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Hello from Spanaway
January 29, 2018
12:57 am
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frelichth
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Just taking time to introduce myself. My name is Terry and I have been interested in blacksmithing for quite a while. I have finally got an entire forge set up after several false starts. Now have a new Kanka anvil ( 50 kg ), a rivet forge, and a square wheel grinder all in one spot at one time. Have been making knives on and off for years, but have never been able to do Damascus. Also looking forward to learning how to make useful items and marketing them on the internet. Any advice for the neophyte would be welcome, except for the run, do not walk, away from your new hobby comment. Thanks for listening.

Terry,

dba Angel-fire Forge.

February 1, 2018
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Hello Terry, welcome.  I’ll do the standard intro welcome.  I’d encourage you to get to the Spring conference.  If you’re personable, you’ll meet quite a few folks.  Most everyone I know is willing to help and most have a bunch of information, advice and opinions they’re willing to share.  There are also quite a few of us who live in the Graham, Spanaway, Eatonville, Yelm area.

Also, I’d suggest becoming a member of the NWBA and plan on heading to Longview the 4th weekend of each month.  We have demonstrators from 9-12 almost every month and an open forge afterwards.

Hope to see you in Longview.

as always

peace and love

billyO

February 7, 2018
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frelichth
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The wife’s health currently prevents me from straying to far from the homestead. Having to stay home was actually the impetus for starting back on my smithy. Can’t get away with the sailboat because I can’t get home fast enough if something goes south. I am considering joining the association though and maybe later I can join in on the hammer-ins etc. Thanks for the warm welcome.

Terry

February 12, 2018
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Welcome as well!  Responding to your opening note, would encourage a propane forge if you’re doing damascus.  Would make that direction much easier.  Just been my experience.

February 14, 2018
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I am currently working on a 3 burner Reil designed forge, but for now am going way back in time and using charcoal. Working so far and scale buildup seems to be less with it. I do need a longer/larger unit for heating and hardening my longer pieces. All in due time. Thanks for the feedback.

Terry

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