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yordo

Looking for someone to shadow/learn from near Syracuse NY

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Trying to get into blacksmithing, but have no idea how to, and don't know anyone to learn from. If anyone is in the Syracuse area, specifically near Fabius that would be willing to give a newbie a little help learning and getting into this, any help would be most appriciated

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Welcome aboard Yordo, glad to have you. If you put your general location in the header you might be surprised how many of the IFI gang live within visiting distance.

Take a look towards the bottom of the IForge opening page in the Regional Organizations section for the club closest to you.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Besides a local group, there are a number of places in the North East that offer several day classes and lodging, Peters Vally, Bryn Athyn college in july, as well as several other places. here's just a few I have saved on this computer.

 

http://www.brynathyn.edu/academics/workshops/

http://www.thesteelyard.org/takeacourse/courses

http://www.petersvalley.org/

http://www.centerformetalarts.com/

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Besides a local group, there are a number of places in the North East that offer several day classes and lodging, Peters Vally, Bryn Athyn college in july, as well as several other places. here's just a few I have saved on this computer.

 

http://www.brynathyn.edu/academics/workshops/

http://www.thesteelyard.org/takeacourse/courses

http://www.petersvalley.org/

http://www.centerformetalarts.com/

​I'll defiantly look into these! thanks a lot!

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I just moved from that area last year. A good friend of mine is the Forgemaster of the Mohawk chapter of the New York State Designer Blacksmiths. There werent many of us in the Mohawk chapter so we were all pretty close, and everyone is more or less self taught and extremely friendly. I can personally vouch for them. I will send you a PM with some contact info.

http://www.nysdb.org/ if you want to look into the club as a whole. 

They usually meet about once a month, depending on everyone's availability. 

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While learning in person is awesome, the internet has some useful info check youtube there are hundreds of videos on knifemaking and blacksmithing Storm the Castle.com also has a blacksmithing section it takes some searching but there is a lot of information out there.  not a perfect substitute but it can get you started.

 

 

http://www.stormthecastle.com/blacksmithing/index.htm       brake drum forge

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I just moved from that area last year. A good friend of mine is the Forgemaster of the Mohawk chapter of the New York State Designer Blacksmiths. There werent many of us in the Mohawk chapter so we were all pretty close, and everyone is more or less self taught and extremely friendly. I can personally vouch for them. I will send you a PM with some contact info.

http://www.nysdb.org/ if you want to look into the club as a whole. 

They usually meet about once a month, depending on everyone's availability. 

I went to their May meeting a few weeks ago and will second that they are very friendly. It was my first time forging ever and they walked me through making an extension cord hook for my garage. 

I am now trying to set up my own space to work and learn in Camillus. 

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yordo,

the next closest group is the genesee group that meets in spencerport, near rochester. we have one gent that travels from pulaski every month for the meeting.

I am out of town for Father's Day this month but will definitely be at the next one.

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