You can blacksmith! Try blacksmithing! Forge wrought Iron. Learn the basics attend a class!

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You can blacksmith! Try blacksmithing! Forge wrought Iron. Learn the basics attend a class!
 I started my blacksmithing journey at the age of 14 in 1975. He was introduced to Darryl Hughes of Hughes Construction in Muskegon, MI. He was part of a Christian Boys Group called Royal Rangers. Darryl brought in several old hacksaw blades and a vise and hammer and had the boys draw a knife shape on the saw blade, the blades were put into a vise and the part sticking out was whacked off with a hammer, kersmack! I know, dangerous! No one was hurt and I was Hooked on hammering iron, even if it was cold!I have been hammering, one way or another, ever since.
I got his introduction to coal welding after buying a Parker Scientific coal forge and a Buffalo 400 Blower for $20.00 in 1987! I bought them from an old Sailor named Walter Christman. He was a contrary old geezer who owned Walt’s Chevron in Lowville, NY. I loved him and harassed him every chance I got! Any way, he had the afore mentioned equipment in a shed on his property. His son Gary and I retrieved it from the mud in which it had sunk and I have treasured them ever since. Just a note on Walt and my relationship. As I mentioned he was in the Navy and I was in a Department of The Navy. The Marine Corps. Every November 10th, (the Marine Corps Birthday) I would show up at Walt’s Chevron and sing the Marine Corps Hymn to Walt! The air was blue with expletives and taunts of “You ain’t  nothing but a seagoing bellhop!” from Walt, as he smiled! I miss him.
Blacksmithing is truly an ancient art form that uses the most plentiful mineral on the earth, Iron. We even have Iron in our blood if you want to know how important it is!
Once upon a time, I had a business in New York, where I lived with my wife Pamela, called Malone Blacksmithing. 

One of the questions that I am asked about blacksmithing is what relevance does blacksmithing have for today?

If I would have asked you 10 years ago, if you would have been anticipated the current upheaval in our society or in the world for that matter, would you have guessed it? Think about these questions. What events on the national or world stage could happen tomorrow? Or the year after that, or the president after that.

I am not a prepper by any by any stretch of the imagination. However I do think it wise to be prepared for any eventuality. In the more years that pass the more I am certain of the breakdown of the American society. For that matter the world society.

I can Envision a day where it will be best to barter goods and services. There will come a day where using money can be downright dangerous. I am absolutely sure of it.
It doesn’t matter what happens in the future one thing is certain. People will always need tools, and will always need those tools repaired to have a more productive life. Not only tools but repairs to cars and farm equipment. I believe that the United States is heading back to its roots a more Agricultural Society. The farm, Garden and the local Smithy will be a staple once again in the American society!
For my own purposes, I just like the self-sufficiency of being able to make my own tools and equipment. The tens of thousands of dollars it would have cost me to make and repair the things that I have had over the years is no little cost savings I assure you. I have repaired cars, motorcycles, lawn tractors, plows all sorts of farm implements at very little cost.
Lets get scientific! There’s a lot of physics involved. Newtonian physics actually. You learn about forces Mass vectors plasticity Inertia. I think the more that we can learn about Newtonian physics the better off we are. It also teaches you a whole new way of thinking about things and how to repair things and make parts.
Here is what happens; You are also taking a very hard and very resistant material making it plastic, shaping it, between two dies (the hammer face and the anvil) and then making sure that it works for the application that you are making it for. How you hit it is as important as the item you are making. Maybe you enjoy working harder and not smarter. I am an efficiency ninja! I want to boil things down to their most elemental properties. I want to make that part with the fewest blows possible. Part of the reason is that I am getting older and want to make my body last as long as possible.
Can you make a living at it? YES!
Some of the ways that you can do this are:

Mass production of rustic art.

Architectural. Hinges, doors, gate, fencing,

Custom Motorcycles. Skulls, Handle bars, foot pegs.

Agricultural. Plows, Discs, Harrows, Rakes, Forks.
I haven’t even scratched the surface! If it is made of metal, you can make it. From a ships anchor to a bobby pin!
I say it’s good for your future your family’s future and the future of your country.
The Beginning Blacksmithing Class has been a great success! Over 55 people have taken the course in the South Side of Des Moines area. The genesis of which came from a simple advertisement on Craigslist.
Hammer on Brothers & Sisters! Hammer on!