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DaMaakus

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Hello,

my name is Markus and I'm from Germany. Bavaria, to be more precise.

I'm 36 and a complete beginner, in terms of blacksmithing and crafting in general. My father was a metal worker though, so I can fall back on some tools (which most of them I have no idea how to use properly). But even the best tools can't compensate for my lack of basic skills.

For now, I have about three days (4 to 6 hours each) of forging under my belt, since I only get to it every other weekend, at best. I built a JABOD forge (with charcoal fuel) and did some small stuff (a curl prototype for a friends garden, a cross for my sisters birthday, a really xxxxxx pair of tongs from rebar) and last weekend I tried to make an updated version of a JABOD, to make it more mobile and smaller. I probably will post it in the solid fuel section, since I'm not sure this one is viable.

Other than that, I want to keep going, I aim to take a blacksmithing class the next few months and my next big goal is to make a small box out of wood (another thing I want to learn is a little bit of woodworking) and combine it with some self-made hinges and maybe a decorative front piece. If I reached that goal, I will aim for another project.

Also, I want to apologize in advance for my English and the possibly improper use of blacksmithing terms, it's hard to learn that. And inches vs. cm. I will be using a lot of cm and mm. Sorry guys.

Here are some pictures, if that is okay:

First forge with my (fathers) anvil in the background (hard to spot the little thing)
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Scroll prototype (couldn't get the egg shape to be round)

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Cross (burnt an arm)

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New forge (WIP, have to ask questions in the JABOD sub)

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You may want to look for a Museum with a smithy run by Volunteers.  When I was doing an installation in Germany I got to forge at the open air museum in Bad Windsheim and looked at a very nice running one in Lauf.

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30 minutes ago, DaMaakus said:

Scroll prototype (couldn't get the egg shape to be round)

A good even heat when trying it helps.

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29 minutes ago, ThomasPowers said:

You may want to look for a Museum with a smithy run by Volunteers.  When I was doing an installation in Germany I got to forge at the open air museum in Bad Windsheim and looked at a very nice running one in Lauf.

I don't think there are fixed installations near me, but thank you! What is near me is a blacksmith shop that offers two day beginner courses. I'm going for that.

12 minutes ago, Daswulf said:

A good even heat when trying it helps.

Thanks! Yes, that is a problem with my first forge, I had to stick the stock down at a very steep angle (led to the burnt cross, too). I hope to achieve a more accessible and "flater" heat with the new version, so I have a wider area to heat.

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You could notch the sides of the existing box to act as a pass through for stock to get down into the good spot of the fire more easily. Easy modification.

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To be honest, I thought about it. But as I said, I wanted a more mobile forge anyways, since the old one already started to mold and stuff.

The new one, I should be able to roll it in and out the shop, no more being damp/wet all the time. I only hope the fire pit will deliver. Also, I think about putting kitty litter clay on top, but I'm not yet sure.

Thank you for your advice!

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Well I have to drive 300 miles to get to the "local" ABANA chapter. I somehow believe you must be closer to a group....  There is a German Smithing organization,     https://www.ifgs.de/     that may be able to suggest more local resources.

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Thank you Thomas. They seem to tend more towards pros and commercial blacksmiths, but I guess I can send them an e-mail as soon as I know what to ask. ;)

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