I came out of the navy as a machinist in 1964. I went to work in a blacksmith , welding , and machine shop that was in Scrantion , IA. I learned a lot of things about welding. I moved to the quad cities in 1966. I stayed with welding most of my working life. I work for John Deere and retired from there in 2006. I have been watching hammer ins where I learn alot. I was with civil war for 27 years. I demo. Blacksmith for about 16 years. I have in my catalog 65 to 70 different things. I have retired from civil war in 2007. I do jobs around the house as needed.
I started blacksmithing about 10 years ago when my Mother and Dad, Pa & Ma Blacksmithing, moved back to the old farm from Montana. I had the pleasure of helping to unload at this end. Everything coming off of the school busses, a long story, weighted at least 300 lbs. and if not individually it was combined to make the weight limit. It was power hammers, forges, tongs, hammers, etc. Then the museum pieces, a lot of iron work. I wanted to hang a simple Walmart special door mirror and saw the leaves Dad made to cover the screws on his mirror. Welllll, I needed 12, so he showed me how and said keep making them until you get 12 leaves acceptable. After 8 hours I had 10, then using the two he made to demonstrate, I was set. I then had the bug. It is so cool too watch metal move and take on shapes, and I can make that happen. My shop is called, CornAnvil. I live surrounded by corn fields. I am presently a board member for UMBA and the IVBA, and treasurer for UMBA
Rick Trahan, Lone Star Forge, AnvilRingR@aol.com: I specialize in Old School, Traditional Style/period Correct Blacksmithing. My Dad was a Machinist,I grew up around metal. I went into the USAF in 1976, got married and she had a horse. The first time the Farrier came out, I was hooked! He had a Blacksmith Shop in his truck. Worked with him for three years while stationed in Virginia. I got a Divorce and she kept the Horse. Man I miss that Horse! Retired from the USAF in June of 1995. Started working for John Deere in June of 1995. Moved back home to Texas for a Year then came back to Deere March 1997 and been there at the John Deere Historic Site ever since.There are really three steps to Blacksmithing; Get it Hot, Hit it Hard, and Quit when you’re done! I’m one of the Lucky ones! I found a way to make my Vacation into a Vocation! When your Job is your Passion, You Never have to Work! Happy Hammering!
Bob Tuftee; Been blacksmithing now proximately 30 years, started out in the backyard on the patio with a small coal forge. When I somewhat outgrew that area when to Scott County Park Pioneer Village ; Blacksmithing out there now for at least 25 year. Teaching classes now for the past couple years at Shake Rag Alley in Wisconsin and also helping out at the Galena blacksmith shop. Do almost all my work in a coal forge. I will be retiring this June (2012) after working 44 years in skilled trades as a millwright. Looking forward to more Blacksmithing in retirement.
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