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Posted: 2/9/2017 8:04:27 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/5/2017 7:03:11 PM EST by thehellbringer]
Hey could we have a blacksmithing forum? I spend a fair amount of time on Bladeforums.com, but Arf feels more like home.
Anyone else interested?
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 8:05:21 PM EST
yes please.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 8:05:29 PM EST
I support this
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 8:09:20 PM EST
Do it. Always looking for more things to spend money on...
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 8:12:20 PM EST
+87!
I could really get behind this. I know we have some awesome talent here.
Hessian-1(who's been known to "strike while the iron's hot" from time to time.)
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 8:13:55 PM EST
I would be interested.  I am just starting and need a better forge but it's fun to pound on hot steel.

Link Posted: 2/9/2017 8:16:36 PM EST
+1.....
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 8:19:10 PM EST
There is a fellow named Sid that lives about 5 hours from me. He is considered the authority on trip hammers.
We had a long talk today and I think I'm going to go all in and buy one of his completely reworked Little Giants.
Everything I've heard and read is that his machines are better than when they originally left the factory.
He's a real interesting gentleman in his 80s that does it for the love. I've been collecting anvils for
quite a while and have a real draw to bladesmithing. Forged in Fire has cost me a ton of money, but
ther is something really cool about making something from scratch. Call me crazy, but I'm hooked.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 8:24:28 PM EST
I'd be in for a blacksmith section. Attachment Attached File
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 8:26:32 PM EST
Yes, a lot of interest here.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 8:33:42 PM EST
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Originally Posted By mcb:
I would be interested.  I am just starting and need a better forge but it's fun to pound on hot steel.

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/15994632_1218032464942193_6793495481718054196_o.jpg?oh=78d5c30ff03e3bd1328efdf553a5146e&oe=590D7263
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Did you make that hawk? It's real damn cool!
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 8:36:15 PM EST
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Originally Posted By thehellbringer:

Did you make that hawk? It's real damn cool!
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Thanks!  It's far from perfect but it was good practice and a lot of fun to make.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 8:42:18 PM EST
I might check in from time to time.





Link Posted: 2/9/2017 8:53:39 PM EST
I'm in to get some learnin'.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 8:55:36 PM EST
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Originally Posted By mcb:

Thanks!  It's far from perfect but it was good practice and a lot of fun to make.
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Originally Posted By mcb:
Originally Posted By thehellbringer:

Did you make that hawk? It's real damn cool!

Thanks!  It's far from perfect but it was good practice and a lot of fun to make.


If it was perfect it wouldn't be as cool.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 8:57:41 PM EST
I am interested.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 9:00:23 PM EST
Start with the folx in this thred:

Home-Blacksmiths---Some-Questions-and-Shop-Set-Up
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 9:00:46 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/9/2017 9:01:15 PM EST by BigPony]
I would love to see way more blacksmithing discussions, but why not just talk about it here instead of separating off into another small subsection a handful of people will go too? I wish they would close down 90% of the subsections and just talk about it all here in one place. GD or Team depending on the topic.

Again, I love seeing people making neat stuff like that, just don't want to go "somewhere else"
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 9:00:53 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/9/2017 9:03:02 PM EST by CROQ]
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Originally Posted By thehellbringer:
.... I think I'm going to go all in and buy one of his completely reworked Little Giants.....
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Now you've done it. I'll be hanging out at your place much more.

I concur with OP's request.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 9:01:36 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/9/2017 9:05:19 PM EST by 3Trip]
A blacksmithing forum section would be cool, however as a jeweler by day (blacksmith by night) I would like to open it to all forms of metalworking
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 9:06:26 PM EST
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Originally Posted By BigPony:
I would love to see way more blacksmithing discussions, but why not just talk about it here instead of separating off into another small subsection a handful of people will go too? I wish they would close down 90% of the subsections and just talk about it all here in one place. GD or Team depending on the topic.

Again, I love seeing people making neat stuff like that, just don't want to go "somewhere else"
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Because subjects drop off in under 5 minutes from GD. Great threads get lost then repeated. No continuity ever gets built, and the group of trolls that shit post in every GD thread are sure to show up. That's why we've been fighting for months to get a Wine/beer/spirits forum.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 9:14:46 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/9/2017 9:27:47 PM EST by criio1]
I would like to file a motion for the general populace to change the title request from "Blacksmith" subforum to a "metalworking" forum.


