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Steve MinnichSteve Minnich Posts: 2,467Member
Pipefitter and Boilermakers - In retirement, I want to be a writer and a blacksmith. You wouldn’t think those two would go together but I’m going to give it a go
Does anyone know of a good source of heavy metal tools like forges, jigs, the steel itself, anvils, etc.? My plan is to buy used equipment because I don’t like the look of of new stuff. It’s gotta be down and dirty.
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  • hot_rodhot_rod Posts: 11,783Member
    My family has been going to this Folk School for year and Max took a blacksmithing class. A fun place for beginners or pros to learn some of the finer details of any trade or craft.

    I would imagine there are chatrooms specific to blacksmith, maybe look around for some.
    You can also do a Craigslist search around your area, multiple cities.

    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    The magic is in hydronics, and hydronics is in me
  • Steve MinnichSteve Minnich Posts: 2,467Member
    Thank you, Bob.

    I took a lot of metal classes in high school when that was still a thing. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time but being a contractor took up all of my time.
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  • ethicalpaulethicalpaul Posts: 804Member
    My dad was a blacksmith and horseshoe maker, I wish you the best!

    I know he used Centaur Forge, but they might be a little heavy on the horseshoe side of things:
    1 pipe Utica 112 in Cedar Grove, NJ, 1913 coal > oil > NG
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