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16 hours ago, Chelonian said:

 

It's not super ideal since I do have to hurry a bit back and forth between the anvil and the forge. (the forge is a side blast jabod in the barbecue in the background of the second photo) Unfortunately I can't think of any way to make them closer together, since if the forge was any closer, the barn doors wouldn't have clearance to close, and I also don't want it to be a fire hazard to the barn.

Not a bad set up.  If you're there with it while it's burning, you shouldn't have an issue with it being in the barn.  And you can still forge when the weather is bad.

17 hours ago, Frosty said:

Settlers Bay, no kidding!? That's 5 minutes from us.

Putting in 80 hr. weeks could turn him into one of those rich guys who . . . Nevermind, rule violation bubbling to the surface. I'll be good.

Deb and I have special dinners there a couple times a year. What's he do?

Frosty The Lucky.

He's the Executive Chef.  Nice food there.  I've only ever been there twice.  Once before he was working there.  He was at Great Bear back then.

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a Dolly or 2wheel hand cart, and just work outside.  they have the popup roofs to block the sun which are fairly inexpensive.  

the only reason I even am saying something is that the distance will affect your actual forge time and once you move into forge welding it can make a difference there especially.  

I love working in old structures.   Having a good chimney system is the only way to go.. I prefer stone or brick walls or steel over any other surface.  

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I can't really have the forge in the barn, since I don't see any way to set up a chimney in there. I can't have the chimney go through the ceiling since the barn has more stories above it, and the barn doors need to be able to close at night, so I can't set up anything permanent going out the door.

I used to work outdoors, but I've found that I much prefer this. I think the photo makes the distance look greater than it actually is. I'm only taking a couple steps, and oftentimes I'll keep the wire brush next to the forge, and brush the scale off the piece on the way over to the anvil. That way I'm not really losing much time. I haven't done much forge welding yet, but when I do I just bring a section of RR track out next to the forge, and use that as my anvil.

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I have exactly the same situation with my forge in the garage (can’t put in a chimney, have to close the doors at night), so I made this setup:

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Since this photo was taken, I’ve mounted the supports on a wheeled cart, so I can set it up and take it down in about 90 seconds. Works perfectly, even without a significant vertical rise in the flue. 

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“Art is long, life is short.”

”Art is forever” would be “Ars in sempiternum”.

Either way, carpe diem. 

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8 hours ago, MrTMichaud said:

He's the Executive Chef.  Nice food there.  I've only ever been there twice.  Once before he was working there.  He was at Great Bear back then.

He's doing a good job, the food is excellent. Maybe if I dropped your name. . . :)?

New Year's Eve is a good time for a late supper or hang in the bar, Anchorage holds it's fireworks displays just off downtown and it's plainly visible from our side of the Inlet and Settler's Bay is warm, comfy and has big windows. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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I'm not looking for nor expecting anything special but it never hurts to know which elbows to rub you know. ;)

Frosty The Lucky.

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After being cramped in a tiny one car garage for 27 years I moved to this astonishing building back in december. Almost 5000 square ft, concrete floor, air compressors and three phase, and three overhead cranes. Three offices, a kitchen and bathroom. Almost a year now and just about moved in. I can say, moving a blacksmith shop is quite an ordeal (and expensive)

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Had to move my shop 1500 miles and have it sit in the desert on pallets till the new shop got built.  Wish it was as nice as yours!

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6 hours ago, jason0012 said:

It was a tight space before. I bought this. I really would not want to move it again.

Amen to that! I have decided if I have to move again I'm having an auction! 

How did you move/set your hammers?

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I had a wrecker company move them for me. I have a trailer and three cranes in the shop, but the big hammer is more than my truck could handle, and it was just easier. Well worth the cost.

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Beautiful shop,  I bet it'll take you weeks to run out of room. AND 3 phase? 

How many bedrooms, living in it too?

SWEET.

Frosty The Lucky.

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A friend of mine had a semi-wrecker come out and unload the 250# LG he once bought. Way cheaper than a crane.

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Great to see how people are working.  Here's mine, pics are about 2 years old.  It's never this neat, but I had just rearranged shelves, tables etc to make it more workable so it was clean...for about a month.  The forge has had a baby since then.

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Back when I was building it in 2005:

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Inside the main room, left to right.  Table, hot work area, power hammer, CNC mill and another table behind the shelves.

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The Grinding room:

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Li'l Thumper - my power hammer

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Tormach CNC Mill

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Theres a shot of the S.S. garden gate I've started work on.  I opted to forge out the leaves from sheet rather than flat bar.  More tig welding but less propane.

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