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    Default Is Blacksmith Stuff OT?

    I'm getting up a little early tomorrow. We're heading to Longview, WA to set up for the North West Blacksmith Association 40th Anniversary Conference. The Conference proper will be kicking off at 8am Friday and running through Noon on Sunday.

    Just in case anyone is interested in purchasing last minute air fare, Association membership, and Conference membership, details are here: https://blacksmith.org/events/nwba-4...ry-conference/

    If there's enough interest, I might post a photo or two here. Be forewarned: my photography sucks.

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    Blacksmiths are becoming far and few. Almost a lost art. I would like to see any photos you get.
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    Is blacksmith stuff OT? Well, it may be a bit crude compared to lathe work or milling, but I have beat things into shape now and then. So I would say no. Bring it on.
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    There are "blacksmith machines":


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Cordochorea View Post
    Is blacksmith stuff OT?
    Yes, except for large photos of what the blacksmiths ate for breakfast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lugnut View Post
    Blacksmiths are becoming far and few. Almost a lost art. I would like to see any photos you get.
    Actually blacksmith wannabes are everywhere, the reality of making a living at it is when they become "far and few". Even those really good at blacksmithing will resort to teaching to make ends meet. Some of those will talk nonsense about paying it forward to preserve a lost art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelP View Post
    Yes, except for large photos of what the blacksmiths ate for breakfast.
    Don't tempt me to start a, "What did your poop look like today?" thread...

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    Hardly few and far, one in my village, one in the next, passed signs for two on the way to work. First two genuine ones who are also farriers and two who are really 'wrought iron' (mild steel) fabricators. Wouldn't class the pretentious knife maker types as blacksmiths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RB211 View Post
    Don't tempt me to start a, "What did your poop look like today?" thread...
    Couldn't be much worse than some of the stuff in the "What did you eat today?'" thread.

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    Since machining changes the size/shape/form of metal,
    then it guess it also is that blacksmithing changes the size/shape/form of metal.
    I think they are relatives.

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