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Good morning. I'm Marc Godbout. I'll be 48 tomorrow and have been smithing as a hobby for 5+ years. To pay for this, I'm an electronics engineer for a defense contractor. I've been married for 27 years to the same wonderful woman and have two boys, both grown up and moved out. One lives around here and works for a mortgage broker. The other is working on his PhD in math down at Lehigh, in the shadow of the old Bethlehem Steel.

Unlike many here, I've got no metal background at all. I made a toolbox out of sheet metal back in high school. That's it. But some time ago I read an article in the paper about the last blacksmith in NH retiring. That kind of whetted the appetite. Then, a little over 5 years ago, I found an article in the local paper about a blacksmith in my town who also gives lessons through a community ed program. I signed up before they had the signup sheets ready. It just sounded like the right thing to do.

I've met a lot of great people, both online and through the New England Blacksmiths. It's been a wonderful ride so far, and I have no intention of jumping off. You can check out the early years (I've been real lazy at updating) at http://ironringforge.com

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