aquamanlr

Blacksmiths in Las Vegas NV

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I have all sorts of backyard equipment. To name a few: I have a home made forge that I'm always looking to improve, cross peens, homemade twist tongs (that actually work better than other tongs I've used), i have belt sanders and a mill that i mainly use as a drill press. My dad used to be an iron worker so I have plenty of steel at hand. I' interested in all sorts of smithing: blacksmithing in general, bladesmithing, and even gray smithing: such as mokume gane and the like.

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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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