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Blacksmiths in Las Vegas NV

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I am finally starting to get some things together to begin learning to blacksmith. I still don’t have anything set up and still have to find an anvil. I thought I would get on here and see if anyone would be able to give me some guidance to get going. I live in the southern part of Vegas, but I have no problem driving anywhere in the valley area.

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Look at the thread on improvised anvils---I often see folks bemoaning that they can't find a good London pattern anvil while surrounded by stuff that would make anvils of types that have been in use 10 times longer!

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JDario, I have a neighbor that may be able to get me some used forklift forks. If he does I will let you know, as they make great anvils. Silver Dollar Recycling let me cruise their yard a few years ago, and they had several anvil candidates. Southern LV, South Point area? 

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 BIGGUNDOCTOR, Pretty close to SouthPoint, Maryland and Cactus area. I'll give them a look-see. I'm also looking for some scrap to practice on once I get set up. 

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Finding scrap is not a problem at all. What you want to look for first will be some smaller square or round stock in the 3/8"-1/2" range, and long enough not to need tongs to hold onto it. For hammer accuracy practice , rebar can do, but it is not the greatest. 

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If you are just starting out; scrap can be dangerous due to plating, painting (old high lead primers for instance), galvanization etc.  Learn "In Rust We Trust"!

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Hi, all. I don' know how many of you have face book but Michael J Neel just started a group called Las Vegas metal smiths. Active and the are looking to do meet ups. If you're interested we would love to have you.

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Though many people are committing a felony getting them. The RR Police here in the USA have very strong powers!

I have a friend that makes gardening trowels from RR spikes---he buys new ones by the keg to have a standardized supply and no issue with the legal system.

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On 1/11/2018 at 12:24 PM, BIGGUNDOCTOR said:

Finding scrap is not a problem at all. What you want to look for first will be some smaller square or round stock in the 3/8"-1/2" range, and long enough not to need tongs to hold onto it. For hammer accuracy practice , rebar can do, but it is not the greatest. 

If there's a construction site near you where they're doing steel work, talk with the contractor about hauling off their metal scrap. I got a fair amount of structural steel scraps this way last year, as well as a LOT of heavy galvanized structural steel that went straight to the scrapyard and got me enough cash to stock up on coal and PPE consumables.

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Coal is always a problem 100 lbs 100 dollars ouch!! Lol

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There is a yard in St George Utah that was selling coal for $130 a ton. I haven't tried any from them yet, but I should get some to try out since I an literally at the bottom of the barrel at home.

Lots of auto shops are trashing their scrap due to low prices. 

I just grabbed some last night from work - my supervisor was cleaning up and he tossed a lot of goodies. Getting more tonight.

 

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