Steamboat Posted August 19, 2016 Share Posted August 19, 2016 Hello everyone, Long ago...about when the discovery of fire made mastodon steaks less chewy, and the first Pong game appeared in the local pub...I took a couple of evening courses in blacksmithing from a talented smith whose name has faded in memory, but whose lessons have remained with me...pretty much, anyway. It was great fun, but life and other projects intervened, so I haven’t stood in front of a forge for a while, although I’ve been involved with other technical pursuits requiring skills, knowledge, equipment, etc., that should cross over quite well into the realm of hot iron. My renewed interest in blacksmithing stems from two sources. The first is the gradual (as time and budget allow) restoration of a 225-year-old house, which has a good deal of hand-wrought hardware, but is missing a number of items ranging from shutter hooks to andirons, fireplace cranes, light fixtures, etc. I’d like to create authentic-looking reproduction hardware that would be compatible with the home’s Federal-period style. As to the other stimulus, my wife recently attended a blacksmithing workshop, which got her fired up, so to speak, about the hot metal scene, so I said I’d build a forge for her (which I also plan to use). We decided that the spousal forge would be of the propane persuasion. My equipment and tools are currently divided between our restoration project house and our ‘regular’ home in Brunswick, but I've been getting things together on the forge project, which I plan to post in the Gas Forges section. I’ve been building upon my existing knowledge by researching gas forges via books, articles, trade pubs, individuals, and of course this forum, which is a very good source of information, with informed members who actually agree on things...pretty often, at least. I’m looking forward to some helpful discussions. I’m good at listening to advice, and I take criticism well as long as it’s constructive and not mean spirited. That said, I also have a tendency to question what I would call “popular wisdom” and have often strayed from the straight and narrow path to experiment with non-conforming ideas and approaches, some of which have actually worked very well...others, well, let's just say they were educational. I also hope to draw on my varied background (one might say my “checkered past”) to contribute to the communal knowledge base from time to time. By the way, my “Steamboat” moniker stems from my interest in 18th and 19th century steam technology. Cheers, Steamboat Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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