SharkBait Posted September 19, 2020 Share Posted September 19, 2020 Hello, folks. I've lurked these forums for a while now and I am just finally starting to put enough together to feel like I should join and join in. I was born and raised in Green Bay, WI and live in the Paper Valley. I'm in my mid 30s, have a degree in creative writing of all things, and work in insurance. In college I took courses in art metals, smithing, casting, and forging, so I have a little bit of foundational knowledge, but since it was all focused on artistic creation I wouldn't say I've got a great handle on all of this. I've got a passion for creating things and I've always wanted to work a forge since I was 12 and went to a reenactment with the boy scouts. I've been trying to accumulate stuff to get my start as cheaply as possible, which is why I've been lurking for like 6 months. In the last 2 weeks I finally started building a forge. I've got a working propane burner, a propane tank cut open with all the holes poked in approximately the right places, today a buddy welded a hinge and clasp on it for me so I can open and ose the front and I just lined the whole thing with an inch of kaowool, stuck down with refractory cement (like glue on the outside, not in the middle lining it). I've got a 3 lb hammer from harbor freight that I've shaped into a serviceable rounding hammer. Still working on rigidizer, castable refractory, and a kiln coating to finish it off. So wow, that was an info dump. Sorry. Anyway, hi, I'm glad to have finally joined and looking forward to contributing. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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