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Tinman
Tinman Member Posts: 2,808
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.
*This light is not my work.*
Steve Minnich

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  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 22,251
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    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.
    https://www.folkschool.org

    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
    Tinman
  • Tinman
    Tinman Member Posts: 2,808
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    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.
    Steve Minnich
  • ethicalpaul
    ethicalpaul Member Posts: 5,723
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    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: https://www.centaurforge.com
    NJ Steam Homeowner. See my sight glass boiler videos: https://bit.ly/3sZW1el
    Tinman