To include machining, gunsmithing, blademaking, pattern making and foundry work.


Link Posted: 2/9/2017 9:19:02 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/9/2017 9:20:40 PM EST by reyloxdm40]
Originally Posted By thehellbringer:
Hey could we have a blacksmithing forum? I spend a fair amount of time on Bladeforums.com, but Arf feels more like home.
Anyone else interested?
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Hell yes!
ETA- What's the best fuel for a track home garage forge? Propane or coal?
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 9:25:46 PM EST
Hell yeah but I agree with pony.

But stickies for material, tooling, deals and how-to's would be well worth it.

Put it right under gd so it will get more traffic
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 9:31:14 PM EST
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Originally Posted By 3Trip:
A blacksmithing forum section would be cool, however as a jeweler by day (blacksmith by night) I would like to open it to all forms of metalworking
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Yea all metalworking would be very cool.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 9:31:50 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Er_Mah_Gerd:
Hell yeah but I agree with pony.

But stickies for material, tooling, deals and how-to's would be well worth it.

Put it right under gd so it will get more traffic
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Then all those stickies would limit the GD active page to 10 threads and they would drop off within 60 seconds, and no one would know they exist without searching the key words and hoping they found a thread to talk in.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 9:34:28 PM EST
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Originally Posted By NavyIS2:


Then all those stickies would limit the GD active page to 10 threads and they would drop off within 60 seconds, and no one would know they exist without searching the key words and hoping they found a thread to talk in.
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Originally Posted By NavyIS2:
Originally Posted By Er_Mah_Gerd:
Hell yeah but I agree with pony.

But stickies for material, tooling, deals and how-to's would be well worth it.

Put it right under gd so it will get more traffic


Then all those stickies would limit the GD active page to 10 threads and they would drop off within 60 seconds, and no one would know they exist without searching the key words and hoping they found a thread to talk in.

A dedicated forum would be the best. We have a watch forum for crying out loud. I mean they are interesting, but not a lot of people here make watches.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 9:36:21 PM EST
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Originally Posted By criio1:
I would like to file a motion for the general populace to change the title request from "Blacksmith" subforum to a "metalworking" forum.


To include machining, gunsmithing, blademaking, pattern making and foundry work.


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I am intrigued by your ideas, sir, and wish to subscribe to your periodical. #shootlikeasir

Link Posted: 2/9/2017 9:38:10 PM EST
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Originally Posted By thehellbringer:

A dedicated forum would be the best. We have a watch forum for crying out loud. I mean they are interesting, but not a lot of people here make watches.
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Trust me, we've been trying for a few months for our wine/beer/spirits forum. Even have some of the mods on our side. It's hard to get a new one to happen. ANd right now in GD there are three threads asking about single malts, bourbons, or gift recommendations that will drop off and be repeated in the next few days instead of having a good subforum to go to to look for recommendations, reviews..etc. The subforums are a great place to go for real information. GD is like seeing the homeless guy outside your place taking a shit on a cat then chasing it around the park. The subforums are like sitting down with a few good friends and having a conversation.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 9:38:50 PM EST
I like this idea.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 9:45:51 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/9/2017 9:46:38 PM EST by Spiral_Out]
I support this 

I just got my Alec Steel square circle hammer this week.  Haven't had a chance to use it yet Attachment Attached File
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 9:47:30 PM EST
Id be down for a metal working sub forum.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 9:57:06 PM EST
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Originally Posted By reyloxdm40:

Hell yes!
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Propane. Coal is dirty and depending on where you live it can be expensive.

I use propane for all my forging. Getting good coal on the west coast is not easy.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 9:59:53 PM EST
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Originally Posted By NavyIS2:


Then all those stickies would limit the GD active page to 10 threads and they would drop off within 60 seconds, and no one would know they exist without searching the key words and hoping they found a thread to talk in.
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In the blacksmith subforum?
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 10:00:39 PM EST
I'm in.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 10:04:55 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Spiral_Out:
I support this 

I just got my Alec Steel square circle hammer this week.  Haven't had a chance to use it yet https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/116423/20170208-125524-143820.JPG
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Looking forward to a report on how good it performs.


