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Young Blacksmith

by ChuckV
posted 09-18-2018 11:16 PM


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uptoolateman

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#1 posted 09-18-2018 11:32 PM

Do you have a blacksmithing club in your area? We have one about 40 miles away and they have swap meets a couple of times a year, that’s where we picked up our anvil and a bunch of tongs that were made by a club member. If nothing else they would have the best advice on what to buy or know of a member that has items for sale. We tried looking on CL and yard sales and people were way too proud of what they had in the condition it was in. I’m pretty impressed with what your son has built so far with not much out of pocket.

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jeffswildwood

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#2 posted 09-18-2018 11:35 PM

Your Son is amazing and very resourceful! I forsee him taking right to this.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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ChuckV

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#3 posted 09-19-2018 12:06 AM



Do you have a blacksmithing club in your area? We have one about 40 miles away and they have swap meets a couple of times a year, that s where we picked up our anvil and a bunch of tongs that were made by a club member. If nothing else they would have the best advice on what to buy or know of a member that has items for sale. We tried looking on CL and yard sales and people were way too proud of what they had in the condition it was in. I m pretty impressed with what your son has built so far with not much out of pocket.

- uptoolateman

As luck would have it, later this month there will be a Blacksmith Festival just a few miles from our home – we definitely plan to be there!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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corelz125

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#4 posted 09-19-2018 12:06 AM

Thats great to see a young kid out getting his hands dirty and using his mind to come up with ways to complete his projects out of anything. Try some of the selling apps letgo, 5miles, offer up or other ones out there.

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uptoolateman

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#5 posted 09-19-2018 12:30 AM

That is a great starting point, we got the blacksmithing bug from a Renaissance faire of all places and took a knife making class from the blacksmith we met there. We are fortunate to have several places in our area that do classes and a fairly active blacksmithing community. My son and I have taken a few classes now and occasionally pull the forge out to the driveway and attempt to make something. Not always successful, but always fun. My son worked for over a year to save up for the gas forge, anvil, tongs and hammers. The local club has a swap meet in October so we hope to pick up some more tooling.

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uptoolateman

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#6 posted 09-19-2018 12:42 AM

Another good resource for tools is a farriers supply shop. We have one about an hour away that occasionally carries used or close out tooling.

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ChuckV

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#7 posted 09-19-2018 12:59 AM



Another good resource for tools is a farriers supply shop. We have one about an hour away that occasionally carries used or close out tooling.

- uptoolateman

That is a great idea – thanks!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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lumbering_on

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#8 posted 09-19-2018 01:02 AM

So good to see that there are teens out there that are interested in working with their hands and not just playing video games.

My parents actually had an anvil for years, but they just sold it a few months back. They got over $300 for it.

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 09-19-2018 03:59 AM

Just keep on using YouTube, a Fantastic tool to learn and keep on learning…

It’s nice to see someone who Makes something out of nothing to accomplish his goals…

He will be a GREAT Blacksmith… was born to do it.

Please continue to keep us updated on his progress…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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ChuckV

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#10 posted 09-19-2018 09:01 PM

Ugh - Anvil would be great painted with advertising:
https://plattsburgh.craigslist.org/tls/d/anvil-forge-blacksmith/6684970597.html

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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