Yesteryear Forge
Seems to me this site has a whole lot of potential.
Especially by filling some voids left by other well established sites that have gone to seed.
Would really be nice to see the handy work of fellow smiths.
A photo can be worth a thousand words.
Give out before you give up - if it was easy anybody could do it
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
I haven't been able to get out to the forge much recently, but I think I'll start a topic where I can post my work.
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jmccustomknives
Yesteryear Forge wrote:
Seems to me this site has a whole lot of potential.
Especially by filling some voids left by other well established sites that have gone to seed.
Would really be nice to see the handy work of fellow smiths.
A photo can be worth a thousand words.


Yes, it does have potential.  I don't know how many guys have been put off by curmudgeons and self promoting "authors".   I went years without meeting anyone who smithed and would take the time to show me something so I will take the time to help others to prevent the errors and time wasted that I went through.

It never failed on some other places that someones first post was a question that had been asked before.  The regulars would lay into the guy because he didn't look through the site.  In my estimation that's like a first grade teacher whose been at it for 30 years expecting here new class to know how to read.  lol. 

I'm not saying however that if someone puts out some bad info we shouldn't call them out on it.  We don't need anyone getting hurt because of it.

That's enough of my rant.  Lets make this a newby friendly site that promotes the art and makes us all better smiths.

thanks for the post.


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

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Hank Rearden
Well said gentleman. I started the forum as a result of being kicked off another forum because I didn't do something right. I'm learning this art and building my kit. Apparently I'm not the only individual with this theme story. I celebrate my failures and remain undaunted at correcting mistakes. Thanks to everyone else who helps folks like me.
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Anthony San Miguel
I hope that neither my wife, nor children, nor friends or ANYBODY that knows me EVER think of me as a curmudgeon! Being thought of as a curmudgeon is not a badge of honor in my book. I recognize that my dad is becoming cranky as he ages and I will do everything I can to stay conscious of that tendency and resist it.

When I got laid off of work a few years ago and built custom speaker enclosures to pay the bills I held myself to a high standard. I have over 50 trophies and a State Championship ring to show for it. A lot of stereo competitors used to seek me out to build their competition enclosures and some still do even after not having built one in almost 3 years.

I love blacksmithing and forge all kinds of things but I'm not to the point where I feel proud enough to show off my work, other than the knife my son and I forged out of a farrier's rasp. He was only 6 or 7 at the time. But I will share my experiences and pictures of the toys that I acquire.

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Yesteryear Forge
I think I will back off a little
Was hoping that by posting some photos that it would cause others to do the same.
But it seems that my posts have been inordinately more frequent than other members that have been here longer.
Give out before you give up - if it was easy anybody could do it
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NorrinRadd
I think your posts have been great. I try to post when ever I make something, or at least comment. I just haven't been able to make much lately.
By all means post what ever you want I don't think it matters how long you've been here, it's not a bad thing. And it would help attract new people, and keep the conversation going.
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Personally, I want to keep all my stuff on a single topic, just to avoid clutter. But I will continue to update it with new items.
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mtforge
"I think I will back off a little
Was hoping that by posting some photos that it would cause others to do the same.
But it seems that my posts have been inordinately more frequent than other members that have been here longer."

I don't post pictures of what I make because we make a lot of things daily at my business. But if you want pictures of my stuff try   http://mtforge.com/   or http://mtforge.com/Catalog/catalog.pdf
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jmccustomknives
mtforge wrote:
"I think I will back off a little
Was hoping that by posting some photos that it would cause others to do the same.
But it seems that my posts have been inordinately more frequent than other members that have been here longer."

I don't post pictures of what I make because we make a lot of things daily at my business. But if you want pictures of my stuff try   http://mtforge.com/   or http://mtforge.com/Catalog/catalog.pdf


Keep it going please.  It inspires thought.  While I agree with how you feel, I'm not going to post the same stuff every time.  If I do something new or something that was a challenge I'll post.  And I'm working on a real Doosey right now, about to heat treat it.  If it works I'll share. 

I know I'm not the only one to see what you guys are doing. 

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

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Metalman
Hank Rearden wrote:
Well said gentleman. I started the forum as a result of being kicked off another forum because I didn't do something right. I'm learning this art and building my kit. Apparently I'm not the only individual with this theme story. I celebrate my failures and remain undaunted at correcting mistakes. Thanks to everyone else who helps folks like me.


Hi Hank - I just came across this and I swear 90 %, or more, of the people don't understand this which should be obvious to everyone but it is not.  'Everyone' will learn more from their mistakes than their successes.  There are so many that will not try something because they are afraid to fail.  Working on one's automobile is a very common example.

Another example...I went to Manila one time with a coworker that was a bike rider and he entered a big international bike race...with his regular non-souped up bike.  He won 'every' race in his class in that two-day event.  It was the first time that I had seen him race.  I ask him how he had learn to do that.  He said that back in the states he just kept going into the turns as fast as he could and wiping out and learned how fast he could go and stay up.  This is what I saw, he would get passed in the straight-a-ways but make it up in the turns.  He even entered the final unlimited race but that was won by a Japanese factory rider with a six cylinder Honda...but by golly I think he still came in third.

Yes sir re, one learns more from their mistakes than their successes.  Like you say, "Undaunted by mistakes".  Here I am 83 and still have a Honda in the garage...no road bike - just a 120 CC mountain bike.     
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