Leaving things laying on the ground around the forging area is a bad idea. Not only is it a trip hazard but any combustibles can be ignited by a dropped hot piece of steel (yeah that never happens right).
Case in point. I light my forge with a weed burning torch hooked up to a gas grill style tank. I keep this behind me on the floor and out of they way after I use it. The other night I was forging, drawing a taper on a piece of round stock, when I messed up and it came out of my tongs, bounced of my stump and rolled toward my feet. I immediately side stepped it and watch in horror as it rolled passed me right up next to a loop in my gas hose that was touching the ground! I sorta freaked out and started kicking it around, but I was lucky.
From now on the hose is elevated and moved farther away. I plan on making a portable stand for it.
Anyway, thought that story would fit in here.
Just make something!
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