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The Forum is 20 (ish) years old and I forgot to make the announcement...

Alan Longmire

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I was telling someone the history of the place, and the fact that I do not own it, when I realized I myself joined in September 2003.  It's now September 2023.  Time flies when you're having fun, I guess...


Don Fogg started this place as a page on his personal site in March of 2003 (some digging on the Wayback Machine shows he added a forum in December 2001, but it was on a different set of software I can't get to open now. The current InVision Powerboard format we know and love is what he added in March 2003), and I intended to make this announcement in March.  Better late than never!



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It's actually closer to 22 years old, sorry. I've just known about it for 20...
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Alan , Thanks for the reminder ...I have learned so much here..right now I am finishing a bronze casting project following instructions by a member located in Rome Georia. I also have a press finished that was suggested by a guy named Randal Graham .....and so on. I love this site. Thanks for all the work you and the TI support people are doing for us.
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You've got a year and 7 months on me, Alan!


I've been almost exclusively lurking for the last 18 years, but have really enjoyed doing so. At the start, I was sure I'd get around to making some knives. Now... a little less certain. What I've learned here has been surprisingly applicable to the world of custom lighting, and lighting restoration, though. (Working on some fixtures from our Parliament buildings that are mostly forged wrought iron!)


I still think often of the forge-in I made it to at Owen's, back in 2011. Getting to meet you, Owen, Jake Powning, Petr Florianek, Peter Johnsson, Jake Cleland, Elias Sideris, Mick Maxen, Jeroen Zuiderwijk, Leo Todeschini/Tod Cutler, Jeff Pringle, Josh Burrell, the list goes on... sheesh, no wonder I decided to fly to England!!


'Photo depicts the author experiencing, for the first time, visiting a museum with people as excited to look at swords as he is'


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Here's to another 20!
When I found this forum in 2015, I was amazed at the wealth of knowledge and kindness that lived here.

I've seen a lot of folks come and go over the last 8 years, but this is still the oasis of good will in the sea of grime out there.

Thanks to Alan, Dave, and Niels for keeping the faith, and the fire burning.

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  





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  • Alan Longmire changed the title to The Forum is 20 (ish) years old and I forgot to make the announcement...

I've been here since 2012, this was the first place I learned that there were actually people still forging blades in the 21th century.


I learned so much here, and it still is my favorite place on the internet, even though I don't post that often.


Lets hope it will be here for many years

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It's been 16 years already since I joined. By no means as active as I used to be, but occasionally I still make something :)  I really prefer forums like this over social media. I use both, but I'd rather have had that my hobbies would stick to forums only. 

Jeroen Zuiderwijk

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Wow, my profile reminds me I joined here in June 2003! Many thanks to you Alan and everyone else here for keeping it so relevant and friendly for all this time. After another decade or two of hanging around here I might finally start to figure out this blade smithing stuff :)

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I joined Jan 11, 2011 as this site was one of a handful someone recommended to me. This is the one worth staying with, IMHO, (and I am Speaking of forums only, as there are very good individual websites many of folks have) Ive stayed here and continue to learn everyday and recommend it forward when others ask me. I am pleased I got to meet several folks at Bowie 2022, and hope to meet more.

Gary LT

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"I Never Met A Knife I Didn't Like", (Will Rogers)

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