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PostSubject: Blacksmithing   7/2/2012, 1:54 pm

Anyone know anything about Blacksmithing? Been thinking of practicing metalworking as a new career path
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PostSubject: Re: Blacksmithing   7/2/2012, 5:26 pm

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Generally hard and dirty work.

Yes, hot, dirty, and physically demanding, I kind of want that
All my life I have worked on computers, video games, everything virtual, I want something I can do with my hands that's real and tangable

Something I can focus on, something that takes practice and skill, something useful that benefits us, that's artistic or creative, blacksmithing has such a long past that has impacted our civilization from the beginning

To me, Nature's greatest gifts to mankind was water, earth, and fire -it was fire that made our first tools which lead to new shealter and a better way of life, yes, it made us weapons too, but many conflicts have lead to signifcant discovery and often the best weapon is the one you never have to use

The scientifc and artistc aspect of it all, I don't mind the working conditions
I think I may prefer it to retail, I'm a great salesman and I do great work in retail, I just can't do it for much longer

...I found a nearby forge that needs people to train, so I am looking into that
Pretty soon I will be making fireplace toosl, rings, fixtures, railings, gates, candlestick holders, things like that

Maybe someday down the road I can perfect my craft and forge a pretty sword Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Blacksmithing   7/2/2012, 10:41 pm

ive done blacksmithing for awhile (half a year) i worked for a guy who had his own line of metal garden furniture chairs tables tc.

was oke its hard work but what i dident like is the milimeter work of it realy...

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PostSubject: Re: Blacksmithing   8/2/2012, 9:08 am

I worked for about 4 years in the Die room of a forge shop. They did drop forging (1 to 3 ton hammers) and hot forming (10K ton to 35K ton presses) Kerosene fired furnaces @ 1500 deg F. It was hot dirty work. TBH you couldn't pay me enough to work in the hammer room. They had wind machines to help cool you down, but step away from one and you went from dry as a bone to thinking you just came out of a hot shower from all the sweat pouring off. That's how they described it. I worked on the dies so I never had to deal with it directly. That was heavy industial steal forging I might add.

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PostSubject: Re: Blacksmithing   8/2/2012, 10:44 am

My oldest brother worked as a shop forman in a zinc diecast foundry he said it was like being in hell without the sulphur smell

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PostSubject: Re: Blacksmithing   8/2/2012, 12:27 pm

Figured the heat was that bad, but you've all given me some insight, maybe I should go visit a forge and see if I could even sit in there for more than a few hours scratch

I'm sure it's not for everyone, if not Blacksmithing maybe I can do some other craft, Woodcarving, haha
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