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    Backyard Forge...

    To my surprise at a cook out this weekend, my buddies 16 YO son was cooking up some steel. He didn't know that I knew about such things. I was in swim wear and already three beers into the day when I say the setup. Needless to say I didn't pound any steel. Thought you guys would get a kick out of this.

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    oh damn!

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    Interesting set up! What does he make with it?

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    He just started learning the craft from a local smith. He was banging rail road spikes yesterday. He's clearly got a lot to learn, but I though it was cool and encouraged him anyway. His father (my friend) was complaining cause of the initial start up costs (~$700). I mentioned that he's going to need a grinder too.

    The boy's got a forge, a hammer, an anvil, some tongs and a piece of steel. I'd say he's on his way. Progress updates when captured.
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    No need to break for lunch! THrow a grilled cheese into that pan.
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    Cool! That's awesome to see a youngster chasing his dreams.

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    Excellent, I love the DiY "go gettem" attitude his setup shows.
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    Nice , he has the basic set up for forging complete . I disagree on the grinder although it makes things so much easier . If anyone is wondering what can be done only using 13th century tools ( no grinder , no power tools ) here we go http://islandblacksmith.ca

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    this is certainly very encouraging, good to see!

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    Brilliant. This inspired me to check out forges on the internet (as I have been pondering building an outside brick wood burning oven anyway, just for fun) and they are surprisingly cheap. You can get LPG powered small, portable farriers forges for well under $500 and even a proper traditional forge with solid fuel pit and flue for not a lot more, eiteh r buuilt up or in kit form ready for welding. All kudos to this young man for having a go.

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