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Good morning.  My dad was a career welder and part time blacksmith.  He passed away this past August and I'm trying to help mom sort through his shop.  As mom is on a fixed income I'd prefer to sell his equipment as opposed to donate.  I'm not unrealistic, I know that this isn't going to amount to much, but for her sake and extra in her bank account helps.  I have no idea where to begin or even really know what a good price is on his equipment.  Again, not looking to make a lot of cash, but I don't want mom to get screwed out of it's reasonably worth.  Any thoughts or suggestions would be welcome!  

The forge itself is pretty basic: hand crank bellows etc.  I've heard that his anvil is a respected brand, but can't confirm.  Lots of hand tools, decent sized work bench and 2 vices and ton of steel (not scraps). She's located outside of Buffalo, NY

Thanks!

Garreck

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Welcome aboard Garreck, I sincerely wish it were under better circumstances.  My deepest condolences for the loss of your Father, my heart and prayers go out to you, your family and friends.  I think Dick has made as good a suggestion as possible for now.

If you can post pictures we may be able to help evaluate his tools and equipment.

Be safe, be well.

 Frosty The Lucky.

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Of course, most of us have to go through this and it's never easy. 

Please don't use the @  with people's names, it trips automatic responses with the forum's software without the benefits it has on FB or twitter or whatever. 

Give your Mom a hug for me please. 

 Frosty The Lucky.

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Garreck,

Your pictures will post easily if you will reduce their size by 50%.

 

That depends entirely on the starting size of the photo, if its 5 Gig a reduction by half is still too large. the actual size needs to be much smaller so saying 50% is meaningless with out a base reference 

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Welcome aboard Garreck. Wish it could be under better circumstances. As has been said we will help you with the value and how to sell his shop. IFI has a Tailgating section that you could list items there, just read the rules before posting. Like Dick said tailgating at a club meeting is probably the best approach.

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There are a couple of WNY smiths here, so I'm sure some of them will be able to help you. You could also contact the Rochester Arc + Flame Center; they might have students looking for gear. 

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One of the positives of going through the local group is that they will know the going rate for items in that area.  I have attended a number of shop sales that were actually run by a local group and others where items were priced by a group member.   I've told my wife to use the group out here if she has to deal with my shop.

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