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Good day everyone

My name is Peter and just this week, my wife and I moved to Somerset West in the Western Cape, from Adelaide in South Australia.

I was privileged to have been provided with the basic skills of blacksmithing by John F, Rob K, Chris C and Geoff B of the Artist Blacksmiths Association of South Australia (ABASA) some five years back. Whilst I was a member there for a short while, business and other matters distracted me and I just messed around with my small Soderfors anvil and 9kg gas bottle forge that I made on a one day course at Fergie's springworks in Gawler.

I spoke with Fergs a short while ago and expressed to him my hope to start up again when I got to the Cape. As such, I would love to hear from anybody in SA and in particular, the Western Cape region.

Looking forward to learning here at iforgeiron.

Pete H


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There's a directory for blacksmithing groups that have members here. It's located at the bottom of the home page. There may be a thread for S. African smiths in particular. If not start a S. African roll call thread. I'm positive there's blokes from your country that are members here just not sure about their location in S. Africa. 

Welcome aboard and glad to hear you're getting involved in blacksmithing again. Do you still have your Soderfors anvil? There's a few fans of those particular tools here.I'm surprised they haven't responded yet.


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Hi pnut

Cheers for the welcome. I'm looking forward to setting up a forge here in this delightful town, where we are staying with my wife's sister. I'm out on the back porch with a cold Castle lager and a pack of rolling bakky, looking at the Helderberg Mountains glowing as the sun sets. What a huge change.

Sadly, I had to part with my Soderfors as it was just too much weight to ship halfway around the world. In the meantime, I've got my eyes on a DLC 40kg anvil in pretty good shape, some 1800 kilometers up the way. Trying to contact the bloke, but haven't had any luck so far. 

Hope to be able to put a gas forge together in the next few months and once my tools are shipped over, I look forward to shaping some metal.


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Welcome aboard Pete, glad to have you. 

How heavy was your Soderfors? It's hard to believe shipping it would be less expensive than finding a decent anvil in SA let alone something even close to Soderfors quality. My Soderfors will be the last smithing tool I'll part with and it's going to COST whoever gets it and that'll be my estate sale. 

What do you like to make?

Frosty The Lucky.

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Hello Frosty

Thanks for the welcome. Real glad to be here.

Yeah, hindsight is 20/20 vision. Sheesh, am I regretting that decision now, but it's a long story best suited for another time. It was an 80lb anvil, with a bit of damage.

I make small, lightweight things. Mainly as birthday, Christmas and "Thank You"  gifts. Bottle openers, key ring tags, BBQ irons, campfire tripods. 

And back scratchers. I love combining steel and wood. Here's some (and a rough shoe horn) that I made to support my mate with his fundraising efforts on the Shltbox Rally 2017.




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Apologies for the late reply, the IFI forum software do not work well with my old computer.

Most of the blacksmiths that I know are up here Gauteng. We get together at least once a year. 

I do not know of many blacksmiths in the Western Cape, you can google Conrad Hicks and ask him. 

There is an active group of knifemakers in Cape Town that includes bladesmiths.

If you drop me a pm and the forum does not crash on me again I can have you added on the mailing list. 



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Hello, theimi.

Apologies for the late reply. Life got in the way. I hope we might touch base down at the Old Bridge Tavern one afternoon soon.

Apparently, Universe has a sense of humour. 

Just on four and a half years back in South Africa now and two weeks ago I was provided with the use of two fully kitted forges, one being a late 19th/early 20th century historical forge and the other a more industrial production facility. TYU !

So I'm forging five days a week. Mainly small touristy things like bottle openers, key rings, bracelets, pot lid lifters, steak flippers, BBQ pokers, etc. Enjoying the variation. I did one production run of 10 pokers and lost interest real fast. There are two other young fellas who can do those.

So very happy to be back shaping steel. The missus commented on the attitude improvement. 

Greetings to you all from the pointy bit at the bottom.




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