Hank Rearden
Hello folks,
I'm starting this journal to document my journey into blacksmithing. I'll link my current post in an order to create a time frame as I get going.

I'm adding my photo albums from my profile page in the links below.

My Tools

http://www.theironforgefire.com/album?action=view_album&userid=2245301&albumid=4270
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2020 ABANA Conference in Sarasota New York. June 3rd. through June 6th. Plan now!
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Hank Rearden
To start my journal I'll start with a little background. I was introduced to blacksmithing when I lived in North Carolina and my babysitter's husband dug a hole in the garden used coal and Forge something. I don't remember what it was. I also remember a farrier coming to shoe the horses.

The next exposure was making a Wrecking Bar in my metal shop class in high school. The school had an excellent shop with metal lathes, sheet metal tools, Foundry, forge and welding equipment. I spent many of my study halls going to make extra things in metal shop. Year would have been 1980 through 1982.

Approximately 20 years later, at a Christmas show, were members from ABANA with a stand. I told my wife I'd like to get into blacksmithing it was something I was natural at in high school and I enjoyed it.

In October of 2013 I created this forum as a result of being kicked off of the I Forge iron forum web sight for posting a website I had to find blacksmithing tools in my profile page. No reason was given other that they don't allow commercial sites, which is ironic because I didn't consider looking for tools a commercial endeavor. No other correspondence was provided to me and this forum The Iron Forge Fire is the result of that. I believe I owe Glenn a great deal of gratitude.

In March of 2014 my wife was diagnosed with a brain tumor and my blacksmithing again had to take a back seat. So for those who may think sometimes I'm absent it is because I have other obligations that take priority but I participate as soon as I have a free moment.

I'm going to use my journal to include short and simple entries. Which will include such entries as went to a hammer-in. It will also include a link if I've written about it to the correct page in the category on the forum so that readers can find more information about the hammer-in. Another example will be that I will post an entry that might say Forged a bottle opener. Then I will provide a link to a page where I may go into detail about the forging of the bottle opener in the correct category on the forum. By doing it this way each simple entry will be easy to locate in the journal and then the entry will automatically be stamped with the date creating a timeline. I will also use the Facebook option so that it can post to my Facebook. page

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theengel
That's rough.  I'm sorry to hear it.

If you need occasional help, I'm pretty familiar with HTML, PHP, & MySql.
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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Hank Rearden
I've been on an aimless journey for most of my life. Recently I've been reading a lot of books on philosophy and psychology. Apparently aimless wandering results in a life of self fulfillment and happiness. Even if the authority in ones own head creates an irrational rational that conflicts with knowing ones true self. Living up to others expectation breeds pathological and neurotic behaviors.

Thank you for the offer of help. My only training in the art of metallurgy is a result genuine curiosity and intrigue.
code[Maglio.gif]  Keep the fires burning hot!
2020 ABANA Conference in Sarasota New York. June 3rd. through June 6th. Plan now!
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