First off I’m a hobby woodworker/ carver that got into Blacksmithing so I could make the hardware I was having to buy from substandard sources.
I wanted to have the ability to make what I needed for a project vs making a project around what was available.
Of course that was a few years ago.
Now I’m finding I really enjoy the added versatility of having this budding skill in the tool box.
I enjoy Blacksmithing but will never call myself a blacksmith.
I’ve been around to many and realize that’s a skill level I will always appreciate but never attain.
I also do not make knives.
My forge is propane the main anvil I use is a 1918 Arm & Hammer 160# .
When I’m board I tend to make bottle openers.
Given the time of year I’m getting 20 of them together for Xmas gifts to friends & Marines I served with.
Oh, and I tend to take & post a lot of pics.
Don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing.





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Howdy from 'bama.  Looking forward to seeing your work!

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Hank Rearden
Nice work shop. Post your pics. You know 10k words etc...
I enjoy attaining new skills. Jack of all trades, master of none. Fits me well. So does better than most. Mainly because I try. That only puts you ahead most others.
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What part of Ohio you from?  I'm in Cinci myself--but yesterday I drove through Columbus & Cleveland.
Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?
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Outside of Marion, north of Columbus
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Jacob Elmslie
I like the way you work in a clean clutter less shop!  

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