Link Posted: 2/9/2017 10:06:30 PM EST
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Originally Posted By bldsmith:


Propane. Coal is dirty and depending on where you live it can be expensive.

I use propane for all my forging. Getting good coal on the west coast is not easy.
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That's what I was thinking, thanks! Now I just need to find a decent anvil for under $4 a pound lol.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 10:07:00 PM EST
I would be interested in such a forum, though I probably couldn't do much myself until I move somewhere a bit more permanent but it's always been something I want to try.

I hate to say it but I'd have to agree with a sub-forum for it, or merge it into another sub-forum just to keep the number down. Just one thread in GD or team would get buried quickly (especially GD) and I fear the extraneous posts would make it difficult to find those nuggets of wisdom.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 10:11:19 PM EST
would me fun . but on my large property 15 ft to each side neighbor.


I don't think they would like the noise for very long,
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 10:12:31 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/9/2017 10:24:34 PM EST by TotalNovice]
I don't do any metalwork.... but for some reason I find Forged in Fire, and the show with the young-ish blacksmith who makes black powder weapons, very addictive.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 10:12:44 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Jormungandr:
yes please.
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Link Posted: 2/9/2017 10:12:45 PM EST
I would be in for some but I get enough during the day soooo
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 10:16:16 PM EST
I was just thinking this the other day
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 10:19:53 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Spiral_Out:
I support this 

I just got my Alec Steel square circle hammer this week.  Haven't had a chance to use it yet https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/116423/20170208-125524-143820.JPG
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Damn that is a sexy hammer.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 10:25:49 PM EST
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Originally Posted By NavyIS2:


Because subjects drop off in under 5 minutes from GD. Great threads get lost then repeated. No continuity ever gets built, and the group of trolls that shit post in every GD thread are sure to show up. That's why we've been fighting for months to get a Wine/beer/spirits forum.
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If it is popular enough they hang around the front page off and on a while. Can always be made in Team too.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 10:27:06 PM EST
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Originally Posted By criio1:
I would like to file a motion for the general populace to change the title request from "Blacksmith" subforum to a "metalworking" forum.


To include machining, gunsmithing, blademaking, pattern making and foundry work.


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I vote to stick with Blacksmithing, and place it right below Gunsmithing in the Armory; there's already plenty of good conversation on gunsmithing and related machine work in that forum, but Forge & Hammer would be a whole 'nother deal.....
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 10:33:07 PM EST
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Originally Posted By stfm:
would me fun . but on my large property 15 ft to each side neighbor.


I don't think they would like the noise for very long,
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You can do a lot to silence an anvil.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 10:36:14 PM EST
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Originally Posted By reyloxdm40:

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This is Arfcom...get both.

Here's a rasp knife I am working on normalizing in my propane forge...it's been off for 10 minutes.

I made it out of a broken air compressor and some plumbing fittings...


That forge is mostly for blade work, and is mounted above my coal forge which I find MUCH more useful on a regular basis and use for everything except long (length, not time) soaks mostly for blade normalizing and quench heats.

Here's a video covering some basics of metal working where you can see the coal forge in action. It covers the coal forge enough a clever person could make a version.



Honestly, going straight to propane is like going straight to a scoped rifle IMO. You miss a lot of important learning. If you hate coal then use charcoal...personally I love the smell of coal going to coke.

Coal is stoopid cheap to use compared to propane.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 10:36:35 PM EST
I just bought a atlas mini forge to finally go with the anvil we've had at the farm since before time. Would love the idea of a subforum.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 10:37:16 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Jormungandr: yes please.
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Originally Posted By Jormungandr: yes please.


Originally Posted By Cobalt-60: I support this


Originally Posted By 0100010: Do it. Always looking for more things to spend money on...


TTPNI.
Link Posted: 2/9/2017 10:43:35 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Spiral_Out:
I support this 

I just got my Alec Steel square circle hammer this week.  Haven't had a chance to use it yet https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/116423/20170208-125524-143820.JPG
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That is a badass hammer. Thanks for sharing!
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