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Eric Byers

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  • Birthday 08/14/1984

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  1. That's just the trouble. I'm an over the road truck driver and I spend 6 weeks living on a truck then I take a week off. Generally I go to Morgantown WV to spend time with the kids (we live in an apartment) Perhaps I could find a local Smith or even a guild willing to let me experience forging in their shop. Good idea, although my time would be limited I could get some time in front of a forge and anvil. I am planning on going to NESM in Maine. Eventually working my way up over the next 5 years. Then my wife and I are going to buy a house and get off the road for good. Try to live
  2. Some of that comes across in the show but it's never explained. I appreciate the insight, and I do respect the craft. I cannot say that "I know" how difficult it is as I've never even put hammer to anvil yet. I can imagine how hot it must be and how oppressive that clock is though.
  3. First of all I absolutely love that. "Craft, not business. Value, not price. Quality, not quantity. To create, not produce. Hands, not machines". Not sure about that last part "hands not machines" I don't fancy myself a Puritan. Hopefully that's not disrespectful in any way. As for what I want to do, I want to make beautiful weapons that are more than just "wall hangers". I want to be able to make not just blades but, Warhammers, Spears, Battle Axes possibly even shields. (Although I hear armor making is incredibly difficult and it's not wear my passion lies) I'm also very intereste
  4. Ok, so I've watched almost every episode of forged in fire. They make it look so easy. (Just heat it up, forge weld it, shape it, then grind it pretty. But a handle on it and boom, knife) My question is, (and I know the answer sort of) is it that simple? What makes it more complicated? Is it the "proper grind angle"? Getting the heat treat just right? Knowing the temperature? I guess this is a "what's the catch"? Kinda question cause they do make it look easy and I know it can't be.
  5. Well now I'm more concerned about the heat. I don't want to stroke out. Well now I'm more concerned about the heat. I don't want to stroke out.
  6. Thank you. That is a perfect way to explain it. Perhaps just starting with a propane Forge, anvil, and Hammer is best. Let it grow around me. I like that idea.
  7. I've decided to got to the New England School of Metalwork in Auburn, Maine. It seems like a good place to start anyway. I can take a beginners course in blacksmithing then I'll go back another time for the beginner course in blade smithing. It's not cheap that's for sure. Just about $600 per course. But if it saves me 2 years of fumbling around trying to teach myself it's worth it. I do worry because I don't know how physically taxing smithing can be. I'm a trucker, and it seems you gotta swing that hammer pretty hard and steady in the videos I've watched. I guess I have a fe
  8. Thank you. There may be a thread on schools, I haven't explored the site completely yet. I'm sure there is a wealth of knowledge here and I look forward to posting "My first blade" so we can all laugh. Even if this is just a hobby for me I think I'll enjoy it. But like many things it's hard to say until you've actually done it. My wife and I had thought about going to that folk school because she is interested in some of the other classes they offer. As am I, woodworking, leather working, and other classes seem as though they'd go hand in hand with blade smithing. Like many thin
  9. Thank you all for the great advice. I do have every intention of going to a blade smithing class, I hadn't planned on a general black smithing class, but there may be good info there as well. However, I will research it as much as possible until I get into a class. That list is years in the future if I ever get it all, at all. I plan to get my feet wet before I do the ole cannon ball. Practice, practice, practice...do you know if people buy beginner quality blades? I've watched many YouTube videos, I'm reading books and of course "Forged in Fire" makes it look so easy and fun. Though
  10. Thanks, does the type of welder matter? I know how to rod weld but I'm not sure if that'll put impurities in a blade or not?
  11. I am new to black smithing and would like to know what tools to get. What kind of welder? What kind ofPower hammer? What kind ofPress? What kind ofGrinder? What kind ofDrill? What kind of Hammer's/Tong's? What kind of forge both propane and coal? Maybe a resource to find this stuff cause my shopping list is getting expensive Blu Max 65 = $5,995 TW90 Grinder = $3,850 Baileigh Press HSP-20A= $995 Delta drill press = $1,048 Cutting torch = $929 Venturi forge = $700 Delta 28-400 Bandsaw = $698 Post vise/Leg vise = $550 Anvils (estimate)
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