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I built my first forge today and did some metal work it was a lot of fun and I am for sure hooked. But I was just wondering if there was just something that I should know, so not to mess up too bad like with the coal. Which was a pain to get started.

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"Is there something I should know" HEHEHEHEHEHEHE, Yup there is. There is a lot of stuff I should know too. I don't know squat and it would take me months to show you what little I do think I know. We will be happy to help just give us a little more detail on what you want to know now and someone here will be able to help more than likely.

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yup, tons of stuff to know that you will learn, one thing that comes to mind-because nobody told me and I learned the hard way, always draw out stock square even when working round stock, draw square, then finish octagon then round it out.  Its fundamental and you may already know, but way fatser to be told than do it wrong till you get it right

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Welcome aboard middle Tennessee guy, glad to have you.

 

Why YES there are things you need to know and once the other guys get finished telling you everything they can think think of I'll get busy making stuff up. <grin>

 

Seriously, there are lots of things to learn and discover. You've come to the right place to ask questions, post process, mistake, discovery, etc. pics, we LOVE pics by the way. and just hang with blacksmiths of all levels of experience.

 

Frosty The Lucky.

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If you're near Lebanon, every Tuesday night the Fiddler's Grove Blacksmith Association holds beginner's classes at the Wilson County Fairgrounds from 7-9:00 PM. 

 

You'll cut quite a bit off the learning curve by working with other smiths. I'd highly recommend you check out the classes if you're in the area. :)

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Fann I find it a whole lot easier to start a small wood fire to get your coal going. Preferably I'll use pine and split it up with a hatchet into little splinters over a wad of crumpled newspaper or a handful of wood shavings from a pet shop, the stuff sold as bedding for rabbits, etc. A handful of that stuff works a charm.

 

After each forging session always rake out your fire to put it out and save the coke from just uselessly burning up. The coke is that light fluffy grayish coal that has burned a bit. Keep your coke aside in its own pile when you rake out your fire.

Once you are starting a new fire and have a nice little bed of glowing embers from the pine kindling going then add the coke on top of it. Coke starts much easier than raw coal. By now you should have a good fire going with all the wood burned away, your coke now burning and rake in some raw coal. Takes a little trial and error.

Good luck.

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