the smithy? Photo 2 Plus, my friend who owns the forge deserves a proper place to put his anvil and set his tool box.....When we were both working there we got in the other's way a lot....It seems like it would be only a matter of time before somebody gets branded. So after all of this, my question to all of you: After looking at the photos, what kind of structure would you suggest? I was thinking that a lean-to with a tin roof would be cheap, and relatively easy to build. Are there any blacksmith-specific considerations that I'm missing here? I know plenty of you have been in the same boat as me, and any feedback will quite likely keep me from making costly mistakes. Please share photos of your home-built smithy as I would enjoy seeing what other 'backyard blacksmiths' have done. Photo 3 Thanks, and take care Iain Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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