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Old 04-22-2010, 12:39 AM   #1
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I'm not sure if I can call it a hobby, as this is my life, but I forge metal. The picture is of a pea pod a friend and I forged a few years ago, it is about 39" high; the pod is forged from 6" angle iron. The great thing about my job, is that I never go to work, well at least while I'm making stuff.

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Old 04-22-2010, 12:45 AM   #2
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Wow, Daryl, that's really neat!

How great to have a job that's not "a job" for you

I wouldn't mind seeing more of your work, if you care to post it.

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Old 04-22-2010, 01:05 AM   #3
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Thanks for the kind words, I'm hoping I can retire when I'm 85. following are made of copper the bases are wood except for the one with the fish which is steel base made by a frind, a collaboration piece. I think you are in to boats and it is called Tosed on Stormy Seas.
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:06 AM   #4
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Old 04-22-2010, 02:03 AM   #5
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Wow.... I'm speechless. That is *amazing* work.

When I think of "blacksmithing," I think of horseshoes and anvils and, well, black, roughish working stuff. The blacksmith in the small town I spent summers near, growing up, had a real warren -- kind of a junkyard, metals yard, blacksmith shop combination. There were "paths" through the stuff to get around. Of course he knew where any one item was and could pluck it right out, and he could fix anything

But your work is just astoundingly fine and artistic. And it must be much nicer in real life. I can't imagine how that comes from blacksmithing, but I'm sure glad it does!

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Old 04-22-2010, 05:24 AM   #6
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Beautiful work, Daryl! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:31 AM   #7
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Thanks for sharing
That's quite an art form.
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:22 AM   #8
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Beautiful work. You are indeed talented. Thank you for sharing. Do you have a web site?
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Old 04-23-2010, 08:30 AM   #9
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You are a true master, beautiful work!
Thanks for sharing your talent.
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Old 04-23-2010, 11:32 PM   #10
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Thanks for the kind comments, Iguess blacksmithing is mainly working iron/steel so maybe what I do is forging, hammering things into shape. I like to work steel, copper and bronze. Sometimes I add wood and other materials.

Raya, I'm afraid my shop might much like the one you remember from your childhood, messing and disorganized, most of the equipment is a hundred years old, much of it I bought from myhometown blacksmith shop which closed in the mid 70's. The local scrap yard has me in speed dial. I often meet friends there at lunch time, this is the time of day that the yard is open and the machinery is not working.

A side note the UHaul which was bought by my friend also a blacksmith made its first trip last week end. It went of a blacksmith event. There are some great blacksmiths in your area, I'd love to get to some of their events.
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:30 PM   #11
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Hi Daryl,
You need to get in touch with Ian eddy from Vermont, who is also a blacksmith and who has a lovely Escape 19. We met him at a gathering in B.C. when he was out to pick up his trailer and hope to drop in on he and Jenny this fall when we are on the east coast. He's at www.ianeddyblacksmith.com.
Think you guys would have a real connection.
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Back on the 19th, I started a thread over on casitaclub.com, in their hobbie section, about Blacksmithing. Below, is what I posted in that first one. You might be interested in looking at that one too.

I am really looking forward to the Illinois Event, and wish I could also do the Memphis ABANA event, but I just can't make it this year. If any of you are near, and really want to get a flavor of what's going on in this wonderful Art & Craft, stop in to an event near you.

I would "AMEN" to visiting Ian and Jenny Eddy. We met them when they came through Colorado last year and I saw, and even have a sample, of his work. I hope to get out to their shop someday too.

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I thought I would post some things for those who might be interested in Blacksmithing. And, no, it doesn't just mean "Horseshoeing" . That was just one very small part of what some Blacksmiths did. In fact, they were, and are, called Farriers. Blacksmithing was a major part of most every aspect of life since people began using iron.

Today, many states have very active organizations that promote and maintain the Art of Blacksmithing. There is even a national group called ARTISTS BLACKSMITHS ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA (ABANA).
http://www.abana.org/
ABANA's semi-annual conference is in Memphis, Tennessee on June 2-5 this year, but I can't make it.

Colorado has a group called Rocky Mountain Smiths (RMS)
http://www.rockymountainsmiths.org/
RMS' annual event is in August this year up in Carbondale, Colorado, just south of Glenwood Springs and near Aspen.

Illinois has a group called ILLINOIS VALLEY BLACKSMITH'S ASSOCIATION (IVBA)
http://www.illinoisblacksmith.org/
IVBA has their 29th annual event this year in Pontiac, Illinois on June 11-13 this year (I'll be at that)

Indiana has a group but I don't have the info right now so I'll get it or let someone else post it.

Let's hear from some others about their state.

Anyway, there's a bit for all of you that might be interested. How about you, Ian & Jenny, are you here? (Vermont Folks)

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Although I retired in 2009; I did form quite a bit of metal in 36 years
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Although I retired in 2009; I did form quite a bit of metal in 36 years
Works for me.

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