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    Hello again,
    It has been a while since I was here last but thats the price you pay for a great wife and two great daughters( priceless).Taking up a new hobby. Trying to learn all I can about Blacksmithing and Bladesmithing. Have been working with metal for years as a machinist and now looking at it from a new perspective. Can anyone help or point me in the right directiion with good info. or resorces. All info I have received in the past has been great and right on target. Thanks

    Kevin Middleton
    Rome Georgia

  • #2
    You dont say where you live- but if it is in North America, chances are within a couple of hours of you is a blacksmiths group that meets regularly, with demos, people selling tools, and lots of helpful, experienced people.
    First, check the abana website for your nearest group- I believe they have canadian groups listed as well.
    If you want, you can join Abana- they send out two magazines with the membership, which is worth it right there- one more technical, one artier.
    The Abana conference is held every 2 years, next one is in july in Seattle- about 1000 blacksmiths from all over the world will be there, with 3-4 days of nonstop demos, bullsh&tinng, sales and classes. Pricey, at about $300, but well worth it, in my opinion.
    CANIRON , the annual canadian meet, will be in Victoria BC next summer.
    Online, you should check out which is probably the best, most comprehensive website about blacksmithing.
    It has hundreds of demo projects, book reviews, links to tool suppliers, FAQ's, a really good place to ask questions, and more.
    There are lots of really good books on the subject, anvilfire is a good place to get a list to start with.
    Classes are available at several craft schools around the country- Pratt, in Seattle, the Crucible in Berkely, the John C. Campbell folk school, Penland, Peters Valley, Frank Turley in Santa Fe, the New England School of Metalwork- it just depends where you are, there are tons of good classes and workshops out there.


    • #3
      One tip on bladesmithing...
      Buy every book Jim Hrisoulas has written.
      Some of the best bladeSMITHING books I've ever read. There are lots of books about how to grind a knfie out of bar-stock, but ones covering forging from start to a finished blade are far less common.

      Also, The Hand Forged Knife by Karl Schroen. There are some gaps in some details in this one, but if you have already read Jim Hrisoulas' books, then it makes a lot more sense and there's a lot of good info.

      Anvilfire is a great site. A few weeks ago I noticed my previous favorite site was shut down last year :-(
      That's what happens when you take a 3 year break from the hobby for a shoulder injury... RIP

      Paul F.


      • #4
        Keenjunk has been replaced- sort of, the same group of guys is still bs-ing each other at


        • #5
          That's not bs-ing, Ries, it's sharing of knowledge! : )
          There are several bladesmithing sites. Just a couple:

          - Jim